Hyundai Tucson vs. Hyundai Santa Fe: Big Meets Bigger

2022 hyundai tucson vs santa fe

If our Hyundai SUV comparison caught your eye, it's probably because you've heard about the Hyundai warranty and are trying to decide between the Hyundai Tucson vs. Hyundai Santa Fe. Both vehicles offer comfortable seating, capable performance, and leading tech. So, which of our new Hyundai SUVs for sale should you choose?

While we believe you can't go wrong with either vehicle, let's take a look at the difference between the Hyundai Santa Fe and Hyundai Tucson to help you find the best new SUV for your particular needs. In this review, we'll compare Hyundai Tucson and Hyundai Santa Fe specs, features, size, warranty, and each model's hybrid counterpart.


2022 Hyundai Tucson vs. Hyundai Santa Fe Trim Models

The new Hyundai Santa Fe is the adventurous family SUV with an optional AWD system, an available 281 horsepower, and five seats across two rows. The vehicle arrives in three hybrid trim styles and seven gasoline-powered options.

The 2022 Hyundai Tucson for sale also comes with an optional AWD system, delivers up to 187 horsepower, and seats five passengers in two rows. This new Hyundai SUV for sale comes in four available trim styles plus three hybrid options.

Let's look at some of the features that both vehicles offer, so you can find the new SUV for sale that gives you everything you and your family need.

The 2022 Hyundai Tucson SE starts off with an 8-inch color touchscreen display, LED headlights, Rear Occupant Alert, and wireless Apple CarPlay®/Android Auto™ for your compatible device.

The Hyundai Tucson SEL adds heated front seats, a Proximity Key with push-button start, and the Bluelink® Connected Car System. Step up to the Hyundai Tucson N Line if you're interested in a new SUV with Bose Premium Audio, sport combination seats, and the N Line unique exterior with N Line 19-inch alloy wheels.

The 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe SE also boasts wireless Apple CarPlay®/Android Auto™ compatibility, LED headlights, and an 8-inch color touchscreen. In the Hyundai Santa Fe SEL, we find the Bluelink® Connected Car System, wireless charging capability for your compatible device, heated front seats, and Proximity Key with a push-button start.

Hyundai SUV Performance and MPG Comparison

The Hyundai Santa Fe comes with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 191 horsepower, 181 pound-feet of torque, and an EPA-estimated 25/28/26 mpg1 (City/Highway/Combined).

The Hyundai Tucson SE is motivated by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder that puts out 187 horsepower and an EPA-estimated 26/33/29 mpg2 (City/Highway/Combined). If you are looking for additional peace of mind with your purchase, be sure to browse our Certified Pre-Owned Hyundai cars for sale.

Suppose you upgrade to the Hyundai Santa Fe Limited or Hyundai Santa Fe Calligraphy trims. In that case, you'll gain a 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that increases the performance output to 281 horsepower and 311 pound-feet of torque. In comparison, the Hyundai Tucson maintains the same naturally-aspirated engine throughout the model lineup.

Hyundai Santa Fe vs. Hyundai Tucson Warranty

Following the factory maintenance and oil change schedule is key when it comes to reliability and getting the most miles out of your car. However, should anything happen to your vehicle in between scheduled maintenance appointments, the following warranty benefits back every new Hyundai vehicle:

  • New Vehicle Limited Warranty: 5-year/60,000-mile
  • Powertrain Limited Warranty: 10-year/100,000-mile
  • 24-Hour Roadside Assistance: 5-year/Unlimited Miles
  • Anti-Perforation Warranty: 7-Year/Unlimited Miles

Most automotive manufacturers offer a 5-year/60,000-mile Powertrain Limited Warranty, but the coverage period doubles when you buy a new Hyundai. Hyundai helps you save on auto repair with the Hyundai car care service, providing additional service specials and parts coupons to complement your new car warranty.

Hyundai Tucson vs. Hyundai Santa Fe Size

For many of our customers, the decision between the Hyundai Tucson or Hyundai Santa Fe comes down to size. Some people want a bigger SUV because they need the room. Some people want a smaller SUV that's more maneuverable. To help you choose between these new five-seat SUVs, let's compare the exterior dimensions, cargo area, and passenger room.

