Compare 2009 Honda Pilot vs 2008 Hyundai Santa Fe

2009 Honda Pilot
2008 Hyundai Santa Fe
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2WD 4-Door EX
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Pilot 2WD 4-Door EX 17 23 $27,631 $30,495
Pilot 2WD 4-Door EX-L 17 23 $30,522 $33,695
Pilot 2WD 4-Door EX-L w/RES 17 23 $31,968 $35,295
Pilot 2WD 4-Door LX 17 23 $25,101 $27,695
Pilot 2WD 4-Door Touring w/Navi 17 23 $33,414 $36,895
Pilot 2WD 4-Door Touring w/RES & Navi 17 23 $34,860 $38,495
Pilot 4WD 4-Door EX 16 22 $29,077 $32,095
Pilot 4WD 4-Door EX-L 16 22 $31,968 $35,295
Pilot 4WD 4-Door EX-L w/RES 16 22 $33,414 $36,895
Pilot 4WD 4-Door LX 16 22 $26,546 $29,295
Pilot 4WD 4-Door Touring w/Navi 16 22 $34,860 $38,495
Pilot 4WD 4-Door Touring w/RES & Navi 16 22 $36,306 $40,095
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AWD 4-Door Automatic GLS
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Santa Fe AWD 4-Door Automatic GLS 17 23 $23,521 $24,495
Santa Fe AWD 4-Door Automatic Limited 17 24 $28,285 $30,145
Santa Fe AWD 4-Door Automatic SE 17 24 $24,874 $26,195
Santa Fe AWD 4-Door Manual GLS 17 23 $22,286 $23,195
Santa Fe FWD 4-Door Automatic GLS 18 24 $21,906 $22,795
Santa Fe FWD 4-Door Automatic Limited 17 24 $26,704 $28,445
Santa Fe FWD 4-Door Automatic SE 17 24 $23,276 $24,495
Santa Fe FWD 4-Door Manual GLS 17 24 $20,671 $21,495
Pricing
Invoice Price
$27,631
$23,521
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$30,495
$24,495
Monthly Payment Estimate
$508 / month
$408 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.0
8.2
TCC’s Bottom Line
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. 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.
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Fuel Economy
City
17 mpg 17 mpg
Highway
23 mpg 23 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
2WD Sport Utility Vehicle AWD Sport Utility
Interior Dimensions
Third Head Room (in)
38.2 -
Front Hip Room (in)
58.6 55.8
Passenger Volume (ft³)
153.7 108.3
Third Shoulder Room (in)
58.9 -
Second Leg Room (in)
38.5 36.8
Front Head Room (in)
40.0 40.2
Second Hip Room (in)
56.9 55.0
Front Shoulder Room (in)
61.5 59.5
Passenger Capacity
8 5
Third Leg Room (in)
32.1 -
Second Head Room (in)
39.8 39.6
Third Hip Room (in)
48.4 -
Second Shoulder Room (in)
62.2 58.6
Front Leg Room (in)
41.4 42.6
Exterior Dimensions
Length, Overall (in)
190.9 184.1
Rear Door Opening Width (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Height, Overall (in)
72.7 67.9
Liftover Height (in)
NA - TBD -
Track Width, Rear (in)
67.5 63.8
Wheelbase (in)
109.2 106.3
Rear Door Opening Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
78.5 74.4
Track Width, Front (in)
67.7 63.6
Min Ground Clearance (in)
8.0 8.1
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
18.0 NA
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
NA - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
47.7 34.2
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
NA - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
87.0 78.2
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)
- TBD - NA
Brakes
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
13.0 x - TBD - - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
13.1 x - TBD - - TBD -
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
21.0 19.8
Steering
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.69 3.24
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
19.0 16.5
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
38.6 35.8
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P245/65R17 P235/70R16
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P245/65R17 P235/70R16
Spare Tire Size
Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
350 - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
350 NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
3500 - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
3500 NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
4310 3969
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x - TBD - 16 x - TBD -
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel - TBD -
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x - TBD - 16 x - TBD -
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
9.93 8.9
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - 600
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - 130
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
253 @ 4800 183 @ 4000
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
3.5L/212 2.7L/164
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
250 @ 5700 185 @ 6000
Engine Type
Gas V6 Gas V6
Fuel System
MPFI MPI
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
23 23
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
17 17
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
19 -
Transmission
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.07 1.00
Trans Type
5 4
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.61 NA
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
1.89 2.72
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.61 1.50
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.31 4.52
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.77 0.73
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Automatic w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
2.70 2.84
Summary
Vehicle Name
Honda Pilot Hyundai Santa Fe
Body Style
4 Door 4 Door Sport Utility
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut Independent
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
1.04 0.59
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA MacPherson Strut
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
0.91 1.02
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-link Independent
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Trailing Arms Multi-Link
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
5 -

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