2019 Hyundai Tucson vs. 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe

February 1st, 2019 by

One brand, two great SUVs. The 2019 Hyundai Tucson and the 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe both have a lot to offer. If you’re in the market for a new vehicle in their class, and are set on buying from one the fastest growing and most reliable car brands, you might find yourself asking, “Which is better?”

The answer is simply, “Both.” They’re both terrific vehicles with too many features to mention. Of course, that might not be helpful for a new car shopper, so your Jackson area Hyundai dealer will try here to show you the differences between these two great Hyundais.


Performance and Efficiency: Tucson vs. Santa Fe

The larger 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe is the more powerful of the two. It comes standard with a 185-horsepower 2.4L 4-cylinder engine, which delivers 22 miles per gallon city, 29 highway, and 25 combined. At the Limited 2.0T and Ultimate 2.0T trim levels, it offers with a 235-horsepower 2.0L Turbo GDI engine with a gas mileage breakdown of 20/25/22.

The more compact 2019 Hyundai Tucson, meanwhile, is the more efficient one. Its standard engine for the SE, Value, and SEL trim levels is a 161-horsepower 2.0L GDI 4-cylinder that will get you 23/30/26 MPG. At the Sport, Limited, and Ultimate trim levels, you’ll have a 181-horsepower 2.4L GDI 4-cylinder that manages 22/28/25. And both vehicles offer optional all-wheel drive at every trim level.

Features: Tucson vs. Santa Fe

Whichever SUV you’re after, you’ll be able to find one packed with all of the great features you need.

The 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe offers LED daytime running lights standard across all trim levels, while on the 2019 Tucson those start at the Sport trim level. Both vehicles have projector headlights standard on their first three trim levels, with LED headlights and taillights becoming standard on the Tucson Sport and Santa Fe Limited. A panoramic sunroof is available for either, starting at the Limited trim level of the Santa Fe and the Sport trim on the Tucson.

On the inside, both offer an eight-way power adjustable drivers seat in every trim but the base model. A 7” touchscreen is standard on all of the vehicles, though the Ultimate trims of both the Santa Fe and Tucson have an 8” screen. Wireless device charging is available in both, but only on the Ultimate and Ultimate 2.0T versions of the Santa Fe, whereas it’s available at the Sport trim level and beyond for the Tucson. Both SUVs offer Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility standard across all models.

Value and Safety: Tucson vs. Santa Fe

Hyundai has always been known for great value, and the 2019 Tucson and 2019 Santa Fe are no exception.

The Tucson SE ($22,700) has a lower base price than the larger Santa Fe SE ($24,250). That gap holds across the trim levels, with the fully-stocked Ultimate trim levels of each costing $30,550 for the Tucson and $33,450 for the Santa Fe. The Santa Fe is, however, the larger of the two, with 35.9 cubic feet of cargo space compared to 31 in the Tucson. Both offer safety tools like Blind-Spot Collision Assist and Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Warning, standard on all trims and models except for the Tucson SE. Both vehicles were named IIHS Top Safety Picks for 2019.

To compare these two great SUVs for yourself, we invite you to come visit Wilson Hyundai. We’ve been serving Jackson, Madison, and beyond for years, and we’ll be glad to show you what great, low-pressure service feels like. Give us a call at (601) 914-4200, or contact us online to set up the best time for a few test drives.

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