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2014 Hyundai Tucson vs. 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe Review

Comparison Review


Introduction
The Hyundai Tucson and Hyundai Santa Fe have many differences: two rows vs. three rows, a large difference in base price, and different engines. So which one is right for you? Well it depends. (Note that the Santa Fe is offered in a five-seat version as well, the Santa Fe Sport which is covered separately on this website.)

Utility
The larger Santa Fe takes the edge on utility, with room for more passengers than the Tucson (seven vs. five) and more cargo space (80 cubic feet with the seats folded down vs. 55.8 for the Tucson). However, the Santa Fe's third row severely inhibits cargo volume when raised, giving the Tucson a big advantage (25.7 vs. 13.5 cubic feet). So while the Santa Fe might offer seating for seven, it won't offer have the luggage space for that many people. We still think the Santa Fe's third-row offers more flexibility and its luggage capacity with that last row folded (40.9 cubic feet) far outpaces the Tucson.

Performance/Fuel Economy
Tucson models come with one of two four-cylinder engines making 164- and 182-hp respectively. The larger Santa Fe naturally gets a larger engine, a 290-hp V-6. Front-wheel drive is standard on both models, with all-wheel drive optional. The more powerful engine gives the Santa Fe an edge in performance, but the Tucson is the clear winner in fuel economy, topping out at 22/30 mpg city/highway beating the Santa Fe's 18/25 mpg.

Interior Features
Hyundai excels at the features for money proposition and these two are no exception, offering standard Bluetooth connectivity, USB ports, and air conditioning. The Santa Fe ups the ante however, offering a power driver's seat, heated front seats, and HD radio as well, all of which are optional on the Tucson. Does that make up the almost $8,000 difference in base price? Not really in our eyes. We give the Tucson the edge in value, but the Santa Fe the nod when it comes to comfort and luxury.

Safety
The two SUVs are mostly even when it comes to safety features, but the Santa Fe does offer a standard driver's knee airbag and standard in-vehicle assistance services, which are missing from the Tucson.

Conclusion
With more features and better comfort, the Santa Fe is undoubtedly the better of the two crossovers. Does it make up for the disparity in price? That's a trickier question. If you see yourself needing that third row, then the Santa Fe is the crossover for you. But if five seats is plenty, we would go for the Tucson, take the extra money and run.


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2014 Hyundai
Tucson

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MSRP*: $21,450 - $27,700
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2014 Hyundai
Santa Fe

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MSRP*: $29,900 - $35,550
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Cash Back Rebate: Up to $500 Up to $750
Low APR Loan: -- As low as 2.90%
Lease Incentive: As low as 2.35% As low as 1.61%
City MPG: 20 - 23 18
Highway MPG: 25 - 29 24 - 25
Engine(s): Inline-4 V-6
Seating Capacity: 5 - 5 6 - 7
Basic Warranty: 5 years/60,000 miles 5 years/60,000 miles
Safety Rating: Front
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Safety Rating: Side
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Safety Rating: Rear
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Invoice*: $20,633 - $26,297 $28,490 - $33,440

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