2017 Honda Pilot vs. 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe: Which Three-Row SUV is Better?

2017 Honda Pilot

2017 Honda Pilot

2017 Hyundai Santa Fe

2017 Hyundai Santa Fe

 

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For large families, a sedan or compact crossover simply won’t do, and that’s when the three-row crossover SUV comes into play. The 2017 Honda Pilot and 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe both offer plenty of room to Manchester drivers with growing families, but a close examination of both vehicles uncovers the important areas in which Honda’s large crossover is king. Read on to learn how the Pilot achieves its superior status, and then schedule a trip to Honda of Toms River for a test drive.

Performance and Fuel Economy

The 2017 Honda Pilot gets its power from a 3.5L V6 engine that makes 262 lb-ft of torque and helps the Pilot tow up to 5,000 pounds when properly equipped. This mid-size SUV is offered with both front-wheel and all-wheel drive, and with the former it is capable of getting an EPA-estimated 27 mpg highway and 20 mpg city*.

The 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe, on the other hand, comes with a 3.3L V6 engine that tops out at 258 lb-ft of torque. To its credit, though, this crossover is also able to handle a max towing capacity of 5,000 pounds and is, too, offered with front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive. Still, max fuel economy on the Santa Fe is lower, topping out at an EPA-estimated 25 mpg highway and 18 mpg city.

2017 Honda Pilot

Passenger and Cargo Space

Both of these vehicles are spacious three-row crossover SUVs, but the 2017 Honda Pilot gives you more room to work with, starting with the Pilot’s standard seating for eight passengers compared to the Hyundai Santa Fe’s standard seating for seven. Behind the third row of the Honda Pilot, you’ll have 16.5 cubic feet of dedicated cargo space, as well as a max cargo volume of 83.9 cubic feet. By contrast, the Hyundai Santa Fe has just 13.5 cubic feet of dedicated cargo space in back and possesses a cargo volume of only 80.0 cubic feet. Thus, in a segment that Lakewood drivers often turn to specifically for its capacity for storage, the Santa Fe is unable to match the Honda Pilot’s roomy interior.

2017 Honda Pilot

See if the 2017 Honda Pilot is the Right Pick for You!

Interested in getting a closer look at the new Honda Pilot SUV? We have the 2017 Pilot in stock now at Honda of Toms River, located at 346 Route 37 East in Toms River, NJ, conveniently located for drivers traveling from Manchester and Lakewood. At our dealership, we have an expert finance team that can help you secure financing on the Honda Pilot model of your choice today. Give us a call Monday through Saturday at (844) 520-9001 to learn more.

*20 city/27 highway mpg rating for 2WD 9-speed automatic. Based on 2017 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.