Hyundai offers a lineup of reliable SUVs that are great for both commuters and families. So, which one has what you're looking for in your next SUV? To help drivers in Ithaca, Vestal, and Sayre decide, Maguire Hyundai looks at what two of the most popular models have to offer in this Hyundai Tucson vs. Santa Fe comparison.

SUV Specs

The Hyundai Tucson and the Hyundai Santa Fe are both designed to deliver a capable drive. Each one has standard front-wheel drive but offers all-wheel drive on every trim level. With both options, your SUV will have dependable handling thanks to standard Electronic Stability Control with Traction Control System.

Under the hood, the Hyundai Tucson offers two engines. The most versatile option is a 2.4L 4-cylinder engine that gets up to 181 horsepower and 175 lb-ft of torque. You can use this power to tow up to 2,000 pounds. Plus, this powertrain can provide you with an EPA-estimated 22 city/28 highway MPG.

The Hyundai Santa Fe runs on a 2.0L turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that can produce up to 235 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. With the extra power, it can haul up to 3,500 pounds. It's still capable of great fuel economy with an EPA-estimated 20 city/27 highway MPG.

Passenger & Cargo Room


Both Hyundai SUVs have seating for up to five people and lots of cargo room. Inside the Hyundai Tucson, you'll be able to relax with 41.5 inches of legroom up front and 38.2 inches of legroom in the back seat. There's plenty of convenient trunk space, too, with 31 cubic feet of space. To make room for more, you can use the 60/40 split fold-down rear seats to get up to 61.9 cubic feet of cargo room.

The Hyundai Santa Fe is a bit bigger and gives you 44.1 inches of legroom behind the wheel, while passengers get 40.9 inches of rear legroom. There's also more cargo room with 35.9 cubic feet in the trunk and 71.3 cubic feet with the seats folded down.


Hyundai Tucson

Hyundai Santa Fe

Cargo Room Behind Row (Front/Rear)

61.9 cubic feet/

31 cubic feet

71.3 cubic feet/

35.9 cubic feet

Headroom (Front/Rear)

39.6 inches/

39.2 inches

41.2 inches/

39.2 inches

Legroom (Front/Rear)

41.5 inches/

38.2 inches

44.1 inches/

40.9 inches


Infotainment Systems

A 7-inch touchscreen display comes standard in both SUVs. The Hyundai Tucson and the Santa Fe each offer lots of smartphone compatibility. You can stream music and make hands-free calls with Bluetooth® and access your phone's apps through Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™. To keep you connected, a wireless phone charger is available in both vehicles.

An available navigation system can find the fastest route and provide you with turn-by-turn directions. Wherever you go, you can also enjoy more variety and superior sound quality by adding SiriusXM® and HD Radio®.

Test Drive a Hyundai SUV

Contact Maguire Hyundai to learn more about this Hyundai Tucson vs. Santa Fe comparison and test drive the one that's right for you. Each SUV offers lots of features, a roomy interior, and a dependable performance to drivers and families in Ithaca, Vestal, and Sayre.

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