2016 Honda CR-V vs. 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport

2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport

2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport

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The 2016 Honda CR-V is one of the most popular compact crossovers among College Place and Kennewick families, even after being faced with strong competition from rivals like the 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport. The latter has put up a strong fight, but it still fails to live up to the CR-V’s impressive efficiency ratings, standard equipment list, and safety ratings.

Powertrains and MPG

The 2016 Honda CR-V receives a 2.4L four-cylinder engine as standard across all trim levels. Able to deliver up to 185 hp and 181 lb-ft of torque, it’s one of the more powerful standard engines in the compact crossover segment, and it even offers a sophisticated continuously variable transmission (CVT). That system combines the effortless nature of an automatic with the efficiency of manual, allowing College Place and Kennewick drivers to achieve up to 26 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway,* or 25 mpg city and 31 mpg highway* with all-wheel drive (AWD).

The 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport offers a little more power by way of a 2.4L four-cylinder or a 2.0L turbo engine, but that increase in output will see you spending significantly more time at the gas pump. The Santa Fe Sport’s standard engine makes just 20 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway — noticeably less than even an AWD CR-V — while the fuel-thirsty turbo makes just 19 mpg city and 27 mpg highway.


Honda CR-V

Crossovers need to offer spacious, family-friendly dimensions without making themselves too large for everyday use. The 2016 Honda CR-V succeeds admirably, with wide doors for easy access and a middle rear seat that has been made more comfortable thanks to the elimination of the rise that is usually caused by the bulge of a transmission tunnel. Every part of the design reflects Honda’s unique ability to gauge the everyday needs and wants of American families.

The 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport offers a similar amount of cargo space, but it lacks those CR-V refinements.

Comfort and Convenience Features

Both the 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport and the 2016 Honda CR-V can provide College Place and Kennewick drivers with a strong selection of features and technologies. However, it isn’t hard to see that the CR-V provides more standard equipment across all models, including:

  • Speed-Sensitive Volume Control: An increase in engine noise can disrupt your music or hands-free calls, so the CR-V will automatically adjust the volume to compensate.

  • Multi-Angle Rearview Camera: The Santa Fe Sport doesn’t come with a standard rearview camera; the CR-V includes one with all trim levels, and provides three separate viewing modes and easy-to-use guidelines to help you slip into even the tightest of spaces with ease.

  • Conversation Mirror: Ideal for on-the-go moms and dads, this convex plastic mirror flips down from the ceiling to provide an ideal angle to check on your rear passengers. That means there’s no need to crane your head or adjust the rearview mirror.

Safety Features

Honda CR-V

The 2016 Honda CR-V is able to outperform the 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport in terms of both safety scores and safety equipment. The 2016 Honda CR-V Touring was named a 2016 Top Safety Pick+ after achieving highest possible score of “Good” in every crash test. And unlike the Santa Fe, the CR-V is available with the advanced driver-assistance features of the Honda Sensing suite, including:

  • Forward Collision Warning: Scans the area ahead, then alerts you if a collision is imminent.

  • Lane Departure Warning: Provides a warning if you start to deviate from your chosen lane without having signaled.

  • Lane Keeping Assist: If you fail to respond to the Lane Departure Warning system, gentle corrective steering will be applied to center your vehicle.

The 2016 Honda CR-V: Safe, Efficient, and Superior to the 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport

The 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport is a decent crossover, but the 2016 Honda CR-V is exceptional, succeeding in the areas that are of interest to College Place and Kennewick families. If you’re interested in experiencing the difference for yourself, just visit Walla Walla Valley Honda today to take a test-drive.

* 26 city/33 hwy/29 combined mpg rating for 2WD models. 25 city/31 highway/27 combined mpg rating for AWD models. Based on 2016 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.