Having debuted more than half a decade before, the Hyundai Santa Fe is an parent statesman among mid-size crossover SUVs. Sharing its key chassis componentry with the smaller 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport, the Santa Fe rests on a 3.9-inch-greater wheelbase and actions 8.1 inches longer base to stern. The extra measurement provides the Santa Fe with enough space for a third row with seating for two.
2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Interior
Accessible in base SE, mid-level SE Ultimate, and top-spec Confined Final trims, every 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe is motivated by a 290-hp 3.3-liter V-6 engine paired with a six-speed automated transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard, while all-wheel drive is available for $1750; the Santa Fe can also tow around 5000 pounds.
Starting at $31,800, the 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe SE comes common with seating for seven, dual-zone automated weather get a grip on, a power driver’s seat, a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, and 18-inch wheels. A $3650 Premium package adds active-safety goods such as blind-spot monitoring and lane-keeping assist as well as features like a proximity important with push-button start, leather upholstery, hot entrance chairs, a power liftgate, and LED fog lights.
2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Exterior and Price
The $2100 Tech package adds flexible cruise get a grip on, automatic disaster braking, lane-departure warning, HID headlights with automated high-beams, and an electric parking brake.
Ultimately, the $40,500 Confined Final tops things off with the addition of memory for the power driver’s seat, rear parking devices, and second-row ocean chairs in place of a three-across table, which reduces seating capacity to six. The same $2100 Tech package offered in the SE Final can also be included here, which, along side all-wheel drive, produced our Confined Final test car’s ultimate tally to $44,350.
2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Design
Following last year’s renew, the 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe enters 2018 with a handful of minor updates. Especially, the midrange Confined trim has been wiped from the lineup. Also, Hyundai now allows Santa Fe clients access to its Blue Url telematics service for four years, free of charge. Among the services incorporated into Blue Link are automatic collision notice and accessibility to the Blue Url remote-services app.
Extremely easy and relatively calm, the 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe rides as though its springs were made of clouds. Whether traversing the Midwest’s weather-beaten tarmac or hustling down dirt streets, the Santa Fe remains as cushy and composed as it does when cruising on finished pavement. Also, we appreciate the easy-to-use and quick-responding touchscreen infotainment system that’s common in every Santa Fe. Our test car featured the larger 8.0-inch device, but prior experience with the standard 7.0-inch touchscreen left us with good impressions as well.
2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Performance
Actually though crossover SUVs aren’t supposed to be sports cars, we appreciate some level of driving pleasure from these large boxes. Unfortuitously, number hint of driving pleasure is to be found behind the 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe‘s steering wheel. Their overboosted steering, excessive body roll, and proclivity toward understeer—actually at relatively minimal speeds—give the Santa Fe the dynamics of a minivan without the extra space and versatility. On the subject of space, the Santa Fe’s 80 cubic feet of cargo volume with both the second and third rows of seats folded flat paths rivals such as the Chevrolet Traverse by 18 cubic feet and the Volkswagen Atlas by 17. The Santa Fe’s dashboard also suffers from an outdated and button-intensive design, and the interior overall has more difficult plastic than we’d like.
Ultimately, gas economy is not a strong match of the 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe. EPA estimates are 18 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway in base SE kind, with the higher-spec SE Ultimate and Confined Final ranked at 17/23 mpg city/highway. Adding all-wheel drive reduces those highway results by 1 mpg. In comparison, the front-wheel-drive Mazda CX-9 bears estimates of 22/28 mpg city/highway, with the all-wheel-drive model at 20/26 mpg.