Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport VS 2015 Honda CR-V Near Phoenix, AZ

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2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport

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2015 Honda CR-V

Safety Comparison

The Santa Fe Sport has standard whiplash protection, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the whiplash protection system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The CR‑V doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

To help make backing safer, the Santa Fe Sport’s optional 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 CR‑V doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the Santa Fe Sport and the CR‑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 and available all wheel drive.

Warranty Comparison

The Santa Fe Sport comes with a full 5 year/60,000 mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24 hour roadside assistance. The CR‑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 Sport 5 years and 40,000 miles longer than Honda covers the CR‑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 CR‑V ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.

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

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2014 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 fourth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 14 more problems per 100 vehicles, Honda is ranked 8th.

Engine Comparison

The Santa Fe Sport’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 5 more horsepower (190 vs. 185) than the CR‑V’s 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. The Santa Fe Sport 2.0T’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 79 more horsepower (264 vs. 185) and 88 lbs.-ft. more torque (269 vs. 181) than the CR‑V’s 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

The Santa Fe Sport has 2.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the CR‑V (17.4 vs. 15.3 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Santa Fe Sport’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the CR‑V:

Santa Fe Sport



Front Rotors

12.6 inches

11.7 inches

11.8 inches

The Santa Fe Sport stops shorter than the CR‑V:

Santa Fe Sport


60 to 0 MPH

132 feet

134 feet

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60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

142 feet

143 feet

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Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Santa Fe Sport has larger tires than the CR‑V (235/65R17 vs. 215/70R16). The Santa Fe Sport’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the CR‑V (235/65R17 vs. 225/65R17).

The Santa Fe Sport’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 65 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the CR‑V LX’s standard 70 series tires. The Santa Fe Sport 2.0T’s optional tires have a lower 55 series profile than the CR‑V Touring’s 60 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Santa Fe Sport has standard 17-inch wheels. Smaller 16-inch wheels are standard on the CR‑V LX. The Santa Fe Sport 2.0T’s optional 19-inch wheels are larger than the 18-inch wheels on the CR‑V Touring.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Santa Fe Sport’s wheelbase is 3.2 inches longer than on the CR‑V (106.3 inches vs. 103.1 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Santa Fe Sport is 2.1 inches wider in the front and 2.5 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the CR‑V.

The Santa Fe Sport 2.0T AWD handles at .80 G’s, while the CR‑V Touring AWD pulls only .78 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Santa Fe Sport 2.0T AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the CR‑V Touring AWD (27.7 seconds @ .57 average G’s vs. 28.3 seconds @ .59 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Santa Fe Sport’s turning circle is 1.1 feet tighter than the CR‑V AWD’s (35.8 feet vs. 36.9 feet). The Santa Fe Sport’s turning circle is 1.7 feet tighter than the CR‑V’s (35.8 feet vs. 37.5 feet).

Passenger Space Comparison

The Santa Fe Sport has 3.9 cubic feet more passenger volume than the CR‑V (108 vs. 104.1).

The Santa Fe Sport has 2.2 inches more front hip room, .8 inches more front shoulder room, .5 inches more rear headroom, 1.1 inches more rear legroom, 2.3 inches more rear hip room and 1.9 inches more rear shoulder room than the CR‑V.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Santa Fe Sport has a larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the CR‑V with its rear seat folded (71.5 vs. 70.9 cubic feet).

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Santa Fe Sport’s available cargo door can be opened just by waiting momentarily behind the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The CR‑V doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its cargo door, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Santa Fe Sport offers a 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 CR‑V doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

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

The Santa Fe Sport’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 CR‑V’s passenger windows don’t open or close automatically.

The Santa Fe Sport’s 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 CR‑V LX’s standard fixed intermittent wipers only have one fixed delay setting, so the driver will have to manually switch them between slow and intermittent.

Both the Santa Fe Sport and the CR‑V offer available heated front seats. The Santa Fe Sport also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the CR‑V.

The Santa Fe Sport’s optional air conditioned front seats cool the driver and front passenger and help take the sting out of hot leather in Summer. The CR‑V doesn’t offer air conditioned front seats.

On extremely cold Winter days, the Santa Fe Sport’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The CR‑V doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

Recommendations Comparison

The Hyundai Santa Fe Sport has won recognition from these important consumer publications:

Santa Fe Sport


Consumer Reports® Recommends



Car Book “Best Bet”



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