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Both the Passport and the Santa Fe have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact 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, 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.
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.
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.
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-cylinder. 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-cylinder.
As tested in Motor Trend the Honda Passport is faster than the Hyundai Santa Fe:
Santa Fe 4-cyl.
Santa Fe 2.0T
Zero to 60 MPH
Speed in 1/4 Mile
An engine control system that can shut down some 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.
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.
The Passport stops shorter than the Santa Fe:
60 to 0 MPH
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 2.0T’s 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.
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 2.3 inches wider in the front and 1.9 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the Santa Fe.
The Passport Elite AWD handles at .79 G’s, while the Santa Fe AWD pulls only .76 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.
The Passport Elite AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Santa Fe (28.1 seconds @ .62 average G’s vs. 28.9 seconds @ .58 average G’s).
To almost totally eliminate engine vibration in the passenger area, the Passport has an electronically controlled liquid-filled main engine mount. A computer-controlled electric current in the liquid changes its viscosity, allowing the mount to dampen the engine completely at all RPMs. The Santa Fe uses conventional solid rubber engine mounts.
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.
The Passport has 5.2 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Santa Fe (115.9 vs. 110.7).
The Passport has 1.6 inches more front hip room, 2.9 inches more front shoulder room, .9 inches more rear headroom, 1 inch more rear hip room and 3.6 inches more rear shoulder room than the Santa Fe.
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 (which can’t be accessed with the valet key) keeps your small valuables safer in the Passport. The Santa Fe doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.
The Passport’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Santa Fe’s (3500 vs. 2000 pounds). Maximum trailer towing in the Hyundai Santa Fe is only 3500 pounds. The Passport AWD offers up to a 5000 lbs. towing capacity.
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’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.
The Passport’s standard speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The Santa Fe’s standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.
Consumer Reports rated the Passport’s headlight performance “Very Good,” a higher rating than the Santa Fe’s headlights, which were rated “Good.”
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) conducts detailed tests on headlights for their range both straight ahead and in curves and to be certain they don’t exceed acceptable amounts of glare to oncoming drivers. The Passport’s headlights were rated “Acceptable” by the IIHS, while the Santa Fe’s headlights are rated “Marginal” to .”
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 costs extra on the Santa Fe and isn’t available on the Santa Fe SE.
The Passport’s standard automatic temperature control maintains the temperature you set, automatically controlling fan speed, vents and temperature to maintain a consistent, comfortable environment. The Santa Fe SE doesn’t offer automatic air conditioning.
Car and Driver performed a comparison test in its April 2019 issue and the Honda Passport Elite AWD won out over the Hyundai Santa Fe AWD.
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