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2023 Hyundai Tucson Limited vs Santa Fe Limited | Side by Side Vehicle Comparison

In this video I do a side by side vehicle comparison of the 2023 Hyundai Tucson Limited and 2023 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited. With the popularity of 2 row crossovers, I would think many people would cross shop these two vehicles. With the Tucson being on the larger side of the class it makes the size difference between them much closer than one would first believe. Which one would you pick if you were in the market? Let me know in the comments below!

So you’re in the market for a new two row suv but don’t know exactly which size fits your needs best well today i have the two most popular choices in the two row segment from hyundai and that is the hyundai tucson in the hyundai santa fe now both these vehicles beside me are found in their limited trim level which is the highest level offered on the tucson and

The second highest offered on the santa fe and even though they share the limited name they are fairly different in terms of powertrains as the santa fe offers a 2.5 liter turbocharged engine with 8-speed wet dual clutch and the tucson offers the naturally aspirated 2.5 liter with the traditional 8-speed automatic and even though the limited trim level might be

The best one to show you guys in terms of a comparison might not be the most popular choice in the lineup given the overall higher price points now however these are the only two vehicles that i have that are equivalent that i can show you guys in today’s video but hopefully i can show you guys a lower trim level comparison between these two here in the very near

Future but let’s not waste any more time and take a look at what the tucson and santa fe have to offer in terms of price size as well as just overall packaging so i just want to mention quickly before we begin this video is that i have a separate walkaround video on each of these vehicles behind me both the 2023 tucson limited and the 2023 santa fe limited so make

Sure to check those out if there’s anything in this video that did not answer your questions or you just want to see each of these vehicles a little bit more in-depth up and on that same note if you’re curious about anything that changed for the 2023 mod year on both the santa fe as well as the tucson and other hyundai models as well make sure to check out that

Dedicated video where i cover all the different trim levels in each model to show you exactly what changed so the vehicles in front of us today are a 2022 tucson limit identical to the 2023 model year and a 2023 hyundai santa fe limited both finish in portofino gray so this is technically a 2023 side-by-side comparison so i don’t want to focus too much on doing

A walk around of each video as they do have separate dedicated videos for that on the channel however i do want to touch on the size difference between these two because people very well might be cross shopping the tucson and the santa fe depending on what you need for your family and just the overall space that you desire but like i mentioned there are some key

Differences that i do want to touch on in this video so starting over here on the tucson the tucson is technically a compact suv however it is one of the larger compact suvs in the segment so in terms of the overall interior volume as well as the exterior physical size it is going to be on the larger side side of the segment but here on the limited trim you will

Find full led lighting up front with the dark chrome accented grille the limited is not going to get the body color trim that is available on the end line trim of the tucson however that does sit below the limited in terms of features and options but yeah overall the size wise it’s going to be one of the larger compact suvs and somewhat smaller than the santa fe

Over there but overall like i said it still offers quite a bit of interior volume outback you do have led tail lights that kind of run across the tailgate incandescent turn signals and reverse lights down below on the bumper i think a lot of people do enjoy the tucson’s design language which is a little bit more i guess edgy or polarizing if you will compared to

Something like the santa fe now in terms of the hyundai santa fe this is technically a mid-sized suv so it’s going to be larger than something like the tucson or any compact suv on the market i’m not exactly sure where this sits in terms of the competitors in the mid-size segment although i’m sure it’s very competitive in the overall physical dimensions up front

Of the limited trim you will find full led lighting as well but this one has the bright chrome and satin chrome exterior design versus the dark and chrome over there on the tucson you still get the black accent trim on the bottom you have to step up to the calligraphy to get the body color accents but overall just a little bit more of the bright and chrome look

Here on the santa fe does have a little bit more squared off back end as well it doesn’t slope down quite as much back here which will definitely lead to more into your space and outback you will find led tail lights with incandescent reverse lights and more of that bright chrome or satin chrome accent design out back and this one does have the accessory tow hitch

Option as well but overall the santa fe does offer a little bit more mature design i would say versus something like the tucson over there so stepping inside the tucson’s driver’s seat you’re going to find fairly premium materials on the inside you’re gonna have a soft touch door panel for the upper section including up here near the window some cloth trim as well

As a padded armrest with some accent stitching gloss blacker on all the window and mirror controls power windows mirrors and locks however there is no power folding option for the mirrors power driver seat with two-way power lumbar accent piping this is the black leather interior so stepping inside the tucson you’re going to immediately notice the fairly unique

