2022 Hyundai Santa Fe Towing Capacity

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Whether you’re planning to purchase the new 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe, planning an upcoming camping trip, or simply moving many items,  your Santa Fe’s towing capacity is an important piece of information you need to know.

The SE and SEL trims of the 2022 Santa Fe have a 2.5 L engine with 191 HP that can tow up to 2,000 pounds when the trailer is equipped with trailer brakes.

The 2022 Santa Fe Limited and Calligraphy trims have a more powerful 2.5 L turbo engine with 281 HP that can tow up to 3,500 pounds when the trailer is equipped with trailer brakes.


2022 Hyundai Santa Fe Towing Capacity Trim Comparison

Trim SE / SEL Limited / Calligraphy
Towing Capacity with Trailer Brakes 2000 3500
Towing Capacity without Trailer Brakes 1650 1650
Engine 2.5 L 191 HP 161 lb.-ft Torque 2.5 L Turbo 281 HP 311 lb.-ft Torque
Transmission 8-speed automatic with SHIFTRONIC® 8-speed wet Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT) with SHIFTRONIC®


Extra Tip: Towing capacity is one piece of the towing puzzle. Scroll to the next section to learn what else you need to know for a safe tow.

Things to Know Before You Tow

Knowing your Santa Fe’s towing capacity isn’t the only piece of info you need before a safe tow. The following items are equally important to know before you go.


Cargo Room

In addition to knowing how much your Santa Fe can pull, you might want to know how much you can fit in the trunk. The Hyundai Santa has 36.4 cubic feet of cargo room and expands to 72.1 cubic feet when lowering the 2nd row.

For anyone comparing cargo volume with the Hyundai Tucson, the Tucson holds up to 41.2 cubic feet and 80.3 cubic feet with the 2nd row folded down. When comparing the two vehicles, the Tucson’s trunk floor is slightly lower to gain volume while the Santa Fe has a significantly wider cargo area.

Pro Tip: Lift up the Santa Fe trunk floor cover to find extra storage.

2022 Hyundai Santa Fe front half of trunk access cover lifted to expose extra cargo space

Lift the trunk floor cover to find three sections to store items.


2022 Hyundai Santa Fe back half of trunk access cover lifted to expose extra cargo space

The back half of the floor cover has a 4th area for extra cargo and is adjacent to the roadside item storage.


Towing Capacity Defined

The towing capacity of a vehicle is the combined weight of the cargo AND the trailer. Because of this, the trailer’s weight must be considered before you tow.


Your Hyundai Santa Fe Calligraphy can pull up to 3,500 pounds and you decide to use a trailer that weighs 1,000 pounds. This means that your Santa Fe can pull up to 1,500 pounds of cargo added to the trailer.


Trailer Payload Capacity: Don’t Overstuff Your Trailer

Your Hyundai might be able to pull the fully loaded trailer, but can the trailer carry all that weight? The amount of weight a trailer can hold is its payload capacity. The payload capacity varies with the trailer and is generally found through the manufacturer’s website.


Tongue Weight

Knowing the proper tongue weight needed for a safe tow is just as important as knowing the towing capacity. The tongue weight is the amount of force that the trailer exerts on the hitch itself.

  • Too little tongue weight can cause the back end of your Hyundai to lift and your trailer to sway.
  • Too much tongue weight can weigh down and sag the back of your Hyundai while causing the front of the vehicle to point upward. Handling and braking will be negatively affected as a result.


For most trailer applications, tongue weights of 10%-15% of the towing capacity are recommended. Achieve a proper tongue by:

  • Adding or removing weight.
  • Redistributing trailer weight towards the front and back. Moving items towards the front of the trailer increases the tongue weight while moving them to the rear decreases tongue weight.

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