2023 Honda Ridgeline vs. 2023 Hyundai Santa Cruz | NewCars.com

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2023 Honda Ridgeline vs. 2023 Hyundai Santa Cruz Review

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2023 Honda
Ridgeline

MSRP*: $38,800 to $46,230
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2023 Hyundai
Santa Cruz

MSRP*: $25,700 to $40,570
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MPG - City 18 MPG 19 - 22 MPG
MPG - Hwy 24 MPG 25 - 27 MPG
Seating Capacity 5 seats 5 seats
Cargo Space 33.9 ft3 27.0 ft3
Engine
  • 280-hp, 3.5-liter, V6 Cylinder Engine (Gasoline Fuel)
  • 191-hp, 2.5-liter, 4 Cylinder Engine (Gasoline Fuel)
  • 281-hp, 2.5-liter, 4 Cylinder Engine (Gasoline Fuel)
Transmission 9-Speed A/T 8-Speed A/T
Drivetrain All Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive, Front Wheel Drive
Horsepower 280 hp 191 - 281 hp
Towing Capacity 5,000 lbs 3,500 - 5,000 lbs
Exterior Length 210.2 in 195.7 in
Exterior Width 78.6 in 75.0 in
Leg Room Front 40.9 in
Rear 36.7 in
Front 41.4 in
Rear 36.5 in
Head Room Front 39.5 - 40.1 in
Rear 38.8 in
Front 40.7 in
Rear 40.1 in

*MSRP and Invoice prices displayed are for educational purposes only, do not reflect the actual selling price of a particular vehicle, and do not include applicable gas taxes or destination charges.

Comparison Review

Comfort
Passengers in the extended cab may find themselves a little more squished in the Honda Ridgeline than the Hyundai Santa Cruz. The Hyundai Santa Cruz will be a favorite with tall drivers and their passengers since it has much greater head- and legroom than the Honda Ridgeline.

Convenience
You'll be making about the same number of stops at the gas station with the Honda Ridgeline as you will with the Hyundai Santa Cruz, as they can travel a similar number of miles on a tank of gas.

Cost
There are a lot of factors to consider when calculating the overall cost of a vehicle. The main consideration is Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). The Honda Ridgeline will definitely make more of a dent in your wallet than the Hyundai Santa Cruz, which has a much lower MSRP.

Dimensions
Since the Honda Ridgeline is much wider than the Hyundai Santa Cruz, finding a wide enough spot in a parking lot may be a bit more challenging. If you go with the Honda Ridgeline, you may be circling the block looking for a space large enough to park more often than with the Hyundai Santa Cruz.

Handling
The Honda Ridgeline has a larger turning radius than the Hyundai Santa Cruz, making it slightly more difficult to maneuver in and out of tight spots.

Performance
When considering towing capacity, the Honda Ridgeline is clearly the choice over the Hyundai Santa Cruz for pulling heavy loads. When it comes to horsepower, the Honda Ridgeline greatly outmuscles the Hyundai Santa Cruz.

Powertrain
Due to its much higher torque, the Honda Ridgeline does a much better job of transmitting the horsepower of the engine to the wheels than the Hyundai Santa Cruz.

Utility
In terms of seating, you'll be able to fit the same number of people in the Honda Ridgeline as you will the Hyundai Santa Cruz. You'll be able to haul more material in the Honda Ridgeline than the Hyundai Santa Cruz, due to its significantly greater cargo capacity.