Dash design as well as the infotainment integration this is one of the fairly large differentiators between the two vehicles and whether or not you like all these touch sensitive buttons and the overall console layout but it is something i wanted to highlight as a big difference between the two because it’s definitely something to consider and something you

Interact with on a daily basis now stepping aside to the driver’s seat of the hyundai santa fe you’re going to find fairly premium materials once again nice soft touch door panel overall up top as well as the armrest with some padded accented leather power windows mirrors locks you do have power folding mirrors on the santa fe limited and up both of them will

Feature the memory driver seating you have a nice premium wave pattern to the speaker grille power driver seat with power leg extension which is a feature that is not offered on the tucson you do also have four-way power lumbar adjustment but again this is the black leather interior with accented piping so here on the inside of the santa fe i’m going to say this

Is a little bit more of a traditional design in terms of the overall layout of the dash as well as the infotainment and all the controls for the vehicle but you can see there’s much more physical buttons here on the center console i think the overall design is just a little bit more traditional and it does have nice premium materials on the outside that kind of

Lines it with leather and stitching which to me is a little bit of a step up over that of the tucson now here in the front seat of the hyundai tucson you’re going to find a fairly spacious interior knob go ahead and adjusted the driver’s seat to my rough driving position and overall it is very comfortable i have plenty of knee rim below the steering wheel and around

The center console area my arm is nicely padded on the center armrest as well as the door panel it is going to be fairly spacious however it is slightly smaller width wise versus something like the santa fe and in terms of overall seat comfort here in the front of the tucson i think these seats are fine i think the leather is a decent quality overall the shape is

Very comfortable i have no major complaints but overall i’d say the santa fe is slightly more comfortable now the back seat of the hyundai tucson is definitely going to be one of the key selling points as you can see the step a night was very easy the overall door opening is fairly large and as you can see from sitting behind myself here in the driver’s seat i

Have roughly eight to ten inches of rear seat legroom plenty of foot room i have the seat all the way down here in the front so there’s still plenty of foot room rear ac vents usb charging ports here in the limited trim headspace i have probably three to four inches of headroom even with the panoramic sunroof option here in this tucson but overall a very spacious

Interior using this lever on the side of the rear seats you’re going to have reclining rear seats so you go ahead and recline the seat fairly far back definitely a nice feature for longer road trips the santa fe is going to have most of these options as well but for a compact suv i think the tucson offers a very spacious rear seat now stepping into the back seat

Of the hyundai santa fe you’re going to notice a slightly higher step in height as well as seat bottom height than that of the tucson but again that should be expected given that these suvs are in different segments but overall the door panel is going to be very premium you do have rear manual sun shades here in the santa fe that is not found on the tucson you

Still have heated rear seats in this santa fe overall rear seat leg room is going to be very similar to that of the tucson so sitting behind my rough seating position again i probably have somewhere around eight inches of legroom plenty of foot room even more than that of the tucson and again this seat is almost all the way down as well rear ac vents usb charging

Ports as well as a 120 volt outlet here in the santa fe so that is a bonus over that of the tucson overall headroom is going to be very similar to the tucson it might be actually an inch or so less but again i still have pushing three inches of head space even with this sunroof the interior of the santa fe is going to be very nice in the back seat but in terms of

Overall comfort in terms of front and rear seats i will say the santa fe is just more comfortable there’s more cushion here on the bottom that i think the leather is a slightly softer maybe higher quality material you still get the reclinability here on the side so you can go ahead and pull this lever the seats do recline just as far if not farther than the tucson

So again that is a nice feature for road trips but overall i would say in terms of comfort the santa fe is definitely going to be a little bit more comfortable now in terms of overall cargo space behind the sacramento seats you’re going to find a lot of room here in the tucson again for the size of suv here in the limited you’re going to have a cargo cover so you

Kind of keep yourself private you have some of the accessories that this one’s equipped with in terms of underfloor storage though there really isn’t under floor storage here in the tucson you have a spare tire down below you do have a dual level floor so you can move this floor down about two inches so if you need a little bit of extra height beneath that cargo

Cover you can adjust this floor to do that but overall there’s not much underfloor storage except that of around the spare tire you have second row seat releases so you can fold the seats down from back here in the tucson they are a manual you have a 12 volt outlet as well as a light here on the left side of the trunk but overall it is fairly spacious i’m touching

