Hyundai is traditionally known as a bargain brand that offered inexpensive vehicles for the masses backed by an industry-leading warranty. This Korean automaker has recently moved away from its bargain roots and into more premium vehicles. Though it made this shift, it still focused on value, giving buyers premium features for a lower cost. This shift included a big focus on SUVs too.
Today the Hyundai SUV lineup includes five models, ranging from the subcompact Venue to the midsize Palisade. Which Hyundai SUV is right for you? Find out below.
Hyundai has an eclectic SUV lineup in 2023, including five models in various shapes, sizes, and powertrain types. Let’s review all six Hyundai models to determine which is best for you.
The Venue sits at the bottom of the Hyundai SUV lineup and offers buyers a balance of affordability, agility, good fuel economy, and roominess. Powering this blocky crossover SUV is a 1.6-litre four-cylinder engine that delivers 121 horsepower (hp) and 113 pound-feet (lb-ft) of torque through a continuously variable transmission (CVT) that it calls the Smartstream IVT. The Venue is only available in front-wheel drive (FWD) — no all-wheel-drive (AWD) option is available.
While the Venue is not an overly engaging vehicle to drive, it shines in fuel economy without having to go to a pricey hybrid model. It checks in at 7.5 L/100 km combined.
Inside, this subcompact SUV has room for five people and decent room in the second row at 870 mm of legroom and 980 mm of headroom. It’s best suited for families with young kids, as taller teens and adults may feel slightly cramped in the back seats. The Venue’s cargo space isn’t bad for such a small footprint, checking in at 528 litres with the rear seats up and 902 litres with them folded.
For being the cheapest Hyundai SUV, the 2023 Venue is well-equipped with many standard features. They include an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Bluetooth connectivity, two USB ports, dual-level cargo floor, a 4.2-inch colour multi-information display (MID), and a rearview camera. It even has a nice collection of standard driver-assist features, including lane-keeping assist, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, driver attention warning, and automatic high-beam headlights.
In higher trims, buyers can add more premium items like rear cross-traffic collision avoidance, blind-spot collision warning, premium cloth seats, a leather-wrapped and heated steering wheel, automatic climate control, drive mode selector, one-touch windows, remote ignition, and more.
The 2023 Hyundai Venue’s starting manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) ranges from $23,306 to $27,606. The Venue has been around since 2020, so it’s built a good used marketplace where you can save thousands. You can grab a used Hyundai Venue in the 2021 model year with many of today’s features starting from about $17,500.
Only about 200 mm longer than the Venue is the next model up in the Hyundai SUV lineup, the Kona. The Kona caters to a vastly different crowd than the Venue, as its sporty looks and peppy N Series model are tuned more toward the younger generation.
Powering this subcompact crossover are four powertrain options: three gasoline engines and one electric powertrain. At the base is a 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine that delivers 147 hp and 132 lb-ft of torque to an IVT and out to the front wheels or all four wheels with optional AWD. In the Kona N Line, this tiny subcompact SUV gets a 1.6-litre turbocharged four-cylinder with 195 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque, a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, and standard AWD. The performance-oriented Kona N adds a turbocharged 2.0-litre engine and an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission, but it only comes in FWD.
The Kona’s fuel economy checks in at 7.4 to 7.9 L/100 km combined with the base 2.0-litre, 8.2 L/100 km combined with the turbo 1.6-litre, and 10.4 L/100 km combined in the N model.
The Kona Electric features an interior permanent magnet synchronous electric motor that delivers 201 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque to the front wheels. It has a 64-kWh battery pack that gives it a respectable 415-km driving range. This electric SUV takes just over nine hours to charge on a level 2 charger and as little as 47 minutes to charge to 80% on a 100-kW DC fast charger.
Inside, the Kona has five-person seating and a little more rear legroom than the Venue at 893 mm but only 961 to 965 mm of rear headroom. Like the Venue, the Kona is best-suited for families with young kids, but with its extra legroom, taller teens and adults can squeeze in and be relatively comfortable. The Kona’s cargo space is pretty good considering its size and swoopier body, as it checks in at 544 litres with the rear seats up and 1,296 litres with them folded.
Despite being a cheaper subcompact model in the Hyundai SUV lineup, the Kona has plenty of standard features. They include an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Bluetooth connectivity, heated front seats, two USB ports, dual-level cargo floor, and a rearview camera. It even has lots of standard driver-assist features, including lane-keeping assist, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane-changing assist, and rear occupant alert.
