2018 Hyundai Santa Fe SUV

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2018 Hyundai Santa Fe SUV Overview

The standard features of the Hyundai Santa Fe SE include 3.3L V-6 290hp 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, automatic air conditioning, 18" aluminum wheels, cruise control, ABS and driveline traction control, electronic stability.

2018 Hyundai
Santa Fe SUV

Starting at: $30,850

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  • Air conditioning
  • Automatic temperature control
  • Front dual zone A/C
  • Rear air conditioning
  • Speed control
  • Power windows
  • 1-touch down
  • 1-touch up
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Illuminated entry
  • Tilt steering wheel
  • Telescoping steering wheel
  • Driver vanity mirror
  • Passenger vanity mirror
  • Emergency communication system - Blue Link
  • 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 - SiriusXM
  • CD player
  • CD-MP3 decoder
  • Steering wheel mounted audio controls
  • Speakers - 6
  • Turn-by-turn navigation directions
  • Wireless phone connectivity - Bluetooth
  • 1st row LCD monitors - 1
  • Primary LCD size - 7.0"
  • Smart device integration - Apple CarPlay & Android Auto
  • 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 - 7
  • Front seats - bucket
  • Power driver seat
  • Power 4-way driver lumbar support
  • Front center armrest
  • Rear seats - split-bench
  • Split folding rear seat
  • Rear seat center armrest
  • 3rd row seats - split-bench
  • Engine displacement - 3.3 L
  • Engine horsepower - 290hp @ 6,400RPM
  • Engine torque - 252 lb.-ft. @ 5,200RPM
  • Engine bore x stroke - 92.0mm x 83.8mm (3.62" x 3.30")
  • Compression ratio - 11.50 to 1
  • Curb weight - 1,826kg (4,026lbs)
  • GVWR - 2,500kg (5,512lbs)
  • Towing capacity - 2,268kg (5,000lbs)
  • Exterior length - 4,905mm (193.1")
  • Exterior body width - 1,885mm (74.2")
  • Exterior height - 1,689mm (66.5")
  • Wheelbase - 2,799mm (110.2")
  • Turning radius - 5.6m (18.5')
  • Front legroom - 1,049mm (41.3")
  • Rear legroom - 1,026mm (40.4")
  • 3rd row legroom - 785mm (30.9")
  • Front headroom - 1,013mm (39.9")
  • Rear headroom - 1,001mm (39.4")
  • 3rd row headroom - 907mm (35.7")
  • Front hiproom - 1,440mm (56.7")
  • Rear hiproom - 1,407mm (55.4")
  • 3rd row hiproom - 1,120mm (44.1")
  • Front shoulder room - 1,509mm (59.4")
  • Rear shoulder room - 1,481mm (58.3")
  • 3rd row shoulder room - 1,369mm (53.9")
  • Passenger volume - 4,151L (146.6 cu.ft.)
  • Interior cargo volume - 382 L (13 cu.ft.)
  • Interior maximum cargo volume - 2,265 L (80 cu.ft.)
  • Rear cargo - liftgate
  • Power door mirrors
  • Heated door mirrors
  • Spoiler
  • Tailpipe finisher - chrome
  • Door mirrors - body-color
  • Bumpers - body-color
  • Roof rack - rails only
  • Engine liters - 3.3
  • Cylinder configuration - V-6
  • Horsepower - 290hp @ 6,400RPM
  • Torque - 252 lb.-ft. @ 5,200RPM
  • Number of valves - 24
  • 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 - 21mpg
  • Fuel tank capacity - 18.8gal.
  • Fuel economy city - 18mpg
  • Fuel economy highway - 25mpg
  • 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
  • Tracker system
  • Security system
  • Electronic stability
  • Traction control
  • Four wheel independent suspension
  • Front anti-roll bar
  • Rear anti-roll bar
  • Power steering
  • Speed-sensing steering
  • Alloy wheels
  • Front tires - 235/60TR18.0
  • Rear tires - 235/60TR18.0
  • Wheel size - 18"
  • 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
SE 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe SUV SE Search New $30,850   290-hp 3.3L 6-cyl  6-spd auto  18 / 25  
SE 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe SUV SE Search New $32,600   290-hp 3.3L 6-cyl  6-spd auto  18 / 24  
SE Ultimate 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe SUV SE Ultimate Search New $38,850   290-hp 3.3L 6-cyl  6-spd auto  17 / 23  
Limited Ultimate 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe SUV Limited Ultimate Search New $39,550   290-hp 3.3L 6-cyl  6-spd auto  17 / 23  
SE Ultimate 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe SUV SE Ultimate Search New $40,600   290-hp 3.3L 6-cyl  6-spd auto  17 / 22  
Limited Ultimate 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe SUV Limited Ultimate Search New $41,300   290-hp 3.3L 6-cyl  6-spd auto  17 / 22  


