2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport SUV

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2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport SUV Overview

The standard features of the Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.4L include Theta II 2.4L I-4 185hp engine, 6-speed automatic transmission with overdrive, 4-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS), side seat mounted airbags, curtain 1st and 2nd row overhead airbags, driver knee airbag, airbag occupancy sensor, air conditioning, 17" aluminum wheels, cruise control, ABS and driveline traction control, electronic stability.

2018 Hyundai
Santa Fe Sport SUV

Starting at: $24,950

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  • Air conditioning
  • Speed control
  • Power windows
  • 1-touch down
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Illuminated entry
  • Tilt steering wheel
  • Telescoping steering wheel
  • Driver vanity mirror
  • Passenger vanity mirror
  • Front beverage holders
  • Rear beverage holders
  • Overhead console
  • Driver door bin
  • Passenger door bin
  • Rear door bins
  • Ground clearance (min) - 185mm (7.3")
  • AM/FM radio
  • CD player
  • CD-MP3 decoder
  • Steering wheel mounted audio controls
  • Speakers - 6
  • Wireless phone connectivity - Bluetooth
  • 1st row LCD monitors - 1
  • Primary LCD size - 5.0"
  • Basic warranty - 60 months/60,000miles
  • Powertrain warranty - 120 months/100,000miles
  • Corrosion perforation warranty - 84 months/ unlimited distance
  • Roadside assistance coverage - 60 months/ unlimited distance
  • Max seating capacity - 5
  • Front seats - bucket
  • Manual driver lumbar support
  • Front center armrest
  • Rear seats - split-bench
  • Split folding rear seat
  • Rear seat center armrest
  • Engine displacement - 2.4 L
  • Engine horsepower - 185hp @ 6,000RPM
  • Engine torque - 178 lb.-ft. @ 4,000RPM
  • Engine bore x stroke - 88.0mm x 97.0mm (3.46" x 3.82")
  • Compression ratio - 11.30 to 1
  • Payload - 566kg (1,248lbs)
  • Curb weight - 1,644kg (3,624lbs)
  • GVWR - 2,210kg (4,872lbs)
  • Towing capacity - 748kg (1,650lbs)
  • Exterior length - 4,699mm (185.0")
  • Exterior body width - 1,880mm (74.0")
  • Exterior height - 1,679mm (66.1")
  • Wheelbase - 2,700mm (106.3")
  • Turning radius - 5.5m (17.9')
  • Front legroom - 1,049mm (41.3")
  • Rear legroom - 1,001mm (39.4")
  • Front headroom - 1,006mm (39.6")
  • Rear headroom - 993mm (39.1")
  • Front hiproom - 1,440mm (56.7")
  • Rear hiproom - 1,407mm (55.4")
  • Front shoulder room - 1,509mm (59.4")
  • Rear shoulder room - 1,481mm (58.3")
  • Passenger volume - 3,058L (108.0 cu.ft.)
  • Interior cargo volume - 1,002 L (35 cu.ft.)
  • Interior maximum cargo volume - 2,025 L (71 cu.ft.)
  • Rear cargo - liftgate
  • Power door mirrors
  • Spoiler
  • Door mirrors - body-color
  • Bumpers - body-color
  • Engine liters - 2.4
  • Cylinder configuration - I-4
  • Horsepower - 185hp @ 6,000RPM
  • Torque - 178 lb.-ft. @ 4,000RPM
  • Number of valves - 16
  • Variable valve control
  • Variable intake manifold
  • Engine location - front
  • Recommended fuel - Regular Unleaded
  • Transmission - 6 speed automatic
  • Mode select transmission
  • Manual-shift auto - SHIFTRONIC
  • Drive type - front-wheel
  • Fuel economy combined - 24mpg
  • Fuel tank capacity - 17.4gal.
  • Fuel economy city - 21mpg
  • Fuel economy highway - 27mpg
  • 4 wheel disc brakes
  • ABS brakes
  • Brake assist
  • Dual front impact airbags
  • Dual front side impact airbags
  • Overhead airbag
  • Knee airbag
  • Occupant sensing airbag
  • Panic alarm
  • Security system
  • Electronic stability
  • Traction control
  • Adjustable head restraints - driver and passenger w/tilt
  • Four wheel independent suspension
  • Front anti-roll bar
  • Rear anti-roll bar
  • Power steering
  • Speed-sensing steering
  • Alloy wheels
  • Front tires - 235/65TR17.0
  • Rear tires - 235/65TR17.0
  • Wheel size - 17"
  • Fully automatic headlights
  • Delay-off headlights
  • Variably intermittent wipers
  • Rear window wiper
  • Rear window defroster
  • Front reading lights
  • Display - analog
  • Tachometer
  • Outside temperature display
  • Low tire pressure warning
  • Trip computer
  • Exterior parking camera rear