In the higher Kona trims, Hyundai adds more premium items like rear cross-traffic collision avoidance, blind-spot collision warning, adaptive cruise control, premium cloth seats, a leather-wrapped and heated steering wheel, a power sunroof, automatic climate control, drive mode selector, one-touch windows, remote ignition, leather seats, an eight-way power driver’s seat, a head-up display, wireless phone charging, a 10.25-inch touchscreen, Harmon Kardon audio, and more.
The 2023 Hyundai Kona’s starting MSRP ranges from $24,756 to $30,856; the Kona N starts from $42,656; and the Kona Electric’s starting MSRP ranges from $47,252 to $52,352.
The Kona has been in Hyundai’s SUV lineup since 2018 — the Electric and N came in 2019 and 2022, respectively, so plenty of used Kona models are available. You can grab a used 2021 Hyundai Venue with a lot of the same features it has today starting around $25,400. A 2022 Kona N will start from around $39,700, while a 2021 Hyundai Kona Electric will start at about $42,700.
As we continue climbing the Hyundai SUV lineup, we run into the third model on the list. This time it's a compact SUV known as the Tucson. The 2023 Tucson offers more room than the two subcompact models and has three powertrain options: gasoline, hybrid, and plug-in hybrid.
Under the standard Tucson’s hood is a 2.5-litre four-cylinder engine that delivers 187 hp and 178 lb-ft of torque, an eight-speed automatic transmission, and standard FWD or optional AWD. the Hyundai Tucson Hybrid and Hyundai Tucson Plug-In Hybrid (PHEV) share a 1.6-litre turbocharged four-cylinder with 180 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque, a six-speed automatic transmission, and standard AWD. Each has an electric motor, but the hybrid’s motor produces 59 hp to the plug-in hybrid’s 90 hp. This gives the Tucson Hybrid a combined output of 226 hp and the Tucson Plug-In Hybrid a combined output of 261 hp.
The Tucson’s fuel economy comes in at 8.5 to 9.3 L/100 km combined with the base 2.5-litre engine and 6.4 L/100 km combined with the hybrid powertrain. The PHEV powertrain delivers 6.7 L/100 km in hybrid mode, 2.9 Le/100 km in electric mode, and a 53-km all-electric range (AER).
Charging the PHEV model takes just under 11 hours on a 120-volt outlet and just under two hours on a level 2 charger.
The Tucson has room for five people, and its larger body allows for lots more space inside. The Tucson’s rear legroom rings in at 1,050 mm while its headroom checks in at 990 mm. This makes it perfect for families with kids of all ages or even those who shuttle around adults. The Tucson also has ample cargo space, boasting up to 1,095 litres with the rear seats up and 2,119 litres with them folded. The hybrid and PHEV are a little tighter at 1,097 and 902 litres with the rear seats up and 2,108 and 1,876 with the rear seats folded, respectively.
The Tucson can also tow a braked trailer weighing up to 3,500 pounds, but the electrified models can only tow up to a 2,000-pound braked trailer. Every 2023 Tucson can tow up to a 1,650-pound unbraked trailer.
This compact SUV has lots of desirable standard features too. These include an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Bluetooth connectivity, a 4.2-inch colour MID, heated front seats, an electronic parking brake, and a rearview camera. It even has a few standard driver-assist features, including lane-keeping assist, lane-following assist, automatic high-beam headlights, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian and cyclist detection, and rear occupant alert.
In its higher trims, the Tucson offers more premium items like rear cross-traffic collision avoidance, blind-spot collision warning, adaptive cruise control, surround-view monitor, blind-view monitor, parking sensors, a leather-wrapped and heated steering wheel, a power sunroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, drive mode selector, one-touch windows, remote ignition, leather seats, an eight-way power driver’s seat, seat-position memory, a head-up display, wireless phone charging, a 10.25-inch touchscreen, Bose audio, and more.
The 2023 Hyundai Tucson’s starting MSRP ranges from $28,499 to $38,499; the Hyundai Tucson Hybrid’s starting MSRP ranges from $40,099 to $42,499; and the Hyundai Tucson Plug-In Hybrid’s starting MSRP ranges from $44,549 to $46,949.
The Hyundai Tucson has been around for well over 20 years, so it has been a popular model and has a robust used market where you can save thousands of dollars. You can pick up a used Tucson in the 2021 model year starting from around $24,936. Keep in mind this will be the previous generation model, but it still has many of the same features as today’s new Tucson.
The hybrid and PHEV Tucson variants only arrived in 2022, so finding a used Tucson Hybrid or Plug-In Hybrid will still be difficult.
