2017 Hyundai Santa Fe vs. 2017 Honda Pilot



Comparing the 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe against the 2017 Honda Pilot isn't easy. For families on the lookout for three rows of seating and generous interior space, these two SUVs stand right at the front of the pack. However, choose you must, so read through our competitive comparison to see why the 2017 Santa Fe might just make a better option.

Power and Efficiency

Larger vehicles like the 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe and the 2017 Honda Pilot should carry strong engines to ensure responsive performance, and the Santa Fe comes out ahead by offering a 290-horsepower V6 to the Pilot's 280-horsepower V6.

Of course, the Pilot is far from alone in its inability to measure up to the 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe. Hyundai's winning seven-seater also offers more punch than the Toyota Highlander (270 horsepower), the Nissan Pathfinder (260 horsepower), and the Chevy Traverse (281 horsepower).


When it comes to onboard technology, the 2017 Santa Fe starts as it means to go on. Even the entry-level SE model is equipped with a 7-inch color touchscreen that offers everything from HD radio to built-in smartphone/USB and auxiliary input jacks. The 2017 Pilot lacks behind, offering only a 5-inch touchscreen with no HD radio; in fact, the latter feature isn't available until you upgrade all the way to the Elite trim, which starts at a cool $47,070.

Unfortunately, even paying out for a Pilot Elite won't deliver many of the technologies that make the Santa Fe such an enticing vehicle, including:

  • Dynamic Bending Light: Clear visibility is crucial when you're driving at night around Northbrook and Highland Park, so the Santa Fe can move the headlights with the steering column to make sure you're always aware of what's ahead, even while cornering sharply.
  • Electronic Parking Brake: All it takes is the pull of a switch to set your parking brake, and it automatically disengages once you press down on the gas pedal.
  • Multi-View Camera System: Four cameras combine to create a 360-degree view around your Santa Fe, making low-speed maneuvering easier than ever.

The 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Remains the Segment Front-Runner

Had Hyundai never developed the Santa Fe, we're sure that nothing would come close to topping the 2017 Honda Pilot. As it stands, the Pilot can only hope for second best. If you'd like to experience the 2017 Santa Fe for yourself, just visit Loren Hyundai in Glenview - we're only a short drive from Northbrook and Highland Park.


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