Choosing to enter the world of Hyundai SUVs is easy, but deciding between the Hyundai Tucson vs. Hyundai Santa Fe is a more difficult step. Both models are top-class examples of what an SUV can be. Both offer competitive power without losing out on competitive SUV efficiency. Both are spacious yet agile. Both are feature-packed and loaded with innovative technology. Both turn heads with their sleek looks, and either model can be yours for a great price.
To help you choose, the experts at Jim Ellis Hyundai have assembled this Santa Fe vs. Tucson guide for your consideration. Read on to learn more, and visit our Hyundai dealership to test drive each of these models.
The most important way to start a Hyundai Tucson vs. Hyundai Santa Fe comparison is by looking at their sizes; the Tucson is a compact crossover SUV, while the Santa Fe is a mid-size crossover SUV.
The new Hyundai Tucson seats five with an impressive 108.2 cubic foot passenger volume and complements the passenger room with 80.3 cubic feet of maximum cargo volume. On the outside, it measures 182.3 inches long, 73.4 inches wide, and 65.6 inches tall.
The new Hyundai Santa Fe also offers seating for five but expands things to a whopping 111.5 cubic feet of passenger volume. Interestingly, the Santa Fe provides a still-impressive 72.1 cubic foot maximum cargo volume. Why? The Santa Fe measures 188.4 inches long, 74.8 inches wide, and 66.3 inches tall, using the extra inches over the Tucson to provide extra head and legroom.
Hyundai Tucson vs. Hyundai Santa Fe head/legroom specs are as follows:
|TRIM: SE (base model)
|2022 Hyundai Tucson
|2022 Hyundai Santa Fe
|187 @ 6100 rpm
|281 @ 6100 rpm
|178 @ 4000 rpm
|181 @ 4000 rpm
|41.2 cu. ft.
Comparing the Hyundai Tucson and Hyundai Santa Fe means comparing powerhouse SUVs.
Choose our Hyundai Tucson specials to get a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with 187 horsepower and an EPA-estimated 26 MPG city/33 MPG highway.1
Enjoying competitive power for a competitive price is easy with our Santa Fe deals; you’ll find a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with 191 horsepower or an upgraded turbo version with 281 horsepower. The non-turbo engine delivers an EPA-estimated 25 MPG city/28 MPG highway.1
The Tucson can tow 2,000 pounds,2 and the Santa Fe can tow 3,500 pounds2 when properly equipped.
The Hyundai Tucson vs. Hyundai Santa Fe feature comparison has no winner; you’ll come out on top with either model.
The Tucson offers benefits like a 10.25-inch digital gauge cluster, a 10.25-inch touch-screen infotainment system, a wireless smartphone charger, dual-zone auto climate control, leather-trimmed heated and ventilated front seats, a hands-free smart liftgate, a Bose® premium sound system, blind-spot monitoring, and more.
In a Santa Fe, you can find features like a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster, a 10.25-inch touch-screen infotainment system, a wireless smartphone charger, dual-zone auto climate control, quilted Nappa-leather-trimmed heated and ventilated front seats, a hands-free smart liftgate, a Harman Kardon® premium sound system, blind-spot monitoring, and more.
As you can see, they offer similar benefits. However, the key difference between Hyundai Tucson vs. Hyundai Santa Fe features is that the Santa Fe has slightly more upscale touches, with a more upscale price to boot.
Whether the smaller, more efficient, more affordable Tucson is your winner or the larger, more powerful, more luxurious Santa Fe has your attention, we’re here to help. Swing by Jim Ellis Hyundai today, and we can show you the complete benefits of each model with back-to-back Hyundai Tucson vs. Hyundai Santa Fe test drives.
The Hyundai Santa Fe is the larger sibling to the Hyundai Tucson. Specifically, the Hyundai Tucson is 182.3 inches long, 73.4 inches wide, and 65.6 inches tall. The Santa Fe, in comparison, is 188.4 inches long, 74.8 inches wide, and 66.3 inches tall.
No, the Hyundai Tucson is a two-row, five-seat SUV. The luxurious Hyundai Palisade will satisfy if you’re looking for a Hyundai SUV with 3rd-row seating.
Any vehicle’s life span will vary with factors like regular maintenance and care. However, the Hyundai Santa Fe is a durable, high-quality SUV that can last for around 200,000 miles when properly cared for and driven smoothly.
1All figures are EPA estimates and for comparison purposes only. Actual mileage may vary with options, driving conditions, driving habits and vehicle’s condition.
2Towing capability varies by configuration. See the towing guide in the Owner’s Manual for proper use and additional information.