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Honda CR-V vs. Hyundai Santa Fe

In comparing the Honda CR-V to the Hyundai Santa Fe, the Honda CR-V has the advantage in the areas of new vehicle base pricing, fuel efficiency and overall quality score. The Hyundai Santa Fe has the advantage in the areas of typical lower range of pricing for one- to five-year-old used cars, interior volume and base engine power. Based on this comparison of the Honda CR-V versus the Hyundai Santa Fe, the two cars are fairly comparable.

Honda CR-V versus Hyundai Santa Fe Pricing

A one- to five-year-old used Honda CR-V ranges from $26,333 to $36,700 while a used Hyundai Santa Fe from the same model year range is priced between $23,794 to $37,808. For a new model, the Honda CR-V's price is between $28,170 and $36,765, with the Hyundai Santa Fe priced between $29,484 and $44,236.

Honda CR-V versus Hyundai Santa Fe Quality Rating

The iSeeCars Overall Quality rating for the Honda CR-V is 8.6 out of 10 while the Hyundai Santa Fe's quality rating is 8.5 out of 10. This results in the Honda CR-V being ranked 5 out of 61 Best Crossover SUVs and the Hyundai Santa Fe being ranked 6 out of 61.

Engine Power and Fuel Efficiency Comparison

For engine performance, the Honda CR-V’s base engine makes 190 horsepower, and the Hyundai Santa Fe base engine makes 191 horsepower. The CR-V is rated to deliver an average of 30 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 476 miles. The Santa Fe is rated to deliver an average of 26 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 496 miles. Both models use regular unleaded.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Hyundai Santa Fe, a crossover/midsize SUV, has the advantage of offering more interior volume, reflected in more front head room, front shoulder room, front leg room, rear head room, rear shoulder room and rear leg room. The Honda CR-V, a crossover/compact SUV, has the advantage in the area of trunk space.

Hauling, Towing, and Off-Road Capabilities Comparison

The Hyundai Santa Fe has the advantage of offering higher ground clearance and payload capacity than the Honda CR-V.

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2023 Honda CR-V

2023 Hyundai Santa Fe

Pricing

New Asking Price:

$28,170 - $36,765

Used Asking Price:

$26,333 - $36,700

5-Year Depreciation (lower is better):

36.5%

Pricing

New Asking Price:

$29,484 - $44,236

Used Asking Price:

$23,794 - $37,808

5-Year Depreciation (lower is better):

50%

iSeeCars Scores & Rankings

Overall Score:

8.6 / 10

Reliability:

8.5 / 10

Retained Value:

8.3 / 10

Safety:

9.0 / 10

iSeeCars Scores & Rankings

Overall Score:

8.5 / 10

Reliability:

8.5 / 10

Retained Value:

7.0 / 10

Safety:

10.0 / 10

iSeeCars Rankings

2 / 24
3 / 61
4 / 24
5 / 61
5 / 24
10 / 61
32 / 61

iSeeCars Rankings

1 / 25
2 / 31
3 / 25
4 / 61
4 / 31
4 / 25
4 / 25
5 / 61
6 / 61
6 / 31
10 / 31
28 / 61

Summary Review

The Honda CR-V is a compact crossover with mass appeal. It has been one of the best-selling SUVs since its introduction as a 1997 model. The current CR-V benefitted from a redesign for the 2017 model year, with new models costing an average of $31,288 and 3-year-old models averaging $25,089.

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Summary Review

Hyundai’s Santa Fe has evolved rapidly over its generations into one of the most satisfying to drive midsize crossover SUVs on the market. There are many versions of the Santa Fe, some with two rows and some with three, depending upon the model year and trim.

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Pros and Cons

  • Hybrid version available
  • Assertive exterior design
  • Highly functional and comfortable interior

  • Priced higher than some competitors
  • Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) is not to every driver’s taste
  • Blind-spot monitoring unavailable in base models

Pros and Cons

  • New engines for 2021 including a hybrid
  • Cutting-edge infotainment
  • Excellent safety ratings

  • Only two rows for 2021

Available Body Styles

SUV

Available Body Styles

SUV

Available Drivetrain Options

Gasoline

Available Drivetrain Options

Gasoline

Trim Levels

EX-L, EX

Trim Levels

Calligraphy, Limited, SEL, SE, XRT

Warranty Information

Warranty, Bumper-to-Bumper:

3 years / 36000 miles

Warranty, Powertrain

5 years / 60000 miles

Warranty, Roadside Assistance:

3 years / 36000 miles

Warranty Information

Warranty, Bumper-to-Bumper:

5 years / 60000 miles

Warranty, Powertrain

10 years / 100000 miles

Warranty, Roadside Assistance:

5 years

Safety Ratings

NHTSA Safety Rating (last 5 year average):

