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Speaking of games, the midsize SUV segment is all about it. If you thought finding a good sport utility vehicle in the segment would be easy, the sheer number of options indicates that won’t be the case. Take these two hybrid SUVs from Toyota and Hyundai. The 2023 Toyota Venza is a pretty good contender against the 2023 Hyundai Santa Fe Hybrid. Here’s why: it gets better fuel economy and has a lower starting price.

The 2023 Toyota Venza is more fuel-efficient than the Hyundai Santa Fe Hybrid.

The 2023 Toyota Venza Limited front end
A 2023 Toyota Venza Limited | Amanda Cline, MotorBiscuit

A few reasons make the 2023 Toyota Venza a good midsize SUV, and its excellent fuel economy is one of the bigger ones. For this year, Toyota decided the Venza would be hybrid only. That actually serves this SUV quite well, giving it a smooth and mostly quiet ride.

The hybrid powertrain also makes the Venza one of the more fuel-efficient SUVs in Toyota’s lineup. It gets 40 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highway. After driving the Venza for a week, my fuel economy numbers were usually even higher. In fact, after driving the Toyota Venza around for a week, I didn’t even need to hit the gas station before handing it over. Read more about our week with the ridiculously smooth 2023 Venza here.

The 2023 Hyundai Santa Fe Hybrid gets a lot right, but it gets interestingly low fuel economy numbers. Hyundai says it gets 33-36 mpg in the city and 30-31 mpg on the highway. Those are still respectable numbers but come in a little low for a hybrid SUV.

Don’t overlook the 2023 Toyota Venza price

This 2023 Hyundai Santa Fe Hybrid falls short compared to the Toyota Venza
The 2023 Hyundai Santa Fe Hybrid | Hyundai

The 2023 Toyota Venza price starts at $34,620 for the base LE trim, while a fully loaded Limited is $42,765. As for the 2023 Hyundai Santa Fe Hybrid, the base Blue model starts at $36,210. A fully loaded Limited trim is $41,870 for 2023. The Venza starts at $1,590 less than the Hyundai and has one extra trim option for shoppers to choose from.

2023 Toyota VenzaMSRP2023 Hyundai Santa Fe HybridMSRP
XLE$38,830SEL Premium$40,070

The Venza LE has many safety features and technology to make life easier. That includes wireless Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and wireless device charging. Toyota included dual-zone climate control, LED headlights, and a hands-free liftgate. We found the wireless services worked quite well in the Venza, even compared to some other Toyota SUVs. The infotainment system worked quickly, and the important settings were easy to locate and change.

The 2023 Hyundai Santa Fe Hybrid has similar offerings across the trim levels, including wireless charging and streaming services. It has many USB ports, dual-zone climate control, and a power liftgate. Hyundai included all of the important creature comforts, but the Santa Fe doesn’t offer a very plush interior. It gets the job done either way.

Toyota’s Venza interior is high-end

Inside the Toyota Venza
A 2023 Toyota Venza Limited | Amanda Cline, MotorBiscuit

Though less important, the 2023 Venza interior slightly upsets the hybrid SUV. It takes cues from popular Lexus SUVs and uses high-end materials throughout the cabin. The infotainment system is easy to use, and Toyota adds plenty of convenience features to sweeten the deal. The Venza’s fuel economy is its biggest strength, but it is a well-rounded SUV in many ways.

Hyundai has a solid hybrid SUV in the Santa Fe, but it does get the best fuel economy, and the higher starting price is a detractor. The infotainment system is also slightly finicky. Overall, the Santa Fe is still an excellent SUV, but the Venza is surprisingly good in comparison. Depending on what your priorities are, the hybrid Toyota SUV might make a lot of sense.


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