The three-row, midsize crossover segment is crowded with strong contenders, the 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe among them. Hyundai manages to stand out by offering a well-equipped model for the money.
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2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Overview
What's New for 2018
Following a complete overhaul in 2017, the 2018 Santa Fe arrives unchanged.
Choosing Your Hyundai Santa Fe
The 2018 Santa Fe is a seven-passenger model with three rows of seating. The top trim seats six as the three-place middle row seat is swapped out for a pair of captains’ chairs. Standard storage space measures just 13.5 cubic feet behind the third-row seat. Behind the second-row seat that space increases to 40.9 cubic feet. Maximum storage capacity is 80 cubic feet with the second- and third-row seats folded.
All models come with a 3.3-liter V6 engine making 290 horsepower and 252 pound-feet of torque. This engine works alongside a six-speed automatic transmission sending power to the front wheels, although customers may opt for all-wheel drive for an additional $1,750. The Santa Fe returns an EPA-estimated 18 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway with front-wheel drive or 17/22 with the Limited Ultimate and all-wheel drive. The Santa Fe is rated to pull 2,000 pounds or 5,000 pounds with a trailer brake installed.
The Santa Fe is available in three grades: SE, SE Ultimate, and Limited Ultimate. Package options are available across the model line.
Normally, we don’t recommend base models as these typically lack the convenience features and power of higher trim versions, but the Santa Fe SE with the Premium Package and all-wheel drive is available for just $36,250. That's a big savings over a pair of pricier trims without a significant sacrifice in terms of equipment.
2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Review
Five years after coming to market and one year after a mild refresh, the 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe continues to present a value proposition for family focused shoppers. Although a new model should hit showrooms in the near future, the current Santa Fe's excellent safety scores, comfortable ride, and overall versatility make it a solid choice in the in the midsize crossover class.
The 2018 Santa Fe ranges in price from $30,850 for a front-wheel-drive model in base SE trim and rises to $44,350 for one in Limited trim with all-wheel-drive and equipped with the Tech Package. All models feature a 290 horsepower 3.3-liter V6 matched to a six-speed automatic as well as a high level of standard equipment.
We'd pass on the base SE for the midrange SE Ultimate with its leather interior, panoramic sunroof, heated steering wheel and middle-row seats, heated and cooled front seats, smart key with pushbutton start, rear side window sunshades, hands-free liftgate, larger eight-inch touchscreen, Infinity sound system, multi-view camera system with rearview camera, and rear parking sensors. Choosing the Ultimate trim also gains access to the optional Tech Package with its host of active safety features.
- Model: 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe SE Ultimate
- Engine: 3.3-liter V6
- Output: 290 horsepower / 252 lb-ft
- Transmission: Six-speed automatic
- MPG: 18 City / 25 Hwy
- Exterior color: Regal Red Pearl
- Interior color: Beige
- Options: Tech Package ($2,100, adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, electronic parking brake, dynamic HID headlights, and automatic high beams)
- Base Price: $39,800
- As Tested: $41,900
- The Santa Fe presents a smoother ride than the similar Santa Fe Sport, owing to its longer wheelbase.
- The six-speed transmission shifts crisply.
- The Santa Fe's ride is calm and quiet both in around town driving and highway cruising.
- The transmission sometimes hesitates under hard acceleration.
- Steering feedback is vague off-center.
- Despite its 290-horsepower V6 engine, the Santa Fe's powertrain struggles to manage the crossover's weight.
- Both the nicely-bolstered front seats and those in the middle row offer plenty of leg and headroom.
- With the third row folded, the Santa Fe has more than 40 cubic feet of cargo space.
- Interior trim quality is above average for the class.
- Third row is small, difficult to reach, and lacks sufficient knee and headroom for adults.
- Cargo room behind the third row is a subpar 13.5 cubic feet.
- More tire noise than in the smaller Santa Fe Sport model.
Our Favorite Thing
The Santa Fe's smooth ride is a real highlight, as it reduces fatigue on the kind of long drives owners will likely enlist it for.
Our Least Favorite Thing
A smooth ride, spacious cabin, and long list of standard features make the Santa Fe a good choice for families with younger children and a viable alternative to a minivan.
Although a 4,000-pound crossover isn't expected to be particularly fuel efficient, the Santa Fe SE Ultimate's EPA-estimated 17 miles per gallon in the city, 20 on the highway, and 20 combined ratings trail competitors like the Honda Pilot (19 city, 27 highway, 22 combined), Toyota Highlander (20 city, 27 highway, 23 combined), Chevrolet Traverse (20 city, 26 highway, 22 combined), and Nissan Murano (18 city, 27 highway, 21 combined). Those interested in fuel economy should look elsewhere.
The Bottom Line
Although its fuel economy trails that of many of its competitors, the Santa Fe's smooth ride, spacious interior, value, and level of standard features make it a solid offering in its class.
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