The Hyundai Santa Fe lineup sits on a 108.9-inch wheelbase and measures 188.4 inches long, 74.8 inches wide, and 67.3 inches tall. Inside, there are 41.2 inches of headroom and 44.1 inches of legroom for the front row. Second-row passengers will enjoy 39 inches of headroom and 41.7 inches of rear legroom. There is a total interior volume of 147.9 cubic feet and 72.1 cubic feet of cargo area.

The Hyundai Tucson is slightly smaller than the Hyundai Santa Fe, with its 108.5-inch wheelbase and 182.3 inches of overall length. The vehicle is slightly wider, at 73.4 inches, and slightly shorter at 65.6 inches. Inside, you and your co-pilot will have 40.1 inches of headroom and 41.4 inches of legroom. Second-row passengers will also be comfortable with 39.5 inches of rear headroom and 41.3 inches of legroom. There is a total interior volume of 146.9 cubic feet and 80.3 inches of cargo area.

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Hyundai Santa Fe Hybrid vs. Hyundai Tucson Hybrid

If you're looking for a new SUV that offers turbocharged performance and advanced efficiency, you're undoubtedly interested in a Hyundai Hybrid SUV comparison.

The Hyundai Santa Fe Hybrid is motivated by a 1.6L turbocharged four-cylinder Hybrid engine that puts out an EPA-estimated 36/31/34 mpg3 (City/Highway/Combined). Drivers can also expect to enjoy a 226 combined horsepower rating.

When it comes to trim model features, the Hyundai Santa Fe Blue comes with a 12.3-inch fully digital gauge cluster, Blind-Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist, and the convenience of a hands-free smart liftgate with auto open.

Upgrade to the Hyundai Santa Fe SEL Premium when you want an AWD Hybrid SUV with a panoramic sunroof and 19-inch alloy wheels. The new Hyundai Santa Fe Limited provides additional driver-assist technologies, including Remote Start Parking Assist, a Blind-Spot View Monitor, and a Surround View Monitor.

Hyundai Tucson Hybrid Trims and Features

Sliding behind the wheel of the new Hyundai Tucson Hybrid, we find a 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that delivers an EPA-estimated 38/38/38 mpg4 (City/Highway/Combined).

The Hyundai Tucson Hybrid Blue also features an AWD system but comes with a Bluelink® Connected Car System, Blind-Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist, and a Smart Cruise Control with Stop & Go.

In the new 2022 Hyundai Tucson Hybrid SEL Convenience trim, drivers are treated to 19-inch alloy wheels⁠, a panoramic sunroof⁠, and a 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster. The top-of-the-line Hyundai Tucson Hybrid Limited gives you the convenience of 10.25-inch touchscreen navigation⁠, plus the added safety of a Blind-Spot View Monitor and Remote Smart Parking Assist.

Hyundai Tucson SE

2022 Hyundai Tucson SE

Engine: 187.0-hp, 2.5-liter, 4 Cylinder Engine
0-60: 9.3 seconds
Combined MPG:2 26
Seats: 5
Length: 182.3"
Width: 73.4"
Total Passenger Room: 108.2 cu. ft.
Fuel Tank Size: 14.3 gal
Interior Benefits:
  • 8-inch infotainment touchscreen
  • Wireless Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay®
  • Six-speaker audio system
  • Drive Attention Assist
  • Lane Keeping Assist
Shop Model: Hyundai Tucson For Sale
Hyundai Santa Fe SE

2022 Hyundai Santa Fe SE

Engine: 191.0-hp, 2.5-liter, 4 Cylinder Engine
0-60: 9.1 seconds
Combined MPG: 1 24
Seats: 5
Length: 188.4"
Width: 74.8"
Total Passenger Room: 111.5 cu. ft.
Fuel Tank Size: 18.8 gal
Interior Benefits:
  • Stain-resistant cloth upholstery
  • 60/40-split folding rear seat
  • 8-inch infotainment touchscreen
  • Wireless Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay®
  • Four USB ports
Shop Model: Hyundai Santa Fe For Sale

Frequently Asked Questions

Which is bigger: The Hyundai Santa Fe or Tucson?

