2019 Hyundai Santa Fe Comparison vs. Honda Pilot

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At the end of this year, both Hyundai and Honda will release a new model Santa Fe and Pilot. The Pilot will be receiving a mid-cycle refresh as it enters its fourth model year while the Hyundai Santa Fe will be entering a completely new fourth generation. Throughout this article, we will uncover these differences. 

There have been several changes implemented in the refresh for the 2019 Honda Pilot. Over the course of the Pilot's history, Honda has gone back and forth on the boxier look and more of a mini-van aesthetic. This current refresh gives us a bit of a sportier look. The usual, three-bar chrome grille has been swapped out for a split chrome grille, with more of a trapezoidal influence. The lower half of the front fascia has been squared off with a vertical black trim, housing slimmer turn signals than in previous models. With this refresh, we are given standard LED headlights on every trim package. The EX, EX-L, Touring, and Elite all come with LED fog lights to match the headlights. The standard wheel for the Pilot is an 18" Aluminum wheel with an optional 20" inch wheel on the Touring and Elite trim models. With every Pilot, a third row is standard with various options for cargo space, depending on whether the third row is utilized or not.

As for the interior of the 2019 Honda Pilot, subtle interior updates were made including a redesigned steering wheel and updated infotainment system. Under the hood, the Honda Pilot is available in a 3.5 Liter, V-6 engine with 262 lb-ft of torque with an average fuel economy of 22mpg.

The soon to be released 4th generation Hyundai Santa Fe will be a replacement for the outgoing Santa Fe Sport. The longer wheel-based Santa Fe will be rechristened as the Santa Fe XL, until a new name surfaces for the 2020 model year. The aesthetics of the new Santa Fe are over all sportier and more aggressive than in previous models. In the front, the main headlights have been lowered. In the rear, the tail lights are stretched out a bit in addition to a linear chrome strip. Overall this Santa Fe is more athletic, leaning into the wind rather than against it. The body of this model is safer and stiffer than its predecessor utilizing 68% advanced high-strength steel in the chassis. Throughout the body structure of the Santa Fe, Hyundai has added deafening pads that ensure a quieter ride.

As for the engine, the Hyundai Santa Fe gives us options with a 2.4 Liter, 4 cylinder engine with 178 lbs-ft of torque as well as a 2-liter, 4-cylinder Intercooled Turbo engine with 260 lbs-ft torque, capable of 22mpg city and 29 mpg highway with a combined 25mpg. Overall the mechanics of this new model have become more adaptive and predictive. The Santa Fe will appropriate power and utilize torque vectoring based on how you're driving. The transmission is all new having been upgraded from a 6-speed to an 8-speed automatic transmission with a 45% increase in gear ratio bringing a more fuel efficient and crisper drive. The engine is complete with the latest "Start/Stop" technology. It is standard on all vehicles however, if you're not a fan, don't worry. You can turn this feature off with the push of a button.

This Santa Fe's optional AWD system is completed new and updated. It appropriates the toque and power to whichever vehicle has traction. With the AWD system, Hyundai has given us the option to lock the center differential.

As far as technology is concerned, the Hyundai Santa Fe comes with a lot more standard and available features than the Honda Pilot. The Santa Fe comes standard with HD and Satellite radio capability, CD Player, MP3 capability, Voice Recognition, and In-Vehicle Assistance Services. In tandem with the technological advances, Hyundai has implemented several standard safety features including Blind Spot Monitoring, Lane Keep Assist, and even an industry first- 3 special sensors in the back seat of the vehicle. These sensors will alert you in the event that you've left someone in the back seat. If it senses motion in the back seat of the vehicle after the doors have been locked, the Santa Fe will beep the horn, and notify you via text message as well as e-mail.

The only way to know for sure that the 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe is the SUV you've been waiting for is to schedule an appointment and test drive one yourself. We look forward to answering all of your questions and letting you see for yourself all of the strides that have been made towards a safer, sportier, Santa Fe.

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