2020 Hyundai Santa Fe vs. 2019 Honda HR-V

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Safety

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Both the Santa Fe and HR-V have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The Santa Fe has power child safety locks, allowing the driver to activate and deactivate them from the driver's seat and to know when they're engaged. The HR-V’s child locks have to be individually engaged at each rear door with a manual switch. The driver can’t know the status of the locks without opening the doors and checking them.

In the past twenty years hundreds of infants and young children have died after being left in vehicles, usually by accident. When turning the vehicle off, drivers of the Santa Fe are reminded to check the back seat if they opened the rear door before starting out. The HR-V doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Santa Fe has a standard Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Avoidance Assist that use rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The HR-V doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

The Santa Fe Limited has a standard Surround View Monitor to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The HR-V only offers a rear monitor.

To help make backing safer, the Santa Fe SEL/Limited’s cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The HR-V doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

The Santa Fe’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The HR-V doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

The Santa Fe SEL/Limited has standard Blue Link, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to remotely unlock your doors if you lock your keys in, help track down your vehicle if it’s stolen or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The HR-V doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the Santa Fe and the HR-V 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, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive and blind spot warning systems.

The Hyundai Santa Fe weighs 441 to 1466 pounds more than the Honda HR-V. The NHTSA advises that heavier vehicles are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts. Crosswinds also affect lighter cars more.

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

Santa Fe

HR-V

Driver

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

454

481

Neck Injury Risk

19%

19%

Neck Stress

167 lbs.

244 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Chest Compression

.5 inches

.5 inches

Neck Injury Risk

33%

41%

Neck Stress

120 lbs.

218 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

256/146 lbs.

574/500 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 Hyundai Santa Fe is safer than the Honda HR-V:

Santa Fe

HR-V

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

49

148

Chest Movement

.6 inches

.8 inches

Abdominal Force

141 G’s

158 G’s

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

179

357

Spine Acceleration

54 G’s

59 G’s

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

8 inches

12 inches

HIC

179

203

Hip Force

649 lbs.

799 lbs.

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

For its top level performance in IIHS driver and passenger-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, roof strength and head restraint tests, its standard front crash prevention system, and its headlight’s “Good” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Santa Fe its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2019, a rating granted to only 46 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The HR-V is only a standard “Top Pick” for 2019.

Warranty

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The Santa Fe comes with a full 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The HR-V’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 2 years and 24,000 miles sooner.

Hyundai’s powertrain warranty covers the Santa Fe 5 years and 40,000 miles longer than Honda covers the HR-V. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the HR-V ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.

The Santa Fe’s corrosion warranty is 2 years longer than the HR-V’s (7 vs. 5 years).

Reliability

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To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Santa Fe has a standard 800-amp battery. The HR-V’s 410-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Santa Fe first among midsize SUVs in their 2019 Initial Quality Study. The HR-V isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Hyundai vehicles are better in initial quality than Honda vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Hyundai third in initial quality, above the industry average. With 27 more problems per 100 vehicles, Honda is ranked 16th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Hyundai vehicles are more reliable than Honda vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Hyundai 8th in reliability, above the industry average. With 22 more problems per 100 vehicles, Honda is ranked 16th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Hyundai vehicles are more reliable than Honda vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Hyundai 5 places higher in reliability than Honda.

Engine

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The Santa Fe’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 44 more horsepower (185 vs. 141) and 51 lbs.-ft. more torque (178 vs. 127) than the HR-V’s 1.8 SOHC 4 cyl. The Santa Fe 2.0T’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 94 more horsepower (235 vs. 141) and 133 lbs.-ft. more torque (260 vs. 127) than the HR-V’s 1.8 SOHC 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Hyundai Santa Fe 2.4 4-cylinder is faster than the Honda HR-V:

Santa Fe

HR-V

Zero to 60 MPH

8.9 sec

9.5 sec

Quarter Mile

16.7 sec

17.3 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

84.3 MPH

82.2 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Santa Fe’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 HR-V doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The Santa Fe has 5.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the HR-V (18.8 vs. 13.2 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Environmental Friendliness

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In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Hyundai Santa Fe higher (5 to 7 out of 10) than the Honda HR-V (3). This means the Santa Fe produces up to 24.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the HR-V every 15,000 miles.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Santa Fe’s brake rotors are larger than those on the HR-V:

Santa Fe

HR-V

Front Rotors

12.6 inches

11.5 inches

Rear Rotors

12 inches

11.1 inches

The Santa Fe stops shorter than the HR-V:

Santa Fe

HR-V

70 to 0 MPH

176 feet

183 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

125 feet

127 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Santa Fe has larger tires than the HR-V (235/65R17 vs. 215/55R17).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Santa Fe 2.0T has standard 19-inch wheels. The HR-V’s largest wheels are only 17-inches.