The new 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe and Hyundai Tucson are both two-row SUVs for sale that offer comfortable seating for up to five occupants and are comparable in size. The Hyundai Tucson is slightly smaller but offers a greater cargo area, while the Hyundai Santa Fe provides more passenger room. The Hyundai Santa Fe has a 108.9-inch wheelbase and is 188.4 inches long, 74.8 inches wide, and 67.3 inches tall. The interior provides 41.2 inches of front-row headroom and 44.1 inches of legroom. There are 72.1 cubic feet of cargo area and 147.9 cubic feet of total interior volume.

Which is better: The Hyundai Tucson or Santa Fe?

The Hyundai Tucson and Hyundai Santa Fe each offer an attractive range of trim models, comparable performance capability, and size. These new Hyundai SUVs for sale also come with the optional HTRAC AWD system for improved handling in slippery conditions and increased off-road performance. Performance is the most significant difference between the Hyundai Tucson and Hyundai Santa Fe. The Hyundai Santa Fe lineup offers greater horsepower capability, while the Hyundai Tucson models offer a better-estimated highway fuel economy. The Hyundai Santa Fe has more passenger area, but the Hyundai Tucson has more cargo room than the Hyundai Santa Fe.

Which is more expensive: The Hyundai Tucson or Santa Fe?

Regarding pricing, the Hyundai Tucson has a lower starting MSRP than the Hyundai Santa Fe. The Hyundai Tucson trim lineup starting price is approximately $2,000 less than the Hyundai Santa Fe starting MSRP.5 The Hyundai Santa Fe is available in five trim models: Hyundai Santa Fe SE, Hyundai Santa Fe SEL, Hyundai Santa Fe XRT, Hyundai Santa Fe Limited, and Hyundai Santa Fe Calligraphy. The Hyundai Tucson lineup includes the Hyundai Tucson SE, Hyundai Tucson SEL, Hyundai Tucson N Line, Hyundai Tucson Limited. Both vehicles offer a lineup of Hybrid trim models.


12022 SANTA FE SE/SEL/XRT: FWD 25 City/28 Hwy/26 Combined MPG, HTRAC AWD 22 City/25 Hwy/24 Combined MPG. Limited/Calligraphy: FWD 22 City/28 Hwy/25 Combined MPG, HTRAC AWD 21 City/28 Hwy/24 Combined MPG. All figures are EPA estimates and for comparison purposes only. Actual mileage may vary with options, driving conditions, driving habits and vehicle's condition.

22022 TUCSON: SE/SEL/XRT/N Line/Limited: FWD 26 City/33 Hwy/29 Combined MPG, HTRAC AWD 24 City/29 Hwy/26 Combined MPG. All figures are EPA estimates and for comparison purposes only. Actual mileage may vary with options, driving conditions, driving habits and vehicle's condition.

32022 SANTA FE Hybrid Blue: HTRAC AWD 36 City/31 Hwy/34 Combined MPG. SEL Premium/Limited: HTRAC AWD 33 City/30 Hwy/32 Combined MPG. All figures are EPA estimates and for comparison purposes only. Actual mileage may vary with options, driving conditions, driving habits and vehicle's condition.

42022 TUCSON Hybrid: Blue HTRAC AWD 38 City/38 Hwy/38 Combined MPG, SEL Convenience HTRAC AWD 37 City/36 Hwy/37 Combined MPG, Limited HTRAC AWD 37 City/36 Hwy/37 Combined MPG. All figures are EPA estimates and for comparison purposes only. Actual mileage may vary with options, driving conditions, driving habits and vehicle's condition.

5MSRP excludes freight charges, tax, title, and license fees. Freight charges and actual dealer prices may vary. Vehicles displayed may contain optional equipment at additional cost. Accessory items shown may vary according to model and illustration.

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