Continuing through the Hyundai SUV lineup, we now come to the automaker’s slightly larger compact SUV, the Santa Fe. Compared to the Tucson, the Santa Fe is 155 mm longer and has 28 litres more interior room, so the real differences lie in their styling.
Like the Tucson, the Santa Fe offers three variants: gasoline, hybrid, and plug-in hybrid. In fact, it shares most of its powertrain with its smaller sibling, so they have nearly identical driveline specs. The only engine unique to the Santa Fe is its 2.5-litre turbocharged four-cylinder in the Urban and Ultimate Calligraphy trims, producing 281 hp and 311 lb-ft of torque.
The only other mechanical difference is the Santa Fe comes standard with AWD. And with standard AWD, its fuel economy also differs in its base model. With the non-turbo 2.5-litre engine, the Santa Fe is rated up 10 L/100 km combined. With the turbo 2.5-litre, fuel economy gets a little better at 9.9 L/100 km. The Santa Fe Hybrid gets 7.4 L/100 km combined, while the PHEV get 7.2 L/100 km in hybrid mode and 3.1 Le/100 km in EV mode. The PHEV also offers up to 50 km of driving range in EV mode.
Oddly enough, despite sharing so much mechanically, the Santa Fe is not as capable. It can tow a braked trailer weighing up to 2,000 pounds with the non-turbo 2.5-litre engine. However, the Urban and Ultimate Calligraphy models match the Tucson’s 3,500-pound capacity with trailer brakes. Every 2023 Santa Fe can tow up to a 1,650-pound unbraked trailer.
Inside the Santa Fe is larger than the Tucson overall, but it is smaller in some dimensions. it also has room for five people, and its rear seats have 1,060 mm of legroom and 990 mm of headroom. Like the Tucson, the Santa Fe is great for families with kids of all ages or even those who shuttle around adults. The Santa Fe’s cargo space is slightly tighter than the Tucson at 1,032 litres with the rear seats up and 2,041 litres with them folded. The hybrid and PHEV do not lose any cargo space.
Where the Santa Fe makes up for its higher price is in its more premium standard features. It has all the features the Tucson has, plus an eight-way power driver’s seat with lumbar adjustment, a push-button transmission, dual front and rear USB ports, a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system, dual-zone automatic climate control, a leather-wrapped and heated steering wheel, a power liftgate, one-touch power windows, keyless ignition, rear sunshades, and more.
The Santa Fe also has additional standard driver-assist features compared to the Tucson. It adds adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian and cyclist detection and junction turning detection, blind-spot collision avoidance assist, rear cross-traffic avoidance assist, safe-exit assist, rear parking sensors, and more.
When you move up in the Santa Fe’s trim levels, you get even more great features, such as a surround-view monitor, blind-view monitor, parking sensors, remote parking, an electrochromic mirror, an eight-way power passenger’s seat, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, Nappa leather seating, a 630-watt Harmon Kardon audio system, leatherette or leather seats, a head-up display, wireless phone charging, and more.
The 2023 Hyundai Satan Fe’s starting MSRP ranges from $37,399 to $48,299; the Hyundai Santa Fe Hybrid’s starting MSRP is $44,999; and the Hyundai Santa Fe Plug-In Hybrid’s starting MSRP is $49,699.
The Hyundai Santa Fe has been a part of the Hyundai SUV lineup since 2004, so plenty of used Santa Fe models are available. A used Santa Fe in the 2021 model year will start from around $31,400. Expect a used Santa Fe Hybrid from the same model year to start around $38,700.
Things simplify when you get into the range-topping Hyundai Palisade. This three-row midsize crossover is the most premium offering in the Hyundai SUV lineup. Instead of having multiple drivetrain options, the Palisade has just one: a 3.8-litre V6 with 291 hp and 262 lb-ft of torque. This power flows through an eight-speed automatic transmission and into a standard AWD system.
This also makes it the most capable and fuel-hungry Hyundai SUV. It can tow up to 5,000 pounds with a braked trailer or 1,650 pounds without trailer brakes. Fuel consumption checks in at 11.2 L/100 km combined.
The Palisade is for large families, thanks to its three-row seating that can accommodate seven or eight passengers, depending on the configuration. The second row offers ample space for folks of all sizes, with 1,077 mm of legroom and 1,019 mm of headroom. The third row is suitable for younger kids or short trips with teens, as it has just 798 mm of legroom.
