2018 Hyundai Santa Fe
The Hyundai Santa Fe falls within the sport utility vehicle (SUV) class and has been produced by the South Korean manufacturer Hyundai since 2000. With its release, Hyundai managed to bring to the market an SUV that despite criticisms of its style, was an incredible hit with American buyers. The development of the Santa Fe was a significant outcome of the company’s restructuring that took place during the 1990s. Even though some journalists and other critics disliked its body styling, the Hyundai Santa Fe was so popular that at certain periods of time Hyundai had a hard time keeping production high enough to supply the demand for the SUV. The Santa Fe is named after the city of Santa Fe, New Mexico and was introduced in 2001 as Hyundai’s first SUV. It was released at the same time as Ford’s Escape and Pontiac’s Aztec. Despite initial lukewarm coverage from some media journalists, the Santa Fe quickly became Hyundai’s best-selling vehicle.
18 City / 25 Highway
Max Cargo Volume
6 – 7 Passengers
The 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe comes in at the top of its class for safety. It has overperformed on almost every industry standard safety test, passed every crash test with flying colors, and brings a large selection of active safety features available. Santa Fe’s crash test scores make it one of the safest vehicles on the road today. In addition to the high crash test scores, the Santa Fe has many optional active-safety gear and driver-assistance features. There are options for blind-spot monitoring, lane-departure warnings, adaptive cruise control, and automated forward-collision braking. Many people will be familiar with Hyundai’s famous warranty – one of the most prolonged warranty coverage plans on the market. The only warranty that comes close is its corporate brethren, KIA. Those who have enjoyed Hyundai’s warranty in the past will continue to enjoy the same, unchanged warranty in 2018.
The 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport model comes standard with a 185-horsepower 2.4 liter four-cylinder engine and a six-speed automatic transmission. Also available is a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that offers drivers an alternative with a bit more power for towing and merging. Both engines have nearly the same fuel efficiency. The base model gets 21 MPG in the city and 27 MPG on the highway. While the turbo only drops to 20/27 for its mileage. Every model of Santa Fe comes standard with front-wheel drive, with an option to upgrade to all-wheel drive. The SUV rides nicely on the highway and inside the cabin drivers and passengers will enjoy a mostly quiet noise thanks to noise-canceling cabin features. The Santa Fe has a firm suspension.
There were no performance changes to the Santa Fe in 2018, so drivers will enjoy the same handling, performance, and smooth ride that they have come to expect with this Mid-size SUV. Overall the Santa Fe is easy and fun to drive. When you are looking at cargo space, drivers will be impressed by the Santa Fe’s ability to handle a lot of luggage and its impressive cubby space. There’s a lot of storage space in the front of the cabin, including a useful storage compartment in front of the shifter. The second row has some of the best cubby storage in its class and also has two cup holders and two bottle holders. There is a large compartment under the cargo floor as well. With its performance, cargo space, and great technology options, the 2018 Santa Fe is one of the most sought after SUVs of the year.
All of the 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe models offer a lot of car for the price. Hyundai has brought their best models yet to the 2018 SUV market. The 2018 Santa Fe offers more interior volume and space than others in its class, like the Toyota Highlander, Dodge Durango, and Mazda CX-9. The Santa Fe has more 3rd-row legroom than the Toyota Highlander, Mazda CX-9, and Nissan Pathfinder.
There are many available features and packages available on the 2018 models. A few of the upgrades available include push-button heated and cooled front driver and passenger seats, hands-free smart liftgate with auto-open, and multi-view camera to help you see drivers or obstructions around your vehicle. Hyundai offers America’s best warranty with ten years and 100,000 miles of coverage, 24/7 roadside assistance that features towing, trip interruption, assistance, and help for a flat tire, dead battery, or if you run out of gas or lock yourself out of your car.
The 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe is available in three models: The SE, SE Ultimate, and the Limited Ultimate. All models come with six or seven-passenger seating and 13 ft cu cargo space, 80 ft cu with seat area. A 5-passenger Santa Fe Sport is also available. Let’s take a closer look at each of these models.
The 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe SE starts with an MSRP of 29, 350. The SE gets 18 city, 25 highway, and 21 combined miles per gallon, has a 290-hp 3.3L GDI DOHC 24-valve V6 engine, 7-passenger seating with 50/50 split folding 3rd row. Also included is a chrome-tipped dual-outlet exhaust and interior with YES Essentials stain and odor resistant cloth.
The SE Ultimate model starts with an MSRP of 38,850, gets 17 city, 23 highway, and 20 combined miles per gallon, and has a 290-hp 3.3L GDI DOHC 24-valve V6 engine. There are 19-inch alloy wheels and leather seating surfaces, Smart Cruise Control (SCC) with stop/start, and a multi-view camera system.
The 2018 Limited Ultimate Hyundai Santa Fe starts with an MSRP of $39,550. The Limited Ultimate’s 290-hp 3.3L GDI DOHC 24-valve V6 engine gets 17 city, 23 highway, and 20 combined miles per gallon. The Limited Ultimate package also includes HID headlights with Dynamic Bending Light and LED taillights, an 8-inch touchscreen navigation system with Android Audio and Apple CarPlay. Also added is a panoramic sunroof and 6-passenger seating with 2nd-row Captains chairs.
The Santa Fe Sport is an excellent performer in the compact crossover class. The Santa Fe Sport offers 2-row 5-passenger seating, while its big brother is a 3-row and offers 6-7 passenger seating. The base sport model provides many great features with its value package including heated front seats, touchscreen, and Apple Play/Android Auto functionality. It has a 4-cylinder engine and has several option packages that amp up the luxury status. The Santa Fe Sport is available in three trims, the Base trim, the Value package, and the Premium Equipment package.