The rear seat headrest here in its normal upright position as you can see i’m leaning over just a little bit see there is a fairly large space here in the back of the tucson so in terms of car capacity here in the back of the santa fe it’s going to be very good you’re going to immediately notice though the lift over height of the trunk lid here is going to be higher

Than that of the tucson that does have a fairly low lift over height so keep that in mind we’re looking at these two vehicles but in terms of overall space it is going to be slightly larger you have your subwoofer on the left side of the vehicle so that is opposite of the tucson you have your power release second folding seats here on the right side as well as a 12

Volt outlet so you don’t have manual levers to fold the seat backs you have a little storage cubby on the right as well some extra speakers back here in terms of underfloor storage though you have a lot of space here in this first cubby as well as your tire mobility kit so only certain santa fe’s come with actual spare tires the upper trims and some of the hybrids

As well come with tire mobility kits so again it just depends on the trim level i’ll put tons of storage space here you can see there is a big box for some of the accessories and you might be thinking well that’s all the underfloor storage right no not in the santa fe under this second store storage bin you have three massive cubbies up there that are probably two

Feet by you know 14 16 inches wide and eight to ten inches deep they are very large and that is definitely one of the key differences along with these slightly larger interior volume behind the rear seats you know i have to bend over a little bit farther to touch the rear seats but the key difference is a lot more underfloor storage here in the santa fe versus

The tucson now the final main point to cover in terms of difference between these two vehicles is the powertrains available now here in the santa fe limited and calligraphy you get the 2.5 liter turbo with 281 horsepower and 311 pound-feet of torque through an eight-speed wet dual clutch transmission this can be sent through either the front wheels or all-wheel

Drive depending on how they’re equipped this particular one is equipped with all-wheel drive now in terms of the tucson all gas tucsons are powered by the same 2.5 liter naturally aspirated four-cylinder engine that puts out 187 horsepower and 178 pound-feet of torque through either the front wheels or all-wheel drive depending how it’s equipped and an eight-speed

Traditional automatic transmission now it’s worth noting that the santa fe and its lower trim levels including the sc sel and sel premium are equipped with the same 2.5 liter naturally aspirated four-cylinder engine as the tucson so only the limited and calligraphy trim levels get this turbocharged engine whereas all the other trims get the naturally aspirated 2.5

And in terms of hybrid and plug-in hybrid powertrains of both of these vehicles that are actually powered by the same 1.6 liter turbocharged engine paired to electronic motors and of course battery packs in both the hybrids and plug-in hybrids so they’re both available with hybrid and plug and hybrid powertrains so that’s going to wrap up this video of the side by

Side comparison of the tucson in santa fe if you guys enjoyed this video or found it helpful please hit that like button below it greatly helps out these videos and the channel and speaking of helping out the channel make sure to hit that subscribe button if you guys are not subscribed and like i mentioned earlier in this video i have full walk rounds of both the

Santa fe limited and the tucson limited including the 2023 modular change videos as well so if you’re curious about any other automotive related content here on the channel make sure to check it out and like i mentioned earlier on this video i have full walk-on videos of both the santa fe limited the tucson limit as well as other trims coming here shortly so make

Sure to check those out if you’re interested in those i go a little bit more in depth overall in terms of the features and options available on the trim level and i also have 2023 modular change videos so if you want to know exactly what changed on every trim of these models make sure to check those videos out and finally to wrap up this video with pricing information

Now both these vehicles are all-wheel drive so that is the pricing i will discuss so the tucson limited all-wheel drive is going to be right around that 39 000 mark maybe a little bit more depending on the paint color as well as the accessories that are included with the vehicle and the santa fe limited all-wheel drive is going to be right around that 43 000 mark

Again depending on the paint color and the accessories so the actual difference in price is going to be right around that four thousand dollar mark which i’ll go ahead and put the exact figure up on the screen but to me that is actually relatively small considering the overall size and the difference in powertrains between these two vehicles four thousand dollars

In the grand scheme of things you know 10 percent of the overall vehicle costs yeah it’s a good chunk of money but again if you need a slightly larger vehicle or want one that’s a little bit more luxurious overall i think the santa fe is definitely the way to go so once again hopefully you guys enjoyed this video and as always hope to see you guys in the next one foreign

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2023 Hyundai Tucson Limited vs Santa Fe Limited | Side by Side Vehicle Comparison! By Cars Made Simple

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