  MSRP Engine Transmission City/Hwy mpg
2.4L 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport SUV 2.4L Search New $24,950   185-hp 2.4L 4-cyl  6-spd auto  21 / 27  
2.4L 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport SUV 2.4L Search New $26,500   185-hp 2.4L 4-cyl  6-spd auto  20 / 26  
2.0L Turbo 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport SUV 2.0L Turbo Search New $31,350   240-hp 2.0L 4-cyl  6-spd auto  20 / 28  
2.0L Turbo 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport SUV 2.0L Turbo Search New $32,900   240-hp 2.0L 4-cyl  6-spd auto  19 / 26  
2.0L Turbo Ultimate 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport SUV 2.0L Turbo Ultimate Search New $35,650   240-hp 2.0L 4-cyl  6-spd auto  20 / 27  
2.0L Turbo Ultimate 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport SUV 2.0L Turbo Ultimate Search New $37,200   240-hp 2.0L 4-cyl  6-spd auto  19 / 24  


Driving Impression

New Car Test Drive

The standard 2.4-liter engine doesn’t cut it for us; it feels breathless and overtaxed, especially when carrying passengers.

It takes the 2.0-liter turbo to get to 60 mph in seven seconds, which is a respectable and more livable performance, while its fuel mileage is just one mpg less. But the main thing is the confidence and safety in passing, with the 2.0t.

The six-speed automatic is programmed with effective shift points, and a manual mode is available to shift at the lever on the console.

Every Santa Fe Sport has Drive Mode with three settings: Sport, Eco, and Normal. Sport mode delivers the most precise handling, but that isn’t really saying a lot, as the steering isn’t very sharp to start with.

The all-wheel-drive system uses an open center differential to move power from the front wheels to the rears when traction is needed. It’s not an off-road system, but definitely improves driving in snow, ice and mud. Also on dry pavement in corners, since the system torque vectoring to add precision to the grip.

Walk Around

New Car Test Drive

For a compact crossover, the Santa Fe Sport has looks that are quite appealing. It represents a successful blend and sharp application of the best modern Hyundai styling themes.

An hexagonal grille is flanked by foglamps and LED-accented headlamps. The side sills span largely from front to rear wheelwell. The rear end looks balanced in the layout of glass and taillamps.

Dual tailpipes exit at the right rear, maybe an attempt to be masculine. The ground clearance is 7.3 inches, more than a sedan but less than a Subaru Outback.

Interior Overview

New Car Test Drive

The cabin is roomier than most rivals, especially in front. It’s practical and uses quality materials. The dashboard undulates over controls flanked by large climate vents. Big knobs adjust the audio and fan. The available panoramic sunroof can open the cabin to the sky, but lowers headroom.

The bolstering in the front seat cushions is sufficient, and the backrests are nicely shaped.

The rear seat splits and folds, and slides more than five inches fore and aft, in all models except the base with fabric upholstery. The seatbacks recline, as well.

Behind the rear seat, there’s a solid 35.4 cubic feet of cargo space, and with the seat folded the volume grows to 71.5 cubic feet. There’s a spot under the floor that can contain a laptop. A cargo cover is standard.

Best of all, the front passenger seat folds flat, to open worlds of versatility.


New Car Test Drive

We’ve ruled out the base engine because it’s lame, now the problem is that the better engine, the 2.0t, costs $6400 more, so there goes the bargain. However the 2.0t has many more features, including heated leather seats, but you’re still looking at $34k with freight for an all-wheel drive model, and still not the Ultimate. The fuel mileage and handling are not reasons to buy. There are many worthy contenders, so it’s hard to find a reason to call the Santa Fe Sport the best value.

Sam Moses contributed to this review, with staff reports.

Model Lineup

New Car Test Drive

The 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport ($24,950) comes with the 2.4-liter engine, fabric upholstery, cruise control, remote keyless entry, daytime running lights, LED-accented projector headlights, cargo cover, and 17-inch alloy wheels. Seven airbags are standard, including a driver’s knee airbag. The AM/FM/SiriusXM/CD player has auxiliary and USB ports, Bluetooth with audio streaming, and six speakers.

Santa Fe Sport 2.0T ($31,350) with the 2.0-liter turbo gets heated leather seats, dual-zone automatic climate control; keyless ignition; hands-free liftgate; blind-spot monitors; 7.0-inch touchscreen; Hyundai’s Blue Link telematics; 18-inch wheels; and trailer wiring.

Santa Fe Sport 2.0T Ultimate ($35,650) adds a panoramic sunroof, 8.0-inch touchscreen, premium sound system, heated steering wheel and heated rear seats, 19-inch wheels, and a surround-view camera. An optional Technology package includes lane-departure warnings, adaptive cruise control, forward-collision warnings and automatic emergency braking.

All-wheel drive ($1,550) is available on all models. (All prices are MSRP and do not include destination charge.)

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