The five-passenger SUV has quickly become the most popular vehicle on the roads. With versatile interiors that fit passengers as well as cargo, available all-wheel drive systems that help drivers conquer all sorts of weather and road conditions, and the latest technology on the market. For many drivers across the Lehigh Valley and Berks County, from Hazleton to Reading, it’s not a question of if they should go for a compact or mid-size SUV, but which one they should choose.
Hyundai offers two excellent choices for drivers looking to optimize their lives with a new SUV. The compact 2019 Hyundai Tucson and the mid-size 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe both seat five passengers, and both feature the great Hyundai assurance plan and service that comes with every new Hyundai. There are plenty of differences though, and these differences can tip the scales for drivers.
With the mid-size footprint of the 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe, you get a bit more room than in the 2019 Hyundai Tucson. There’s 146.6 cubic feet of interior volume in the Santa Fe, versus 133.2 cubic feet in the Tucson, spread throughout the cabin.
The Tucson has a good amount of leg room and head room throughout, including in the rear seat where there is 38.2 inches of leg room and 39.2 inches of head room. While that’s enough for most adults to be comfortable, whether you are running errands around Bethlehem or making longer trips from Hamburg to Allentown, sometimes you want more space for long-distance vacations. In that case, the 40.9 inches of leg room in the rear seat will help your passengers go longer without needing to stretch.
If hauling cargo is important, the Tucson offers 31.0 cubic feet with the rear seats up, and 61.9 cubic feet with the rear seats folded down. This is pretty spacious, and is one of the largest interiors in the compact SUV class, but it’s hard to compete with the Santa Fe. With the rear seats in place, the Santa Fe brings 35.9 cubic feet of cargo space to the table, while lowering them opens up 71.3 cubic feet for antiques, IKEA furniture, of whatever else you need to haul around.
Of course, while the Tucson has less cargo space, it’s also easier to parallel park on the streets of Allentown and Reading thanks to the smaller exterior dimensions. The Tucson is 11.4 inches shorter in length, 1.6 inches skinnier, and 1.1 shorter in height, so it will also be easier to maneuver through the parking garages in Bethlehem.
Both the 2019 Hyundai Tucson and the 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe offer spritely engines and confident available all-wheel drive systems that will help you get around in the snowy Hazleton winters.
For the driver looking for the most fuel-efficient option, the Tucson offers a 161-horsepower, 150 lb-ft of torque engine that provides 23 MPG city and 30 MPG highway. Even with all-wheel drive, it provides 22 MPG city and 25 MPG highway. The available 2.4-liter engine in the Tucson ups the power to 181 horsepower and 175 horsepower. With the six-speed automatic transmission, it’s an entertaining drive. The smaller engine can tow up to 1,500 pounds, while the larger engine can tow up to 2,000 pounds even.
The base engine in the Santa Fe is a 2.4-liter engine that turns out 186 horsepower and 178 lb-ft of torque. It gets decent fuel economy, particularly within its own segment. With front-wheel drive, it can get up to 22 MPG around town and 29 MPG on the highway, while the go-anywhere all-wheel drive gets 21 MPG city and 27 MPG highway. The efficiency with the larger engine comes from the 8-speed automatic transmission with SHIFTRONIC.
Step up to the 2.0-liter turbocharged engine, and you get the most powerful engine of the bunch. Thanks to 235 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque, you’ll have plenty of get-up-and-go, and have no problem passing, even on the long hills of the highways across the Valley. While the 2.4-liter engine can only tow as much as the 2.4-liter in the Tucson, the turbocharged engine can tow up to 3,500 pounds.
We want our neighbors to be safe on the road, whether they are behind the wheel or a pedestrian around the roads and parking lots of Reading. Both the 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe and the 2019 Hyundai Tucson feature some of the latest in safety technology. Lane Keeping Assist, Driver Attention Warning, Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist, and a rear-view monitor are standard in every trim of both the Tucson and Santa Fe.
Hyundai realizes the hazards that can come with the larger Santa Fe, which is why it also gets Blind-Spot Collision Avoidance Assist and Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist, as well as Pedestrian Detection with the Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist. These features are offered on the Tucson, but are limited to higher trim levels.
Standard on all but the base trim of both the 2019 Hyundai Tucson and 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe, Blue Link Connected Car Service is complimentary for the first three years of ownership. Compatible with iPhones, Android smartphones, Amazon Alexa, and more, this service integrates your vehicle and your lifestyle into a cohesive, convenient package.
The Connected Care and Remote packages are all part of the Connected Car Service, and include everything from Vehicle Health Reports and Maintenance Reminders, to Automatic Collision Notification that triggers automatic connection to assistance when your airbag deploys. Car Finder tags your vehicle location to make it easy to find in packed Allentown parking lots, and Remote Start so your vehicle can get warmed up before you step into the cold.
When it comes down to it, there is no wrong choice between the 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe and the 2019 Hyundai Tucson. It’s a matter of what you need your vehicle to do – do you need more power and more space, or is a compact footprint and better fuel economy more important? Here at Freedom Hyundai of Hamburg, we carry plenty of versions of both the Santa Fe and the Tucson, making us the best place in the Reading, Hazleton, Allentown and Bethlehem areas to compare and contrast these two great SUVs in person. Come visit us today and get behind the wheel of both, see which one is the right fit for you!