5 out of 5 Stars

IIHS Safety Rating:

TOP SAFETY PICK

Safety Ratings

NHTSA Safety Rating (last 5 year average):

5 out of 5 Stars

IIHS Safety Rating:

TOP SAFETY PICK +

Base Drivetrain Specifications

Horsepower:

190 hp @ 6000 rpm

Torque:

179 foot-lbs @ 1700 rpm

Power-to-Weight Ratio (higher is better):

0.054 hp per pound

Towing Capacity:

Not yet available

Base Drivetrain Specifications

Horsepower:

191 hp @ 6100 rpm

Torque:

181 foot-lbs @ 4000 rpm

Power-to-Weight Ratio (higher is better):

0.052 hp per pound

Towing Capacity:

Not yet available

Engine Specifications

Engine Size:

1.5 liters

Engine Configuration:

Inline

Number of Cylinders:

4

Transmission:

Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT Automatic)

Standard/Optional Drivetrain Type:

FWD / AWD

EPA Fuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined MPG):

28 / 34 / 30

Range (city/hwy):

392 / 476 miles

Recommended Fuel Type:

Regular Unleaded

Engine Specifications

Engine Size:

2.5 liters

Engine Configuration:

Inline

Number of Cylinders:

4

Transmission:

Automatic

Standard/Optional Drivetrain Type:

FWD / AWD

EPA Fuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined MPG):

25 / 28 / 26

Range (city/hwy):

443 / 496 miles

Recommended Fuel Type:

Regular Unleaded

Standard/Optional Features

Apple CarPlay:

Standard

Android Auto:

Standard

Wireless Smartphone Charging:

Available

Keyless Entry:

Standard

Keyless Ignition:

Standard

Adaptive Cruise Control:

Standard

Heated Seats:

Standard

Cooled/Ventilated Seats:

N/A

Leather Upholstery:

Available

Navigation System:

N/A

Sunroof/Moonroof:

Standard

Heated Steering Wheel:

Available

Standard/Optional Features

Apple CarPlay:

Standard

Android Auto:

Standard

Wireless Smartphone Charging:

Available

Keyless Entry:

Standard

Keyless Ignition:

Available

Adaptive Cruise Control:

Standard

Heated Seats:

Available

Cooled/Ventilated Seats:

Available

Leather Upholstery:

Available

Navigation System:

Available

Sunroof/Moonroof:

Available

Heated Steering Wheel:

Available

Safety Equipment

Forward Collision Warning:

Standard

Pedestrian Detection:

Standard

Lane Departure Warning:

Standard

Lane Keeping Assist:

Standard

Blind Spot Monitoring:

Standard

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert:

Standard

360-Degree Camera:

N/A

Rear Seat Reminder:

Standard

Driver Attention Monitoring:

Standard

Safety Equipment

Forward Collision Warning:

Standard

Pedestrian Detection:

Standard

Lane Departure Warning:

Standard

Lane Keeping Assist:

Standard

Blind Spot Monitoring:

Standard

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert:

Standard

360-Degree Camera:

Available

Rear Seat Reminder:

Standard

Driver Attention Monitoring:

Standard

Interior Dimensions

Front Head Room:

38.2 inches

Front Leg Room:

41.3 inches

Front Shoulder Room:

57.9 inches

Rear Head Room:

38.2 inches

Rear Leg Room:

41 inches

Rear Shoulder Room:

55.9 inches

Cargo Space:

39.3 cubic feet

Cargo Space, 2nd-row seat folded down:

76.5 cubic feet

Overall Interior Volume:

142.8 cubic feet

Interior Dimensions

Front Head Room:

41.2 inches

Front Leg Room:

44.1 inches

Front Shoulder Room:

59.1 inches

Rear Head Room:

39 inches

Rear Leg Room:

41.7 inches

Rear Shoulder Room:

58.3 inches

Cargo Space:

36.4 cubic feet

Cargo Space, 2nd-row seat folded down:

72.1 cubic feet

Overall Interior Volume:

147.9 cubic feet

Exterior Dimensions

Curb Weight:

3497 lbs

Width:

73.5 inches

Height:

66.2 inches

Length:

184.8 inches

Wheelbase:

106.3 inches

Ground Clearance:

7.8 inches

Exterior Dimensions

Curb Weight:

3649 lbs

Width:

74.8 inches

Height:

66.3 inches

Length:

188.4 inches

Wheelbase:

108.9 inches

Ground Clearance:

8.2 inches

Standard Wheel/Tire Information

Wheel Size:

18.0 x 7.5 inches

Wheel Type:

alloy

Tire Size:

235/60R18

Standard Wheel/Tire Information

Wheel Size:

18.0 x 7.5 inches

Wheel Type:

alloy

Tire Size:

235/60R18