Should I Choose a Hyundai Crossover or SUV?


The Tucson, Santa Fe Sport and Santa Fe are the three vehicles that drivers who want a Hyundai crossover or SUV look at and test drive. Each of these vehicles has several trim levels that offer varying features and prices. Thus, the choice between these three vehicles comes down to how much fuel efficiency, power and interior room drivers want. Here’s a guide to choosing between the Hyundai’s crossovers and SUVs.

For Fuel Efficiency: The Tucson

The Tucson is the crossover of the group (even though it’s frequently referred to as a “compact SUV”). Compared to the Santa Fe Sport and the Santa Fe, the Tucson is smaller and has less power. These aren’t necessarily disadvantages, though.

The Tucson's smaller body and engine appeal to many drivers. The crossover is easy to maneuver around cities, and the four-cylinder engine gets excellent gas mileage. The base engine sees a combined 26 mpg while an available turbocharged engine gets a combined 27 or 28 mpg (depending on the trim selected). When equipped with all-wheel drive, the fuel efficiency drops slightly, but it remains impressive -- the Eco trim still gets 30 highway mpg with all-wheel drive.

As you consider whether to get a Hyundai crossover or SUV, you’ll quickly find that the Tucson is the right choice if you want a vehicle that has more room than a traditional sedan -- but drives like a car and is great on gas.

For Compact Power: The Santa Fe Sport

The Santa Fe Sport is a little larger than the Tucson, but the Santa Fe Sport still seats five. If you get the Santa Fe Sport, you’ll still be able to parallel park in downtown Milwaukee with ease (especially if you opt for the available rear parking sensors).

The Santa Fe Sport, however, is a full-fledged SUV. As a true SUV, the Santa Fe Sport has much more power than the Tucson.

The base trim is equipped with a 2.4-liter engine that’s comparable to the turbocharged engine that’s available on the Tucson. The Santa Fe Sport’s base engine delivers 178 lb.-ft. of torque and 185 hp. Even with this engine, though, the Sport’s towing capacity is 2,000 lbs. - a full 1,000 lbs. more than the Tucson’s towing capacity with any engine.

The 2.0T trim and 2.0T Ultimate trim both come with a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine that produces 260 lb.-ft. of torque and 240 hp. With this engine, the Santa Fe Sport is capable of towing up to 3,500 lbs.

If you want an SUV that’ll fit down narrow city streets but also can tow, the Santa Fe Sport offers the features you’re looking for.

For Room and Power: The Santa Fe

The Santa Fe is the largest and most powerful SUV of the three. It comes with seating for up to seven people and a powerful 3.3-liter V6. The V6 can put out 252 lb.-ft. of torque and 290 hp, and it can tow 5,000 lbs. when the SUV is properly equipped.

If you’re not so much looking for a Hyundai crossover or SUV, but instead really need an SUV, the Santa Fe will serve you well.

Test Drive All Three

To see all three models side-by-side and test drive each, visit Hyundai Greenfield. The dealership is conveniently located at 6133 South 27th Street in Greenfield, just a quick drive from either Racine or Mequon. Now that the dealership is part of the International Autos Group, it has one of the best selections of Tucsons, Santa Fe Sports and Santa Fes in the Milwaukee area.