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Honda CR-V, Hyundai Santa Fe, Car Comparisons, SUV
#67 of 106 Re: Why is everyone [mpuzach]
Aug 27, 2007 (5:55 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 (9:24 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 (9:39 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 (9:02 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?
#71 of 106 Santa Fe MPG
Aug 28, 2007 (10:00 am)
I'm getting around 23 MPG on the highway and 16 - 18 in stop and go traffic. I have a Limited AWD (3.3 liter) with around 3500 miles on it.
#72 of 106 Re: Santa Fe MPG [mpuzach]
Aug 28, 2007 (10:05 am)
I started this thread last spring. I just got 28.8 mpg on an all highway trip twith the new CRV this weekend. Also, the NYTimes did a comparison that showed that the CRV has as much, if not slighly more space than the Sante Fe.
The Sante Fe is certainly a good car and we debated this a few months ago. It's really personal preference. With incentives, the Sante Fe comes out the same if not cheaper, in some trim lines than the CRV. They are both good choices.
#73 of 106 Re: Why is everyone [stevedebi]
Aug 28, 2007 (11:00 am)
It's not really fair to compare fuel economy between I4 (CR-V) and V6 (Santa Fe) but I can tell you both do well in that category.
By the way, the Santa Fe is larger:
Passenger Volume: CR-V 100.9 / Santa Fe 108.3
Maximum Cargo Volume: CR-V 72.9 / Santa Fe 78.2
On Honda's website, they list Tuscon as one of its competitors on the Compare Vehicles section - fyi
#74 of 106 Re: Why is everyone [joe97]
Aug 28, 2007 (12:25 pm)
My mistake on the passenger volume. I still feel they are both good coices and personal preference will play a part.
As far as fuel economy, some people want better mpg, while others would like to have more highway power. I think the only reason I was comparing the CRV to the Sante Fe to begin with was that they were both new models, while the Tuscon was older.
#75 of 106 Re: Why is everyone [joe97]
Aug 28, 2007 (1:19 pm)
If you don't fold down the 2nd row, the CR-V actually has a tad bit more room behind the 2nd row. Something to consider if you have young children with baby seats, and therefor won't be folding down the 2nd row.
#76 of 106 Re: Why is everyone [stevecar]
Aug 28, 2007 (6:24 pm)
The CR-V and the Tucson are comparable vehicles; the Santa Fe is considerably larger, and competes against the Pilot.
For example, the CR-V and Tucson have essentially the same wheelbase (103.1 for the CR-V vs. 103.5 for the Tucson), which the Santa Fe's is longer (106.3). The CR-V and Tucson are the same width (71.6 and 72.1) while the Santa Fe is wider (74.4). The CR-V and Tucson have almost identical curb weights (3549 and 3548) while the Santa Fe is heavier (4022). Front and rear shoulder room are, likewise, identical in the CR-V and the Tucson, while the Santa Fe is larger. The CR-V and Tucson are both 5-passenger vehicles, whereas the Santa Fe can seat 7. The CR-V and Tucson have similar horsepower availability (max of 166 for the CR-V and 173 for the Tucson), whereas the Santa Fe is a lot more powerful (242 hp).
About the only place that the Santa Fe and CR-V are directly comparable is the price tag. A loaded CR-V will cost about the same as a loaded Santa Fe, while the Tucson will be $2-4,000 less.