2018 Hyundai Santa Fe

Pros: Option of 5-passenger or 7-passenger versions; peppy acceleration in Sport 2.0T models; comfortable, practical interior; standard hill-descent control

Cons: Cramped 3rd-row seat; many desirable options are available only in pricey packages; pricing is steep on Sport models

CG Says: Hyundai Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport are essentially unchanged for 2018. Hyundai’s Blue Link telematics system now includes three years of free service. The Hyundai Santa Fe midsize crossover SUV was redesigned for 2013, and in the process gained two versions: the 2-row, 5-passenger, 4-cylinder-powered Santa Fe Sport and the 3-row, 7-passenger, V6 Santa Fe. Santa Fe Sport has a choice of two 4-cylinder engines: a 190-horsepower 2.4-liter and a 264-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter. A 290-hp 3.3-liter V6 is sole engine for Santa Fe. All engines are paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission and all models offer a choice of front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. Available features include autonomous emergency braking, pedestrian detection, lane-departure warning, blind-spot alert, cross-traffic alert, panoramic sunroof, ventilated front seats, and adaptive cruise control. Good power from both the 4-cylinder and V6 engines; agreeable ride quality; and a comfortable, practical interior are some of the highlights of the Santa Fe family. We also like how refined these crossovers feel and how quiet they are on the road. However, pricing is a bit on the steep side–at least for the Sport–particularly when you add costly option packages. Still, if you’re looking at crossovers or SUVs, be sure to drive the Santa Fe that best approximates your passenger-hauling needs.

The Facts
Class Midsize SUV
Body Style(s) 4-door wagon
Passenger Count 5 or 7
Drive Wheels front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive
Manufacturer Hyundai
Nation of Manufacture USA, North Korea
Base Prices Sport 2.4: $25,845
AWD Sport 2.4: $27,395
Sport 2.0T: $32,245
AWD Sport 2.0T: $33,795
2.0T Ultimate: $36,545
AWD 2.0T Ultimate: $38,095
SE: $31,800
AWD SE: $33,550
SE Ultimate: $39,800
AWD SE Ultimate: $41,550
Limited Ultimate: $40,500
AWD Limited Ultimate: $42,250

Base Engine
2.4-liter 4-cylinder (Sport 2.4)
Horsepower
190
Std. Transmission
6-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
20-21
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
26-27

Optional Engine
turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder (Sport 2.0T, Sport 2.0T Ultimate)
Horsepower
264
Std. Transmission
6-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
19-20
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
24-28

Optional Engine
3.3-liter V6 (SE, SE Ultimate, Limited Ultimate)
Horsepower
290
Std. Transmission
6-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
17-18
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
22-25