What is the Difference Between the Hyundai Sante Fe SEL and the Limited?

The world-famous car company, Hyundai, has released its 2022 lineup of cars. 

Among these are the Santa Fe SEL and the Santa Fe Limited.

Both are different and unique in their own right but are still similar enough to require further inspection before anyone makes a final decision.

The difference between the Hyundai Santa Fe SEL and the Santa Fe Limited are their pricing, design features, and mileage. The Limited is more expensive, but it also comes with more features that are optional in other builds. These trims also come with FWD but offer 4WD as an option.

Buying a car can be confusing, especially because there are so many similar options. 

Below is all the information you’ll need to differentiate between the Hyundai Santa Fe SEL and the Hyundai Santa Fe Limited. 

This knowledge can help you make an informed choice for yourself and your family so you pick the right Santa Fe for you.

Gas, Engine Specs, Dimensions

Both the Hyundai Santa Fe SEL and the Hyundai Santa Fe Limited have an 18.8-gallon tank. 

The gas mileage will vary by about 3 or 4 miles based on whether or not the car is driving in all-wheel drive or front-wheel drive. 

Front-wheel drive is the standard for both vehicles and all-wheel drive is a feature that can be added on as a customizable choice.

The Hyundai Santa Fe SEL gets roughly 25 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway.

These measurements were taken while in front-wheel drive. 

While the vehicle is in all-wheel drive, the car gets 22 city miles, 25 highway miles, and 24 combined miles for every gallon. 

The Hyundai Santa Fe SEL only comes with mileage for the standard 2.5L engine. 

It has 191 horsepower.

The Hyundai Santa Fe Limited gets 22 city miles, 28 highway miles, and 25 combined miles when the car is using front-wheel-drive but 21 city miles, 28 highway miles, and 24 combined miles when it’s in all-wheel-drive. 

The Hyundai Santa Fe Limited uses a 2.5L Turbo engine which has 281 horsepower.

Exterior Design Features

Both the Hyundai Santa Fe Limited and the Hyundai Santa Fe SEL come with LED automatic headlights as well as LED daytime lights. 

The Santa Fe Limited standard comes with side mirror approach lights also known as puddle lights.

While this feature is an optional add-on for the Santa Fe SEL, it isn’t standard.

Both vehicles come with heated side mirrors, which is a bonus if you live in an area with a lot of rain or snowy weather.

Front and back window wipers are standard on both trims, but only the Santa Fe Limited has rain sensor-activated wipers.

The sunroof is standard on the Limited, as are the laminated glass and LED taillights. 

In terms of interior customization between the two vehicles, the SEL has more optional features to pick from, whereas the Limited comes with most of these features as a standard.

Interior Design Features

When it comes to the interior, there are fewer customizable options for these trims. 

It’s one or the other for most of the interior design features.

The Hyundai Santa Fe SEL standard has stain-resistant leather seats, 2-way power lumbar for the driver, an 8-inch touch screen audio deck, and wireless Carplay (a feature similar to Bluetooth) for both Apple and Android devices.

The Hyundai Santa Fe Limited comes standard with leather-trimmed seats, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, a 4-way power lumbar for the driver, and a driver’s side leg extension cushion. 

Both the surround view and blind-spot view mirrors help with parking.

However, despite their differences, both vehicles have heated front seats, underfloor storage, wireless charging ports for certain devices, a Bluetooth phone system, power windows, and cruise control. 

Even if you miss out on a few upgrades, you’ll still get a nice, modern vehicle.

Safety Features and Dimensions


Coming in at 188.4 inches long, 74.8 inches wide, 63.7 inches tall, both the Santa Fe SEL and the Santa Fe Limited have the same dimensions. 

Their total weight differs based on all-wheel vs four-wheel drive.

If the vehicles are in all-wheel drive, the Santa Fe SEL weighs 3,960 lbs and the Santa Fe Limited weighs 4,017 lbs. 

If the vehicles are in their standard state of four-wheel drive, the Santa Fe SEL will weigh 3,810 lbs and the Santa Fe limited will weigh 3,907 lbs.


The safety features on both vehicles include a rearview monitor with parking guidance, adjustable seatbelts, child safety locks, an anti-lock braking system, a tire pressure monitor with an indicator for each tire, rear and forward cross-traffic collision-avoidance assist, and driver attention warning.

There is also an assist for safe highway exits and general highway driving. 

These features are good for new teen drivers and older drivers alike.

Warranty Pricing and Packages

The Premium Package for the Santa Fe SEL comes with leather-trimmed seats, LED interior lighting and taillights, sunroof driving assist, and 10.25 touchscreen navigation.

All of these features come standard with the Santa Fe Limited. 

The Santa Fe SEL premium package is an extra $4,060 on top of the $29,000 starting MSRP price vs the $38,960 MSRP price for the Santa Fe Limited.

The Convenience Package for the Santa Fe SEL comes with a digital key, hands-free liftgate, leather-wrapped steering wheel, power-folding seats, LED turn signal indicators in the mirrors, and Ultrasonic alert for rear occupants. 

These features are also standard with the Santa Fe Limited and only cost an extra $1,700 to add to the SEL.

As for warranties, the Hyundai Santa Fe model cars have a Limited New vehicle warranty that covers 5 years or 60,000 miles. 

There’s also a Powertrain Limited that covers 10 years or 100,000 miles, and an anti-perforation warranty that lasts for 7 years. 

Finally, there’s a 5-year roadside assistance warranty.

The Santa Fe Limited has more of the advanced features as standard while the Santa Fe SEL is more customizable. 

Figuring out what car is right for you doesn’t have to be a hassle when you have all the right information. 

Will Turner

Will has an absolute passion for 4x4s and loves discovering all of the small details about each model. Will joined the Four Wheel Trends team in early 2021 and has been a valuable contributor ever since!

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