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2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport

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$24,950 — $37,200 MSRP
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SUV
5 Seats
21-24 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Relative value
  • Lots of available luxury features
  • Cabin storage
  • Handling
  • Seating flexibility

The Bad

  • Off-the-line power versus V-6 competitors
  • Rearward visibility
  • Rear seating position
  • Road noise
  • Interior quality
2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport
  • Five-seat mid-size SUV
  • Turbo four-cylinder available
  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • Forward collision warning available

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Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

By Mike Hanley

We got a first ride of the all-new-for-2019 Hyundai Santa Fe, the automaker's mid-size two-row SUV, which (a little confusingly) replaces the Santa Fe Sport in the lineup. It's a little bit bigger than the Santa Fe Sport overall, but Hyundai has packed it with a lot of standard active safety features.

Related: 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe First Drive: A Modern Mid-Size SUV

During our time behind the wheel on scenic roads outside Park City, Utah, my initial impression was that the new Santa Fe is a very smooth vehicle, and that theme comes through in a lot of different ways. Automakers often make the mistake of being too intent on a sporty feel in their SUVs, but Hyundai has wisely found a nice balance here, with a greater focus on smoothness.

We drove a model with the optional turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, and it's a smooth-revving setup. It gets up to speed quickly and easily, though highway passing power drops off a little bit. It works with an eight-speed automatic transmission and, again, it makes smooth shifts; it's unobtrusive and willing to make hard-throttle kickdowns easily. This is a responsive transmission.

That feeling of smoothness comes through in the steering, too. It doesn't offer a ton of feedback, but the car steers and rides well overall — not too firmly sprung.

Get the rest of my impressions of the 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe — or at least enjoy some gorgeous mountain vistas vicariously through me — by watchi... Read More

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.8
198 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.8)
Performance
(4.7)
Interior Design
(4.8)
Comfort
(4.7)
Reliability
(4.9)
Value For The Money
(4.8)

Read reviews that mention:

(5.0)

So much fun to drive

by MrBoots from Ft. Lauderdale, FL on November 29, 2018

This SUV was fun! Had plenty of leg room, plenty of hidden storage compartments, great get up and go, all around excellent SUV with all the modern conveniences! Read full review

(5.0)

Can not beat for the money, Best warranty ever

by Aircraft guy from Greensboro, NC on November 29, 2018

This car cam loaded with everything at a great price and a great warranty. I couldn't be happier. If you want a reliable vehicle with a fantastic warranty from a very good dealership I suggest looking ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport currently has 3 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.4L

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Child Seat Anchors (Latch)

Ease of Use
acceptable

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Headlights

Overall Rating
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Small Overlap Front - Driver Side

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/Thigh
good
Lower Leg/Foot
good
Overall Evaluation
good
Restraints and Dummy Kinematics
good
Structure and Safety Cage
good
good

Small Overlap Front - Passenger Side

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/Thigh
good
Lower Leg/Foot
good
Overall Evaluation
acceptable
Restraints and Dummy Kinematics
acceptable
Structure and Safety Cage
marginal
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Hyundai

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    60 months / unlimited distance

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    Newer than 5 model years/less than 60,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    5 years/60,000 miles (from remainder of original)

  • Powertrain

    10 years/100,000 miles and 10 years/100,000 miles for hybrid/electric vechicle batteries.

  • Dealer Certification Required

    150-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Santa Fe Sport received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*

Latch or Latch system

B

Infant seat

B

Forward-facing convertible

(second row)

A

Rear-facing convertible

A

Booster

(second row)

B
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.
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Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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