2023 Hyundai Santa Fe vs. Honda CR-V: Compare leading crossover SUVs

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2023 Hyundai Santa Fe

2023 Honda CR-V

2023 Hyundai Santa Fe vs. Honda CR-V: Compare leading crossover SUVs in Erie, PA

Throughout its two decades in the Hyundai lineup, the Hyundai Santa Fe has evolved into one of the most sought-after crossovers on the road. Offering roomy and versatile accommodations, robust and efficient powertrain options, and handsome interior and exterior styling, the Santa Fe is one of the best value SUVs on the market today. And with a wealth of amenities, fair price tag, and leading warranty coverage, it's one of the industry's best values, too. To show you what we mean, have a look at how the 2023 model measures up against perhaps its most renowned competitor: the Honda CR-V.

Design and Accommodations

While both models offer attractive and roomy interiors, your passengers will appreciate the Hyundai Santa Fe for providing more personal space. Upfront, the Santa Fe offers 1.3 more inches of headroom and 2.8 more inches of legroom. And in the second row, they'll be treated to an additional 0.7 inches of legroom and 2.4 inches of shoulder room.


The Santa Fe's two-liter four-cylinder (191 hp, 181 lb-ft; 8-speed auto) and the CR-V's 1.5-liter turbo-four (190 hp, 179 lb-ft; CVT) make nearly identical power. However, if you're looking to liven up your morning Edinboro commute, Santa Fe also offers an available 2.5-liter turbocharged engine (8-speed dual-clutch auto) that generates 281 hp and 311 lb-ft of torque. The Honda CR-V doesn't have an optional gasoline powerplant.

Both models offer fuel-sipping hybrid powertrains-though the Santa Fe Hybrid makes slightly more power (225 vs. 212 hp). Santa Fe also offers a 260-horsepower plug-in hybrid variant that achieves a combined 76 MPGe and enables an all-electric range of 30 miles. The Honda CR-V doesn't offer a plug-in option.

Safety Technologies

The Hyundai Santa Fe and Honda CR-V come standard with numerous driver-assistance technologies like collision mitigation, lane-keeping assist, and adaptive cruise control. However, if you want blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert, you only have to move up one trim level on the Santa Fe, while CR-V requires climbing an additional rung on the ladder.

The Santa Fe also offers several advanced driver aids that CR-V lacks altogether, including an automated parking system, a surround-view camera system, and a blind-spot camera system that shows a live feed of your blind spot in the digital gauge cluster when changing lanes.


With last year's significant mid-cycle refresh, the 2023 Santa Fe boasts a bold executive exterior and a modern, upscale interior with refined styling and quality materials. The CR-V's interior is pretty good-looking itself, but its rather bland exterior shows the model's age.

Features Availability

The Santa Fe comes standard with desirable amenities like LED headlights, an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and dual front and rear USB ports. The CR-V's base trim includes a simple seven-inch central display and a single USB port, while the nine-inch touchscreen requires a trim level upgrade. Meanwhile, the Santa Fe includes the eight-inch display as standard and a dual 10.25-inch panel set of displays as optional upgrades.

Santa Fe also offers myriad available features not found anywhere in the CR-Vs lineup. Notable examples include:

  • 10.25-inch touchscreen
  • 10.25-inch digital gauge cluster
  • Ventilated front seats
  • Heated rear seats
  • Head-up display
  • Panoramic sunroof
  • Power-folding rear seats
  • 12-speaker Harman Kardon audio system

Test-Drive the 2023 Hyundai Santa Fe near McKean and North East, PA

If you'd like more information about the 2023 Santa Fe's available trim levels and financing offers, or if you have questions about how to custom order your ideal model, reach out to Dave Hallman Hyundai today. Or you can visit us for a test drive and see for yourself what separates the Santa Fe from competitors. We'd love to give you a tour.