The Honda 2015 CR-V is the latest in the line of very popular compact SUV that practically invented the segment. Honda of Superstition Springs in Mesa, AZ has all the latest Hondas, big and small, and is surprisingly easy to get to from anywhere in the Phoenix area.
The 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport is a great effort from a company that’s been improving in leaps and bounds recently, but it’s still no Honda.
CR-V vs. Santa Fe Sport Fuel Economy
For 2 small crossovers with similar weights, and engines there doesn’t seem to be any explanation for the huge difference in EPA fuel economy results. The Honda CR-V is rated at 27 city/34 highway in front wheel drive or 26 city/32 highway with all-wheel drive. Hyundai, with the base 2.4 liter 4 cylinder motor, is rated at a low 20 city/27 highway with FWD or 19 city/25 highway with AWD. The Hyundai’s turbo motor is even worse.
CR-V vs. Santa Fe Sport Tech
Honda is constantly leading the way with new technology. For 2015 the CR-V comes with a lot of the latest infotainment systems standard. Even the base model features a text message reader, Pandora internet radio, and a rearview camera. Move up one level to the EX model, and you get a 7” touchscreen and blind spot camera. The Santa Fe Sport doesn’t get a blind-spot camera, text to speech, or Pandora at any level. The rearview camera is only an option, and the Santa Fe Sport only offers an optional 4.3” touch screen or an 8” screen that basically requires you to order everything else as well.
CR-V vs. Santa Fe Sport Space
The Honda CR-V is actually nearly 6” shorter overall for easier parallel parking, compared to the Santa Fe Sport, and yet it’s very similarly sized inside. The Honda and the Hyundai have nearly the same cargo area volume, 35.3 cubic feet and 35.4 cubic feet respectively, but the CR-V’s boxier shape make it seem bigger. Honda also managed to get that space while having the same front leg room, and just 1” less in the rear.
Why wouldn’t you choose the 2015 Honda CR-V, the genuine article, especially with a starting price nearly $1,500 less than the pretender. Why not visit Honda of Superstition Springs in Mesa, AZ and take one for a test drive; you’ll be surprised at how affordable it can be.
*27 city/34 hwy/29 combined mpg rating for 2WD. 26 city/33 highway/28 combined mpg rating for AWD models. Based on 2015 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.