2019 Hyundai Santa Fe vs. 2018 Honda CR-V

2019 Hyundai Santa Fe
vs. 2018 Honda CR-V 

 The 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe arrives as a completely redesigned model this year. It is now a spacious two-row crossover with a lot to offer. We are going to compare it to the popular 2018 Honda CR-V to see how it stacks up against its new competition.


You want your vehicle to protect you and your family. The Santa Fe works hard to keep everyone safe with a long list of standard safety features including forward collision mitigation, a drowsy driving warning system, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, and Safe Exit Assist, which prevents you from opening the door if a vehicle is approaching from behind.

While the CR-V is well-rated in crash protection, you have to go up to higher trim levels to get the advanced, active safety features.

Powertrain Options

The base engine on the Santa Fe is a 2.4-liter four-cylinder with 185 horsepower and 178 lb-ft of torque. The CR-V's standard engine is nearly identical: a 2.4-liter four-cylinder with 184 horsepower and 180 lb-ft of torque.

If you are looking for an engine upgrade, the Santa Fe has more to offer. The Limited and Ultimate trims are available with a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine with 235 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. The CR-V's upgraded engine is a turbocharged four-cylinder, but it is only rated at 190 horsepower and 179 lb-ft of torque.

Interior Space

Both the Santa Fe and CR-V offer seating for up to five passengers. However, if you want lots of room to stretch out, you are going to want the Santa Fe. Legroom is better in both the front and second rows, particularly in the front row. The Santa Fe boasts 44.1 inches versus only 41.3 inches in the CR-V. Overall passenger volume in the Santa Fe spans 110.7 cubic feet. The CR-V cuts it short at 105.9 cubic feet.

Clearly, the Santa Fe excels where the CR-V falls short. You can find the redesigned 2019 Santa Fe here at Hiley Hyundai of Fort Worth.


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