2022 Subaru Outback vs. 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe

The 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe and the 2022 Subaru Outback are great crossover/SUV options. These vehicles are both in the midsize category, with two rows of seating for up to five people. Which of these vehicles is a better fit for you and your needs? Let's find out!

Below, we are going to take a closer look at the performance of these two vehicles, as well as their technology and safety features. We will also look at the interior and exterior features. This comparison of these vehicles will show you which vehicle may fit your needs better when you look into an upgrade. If you have any questions, you can reach out to us at Granite Subaru.

Performance and Engine Options

First, let's take a look at the performance of these vehicles and what they can offer you. The Subaru Outback has two different engine options for you. The base engine is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 182-horsepower and 176 pound-feet of torque. The second engine option is a turbocharged 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine. This turbocharged option produces 260-horsepower and 277 pound-feet of torque. Both of these engines are paired with a continuously variable automatic transmission and all-wheel drive.

The Hyundai Santa Fe also offers you two different engine options. The base 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine produces 191-horsepower and 181 pound-feet of torque. The second engine option is a turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine. The turbocharged engine option produces 281-horsepower and 311 pound-feet of torque. This vehicle comes standard with front-wheel drive, but all-wheel drive is available. It also has a standard eight-speed automatic transmission, but there is an available eight-speed dual-clutch automatic.

Both of these vehicles are capable for you, providing you with a good performance to take on city driving or a longer road trip. The Santa Fe offers you slightly more horsepower, but the Outback offers you standard all-wheel drive, which gives you a lot of capability.


The 2022 Subaru Outback measures 15.9 feet in length with a curb weight ranging from 3,637 to 3,937. This vehicle is large enough to hold passengers and cargo, but still small enough to be city friendly. It has a sporty and capable look with features like roof rails to carry additional cargo. This vehicle also has a little bit of off-road capability with up to 9.5 inches of ground clearance.

The 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe is 15.7 feet in length. This vehicle has a curb weight that ranges from 3,649 to 4,076. This vehicle has a modern design with features like an available power liftgate. It also gives you daytime running lights and more.

Interior and Technology

Let's take a look at what can be found on the inside of these vehicles in terms of seating, cargo space, and technology.

In the Subaru Outback, you have seating for five people in two rows with standard cloth seating. There are other seating options like heated seats, leather upholstery, and ventilated front seats. You also have the option of a heated steering wheel.

For cargo space, you get plenty in the 2022 Outback with 32.5 cubic feet of cargo space behind the second row of seats and 75.7 cubic feet when these seats are folded down. There is a manual liftgate standard and a hands-free power liftgate available.

Standard technology in this SUV includes two 7-inch touchscreens, Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth, Android Auto, two USB ports, and keyless entry. You can upgrade to get features like an 11.6-inch touchscreen, more USB ports, a Harman Kardon stereo, a Wi-Fi hotspot, and a navigation system.

On the inside of the Hyundai Santa Fe, you can find two rows of comfortable seating with standard cloth upholstery. You have the option to upgrade to leather upholstery, a heated steering wheel, and heated and ventilated seats.

When it comes to cargo space, the 2022 Santa Fe gives you 36.4 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats, and you get 72.1 cubic feet of cargo space with those rear seats folded down. There is a standard manual liftgate, but you have an available hands-free power liftgate.

There are plenty of great technology features in this vehicle, including a standard 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth, and four USB ports. You can get additional features when you upgrade that includes a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster, wireless device charging, and a larger 10.25-inch touchscreen display.

Overall, both vehicles have nice features. The Outback gives you more overall cargo space, and it also has some impressive technology for you. Below, we will take a look at the safety features these vehicles offer you.


Finally, let's take a look at the safety technology that these vehicles offer you. The Subaru Outback has a lot of great safety technology standards, including a rearview camera, forward collision warning, adaptive cruise control, pedestrian detection, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, a head-up display, a rear seat reminder, adaptive headlights, and more. You can upgrade to get additional features like blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, driver drowsiness monitoring, and rear collision warning.

In the 2022 Santa Fe, you have a lot of standard safety features. This vehicle has standard features like a rearview camera, blind spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, forward collision warning, forward automatic emergency braking, a rear seat alert, and rear cross traffic alert. The other safety features that are available for upgrade include a head-up display, parking sensors, a surround-view parking camera, and remote start parking assist.

Both of these vehicles are capable options in the midsize SUV area. They offer you a nice performance and some great features. The Subaru Outback gives you some interesting options like standard all-wheel drive and some great standard tech features that you don't get in the Santa Fe, but ultimately, you have to look at which features are more important to you for your needs. Reach out to us at Granite Subaru if you have questions about the 2022 Subaru Outback.