Known for its stylish design elements and on-trend features, Hyundai’s 2018 lineup includes two longtime favorites: the 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe, a stylish SUV, and the 2018 Hyundai Tucson, an equally chic crossover SUV. If you’re struggling to choose between these two sleek rides, keep reading, and we’ll help you make the decision that best suits your driving needs.

2018 Santa Fe vs. 2018 Tucson

Design and Interior

Available in several trims, all offering a variety of desirable features, the Hyundai Tucson flaunts a fairly compact profile without sacrificing interior space. A convenient cargo area delivers 31 cu. ft. of storage space to keep your travel essentials on hand. Avid travelers may prefer to fold the second row seats down, which doubles the available cargo space to 61.9 cu. ft. This is a great choice for drivers with a full crew that pack light.

Because the Santa Fe is a larger vehicle, it also accepts a bit more cargo, with 35.4 cu. ft. available behind the second row and 71.5 cu. ft. behind the front seats. Cargo-heavy families may want to choose the Santa Fe.

Plus, whichever model you prefer, you’ll enjoy the range of standard and available options that help make each and every trip one to remember. Both the Tucson and Santa Fe come standard with cozy seating for five and split folding rear seats. You’ll also discover a touchscreen audio system — varying in size based on your chosen trim — to help keep your passengers singing along until you reach your destination.

Performance and Efficiency

For buyers seeking a speedy ride, the Santa Fe’s larger frame allows the SUV to come standard with a more powerful engine, loaded with 185 horsepower from the get-go. An available engine upgrade makes 240 horsepower for even more excitement.

The 2018 Hyundai Tucson may provide less power — available options offer a choice between 164-horsepower and 175-horsepower engines — but it’s an ideal option for the driver who prioritizes efficiency. Combined fuel economy for Tucson models range from an estimated 26 to 27 mpg, making it an excellent choice for the daily commuter. The Sante Fe is rated with a still commendable 23 to 24 mpg.

The Verdict

The Tucson and the Sante Fe both offer an impressive selection of premium features coupled with plenty of cargo space. Your decision will likely come down to your power and efficiency preferences as well as your precise storage needs.

If you’d like to learn more about either of these Hyundai models, feel free to contact Parkway Hyundai today.