2020 Honda Odyssey vs. 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe XL

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Safety

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The Odyssey has a standard Whiplash Mitigation Front Seat Design, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Whiplash Mitigation Front Seat Design system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Santa Fe XL doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

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

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Honda Odyssey is safer than the Hyundai Santa Fe XL:

Odyssey

Santa Fe XL

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Neck Injury Risk

27%

34%

Neck Stress

184 lbs.

375 lbs.

Neck Compression

18 lbs.

103 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

95/82 lbs.

189/318 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Neck Injury Risk

32%

53%

Neck Stress

101 lbs.

165 lbs.

Neck Compression

63 lbs.

110 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Honda Odyssey is safer than the Hyundai Santa Fe XL:

Odyssey

Santa Fe XL

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

66

96

Chest Movement

.5 inches

.9 inches

Abdominal Force

83 G’s

147 G’s

Hip Force

321 lbs.

339 lbs.

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

12 inches

15 inches

Spine Acceleration

41 G’s

48 G’s

Hip Force

472 lbs.

612 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Warranty

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

Reliability

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

Engine

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The Odyssey’s 3.5 SOHC V6 produces 10 lbs.-ft. more torque (262 vs. 252) than the Santa Fe XL’s 3.3 DOHC V6.

As tested in Motor Trend the Honda Odyssey is faster than the Hyundai Santa Fe XL:

Odyssey

Santa Fe XL

Zero to 60 MPH

6.6 sec

7.3 sec

Quarter Mile

15 sec

15.8 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

94.6 MPH

89.1 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Odyssey gets better fuel mileage than the Santa Fe XL:

MPG

Odyssey

FWD

3.5 DOHC 6-cyl.

19 city/28 hwy

Santa Fe XL

FWD

3.3 DOHC V6

18 city/25 hwy

Ultimate 3.3 V6

18 city/23 hwy

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

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Odyssey’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Santa Fe XL doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The Odyssey 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 XL doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Transmission

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A 10-speed automatic is standard on the Honda Odyssey, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a six-speed automatic is available for the Santa Fe XL.

Tires and Wheels

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The Odyssey 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 XL doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling

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For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Odyssey’s wheelbase is 7.9 inches longer than on the Santa Fe XL (118.1 inches vs. 110.2 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Odyssey is 3.2 inches wider in the front and 2.7 inches wider in the rear than on the Santa Fe XL.

Chassis

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The front grille of the Odyssey uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Santa Fe XL doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

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

Passenger Space

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The Odyssey offers optional seating for 8 passengers; the Santa Fe XL can only carry 7.

The Odyssey has 17 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Santa Fe XL (163.6 vs. 146.6).

The Odyssey has .8 inches more front headroom, 1.9 inches more front hip room, 3.7 inches more front shoulder room, .1 inches more rear headroom, .5 inches more rear legroom, 9.4 inches more rear hip room, 3.3 inches more rear shoulder room, 2.6 inches more third row headroom, 7.2 inches more third row legroom, 4.3 inches more third row hip room and 6.1 inches more third row shoulder room than the Santa Fe XL.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Odyssey’s middle and third row seats recline. The Santa Fe XL’s third row seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

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The Odyssey’s cargo area provides more volume than the Santa Fe XL.

Odyssey

Santa Fe XL

Behind Third Seat

32.8 cubic feet

13.5 cubic feet

Third Seat Folded

88.8 cubic feet

40.9 cubic feet

Max Cargo Volume

144.9 cubic feet

80 cubic feet

A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the Odyssey easier. The Odyssey’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 22.5 inches, while the Santa Fe XL’s liftover is 29.5 inches.

The Odyssey’s cargo area is larger than the Santa Fe XL’s in almost every dimension:

Odyssey

Santa Fe XL

Length to seat (3rd/2nd/1st)

25”/56”/91”

17.6”/47”/84”

Max Width

50”

50.7”

Min Width

48”

44”

Height

54”

n/a

The Odyssey has a standard One-Motion Magic Seat third row seat, which folds flat into the floor. This completely clears a very large cargo area quickly. The Santa Fe XL doesn’t offer seats that fold into the floor.

Ergonomics

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The Odyssey EX/EX-L/Touring/Elite has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The Santa Fe XL doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The Odyssey’s power parking brake sets with one touch and releases with one touch or automatically. The Santa Fe XL’s parking brake has to released manually.

The Odyssey EX/EX-L/Touring/Elite’s front and rear power windows all 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 XL’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them fully.

If the windows are left open on the Odyssey 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 XL can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The Odyssey’s power window, power lock, power mirror and cruise control switches are lit from behind, making them plainly visible and easier to operate at night. The Santa Fe XL’s power mirror switches are unlit, making them difficult to find at night and operate safely.

The Odyssey Elite’s standard wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The Santa Fe XL’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

When the Odyssey 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 XL’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Honda Odyssey Elite has a standard wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. The Santa Fe XL doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the Odyssey owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Odyssey will cost $555 less than the Santa Fe XL over a five-year period.

The Odyssey will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Odyssey will retain 47.39% to 51.03% of its original price after five years, while the Santa Fe XL only retains 44.15% to 45.38%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Odyssey is less expensive to operate than the Santa Fe XL because it costs $437 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Odyssey than the Santa Fe XL, including $11 less for front brake pads, $58 less for fuel injection, $80 less for a fuel pump, $78 less for front struts, $932 less for a timing belt/chain and $395 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations

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The Car Book by Jack Gillis recommends the Honda Odyssey, based on economy, maintenance, safety and complaint levels. The Hyundai Santa Fe XL isn't recommended.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Odyssey first among minivans in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Santa Fe XL isn’t in the top three in its category.

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