2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport

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Key specs

Base trim shown


Body style


Combined MPG


Seating capacity

185” x 66.1”


Front-wheel drive



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

3 trims

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Wondering which trim is right for you?

Our 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport trim comparison will help you decide.

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Notable features

  • Five-seat mid-size SUV
  • Turbo four-cylinder available
  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • Forward collision warning available
See also: How Do Car Seats Fit in a 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport?

2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport review: Our expert's take

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 watching the video above.

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Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.7
  • Interior 4.8
  • Performance 4.6
  • Value 4.8
  • Exterior 4.8
  • Reliability 4.8

Most recent consumer reviews


Great value for your money and reliable

Currently own a 2018 Santa Fe Sport base model and now has 115k miles on it. I have know major issues a d maintenance cost have been reasonable. I hope to get another 115k off it.


Excellent Vehicle

This car is absolutely wonderful. Everything about it is perfect except for the acceleration speed. It isn't too fast, but it gets the job done. 10/10 recommend to anyone who's in the market for a small/midsize SUV.


Very impressed with the style and features.

This car met the needs we were looking for, mainly safety and reliability. Plenty of leg room in the second row and large cargo area in the rear.

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Based on the 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport base trim.
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New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Hyundai
New car program benefits
60 months/60,000 miles
84 months/unlimited distance
120 months/100,000 miles
Roadside assistance
60 months/unlimited distance
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
Less than 80,000 miles; less than 7 years old (currently MY18- MY24)
Basic warranty terms
Remainder of the 5-Year/60,000-Mile New Vehicle Limited Warranty. From original in-service date and zero (0) miles.
10-Yr/100K-Mile Powertrain Limited Warranty. From original in-service date and zero (0) miles.
Dealer certification required
173-point inspection
Roadside assistance
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