Suspension and Handling

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For superior ride and handling, the Hyundai Santa Fe has fully independent front and rear suspensions. An independent suspension allows the wheels to follow the road at the best angle for gripping the pavement, without compromising ride comfort. The Honda HR-V has a rear torsion beam axle, with a semi-independent rear suspension.

The Santa Fe has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The HR-V’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The Santa Fe has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Santa Fe flat and controlled during cornering. The HR-V 4x2 suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

The Santa Fe has a standard automatic load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The HR-V doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Santa Fe’s wheelbase is 6.1 inches longer than on the HR-V (108.9 inches vs. 102.8 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Santa Fe is 4.3 inches wider in the front and 4.4 inches wider in the rear than on the HR-V.

The Santa Fe’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (57.3% to 42.7%) than the HR-V’s (59.6% to 40.4%). This gives the Santa Fe more stable handling and braking.

The Santa Fe AWD handles at .81 G’s, while the HR-V EX-L AWD pulls only .80 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

Chassis

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As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Santa Fe AWD is quieter than the HR-V EX-L AWD:

Santa Fe

HR-V

At idle

37 dB

41 dB

Full-Throttle

72 dB

77 dB

70 MPH Cruising

64 dB

71 dB

Passenger Space

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The Santa Fe has 10.6 cubic feet more passenger volume than the HR-V (110.7 vs. 100.1).

Cargo Capacity

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The Santa Fe’s cargo area provides more volume than the HR-V.

Santa Fe

HR-V

Rear Seat Up

35.9 cubic feet

24.3 cubic feet

Rear Seat Folded

71.3 cubic feet

58.8 cubic feet

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the Santa Fe Limited’s second row seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The HR-V doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, just waiting momentarily behind the back bumper can open the Santa Fe’s power liftgate, leaving your hands completely free. The Santa Fe’s power liftgate can also be opened or closed by pressing a button. The HR-V doesn’t offer a power or hands-free opening liftgate.

Servicing Ease

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The Santa Fe uses gas struts to support the hood for easier service access. The HR-V uses a prop rod to support its heavy hood. It takes two hands to open the hood and set the prop rod, the prop rod gets in the way during maintenance and service, and the prop rod could be knocked out, causing the heavy hood to fall on the person maintaining or servicing the car.

Ergonomics

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The Santa Fe SEL/Limited/Ultimate 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 HR-V doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

When different drivers share the Santa Fe Limited, the memory seats make it convenient. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position. The HR-V doesn’t offer memory seats.

The Santa Fe Limited has a standard heads-up display that projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The HR-V doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The power windows standard on both the Santa Fe and the HR-V have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Santa Fe is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The HR-V prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

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

The Santa Fe’s standard variable intermittent wipers have an adjustable delay to allow the driver to choose a setting that best clears the windshield during light rain or mist. The HR-V LX/Sport’s standard fixed intermittent wipers only have one fixed delay setting, so the driver will have to manually switch them between slow and intermittent. The Santa Fe Limited’s standard wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The HR-V EX/EX-L/Touring’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

The Santa Fe has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. The HR-V has an automatic headlight on/off feature standard only on the EX/EX-L/Touring.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors standard on the Santa Fe detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The HR-V doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

Both the Santa Fe and the HR-V offer available heated front seats. The Santa Fe Limited also has standard heated second row seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the HR-V.

Standard air-conditioned seats in the Santa Fe Limited keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The HR-V doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

On extremely cold winter days, the Santa Fe Limited’s standard heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The HR-V doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

The Santa Fe has a standard center folding armrest for the middle row passengers. A center armrest helps make middle row passengers more comfortable. The HR-V doesn’t offer a rear seat center armrest.

The Santa Fe (except SE)’s optional 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. The HR-V doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

Both the Santa Fe and the HR-V offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the Santa Fe has standard rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The HR-V doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

The Santa Fe Limited has a 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The HR-V doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the Santa Fe owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Santa Fe with a number “5” insurance rate while the HR-V is rated higher at a number “10” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Santa Fe is less expensive to operate than the HR-V because typical repairs cost much less on the Santa Fe than the HR-V, including $15 less for a water pump, $359 less for a starter and $20 less for a fuel pump.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends both the Hyundai Santa Fe and the Honda HR-V, based on reliability, safety and performance.

The Hyundai Santa Fe outsold the Honda HR-V by 37% during 2018.

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