Pecheles Automotive Compares 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport VS 2018 Honda HR-V Near New Bern, NC

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2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport

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2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport

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2018 Honda HR-V

Safety Comparison

The Santa Fe Sport has standard whiplash protection, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the whiplash protection system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The HR-V doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The Santa Fe Sport Ultimate offers optional Automatic Emergency Braking, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The HR-V doesn't offer collision warning or crash mitigation brakes.

The Santa Fe Sport Ultimate’s optional lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane. The HR-V doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The Santa Fe Sport offers an optional Multi-view Camera System to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The HR-V only offers a rear monitor.

To help make backing safer, the Santa Fe Sport’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The HR-V doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

The Santa Fe Sport offers an optional Blue Link, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to get turn-by-turn driving directions, remotely unlock your doors if you lock your keys in, help track down your vehicle if it’s stolen or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The HR-V doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the Santa Fe Sport and the HR-V have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front-wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all-wheel drive and blind spot warning systems.

The Hyundai Santa Fe Sport weighs 515 to 1219 pounds more than the Honda HR-V. The NHTSA advises that heavier vehicles are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts. Crosswinds also affect lighter cars more.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Hyundai Santa Fe Sport is safer than the Honda HR-V:

 

Santa Fe Sport

HR-V

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

 

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

258

481

 

Passenger

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

Chest Compression

.4 inches

.5 inches

Neck Stress

126 lbs.

218 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

342/259 lbs.

574/500 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

A significantly tougher test than their original offset frontal crash test, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety does 40 MPH small overlap frontal offset crash tests. In this test, where only 25% of the total width of the vehicle is struck, results indicate that the Hyundai Santa Fe Sport is safer than the HR-V:

 

Santa Fe Sport

HR-V

Overall Evaluation

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Restraints

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Head Neck Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Head injury index

87

185

Peak Head Forces

0 G’s

0 G’s

Steering Column Movement Rearward

0 cm

1 cm

Chest Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Hip & Thigh Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Hip & Thigh Injury Risk R/L

1%/0%

1%/0%

Lower Leg Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Tibia index R/L

.49/.37

.56/.48

Tibia forces R/L

1.5/1.4 kN

2.4/1.5 kN

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Hyundai Santa Fe Sport is safer than the Honda HR-V:

 

Santa Fe Sport

HR-V

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

115

148

Chest Movement

.7 inches

.8 inches

Abdominal Force

150 G’s

158 G’s

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

143

357

Spine Acceleration

54 G’s

59 G’s

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

191

203

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

In a 31 MPH side-impact test, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety crashes a 3300 pound sled into the side of new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Hyundai Santa Fe Sport is safer than the HR-V:

 

Santa Fe Sport

HR-V

Overall Evaluation

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Structure

GOOD

POOR

 

Driver

Head Protection Rating

GOOD

GOOD

Head Injury Rating

GOOD

GOOD

Torso Injury Rating

GOOD

GOOD

Pelvis/Leg Injury Rating

GOOD

MARGINAL

Head Injury Criterion

165

217

 

Rear Passenger

Head Protection Rating

GOOD

GOOD

Head Injury Rating

GOOD

GOOD

Torso Injury Rating

GOOD

GOOD

Pelvis/Leg Injury Rating

GOOD

GOOD

Head Injury Criterion

109

184

For its top level performance in IIHS driver-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, rear impact and roof-crush tests, with its optional front crash prevention system, its “Acceptable” rating in the new passenger-side small overlap crash test, and its headlight’s “Good” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Santa Fe Sport its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2018, a rating granted to only 20 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The HR-V was not even a standard “Top Pick” for 2018.

Warranty Comparison

The Santa Fe Sport comes with a full 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The HR-V’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 2 years and 24,000 miles sooner.

Hyundai’s powertrain warranty covers the Santa Fe Sport 5 years and 40,000 miles longer than Honda covers the HR-V. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the HR-V ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.

The Santa Fe Sport’s corrosion warranty is 2 years longer than the HR-V’s (7 vs. 5 years).

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2017 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Hyundai vehicles are better in initial quality than Honda vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Hyundai 6th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 17 more problems per 100 vehicles, Honda is ranked 20th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Hyundai vehicles are more reliable than Honda vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Hyundai 6th in reliability, above the industry average. With 16 more problems per 100 vehicles, Honda is ranked 12th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ April 2017 Auto Issue reports that Hyundai vehicles are more reliable than Honda vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Hyundai 3 places higher in reliability than Honda.