Planning on hauling cargo? The Palisade has it handled with 509 litres of cargo space with the third-row seats upright and 1,297 litres with them folded. Fold all the rear seats, and this space expands to 2,447 litres.
As the most premium model in the Hyundai SUV lineup, the Palisade is loaded with upscale standard features, including a 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth, rear-seat quiet mode, seven USB ports, stain-resistant cloth seats, heated front seats, an eight-way power driver’s seat with two-way lumbar, sliding second-row seats, heated rear seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, auto-defogging system, second-row climate control, leather-wrapped and heated steering wheel, and more.
This midsize SUV’s standard driver-assist and safety features include adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian, cyclist and junction turning detection, blind-spot collision warning, trailer sway control, lane-keeping assist, lane-following assist, rear occupant alert, and so much more.
Some can argue the IONIQ 5 is more lifted hatchback than SUV, but Hyundai considers it a part of its SUV lineup. The IONIQ 5 is the only dedicated electric vehicle in the Hyundai lineup and is also the priciest model.
The 2023 Hyundai IONIQ 5 has three all-electric powertrain options. The base setup is a single-motor rear-wheel-drive (RWD) powertrain with 168 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. This zips the IONIQ to 100 km/h in 8.5 seconds, while its 58-kWh battery pack gives it 354 km of driving range.
The next option is also an RWD setup with the power turned to 225 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. This drops the acceleration time to 7.3 seconds, and a higher-capacity 77.4-kWh battery pack bumps its range to 488 km.
The range-topping powertrain features standard AWD and pushes the output to 320 hp and 446 lb-ft of torque. This gives it a 5.1-second 0-to-100 km/h sprint but lowers the 77.45-kWh battery’s range to 414 km.
The IONIQ 5 can tow too, pulling up to a 2,000-pound trailer with trailer brakes in the two more powerful powertrain options.
The IONIQ 5 can accept up to a 350-kW DC fast charger, so it can charge up to 80% in as little as 17 minutes and 16 seconds. On a 50-kW DC fast charger, this time increases to 45 minutes and 45 seconds with the smaller battery and 61 minutes and 42 seconds with the 77.4-kWh battery. On a level 2 home charger — the recommended charging system — the base battery takes just five hours and one minute to recharge, while the 77.4-kWh battery takes six hours and 43 minutes to recharge.
Inside, the IONIQ 5 is spacey. Its rear seat offer room for people of all sizes, thanks to its 1,002 mm of rear legroom and 982 mm of rear headroom. Cargo room is also ample at 770 litres with the rear seats up and 1,680 litres with the rear seats folded. There’s also a 24-litre front trunk (frunk) for extra storage.
Though the IONIQ 5 is pricey, it has plenty of standard features to add to its value. Its standard equipment includes stain-resistant cloth seats, an eight-way power driver’s seat with two-way lumbar, heated front seats, a 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system, a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, multi-device Bluetooth connectivity, four USB ports, drive mode select, dual-zone automatic climate control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and more.
The IONIQ 5’s driver-assist and safety features are on-point too. It comes standard with adaptive cruise control, blind-spot collision avoidance assist, lane-keeping assist, driver-awareness warning, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian, cyclist and junction detection, safe-exit assist, highway-driving assist, rear parking sensors, intelligent speed limit assist, and more.
The 2023 Hyundai IONIQ 5’s starting MSRP ranges from $48,999 to $54,999 before provincial and national credits. This electric SUV’s been around since 2022, so it has a developing used market. You may be able to pick up a used Hyundai IONIQ 5 starting at around $40,208.
The Hyundai SUV lineup has many great options, making finding a model that suits your needs easy. But buying a new Hyundai SUV, as you can see, can get quite pricey. With a huge selection of quality used models, Clutch, Canada’s premier online automotive retailer, can help you save big on Hyundai SUVs.
We put all our used Hyundai SUVs through a 210-point inspection and reconditioning process to ensure they’re ready to go. We also add in a 6,000-km or 90-day warranty on every used SUV we sell.
Plus, purchasing a used Hyundai SUV from Clutch means you complete the process 100% online, skipping all the headaches of going to the dealership. At Clutch, you can rest assured you’re always getting the best — no haggling required. On top of that, we offer a 10-day or 750-km test-own period. If your new Hyundai SUV isn’t a good fit during that period, you can return it for a refund or exchange it for another vehicle.
Are you planning on trading in a vehicle on a used Hyundai SUV? Clutch can handle trade-ins too, and you can get your offer online. If you're satisfied with our offer, we'll pick up your trade-in vehicle and apply the trade-in value to your purchase.