2019 Honda Passport vs. 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the Passport and the Santa Fe have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, side-impact head airbags, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, blind spot warning systems, rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

There are over 24 percent more Honda dealers than there are Hyundai dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the Passport’s warranty.

Reliability

The engine in the Passport has a single overhead cam for simplicity. The engines in the Santa Fe have dual overhead cams, which add to the number of moving parts and the complexity of the cylinder heads.

Engine

The Passport’s 3.5 SOHC V6 produces 95 more horsepower (280 vs. 185) and 84 lbs.-ft. more torque (262 vs. 178) than the Santa Fe’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. The Passport’s 3.5 SOHC V6 produces 45 more horsepower (280 vs. 235) and 2 lbs.-ft. more torque (262 vs. 260) than the Santa Fe 2.0T’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range

An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Passport’s fuel efficiency. The Santa Fe doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

The Passport has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Santa Fe doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Transmission

A nine-speed automatic is standard on the Honda Passport, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only an eight-speed automatic is available for the Santa Fe.

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Passport has larger standard tires than the Santa Fe (245/50R20 vs. 235/65R17). The Passport Touring/Elite’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Santa Fe (265/45R20 vs. 235/65R17).

The Passport Sport/EX-L’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Santa Fe SE/SEL’s standard 65 series tires. The Passport Touring/Elite’s tires have a lower 45 series profile than the Santa Fe’s optional 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Passport has standard 20-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Santa Fe SE/SEL. The Santa Fe’s largest wheels are only 19-inches.

The Passport has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The Santa Fe doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling

The Passport has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Santa Fe doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Passport’s wheelbase is 2 inches longer than on the Santa Fe (110.9 inches vs. 108.9 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Passport is 2.1 inches wider in the front and 1.8 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Santa Fe.

Chassis

For excellent aerodynamics, the Passport has standard flush composite headlights. The Santa Fe has recessed headlights that spoil its aerodynamic shape and create extra drag.

The Passport uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Santa Fe doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

The Passport has 5.2 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Santa Fe (115.9 vs. 110.7).

Cargo Capacity

The Passport has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Santa Fe with its rear seat up (41.2 vs. 35.9 cubic feet). The Passport has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Santa Fe with its rear seat folded (77.9 vs. 71.3 cubic feet).

A standard locking glovebox keeps your small valuables safer in the Passport. The Santa Fe doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Ergonomics

The Passport’s front power windows open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Santa Fe’s standard passenger windows don’t open or close automatically. The Santa Fe SEL/Limited/Ultimate’s rear windows don’t close automatically.

If the windows are left open on the Passport the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows at the outside door handle or from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Santa Fe can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

When the Passport EX-L/Touring/Elite is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The Santa Fe’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

The Passport Elite has standard automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Santa Fe offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

The Passport has a standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. Dual zone air conditioning is only available on the Santa Fe SEL Plus/Limited/Ultimate.

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