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Vehicle Comparisons:
2020 Honda Pilot vs Hyundai Santa Fe

2020 Honda Pilot

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 SUVs on the roads of Aurora, Centennial and Denver that it can be really tough to determine which one might be the best choice for your needs.

When it comes to sport utility crossovers, the Honda Pilot and the Hyundai Santa Fe are among two of the best you could choose. So, which one is the better option for you overall? Let’s discover the similarities and differences in this 2020 Honda Pilot vs. Hyundai Santa Fe comparison and learn which is the better SUV for your needs.

2020 Honda Pilot vs Hyundai Santa Fe: Quick Facts

2020 Honda Pilot Specs

Before we dive into the details, we decided to kick things off with these quick facts. You can actually find all this information explained more thoroughly below, so don’t hesitate to read on if you’re interested.

Quick Facts

2020 Honda Pilot

2020 Hyundai Santa Fe

Maximum Cargo Space

109 cubic feet

71.3 cubic feet

Maximum Seating Capacity

8 people

5 people

Maximum Engine Horsepower

280 horsepower

235 horsepower

Maximum Engine Torque

262 lb-ft of torque

260 lb-ft of torque

Intelligent Safety Suite

Honda SensingÒ

Hyundai SmartSense

Like we said, this was just an introduction. There are two ways to learn more–keep reading or contact us!

Honda Pilot vs Hyundai Santa Fe: Performance

Honda Pilot Engine SpecsThe 2020 Honda Pilot comes standard with a 3.5L, i-VTECÒ direct-injection engine with Variable Cylinder ManagementÔ (VCMÒ). It’s capable of kicking out 280 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque.

The 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe’s standard engine, on the other hand, is a 2.4L 4-cylinder that barely manages to kick out 185 horsepower and 178 lb-ft of torque. Even if you upgrade to the turbocharged version optional for some of its higher trim levels, those numbers only increase to 235 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. As you can see right off the bat, the Pilot is clearly more powerful than the Santa Fe.

Both SUVs have standard front-wheel drive with the option for all-wheel drive. Yet the Honda Pilot takes its performance to the next level by offering a variety of other features and systems designed to make your drives smooth, efficient, convenient, safe, and fun. These include the Eco AssistÔ System, the Active Noise CancellationÔ system, Hill Start Assist, and even available Intelligent Traction Management.

All of these mesh nicely with its standard 6-speed Automatic Transmission (6AT) as well as its available 9-speed Automatic Transmission (9AT) with Shift-by-Wire (SBW) and Paddle Shifters.

Unfortunately, the Hyundai Santa Fe only offers an 8-speed automatic transmission with SHIFTRONICÒ. It’d be nice if it added that extra speed–like its Honda counterpart–for added smoothness, but it doesn’t.

Honda Pilot

Fortunately, both these vehicles offer Idle-Stop technologies (called Idle Stop & Go on the Hyundai) that can help make their already-efficient engines even more so. These systems turn off your engine when you stop at a traffic light—or for some other reason—and start them back up when it’s time to get going.

Pilot vs. Santa Fe: Interior and Cargo Space

Honda Pilot Interior SpaceThe Honda Pilot carries a maximum of eight passengers across three rows compared to the Hyundai Santa Fe’s maximum of five people across two rows. With large families, that additional row–and those additional three seats–might make a big difference. Both SUVs offer sufficient legroom as well as available heated and ventilated front seats, perfect amenities when it comes to warming up those cold winter mornings and cooling down those hot summer afternoons that Coloradans have come to expect.

The Honda offers one-touch 2nd-row seats that tilt and allow easier access to the back row.

The 2020 Pilot boasts outstanding cargo space for its class. You’ll get 18.5 cubic feet of space behind the third row, 55.9 cubic feet of space behind the second row, and a whopping maximum 109 cubic feet behind the first row with the back two rows turned down. On the other hand, while the 2020 Santa Fe does, impressively enough, offer 35.9 cubic feet of cargo space behind the second row and 71.3 cubic feet of cargo space behind the front seats, it stops there–it can’t come close to the Honda Pilot’s 109 cubic feet.

Pilot vs Santa Fe: Technology and Safety

Honda Pilot Interior TechnologyBoth SUVs offer infotainment systems with Apple CarPlay and Android AutoÔ available and you can upgrade to 8-inch touch-screen infotainment systems in both of them. Unfortunately, the 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe seems to have too many buttons surrounding the system that may distract the driver. With its clean,  straightforward touch-screen controls, Honda drivers can stay better focused on the roads.

For safety features, the 2020 Honda Pilot has a multi-angle rearview camera and the Blind Spot Information System with Cross Traffic Monitor. And that’s not even counting Honda SensingÒ that includes:

And those are just the beginning–reach out to one of our teammates to have a conversation about other available safety features, like Lane Departure Warning. On the other hand, the Santa Fe offers Hyundai SmartSense that comes with a variety of comparable features, like Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist with Pedestrian Detection, Blind-Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist, Lane Keeping Assist, etc.

Honda Pilot Interior

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Should I Buy the Honda Pilot or Hyundai Santa Fe?

After reading this 2020 Honda Pilot vs. Hyundai Santa Fe comparison, drivers across the Centennial, Aurora and Denver areas will note that the 2020 Honda Pilot simply has more to offer overall. If you’re interested in more information about the Pilot, then the team at 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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