Hyundai Santa Fe vs Tucson

Here’s the first thing that you need to know when you’re deciding between the 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe and the 2019 Hyundai Tucson-they’re both capable crossover SUVs . So, regardless of which one you pick, you’ll be getting powerful capabilities, a spacious cabin, and more than just a bit of style to boot.

Beyond that, it all just comes down to your lifestyle-driving habits, preferences, needs, etc. That’s why our team here at the Norm Reeves Hyundai Superstore Cerritos created this guide. We’d like to help you decide whether the Santa Fe or the Hyundai Tucson is better for you. Then, we’d like to help you test it!

Powerful Capabilities: Santa Fe vs Tucson

When it comes to the Santa Fe, you’re looking at either an inline 4-cylinder engine that pumps out 185 horsepower and 178 lb-ft of torque, or an inline 4-cylinder turbo engine that ups the ante to 235 horsepower and 260 lb-ft. Those are top numbers, especially when you consider that it achieves 25 combined MPG, too 1 .

Then, there’s the Tucson, which offers three options: a 164-horsepower 2.0L engine, a 181-horsepower 2.4L engine, and a 175-horsepower 2.4L engine. Furthermore, previous model years have also boasted some great fuel economy ratings, such as 23 city MPG and 30 highway MPG.

Spacious Cabins: 2019 Santa Fe and 2019 Tucson

Next, we created these tables to help you understand just how spacious each of the cabins really are .

Hyundai Santa Fe

First Row

Second Row


41.2 inches

39.2 inches


44.1 inches

40.9 inches

Shoulder Room

59.1 inches

58.3 inches

Hip Room

57.5 inches

56.3 inches

Hyundai Tucson

First Row

Second Row


39.6 inches

39.2 inches


41.5 inches

38.2 inches

Shoulder Room

57.1 inches

55.5 inches

Hip Room

55.6 inches

54.5 inches

And more than just a bit of style, to boot…

Last, but certainly not least, for a little pizzazz… Let’s cover exterior color options. Any of these coats will readily spice up your SUV’s presence, so buckle your seatbelt and get ready to watch those heads turn.

  • Hyundai Santa Fe: Earthy Bronze, Lava Orange, Machine Gray, Quartz White, Rainforest, etc.
  • Hyundai Tucson: Dazzling White, Caribbean Blue, Ruby Wine, Black Noir Pearl, Coliseum, etc.

On the Tucson, you can even choose the Hope on Wheels design, which reflects how a portion of every model sold goes towards fighting childhood cancer. This design is a white base with colorful hand prints .

Plus, you can upgrade both models to optional LED headlights, which brightly illuminate the road ahead.

Drop us a line if you want to test drive either of Hyundai’s crossovers!

Regardless of whether you live in Downey, Cerritos, Long Beach, Anaheim, or any of the surrounding CA communities, you can test drive any of the vehicles in our showroom whenever you’d like. Just call us, chat with us online, or stop by in-person to get started with the Santa Fe or the Tucson now.

1 2019 Santa Fe: 22 City/29 Hwy/25 Combined FWD, 21 City/27 Hwy/23 Combined AWD. 2019 Santa Fe 2.0T: 20 City/25 Hwy/22 Combined FWD, 19 City/24 Hwy/21 Combined AWD. EPA estimates. For comparison only. Your actual mileage may vary with options, driving conditions, driving habits, and vehicle’s condition.

2 2018 Tucson SE/SEL/SEL Plus FWD A/T: 23 City/30 Hwy/26 Combined. 2018 Tucson SE/SEL/SEL Plus AWD A/T: 21 City/26 Hwy/23 Combined. 2018 Tucson Value and Limited FWD 25 City/30 Hwy/27: Combined. 2018 Tucson Value and Limited AWD: 24 City/28 Hwy/25 Combined. 2018 Tucson Sport FWD: 21 City/28 Hwy/24 Combined. 2018 Tucson Sport AWD: 21 City/25 Hwy/22 Combined. EPA estimates. For comparison only. Your actual mileage may vary with options, driving conditions, driving habits, and vehicle’s condition.