Engine Comparison

The Santa Fe Sport’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 44 more horsepower (185 vs. 141) and 51 lbs.-ft. more torque (178 vs. 127) than the HR-V’s 1.8 SOHC 4 cyl. The Santa Fe Sport 2.0T’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 99 more horsepower (240 vs. 141) and 133 lbs.-ft. more torque (260 vs. 127) than the HR-V’s 1.8 SOHC 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 4 cyl. is faster than the Honda HR-V (automatics tested):

 

Santa Fe Sport

HR-V

Zero to 60 MPH

8.3 sec

9.5 sec

Quarter Mile

16.4 sec

17.3 sec

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

The Santa Fe Sport has 4.2 gallons more fuel capacity than the HR-V (17.4 vs. 13.2 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Santa Fe Sport’s brake rotors are larger than those on the HR-V:

 

Santa Fe Sport

HR-V

Front Rotors

12.6 inches

11.5 inches

Rear Rotors

11.9 inches

11.1 inches

The Santa Fe Sport stops shorter than the HR-V:

 

Santa Fe Sport

HR-V

 

70 to 0 MPH

177 feet

183 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

122 feet

127 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Santa Fe Sport has larger tires than the HR-V (235/65R17 vs. 215/55R17).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Santa Fe Sport 2.0T Ultimate has standard 19-inch wheels. The HR-V’s largest wheels are only 17-inches.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For superior ride and handling, the Hyundai Santa Fe Sport has fully independent front and rear suspensions. An independent suspension allows the wheels to follow the road at the best angle for gripping the pavement, without compromising ride comfort. The Honda HR-V has a rear torsion beam axle, with a semi-independent rear suspension.

The Santa Fe Sport has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The HR-V’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The Santa Fe Sport has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Santa Fe Sport flat and controlled during cornering. The HR-V 4x2 suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Santa Fe Sport’s wheelbase is 3.5 inches longer than on the HR-V (106.3 inches vs. 102.8 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Santa Fe Sport is 3.8 inches wider in the front and 4 inches wider in the rear than the track on the HR-V.

For better maneuverability, the Santa Fe Sport’s turning circle is 1.6 feet tighter than the HR-V’s (35.8 feet vs. 37.4 feet).

Passenger Space Comparison

The Santa Fe Sport has 7.9 cubic feet more passenger volume than the HR-V (108 vs. 100.1).

The Santa Fe Sport has .1 inches more front headroom, .1 inches more front legroom, 3.6 inches more front hip room, 2.6 inches more front shoulder room, .8 inches more rear headroom, .1 inches more rear legroom, 8 inches more rear hip room and 3.8 inches more rear shoulder room than the HR-V.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Santa Fe Sport has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the HR-V with its rear seat up (35.4 vs. 24.3 cubic feet). The Santa Fe Sport has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the HR-V with its rear seat folded (71.5 vs. 58.8 cubic feet).

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the Santa Fe Sport’s optional rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The HR-V doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Santa Fe Sport’s power liftgate can be opened just by waiting momentarily behind the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The Santa Fe Sport’s power liftgate can also be opened or closed by pressing a button. The HR-V doesn’t offer a power or hands-free opening liftgate.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Santa Fe Sport offers a remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The HR-V doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

When two different drivers share the Santa Fe Sport, the optional memory seats and mirrors make it convenient for both. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position and outside mirror angle. The HR-V doesn’t offer a memory system.

The power windows standard on both the Santa Fe Sport and the HR-V have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Santa Fe Sport is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The HR-V prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

The Santa Fe Sport’s standard front power windows open with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The HR-V’s front passenger window doesn’t open automatically. The Santa Fe Sport’s optional front power windows open fully with one touch of the switches, and its driver’s window also automatically closes.

The Santa Fe Sport’s variable intermittent wipers have an adjustable delay to allow the driver to choose a setting that best clears the windshield during light rain or mist. The HR-V LX/EX’s standard fixed intermittent wipers only have one fixed delay setting, so the driver will have to manually switch them between slow and intermittent.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) conducts detailed tests on headlights for their range both straight ahead and in curves and to be certain they don’t exceed acceptable amounts of glare to oncoming drivers. The Santa Fe Sport’s available headlights were rated “Good” by the IIHS, while the HR-V’s headlights are rated “Poor.”

The Santa Fe Sport has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. When the ignition turns off, the headlights turn off after a delay timed to allow you to securely get to your front door. The HR-V has an automatic headlight on/off feature standard only on the EX/EX-L.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the Santa Fe Sport Ultimate detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The HR-V doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the Santa Fe Sport Ultimate offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The HR-V doesn’t offer cornering lights.

Both the Santa Fe Sport and the HR-V offer available heated front seats. The Santa Fe Sport also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the HR-V.

Optional air-conditioned seats in the Santa Fe Sport keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The HR-V doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

On extremely cold winter days, the Santa Fe Sport’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The HR-V doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

The Santa Fe Sport offers an optional center folding armrest for the rear passengers. A center armrest helps make rear passengers more comfortable. The HR-V doesn’t offer a rear seat center armrest.

The Santa Fe Sport’s optional dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. The HR-V doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

Both the Santa Fe Sport and the HR-V offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the Santa Fe Sport has standard rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The HR-V doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Santa Fe Sport Ultimate offers an optional Smart Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The HR-V doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Santa Fe Sport owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Santa Fe Sport with a number “5” insurance rate while the HR-V is rated higher at a number “8” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Santa Fe Sport is less expensive to operate than the HR-V because typical repairs cost much less on the Santa Fe Sport than the HR-V, including $322 less for a starter, $35 less for fuel injection, $168 less for front struts and $66 less for a timing belt/chain.

Recommendations Comparison

The Hyundai Santa Fe Sport has won recognition from these important consumer publications:

 

Santa Fe Sport

HR-V

Consumer Reports® Recommends

TRUE

TRUE

Car Book “Best Bet”

TRUE

FALSE

The Hyundai Santa Fe outsold the Honda HR-V by 42% during 2017.

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