Last post on Feb 12, 2012 at 8:55 PM
You are in the Hyundai Santa Fe
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Honda CR-V, Hyundai Santa Fe, Car Comparisons, SUV
#61 of 106 Re: SF is better in my estimation [skierbri10]
Aug 26, 2007 (7:11 pm)
I share your opinion of the outlander's interior but that makes horseracing. Mits always did some strange stuff to their vehicles. When I first saw the Outlander's exterior, I was attracted to it....turned off when I entered it but it did drive ok...then I went and bought the 07 SF...no regrets either so far. The SF just felt so much more solid to me (got the SE AWD)
A friend is pretty high up in the Toyota org said their last corporate meeting was spent with a lot of time devoted to hyundai and their increasing quality as well. Apparently Toyota has also cast an eye at the Hyundai company as being a potential LARGE threat! Interesting.
#62 of 106 Re: SF is better in my estimation [gizzer777]
Aug 26, 2007 (8:28 pm)
In general, Honda the company are snobs. They still believe that they have a far superior product. I own a Honda Prelude and a Hyundai SF and the Honda is a nice, good quality car, but so is the Hyundai. I do like how Honda has the navi and backup camera in thier CRV. Overall, though I felt that they Hyundai was a better vehicle for the money. I liked the safty features and when I read the crash test results, the Hyundai was the only suv/crossover that had no actual injuries to the dummies. I think Toyota and Honda are keeping a sharp eye to their rear and watching Hyundai move up the ladder quickly.
#63 of 106 Why is everyone
Aug 27, 2007 (6:17 am)
compaing the CRV against the Hyundai SantaFe??? Shouldn't it be compared against the Hyundai Tuscon?????
#64 of 106 Re: Why is everyone [nortsr1]
Aug 27, 2007 (12:19 pm)
From my point of view CR-V is competing with the Santa Fe. Cargo space is similar and price is similar (at least in Canada).
As I see it,
- better fuel economy
- aux audio port
- better handling (not so tipsy)
- 2nd row seats can slide
- optional Navi with backup camera
- driver window auto-up
- power drivers seat with lumbar support *
- dual zone climate control *
- smooth and powerful V6
- optional 3rd row seats
* will be available in 2008 models on CR-V
The other stuff is mostly subjective (looks) or equivalent (safety, features, and to a lesser extent interior which an edge to the CR-V, although the leather on the Santa Fe seems like it's "better").
#65 of 106 Re: Why is everyone [ejonavin]
Aug 27, 2007 (12:43 pm)
Navigation will be available on the 2008 Santa Fe
Sound system, comfort and interior volume, among others, I would give the nod to the SF.
#66 of 106 Re: Why is everyone [ejonavin]
Aug 27, 2007 (2:54 pm)
I agree that the CR-V competes more closely with the Santa Fe than with the Tucson. After looking very closely at all 3 before ultimately buying a Santa Fe Limited AWD, I'll add a few things to your comparison.
Santa Fe Limited's 3.3 liter V6 is much more responsive than the CR-V's 4 cylinder. To me, the CR-V felt significantly under-powered.
The Santa Fe's 3.3 liter V6 is also extremely smooth and quiet; it feels like a very refined engine.
CR-V's 2nd row seats don't fold flat.
CR-V's center stack-mounted shifter is quite unappealing IMO.
I didn't find the CR-V to be the least bit fun to drive. The Santa Fe Limited is IMO extremely enjoyable to drive.
Santa Fe's interior lighting is an absolute kick, especially the illuminated cup holders!
Honda can't come close to Hyundai's warranty.
#67 of 106 Re: Why is everyone [mpuzach]
Aug 27, 2007 (6:55 pm)
I'm still undecided.
While the CR-V's interior is very nice, it's "over-rated". I found the Santa Fe's leather much more appealing. CR-V also lacks an intermittent wipers on the rear and wiper heats on the front.
2nd row not folding flat isn't an issue for me as the second row will be occupied by baby seats and will never be folder. This leaves the usable cargo space about the same in both vehicles.
My current cars are the Honda Fit and Acura RSX, so you can see why I would think that the Santa Fe is a bit tipsy. OTOH, I'm kind of tired of engine and road noise on long trips and wouldn't mind having a nice, smooth hwy cruiser.
#68 of 106 Re: Why is everyone [ejonavin]
Aug 27, 2007 (10:24 pm)
Have you driven a Santa Fe Limited? If not, I recommend that you do. A test drive could make your decision much easier; it certainly did for me.
#69 of 106 Re: Why is everyone [mpuzach]
Aug 27, 2007 (10:39 pm)
Yes, I test-drove the top trim available in Canada, which is a GLS (equivalent to Limited?) with 3.3 V6, AWD, 18" alloys, leather, fully loaded.
You can really feel the weight during quick lane changes, and body sway on tight on-ramps. But the steering feel was excellent and the engine was a delight.
#70 of 106 Re: Why is everyone [mpuzach]
Aug 28, 2007 (10:02 am)
"Have you driven a Santa Fe Limited? If not, I recommend that you do. A test drive could make your decision much easier; it certainly did for me."
What's the real-world MPG on the Santa Fe?