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Hyundai Santa Fe vs. Honda CR-V

Compare repair costs, reliability, and owner reviews

Hyundai Santa Fe

$464
Average Annual
Repair Cost

Honda CR-V

$403
Average Annual
Repair Cost

Overall Reliability Rating

4
1
2
Excellent
The Hyundai Santa Fe Reliability Rating is 4.5 out of 5.0, which ranks it 3rd out of 26 for midsize SUVs. The average annual repair cost is $464 which means it has lower than average ownership costs. Repairs are less severe and less frequent than the average car, so the Santa Fe is one of the more reliable vehicles on the road.
4
1
2
Excellent
The Honda CR-V Reliability Rating is 4.5 out of 5.0, which ranks it 3rd out of 26 for compact SUVs. The average annual repair cost is $403 which means it has excellent ownership costs. The severity of repairs is low while frequency of those issues is average, so major issues are uncommon for the CR-V.
Cost
Average annual repairs total
$464
inexpensive
expensive
$403
inexpensive
expensive
Frequency
Average annual repair shop visits
0.3
not often
very often
0.41
not often
very often
Severity
Percentage of annual repairs that are urgent
9%
not urgent
urgent
7%
not urgent
urgent

Overall Car Ratings & Details

5 (9)
4 (58)
3 (40)
2 (25)
1 (5)
The Hyundai Santa Fe ranks highest in exhaust and ranks lowest in electrical.
“Brought the 2006 Santa Fe 2.7L on 11/19/2015 with 98k from original owner, she did most of the regular scheduled maintenance on the car and was in good shape. This is one of the best cars I ever...”
“Brought the 2006 Santa Fe 2.7L on 11/19/2015 with 98k from original owner, she did most of the...”
5 (9)
4 (42)
3 (18)
2 (7)
1 (2)
The Honda CR-V ranks highest in exhaust and ranks lowest in heating.
“Honda CRV 2004 model perhaps was the best model of the lot. Maintence has been the lowest ever. It was my first honda car bought new. i have chaged shocks only once in 14 years and that was the the...”
“Honda CRV 2004 model perhaps was the best model of the lot. Maintence has been the lowest ever....”

Vehicle Comparison Rundown

The Hyundai Santa Fe and the Honda CR-V are both SUVs, but not very similar ones. The Hyundai Santa Fe is a midsize, three-row SUV, while the Honda CR-V is a compact, two-row SUV. One thing both of these vehicles have in common is standard front-wheel drive and optional all-wheel drive. But that’s about it.

As a larger vehicle, the Hyundai Santa Fe offers more power. The Santa Fe’s single engine choice has 290 horsepower. The smaller and lighter CR-V comes with a standard 184-horsepower engine, and the option to upgrade to 190 horsepower.

The Santa Fe has more cargo space, as you might expect. With the second and third rows folded, it has 83.2 cubic feet. The CR-V comes with 75.8 cubic feet with the rear seats folded, but this is an excellent figure for a compact, two-row SUV.

The choice between the Hyundai Santa Fe and the Honda CR-V really comes down to how big a vehicle you need. Do you need seating for up to seven or lots of hauling capacity? Pick the Santa Fe. Will a five-seater that still has an acceptable amount of cargo space do the job just as well? Go for the CR-V.