Face-Off: Honda CR-V vs. Hyundai Santa Fe

These SUVs live in different categories but compete well with each other

Honda CR-V vs Hyundai Santa Fe

SUV shoppers have more choices than ever before. Take, for example, the Honda CR-V and Hyundai Santa Fe. Technically, the CR-V is a compact SUV, while the Santa Fe measures 7 inches longer and is considered a midsized SUV. But these two models overlap because the CR-V is among the larger, roomier models in its class and the Santa Fe is priced below many of its competitors.


Both have room for five adults, available turbocharged four-cylinder engines, and front- or all-wheel drive, and come with a number of standard advanced safety systems.

Both have agile handling, thanks to their responsive steering and restrained body lean. They’re maneuverable and nimble to drive, but neither will be confused with the sportier Ford Edge or the Mazda CX-5.

However, there’s more to the Honda and Hyundai than specs. This is why we look at other key factors: Which one has more comprehensive safety features? Which gets better fuel economy? Is one quicker than the other? Are there differences in how easy it is to use the controls?

To answer those questions, we take an in-depth look at these SUVs and determine which one is the winner. 

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