Is the Hyundai Santa Fe considered more of a light truck or a passenger car?

Hey guys, quick question: Do you think the Hyundai Santa Fe falls more into the category of a light truck or a passenger car?

I’ve heard a few different takes on this, and I’m kind of intrigued to hear what you all think about how it’s classified.

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You’re right, there can be some confusion about the Hyundai Santa Fe. Forget light trucks though!:

The Santa Fe is definitely classified as a crossover SUV. It might seem big, but unlike a truck, it’s built on a car platform, which makes it handle more like a car on the road. You won’t get the truck bed in the back, but you’ll enjoy a smoother ride and better fuel efficiency.

Think of it this way: The Santa Fe offers the space and utility of a bigger vehicle, but with the comfort and handling of a car. That’s the sweet spot of crossover SUVs!


Historically, SUVs like the Santa Fe were often classified as light trucks due to their body-on-frame construction and off-road capabilities.


Many SUVs prioritize comfort, convenience, and on-road performance over ruggedness and towing capacity, further blurring the distinction :100:.

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Some may consider it more of a passenger car due to its crossover-like characteristics, while others may view it as a light truck due to its size and utility.

In no way is the Hyundai Santa Fe a light truck. It’s a mid-size SUV, designed for comfortable passenger transportation with plenty of cargo space. Unlike trucks built for hauling and towing, the Santa Fe prioritizes features like a smooth ride, good gas mileage, and seating for five or even seven. While it may look a bit rugged, it shares its platform with car-based vehicles and offers a car-like driving experience.