Indeed, three-row crossover SUV should be able to carry every member of the family well. The 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe did pretty well. It offers a combination of attractive features at affordable prices, convenience and easy to drive.
Although the standard V6 engine is a little thirsty, it gives enough power. Higher trim levels offer a plenty of interior comforts, such as keyless ignition and entry, rear window sunshades, heated front and second-row seats, and second-row captain chairs. For utilities, the 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe offers a large 80 cubic feet available behind the front seats.
Although not at the front of the class, the 2018 Santa Fe blend of capabilities and features at an affordable price makes it worth of considering for your next family cars.
Trim Levels and Features
The 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe is a six or seven-passenger midsize SUV that offered in three trim levels: SE, SE Ultimate, and Limited Ultimate.
Standard equipment for the Santa Fe SE includes 18-inch wheels, LED running lights, heated side mirrors, dual-zone automatic climate control, a power-adjustable driver seat, a 40/20/40-split folding second-row bench seat, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration, a rearview camera, Hyundai Blue Link communications, a 7-inch infotainment display and a six-speaker sound system with satellite radio.
The 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe SE Ultimate gets you 19-inch wheels, LED foglights, a sunroof, rear side window sunshades, a hands-free liftgate, a proximity key with push-button start, a power-adjustable front passenger seat, ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel, heated front and second-row seats, leather seating, an 8-inch touchscreen with navigation and an upgraded 12-speaker audio system. The third row has a USB port and a 115-volt outlet in the cargo area. Safety features include a multiview parking camera system, rear parking sensors, rear cross-traffic alert, and blind-spot monitoring.
The 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited Ultimate is similar to the SE Ultimate plus unique exterior trim such as silver painted accents and LED taillights. The second row also has captain chairs instead of a bench. This seating arrangement reduces passenger capacity to six.
Optional Tech Package available for the SE Ultimate and Limited Ultimate, which adds advanced safety features that includes xenon headlights with automatic high beams, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, forward collision warning and mitigation.
The 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe is powered by a 3.3-liter V6 engine that produces 290 horsepower and 252 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard, and you have a choice of front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. In performance testing, the 2018 Santa Fe Limited Ultimate with AWD accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in 7.7 seconds, which is an average time for this class.
The EPA fuel economy estimates are 21 mpg combined (18 city/25 highway) for FWD models and 20 mpg combined (18 city/24 highway) with AWD. The SE Ultimate and Limited Ultimate models are rated 1-2 mpg lower than the base models. Properly equipped, the Santa Fe can tow up to 5,000 pounds.
Inside, the 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe cabin is an impressive piece of work. The combination of attractive designs, high quality materials and intuitive control layouts, physical button on the dash and virtual touch screen, make it one of the most convenient and easy to use in the crossover segment.
In addition, the 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe cabin feels spacious from the front and the second seat. The front seats offers good comfort and various adjustments. The second row seats can slide forward or back and recline down, providing the passengers a sufficient headroom and legroom. The third row is better suited for children, but accommodate adults in an emergency.
At the back, the 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe offers 80 cubic feet of cargo space with second and third row seats folded down. With the second row used, the cargo space shrank to 41 cubic feet and 13.5 cubic feet with the third row seat up. Accessing cargo is easy with the available smart hands-free rear liftgate, you just have to stand behind the car for a few seconds with the key fob in your purse or your pocket.
Release Dates and Price
The 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe has arrive at US dealerships around the country and will compete with the Chevrolet Traverse, Toyota Highlander and Honda Pilot. Pricing will start from $30,850 o the top range Limited Ultimate trim at $41,300.