Driving Impression

Mitch McCullough

Acceleration with the 3.3-liter V6 engine is reasonable, thanks to the transmission’s willingness (after a brief pause) to kick down when you stomp the gas pedal. The transmission shifts quickly when it’s shifted by the driver in manual mode, using the lever on the console. No paddles.

The Santa Fe offers three driving modes. Normal is fine for most of the time, but Sport presents sharper steering on two-lanes, and Eco limits acceleration, slows the throttle response, and slackens the gear changes to deliver the best fuel mileage.

The electric power steering is taken from the Hyundai Elantra GT, and contributes to predictable handling. The suspension is calmer and the ride quieter than it used to be. Even with the 19-inch wheels on the Limited and Ultimate, the worst surfaces are effectively dampened.

Santa Fe engineers have made a big effort to reduce noise and vibration, and suspension sounds have been toned down, while barely a whir can be heard from the elderly drivetrain under acceleration.

Walk Around

Mitch McCullough

On its 110-inch wheelbase, Hyundai’s biggest SUV is still smaller than some rivals in its class, yet it has the appearance of bigness. But no less stylish, with its 2017 touch-up keeping it competitive in the looks department. The new bumpers went a long way. On the Limited and Ultimate, LED foglamps flank a slim, wide mouth.

Interior Overview

Mitch McCullough

An undulating dashboard surface dips and rises for the centerstack and panel for the gauges. Audio and fan adjust with big easy knobs. Just ahead of the shift lever there’s a deep open storage cubby. The materials complement and fit each other well. SE owners have to live with more plastic.

Seats are shapely and supportive, helped by bolstering that’s not too firm. There’s ample legroom in front, but the headroom suffers under the panoramic sunroof that’s standard in the Ultimate. The comfortable headrests are at an ideal angle.

Thanks to the 110-inch wheelbase, the second row gets good legroom to go along with the comfortable bench seat, and even more comfortable captain’s chairs. The third row is for kids. The wheelbase isn’t long enough to make real room back there.

With the third row up, there’s 13.5 cubic feet of storage space in back, about the same as the trunk of a small sedan. But when the third row is folded flat, there’s more than 40 cubic feet behind the second row, and that’s quite healthy. And there’s more in a shallow bin beneath the cargo floor.


Mitch McCullough

The Santa Fe isn’t the best in its class, but it behaves well, performs respectably, and delivers strong value.

Sam Moses contributed to this report, with staff reports.

Model Lineup

Mitch McCullough

Santa Fe SE ($30,850) gets stain-resistant fabric upholstery, 12-way power driver’s seat, dual-zone climate control, AM/FM/XM/CD audio with USB and Bluetooth connectivity, 7.0-inch touchscreen, power windows and doors, cruise control, rearview camera, automatic headlamps, and 18-inch alloy wheels. (All prices are MSRP and do not include destination charge.)

Santa Fe SE Ultimate ($38,850) adds surround-view cameras, parking sensors, heated and ventilated front seats, power passenger seat, 8.0-inch touchscreen, panoramic sunroof, hands-free liftgate, and 19-inch wheels. It also gets standard forward-collision warnings with automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, and lane-departure warnings.

Santa Fe Limited Ultimate ($39,550) includes leather upholstery, heated front seats and steering wheel, second-row captain’s chairs, electro-luminescent gauges, blind-spot monitors, rear cross-traffic alert, and lane-change assist.

All-wheel drive ($1750) is available.

Hyundai’s BlueLink telematics bring in a suite of services such as remote unlock and start. For 2018, Hyundai adds in three years of free BlueLink service.

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