If you want a crossover to drive around the Marlton, Mt. Laurel, or Cherry Hill area, then you’d be in good hands with either the 2019 Honda CR-V or Hyundai Santa Fe.
To help you figure out which is going to bring the fuel economy, cargo space, and cabin comforts you need to hit the road in style, the team at Burns Honda put together this CR-V vs. Santa Fe comparison.
If you’re like many local drivers, then you probably spend a lot of time behind the wheel, so having an efficient powertrain is important. You’ll get that with either the Honda CR-V or Hyundai Santa Fe. However, the CR-V may get you farther between fill-ups.
Both crossovers come standard with a 2.4L I-4 engine that delivers more than 180 horsepower. They also help you conserve fuel during city driving by including a start/stop feature. This powers down your engine during extended waits at stop signs and traffic lights and powers it up again when you take your foot off the brake.
In the Honda CR-V, this engine helps you achieve an EPA-estimated fuel economy of 26 MPG city and 32 MPG highway with front-wheel drive (FWD) and the LX trim level.1 With all-wheel drive (AWD), it gets an EPA-estimated fuel economy of 25 MPG city and 31 MPG highway with the LX trim.1
Compare this to the Hyundai Santa Fe, which gets an EPA-estimated fuel economy of 22 MPG city and 29 MPG highway with FWD and 21 MPG city and 27 MPG highway with AWD.
As mentioned, both crossovers come standard with FWD but make a smart AWD system available. This system actively monitors your driving conditions and automatically adjusts your torque distribution as necessary to improve traction.
Next, let’s climb inside the cabin and have a look around. What you’ll see first in both the Honda CR-V and Hyundai Santa Fe is a 2-row interior with enough seating for five passengers, including the driver.
As the driver, you can adjust your seat up to 12 ways in the CR-V and up to eight ways in the Hyundai Santa Fe. They both include a lumbar support feature that can help reduce fatigue during longer drives.
As you settle behind the wheel, you can stay connected via the available 7-inch touchscreen display in the center stack. This is where you can view important info like incoming phone calls to your Bluetooth®-connected smartphone.
It’s also compatible with Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay®, which allow for full smartphone integration with your infotainment system.
If you need to bring some gear along, you may be able to pack a bit heavier in the Honda CR-V, which has a total cargo volume of 75.8 cubic feet. Compare this to just 71.3 cubic feet of cargo volume in the Hyundai Santa Fe.
The Honda CR-V can also fit 39.2 cubic feet of cargo in the trunk while the Hyundai Santa Fe can only accommodate 35.9 cubic feet.
After comparing the Honda CR-V vs. Hyundai Santa Fe, we found that the CR-V offers more cargo volume and a more efficient drive around the Marlton, Mt. Laurel, and Cherry Hill area. If you want to see it for yourself, contact Burns Honda and we’ll get you behind the wheel.
126 city/32 highway/28 combined mpg rating for 2WD LX trims. 25 city/31 highway/27 combined rating for AWD LX trims. Based on 2019 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, and other factors.