Hyundai Tucson vs. Santa Fe

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Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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, Automotive Editor - May 29, 2024
2025 Hyundai Tucson

With a total of 14 different SUVs including all models and powertrains, Hyundai has a well-rounded lineup of options for shoppers to choose from. Hyundai recently came out with a fully redesigned Santa Fe for the 2024 model year, giving the SUV a bolder design, a larger body, three rows of standard seats, and more high-tech features. While the Santa Fe has been redesigned for 2024, the Tucson gains some noteworthy changes with extra safety features.

Shoppers perusing Hyundai’s extensive lineup of SUVs may find it difficult to choose between the Tucson and Santa Fe. In this comparison, we’ll explore how the two SUVs compare to one another when it comes to price, cargo capacity, interior design, and fuel economy to name the better option for most shoppers.

Hyundai Tucson vs. Santa Fe Price

2024 Hyundai Santa Fe

Both the Hyundai Tucson and Santa Fe are available in gas and hybrid models. Hyundai also offers the Tucson with a plug-in hybrid engine. Gas-powered Hyundai Tucson prices start at $28,875 and the most expensive Hyundai Tucson costs $38,135. Pricing for the Hyundai Tucson Hybrid ranges from $33,950 to $38,030. The cheapest Hyundai Tucson PHEV is the SEL trim and costs $40,100 and the most expensive Hyundai Tucson PHEV is the Limited that’s priced at $46,825.

Hyundai Santa Fe prices start at $35,345 for the SE trim and the most expensive Hyundai Santa Fe is the Calligraphy that costs $47,895. The electrified Hyundai Santa FE costs $38,345 for the SEL trim and goes up to $48,395 for the Calligraphy.

There’s a price difference of $6,470 between the gas-powered Hyundai Tucson and the Hyundai Santa Fe. At the top of the range, the Santa Fe is $9,760 more than the Tucson. When you compare hybrid models to one another, the Tucson Hybrid is $4,395 less than the Santa Fe Hybrid. The most expensive Tucson Hybrid is $10,365 less than the priciest Santa Fe Hybrid.

As the more affordable of the two SUVs, lease deals tend to be better for the Tucson. The Tucson is also available with better purchasing deals than the Santa Fe.

Hyundai Tucson vs. Santa Fe Cargo Space

2024 Hyundai Santa Fe Interior

As a midsize SUV, the Hyundai Santa Fe has more cargo capacity than the compact Tucson. The Santa Fe has 14.6 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row, 40.5 cubic feet of cargo space behind the second row, and a total of 79.6 cubic feet of total cargo space.

In comparison, the Hyundai Tucson has 38.7 cubic feet of cargo space behind the second row and a total of 74.8 cubic feet of cargo space.

Hyundai Tucson vs. Santa Fe Interior

2025 Hyundai Tucson Dashboard

The largest difference between the Hyundai Tucson and the Santa FE is seating capacity. The Santa Fe comes with three rows of seats as standard with seating for up to seven people. The Tucson is a two-row compact SUV with seating for up to five people.

The Santa Fe has a more upscale interior design than the Tucson, too. The Santa Fe has Hyundai’s latest interior design with two large screens that are integrated into a single piece of glass, while the Tucson has a more traditional interior design with a traditional central display that’s separated from the recessed instrument cluster.

Shoppers will find that the Santa Fe comes with more advanced standard tech features than the Tucson. The three-row SUV comes with a 12.3-inch touchscreen, while the Tucson has an eight-inch touchscreen. The Santa Fe is available with a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, while the Tucson is available with dual 10.25-inch displays.

Hyundai Tucson vs. Santa Fe Fuel Economy

2024 Hyundai Tucson Engine

Fuel economy goes to the Hyundai Tucson. The gas-powered model is rated to get up to 28 mpg combined, while the Tucson Hybrid can get up to 38 mpg combined. The available Tucson PHEV is rated at up to 35 mpg combined on gasoline and up to 80 MPGe combined on gas and electricity. It has an all-electric range of up to 33 miles.

The EPA does not have fuel economy figures for the Santa Fe Hybrid. The gas-powered model can get up to 24 mpg combined, which is well behind the Tucson.

Tucson or Santa Fe: Which Hyundai SUV Is Better?

For the majority of drivers, the Hyundai Tucson represents the better option. If you need three rows of seats, the Santa Fe is the clear choice. But for everyone else, the Tucson’s lower starting price tag, available plug-in hybrid model, relatively roomy cargo area, and impressive fuel economy make it the better option.

The Santa Fe has undergone an impressive transformation. It delivers standout exterior styling, a roomy cabin, and advanced tech features. It costs a lot more than the Tucson, only has 5 more cubic feet of cargo space, and isn’t as efficient. These qualities make it a tough upgrade to justify.

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, Automotive Editor

Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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