Compare 2008 Hyundai Santa Fe vs 2009 Honda Pilot

2008 Hyundai Santa Fe
2009 Honda Pilot
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FWD 4-Door Manual GLS
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
FWD 4-Door Manual GLS 17 24 $20,671 $21,495
FWD 4-Door Automatic GLS 18 24 $21,906 $22,795
AWD 4-Door Manual GLS 17 23 $22,286 $23,195
AWD 4-Door Automatic GLS 17 23 $23,521 $24,495
FWD 4-Door Automatic SE 17 24 $23,276 $24,495
AWD 4-Door Automatic SE 17 24 $24,874 $26,195
FWD 4-Door Automatic Limited 17 24 $26,704 $28,445
AWD 4-Door Automatic Limited 17 24 $28,285 $30,145
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2WD 4-Door LX
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2WD 4-Door LX 17 23 $25,101 $27,695
4WD 4-Door LX 16 22 $26,546 $29,295
2WD 4-Door EX 17 23 $27,631 $30,495
4WD 4-Door EX 16 22 $29,077 $32,095
2WD 4-Door EX-L 17 23 $30,522 $33,695
2WD 4-Door EX-L w/RES 17 23 $31,968 $35,295
4WD 4-Door EX-L 16 22 $31,968 $35,295
2WD 4-Door w/Navi Touring 17 23 $33,414 $36,895
4WD 4-Door w/RES EX-L 16 22 $33,414 $36,895
2WD 4-Door w/RES & Navi Touring 17 23 $34,860 $38,495
4WD 4-Door w/Navi Touring 16 22 $34,860 $38,495
4WD 4-Door w/RES & Navi Touring 16 22 $36,306 $40,095
Pricing
Invoice Price
$20,671
$25,101
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$21,495
$27,695
Monthly Payment Estimate
$358 / month
$462 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.2
8.0
TCC’s Bottom Line
Hyundai is no longer bargain-basement-priced, but the hard-to-fault 2008 Santa Fe has all the refinement of comparable rivals with a little more flair. The 2009 Honda Pilot looks more SUV-like in its second edition, but it has the room of a minivan, along with some notable styling miscues and expensive choices to make from the options list.
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Fuel Economy
City
17 mpg 17 mpg
Highway
24 mpg 23 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
2WD Sport Utility 2WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Interior Dimensions
Front Leg Room (in)
42.6 41.4
Front Hip Room (in)
55.8 58.6
Second Leg Room (in)
36.8 38.5
Front Head Room (in)
40.2 40.0
Passenger Volume (ft³)
108.3 153.7
Second Hip Room (in)
55.0 56.9
Front Shoulder Room (in)
59.5 61.5
Second Head Room (in)
39.6 39.8
Passenger Capacity
5 8
Second Shoulder Room (in)
58.6 62.2
Third Hip Room (in)
- 48.4
Third Head Room (in)
- 38.2
Third Shoulder Room (in)
- 58.9
Third Leg Room (in)
- 32.1
Exterior Dimensions
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - NA
Track Width, Rear (in)
63.8 67.5
Wheelbase (in)
106.3 109.2
Rear Door Opening Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
74.4 78.5
Track Width, Front (in)
63.6 67.7
Min Ground Clearance (in)
8.1 8.0
Length, Overall (in)
184.1 190.9
Rear Door Opening Width (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Height, Overall (in)
67.9 71.0
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
34.2 47.7
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
- TBD - NA
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
78.2 87.0
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)
NA - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
NA 18.0
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
- TBD - NA
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
- TBD - 13.1 x - TBD -
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
- TBD - 13.0 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
19.8 21.0
Steering
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.24 3.69
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.5 19.0
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
35.8 38.6
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P235/70R16 P245/65R17
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P235/70R16 P245/65R17
Spare Tire Size
Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - 350
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA 350
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - 3500
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA 3500
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3727 4319
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 x - TBD - 17 x - TBD -
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel
Spare Wheel Material
- TBD - Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 x - TBD - 17 x - TBD -
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
8.9 9.93
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
130 - TBD -
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
600 - TBD -
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
183 @ 4000 253 @ 4800
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
2.7L/164 3.5L/212
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
185 @ 6000 250 @ 5700
Engine Type
Gas V6 Gas V6
Fuel System
MPI MPFI
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
24 23
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
17 17
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
- 19
Transmission
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.62 2.70
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.70 1.07
Trans Type
5 5
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.03 0.61
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.59 1.89
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.93 1.61
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
5.07 4.31
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.28 0.77
Trans Description Cont.
Manual Automatic w/OD
Summary
Body Style
4 Door Sport Utility 4 Door
Vehicle Name
Hyundai Santa Fe Honda Pilot
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-Link w/Trailing Arms
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Independent MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
0.59 1.04
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
MacPherson Strut NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
1.02 0.91
Suspension Type - Rear
Independent Multi-link
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
- 5

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