Look around you and you’ll see that compact and mid-size SUVs are everywhere. Every year, millions of these popular and versatile vehicles find new buyers in the U.S. Among these, the Toyota RAV4 is the best seller, as it has been since the current version was introduced for the 2019 model year. Toyota has also been a leader in offering fuel-efficient gas-electric hybrid versions for many of its products including the RAV4, which now has become the best-selling SUV with a hybrid powertrain.
As more SUV buyers deal with the escalating price of fuel and the environmentally minded are seeking ways to reduce their carbon footprint, automakers are looking to increase the electrification of their product offerings, whether it is with gas-electric hybrid, plug-in hybrid, or battery-electric vehicles.
Hyundai has been filling that space recently with gas-electric versions of the Elantra, Sonata, Ioniq, Tucson, and now the Santa Fe. The Santa Fe is technically a mid-size SUV, but one with two rows of seats that offers generous space for five passengers, much like the compact Toyota RAV4.
Both hybrid models come standard with all-wheel drive. Let’s see how the hybrid versions of the Toyota RAV4 and Hyundai Santa Fe SUVs compare to one another.