Vehicle Comparisons

2018 Honda Pilot vs. Hyundai Santa Fe

These days, driving a midsize crossover SUV can be one of the smartest, most economical choices you can make, whether it’s for transporting gear or used as a family vehicle. There are so many of these on the roads of Aurora, Centennial and Denver that it can be really tough to determine which might be the best choice for your needs.

When it comes to sport utility crossovers, the Honda Pilot and the Hyundai Santa Fe are two of the best you could possibly choose. But which one is the better option overall? Let’s discover the similarities and differences in this 2018 Honda Pilot vs. Hyundai Santa Fe comparison, and learn which is the better SUV for your needs.

Honda vs. Hyundai: Performance

The 2018 Honda Pilot comes standard with a 3.5L V6 engine with 280 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque. The 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe’s 3.3L V6 engine produces 290 horsepower with 252 lb-ft of torque. Both SUVs have standard front-wheel drive with the option for all-wheel drive. The Pilot is quicker since it goes from 0 to 60 mph in 6.2 seconds compared to the Santa Fe’s 7.3 seconds.

The Pilot has a strong suspension which absorbs most road bumps and allows for a very smooth ride. The Santa Fe doesn’t handle road imperfections as well, but the suspension does give a comfortable ride and blocks out most road noises.

Interior and Cargo Space

The Honda Pilot carries a maximum of eight passengers compared to the Hyundai Santa Fe’s maximum of seven people. With large families, that additional seat might be a big difference. Both SUVs have sufficient legroom in all three rows. The Honda offers one-touch second row seats, which tilts the seats and allows easier access to the back row.

The 2018 Pilot boasts outstanding cargo space for its class. You’ll get 16.5 cubic feet of space behind the third row and up to 83.9 cubic feet with the back two rows turned down. Meanwhile, the 2018 Santa Fe delivers 13.5 cubic feet behind the third row, and with the two rows turned down, a maximum of 80 cubic feet.

HR-V vs. Santa Fe: Technology

Both SUVs offer infotainment systems with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto available. You can upgrade the 5-inch display screen to an 8-inch touchscreen. However, the 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe has too many buttons surrounding the system, which may distract the driver. With the straightforward touchscreen controls, Honda drivers can focus on the roads.

For safety features, the 2018 Honda Pilot has a rearview camera and the Honda LaneWatch blind spot monitoring system. The Santa Fe offers additional features including adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, cross-traffic alert, automatic emergency braking and rear parking sensors.

Test Drive a Pilot at Mile High Honda

After reading this 2018 Honda Pilot vs. Hyundai Santa Fe comparison, drivers across the Centennial, Aurora and Denver areas will note that the 2018 Honda Pilot simply has more to offer overall. If you’re interested in more information about the Pilot, then Mile High Honda can help. Contact us online for more information, or just stop into our dealership and ask about hopping behind the wheel for a test drive today!


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