2019 Hyundai Santa Fe vs. 2019 Honda CR-V

May 2nd, 2019 by

The midsize crossover segment is white hot right now, with drivers around the country flocking to the combination of sedan-like efficiency and SUV height and driving feel. Hyundai offers one of the best on the market, the 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe, but let’s see how it stacks up against one of its biggest competitors, the 2019 Honda CR-V.



The 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe and 2019 Honda CR-V have a lot in common, in terms of performance. Both come standard with an automatic transmission and front-wheel drive, and all-wheel drive is available on all trim levels for both vehicles. The CR-V’s base model engine is a four-cylinder that generates 184 horsepower, while the Hyundai’s base trim engine is also a 185-horsepower four-cylinder.

The big difference is in the engine options. While both offer a turbo engine, Honda’s is a shrunken 1.5-liter 4-cylinder that only bumps you up to 190 horsepower. The 2019 Santa Fe’s turbo engine is a far-more powerful 235-horsepower 2.0-liter turbo unit.


Once again, the safety comparison is close–but only on first glance. Both the Santa Fe and CR-V were awarded 2019 Top Safety Pick designations by the IIHS–though of course, the Sant Fe received an even-more prestigious Top Safety Pick +.

And while most new cars today offer advanced smart safety features like Blind-Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist, Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist, Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Keep Assist, and more, only the 2019 Honda Santa Fe offers them standard. If you want those on a CR-V, you’ll need to opt for a higher trim level with the Honda Sensing package.


This one doesn’t even look close from afar. Hyundai vehicles are covered by the best warranties in America: the basic is good for five years, 60,000 miles while the powertrain warranty has you covered for 10 years and 100,000 miles. Those dwarf both Honda’s basic (three years, 36,000 miles) and powertrain (six years, 60,000 miles) offerings. This isn’t close.

Features and Interior

If you’re looking for pace, you’ll find a lot more of it in a 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe than you will in the Honda CR-V. The Santa Fe packs 110.7 cubic feet of passenger volume, more than the 102-105.9 feet available on different CR-V trims. And if you want to sync up your phone to use all of your favorite navigation and media apps, of course, Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™ are available on the CR-V–but on the 2019 Santa Fe, they’re standard.

Shop Hyundai Santa Fe near Brandon

To see all the ways that the 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe outduels the competition, visit our Brandon area Hyundai dealer for a test drive. We offer no-pressure sales and service thanks to our non-commissioned sales staff, so you’ll never feel bullied into buying–our whole focus is on getting you into a car you love for a price that makes sense to you.

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