The Hyundai Santa Fe vs. The Honda Pilot: Finding the Right Mid-Size SUV for Car Shoppers Near Toledo


Whether you're the parent of a growing family or a small-business owner, there are a few areas where a mid-size SUV can help you out more than models from other categories of vehicles can. With three rows of seats, capable engines, impressive safety ratings, and cabins packed with features, mid-size SUVs are incredibly practical for many types of drivers, but which of the many models best suits your needs?

To help car shoppers around Lake Erie, from Fremont, OH to Monroe, MI, find their next mid-size SUV, we went ahead and compared the important qualities, value, performance, room, etc., of two of the most popular SUV options, the Hyundai Santa Fe and the Honda Pilot. Look through our findings before you come to a decision!

2018 Hyundai Santa Fe vs. 2018 Honda Pilot

  • $30,850 --MSRP-- $30,900
  • 684.5 miles --Cruising Range on One Gas Tank-- 562.4 miles
  • 290 horsepower --Horsepower-- 280 horsepower
  • 37 feet --Turning Diameter-- 39.4 feet
  • 2018 Top Safety Pick+ --IIHS Safety Rating-- 2018 Top Safety Pick
  • 5-Stars --NHTSA Crash Test Rating-- 5-Stars
  • 41.3 inches --Front Legroom-- 40.9 inches
  • 40.4 inches --2nd-Row Legroom-- 38.4 inches
  • 5 years/60,000 miles --Basic Warranty-- 3 years/36,000 miles
  • 10 years/100,000 miles --Powertrain Warranty-- 5 years/60,000 miles


One only need to look at the safety honors of these two cars to see that the 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe is more likely to keep passengers safe. A 2018 Top Safety Pick+ of the IIHS, the Hyundai Santa Fe offers innovative safety features, like blind spot monitoring with rear cross traffic alert, on every trim level while they're only standard on higher Honda Pilot trims. Plus, the Santa Fe also offers the newest safety features, like LED headlights with a dynamic bending light system, which you won't find on any Honda Pilot.


Capable V6 engines power both of these large vehicles, but Sylvania, OH drivers will find more horsepower with the Hyundai Santa Fe, which helps when you have a trailer up to 5,000 pounds in weight hitched on. However, that's not the only way the Hyundai Santa Fe is the more thrilling ride of the two as it is capable of tighter turns and the lighter build means you feel the horsepower and torque more than the clunkier Honda Pilot. If you want captivation coming together with practicality, the Hyundai Santa Fe is the easy choice between the two SUVs.



These models share quite a few features that strive to makes trips more convenient and comfortable, but the availability of these features is what sets the Hyundai Santa Fe apart. Even though it has a lower starting price than the Pilot, the Santa Fe comes standard with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, USB ports for each of the three rows, heated mirrors, and cloth seats with stain-resisting treatment, which are not features you'll find on the base Honda Pilot. Going even further, the premium package for the base Hyundai Santa Fe adds features like LED fog lights, a hands-free smart rear liftgate, and heated front seats to help you with a range of driving hassles, but these features are only available on the much pricier trims of the Honda Pilot

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We hope that this helped with your search for a new car, and if you think that the Hyundai Santa Fe is the model that best matches your list of must-have qualities, contact us by phone, email, or by stopping in at Taylor Hyundai of Toledo today!

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