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2018 Hyundai Santa-fe
Select a Different Model (6 Available): Limited Ultimate AWD
Fair Market Price $ 41263
MPG (EPA) 17 CTY /22 HWY
Cargo (Std/Max) 14/80 cu.ft.
Seating (Std/Max) 6/6
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2018 Hyundai Santa Fe MODEL OVERVIEW

You'll Like

  • Lots of value
  • Plenty of standard tech
  • Good safety scores

You Won't Like

  • Interior is showing its age
  • Bad ride quality over rough roads
  • Dull driving dynamics

New for 2018

Hyundai gives the 2018 Santa Fe more comfort and convenience with the new Value package. Leather-equipped models now have premium wood finish trim and Blue Link now includes all services standard for three years.

Trim Levels

The Santa Fe is the largest crossover from Hyundai, slotting above the subcompact Kona, compact Tucson, and two-row Santa Fe Sport.

2018 Santa Fe SE: The Santa Fe's base trim comes equipped with seven-passenger seating, 19-inch wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control, eight-way power driver's seat, LED daytime running lights, powered and heated side view mirrors, roof rails, rear seat vents, a 7.0-inch center touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, HD radio, SiriusXM satellite radio, and Blue Link Connected Care and Remote packages.

2018 Santa Fe Ultimate: The Ultimate comes well-equipped and adds 19-inch wheels, leather seating, a panoramic sunroof, a multi-view camera system, LED fog lights, rear parking sensors, hands-free liftgate, blind spot monitoring with rear-cross traffic alert, lane change assist, heated steering wheel, heated front and rear seats, ventilated front seats, a 115-volt power outlet, four-way power passenger seat,  an LCD instrument panel driver's display, manual rear side sunshades, a larger 8.0-inch center touchscreen with navigation and Blue Link Guidance, and an Infinity premium audio system.

2018 Santa Fe Limited Ultimate: Building off the Santa Fe Ultimate's features, the Limited Ultimate adds 19-inch wheels, steering-responsive HID headlights, LED taillights, and six-passenger seating with second-row captain's chairs.

Performance and Fuel Economy

The 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe is powered by a 3.3-liter V-6 that produces 290 hp and 252 lb-ft of torque and is backed by a six-speed automatic transmission that routes power to a front-drive system (EPA-rated 18/25 mpg city/highway) or an all-wheel drive system (18/24 mpg). The heavier Ultimate model is rated at a slightly less 17/23 mpg with FWD and 17/22 mpg with AWD. In Motor Trend testing, the 2017 Santa Fe Limited Ultimate hit 60 mph in a respectable 7.3 seconds and stopped from 60 mph in 125 feet.

Safety

The 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe received the highest five-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA. The Santa Fe is considered a 2018 Top Safety Pick+ because the crossover received the highest rating of Good in five crash tests and the second-highest rating of Acceptable for the new passenger-side small overlap front crash test. The highest designation was also issued because the Santa Fe received the highest rating of Good for the headlights evaluation and the highest rating of Superior for the front crash prevention test for avoiding both a 12- and 25-mph collision thanks to the emergency automatic braking with pedestrian detection feature found in the Tech package that is optional on the Ultimate and Limited Ultimate trims. The Tech package also consists of adaptive cruise control with stop/go, lane departure warning, an electronic parking brake, HID lights with steering-responsive headlights, and high beam assist. Blind-spot monitoring with rear-cross traffic alert, lane change assist, and a multi-view camera system are standard on the Ultimate trim. A rearview camera is standard on all trims.

Utility (Cargo Space and Interior Room)

Behind the third row, you can fit up to 13.5 cubic feet of cargo room in the Santa Fe, 40.9 cubic feet with the third row folded down, and 80.0 cubic feet with both rows folded down. The Honda Pilot offers more with up to 16.5, 46.8, and 83.9 cubic feet, respectively. Front seat passengers get 41.3 inches of legroom, second-row occupants have 40.4 inches, and the third row offers a tighter 30.9 inches.

Technology

The 2018 Santa Fe comes standard with lots of tech including a 7.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, HD radio, SiriusXM satellite radio, and Blue Link Connected Care and Remote packages. The Ultimate trim adds a larger 8.0-inch screen with navigation and Blue Link Guidance, a multi-view camera system, a hands-free liftgate, a 115-volt power outlet, and an Infinity premium audio system. The Limited Ultimate adds steering-responsive HID headlights. The Santa Fe also offers a host of driver assist safety features. The Blue Link Connected Car package offers services like automatic collision notification, SOS emergency assistance, and roadside assistance. The Remote package uses an app that can remote start your car, lock/unlock doors, honk the horn, find your vehicle in a parking lot, and several other services.

What We Think

In a First Test review of the 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited Ultimate, we appreciated the decent acceleration, handling, and braking when tested at the track. However, we didn't care for the slow throttle response, slow steering, and unpleasant ride over road imperfections. Rear seat room is good and the rear seats have their own A/C control and vents. The interior offers lots of luxury but is showing its age. As for fun driving dynamics, "buyers might want to look at the Dodge Durango, Ford Explorer EcoBoost, and Mazda CX-9." We concluded by saying, "For features and value, the Santa Fe is a pretty good bet. Some competitors offer a rear seat entertainment system but the Santa Fe hits all the most important notes and more."

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2018 HYUNDAI SANTA-FE SPECIFICATIONS
OVERVIEW
FEATURES
WARRANTY/RECALL
SAFETY
REBATES
Engine Name
Engine: V6 3.3 Liter Lambda II
Transmission Name
Transmission, SHIFTRONIC 6 Speed Automatic with Manual Mode
Trim
Limited Ultimate AWD
Class
Mid-Size Utility
Horsepower
290@6400
Standard MPG
17/22
Body Style
SUV/Crossover
Drivetrain
AWD
Fuel Type
N/R
Seating Capacity
6/6
Package Invoice Retail

Limted Ultimate Tech Package

INCLUDES: Collision Warning System, Automatic Emergency Braking (Aeb) With Pedestrian Detection; Cruise/Speed Control, Adaptive; Electronic Parking Brake (EPB) with Auto Hold; Hand Brake, Electronic; Headlight Control, Active Headlights; Headlights, Bi-Xenon; Lane Departure Warning System
$1911 $2100

Cargo Package (PIO)

INCLUDES: First Aid Kit; Floor Covering; Load Restraint NOT AVAILABLE WITH: [CN] Cargo Net (PIO); [FK] First Aid Kit (PIO)
$144 $180

Engine: V6 3.3 Liter Lambda II

Std Std

Transmission, SHIFTRONIC 6 Speed Automatic with Manual Mode

Std Std

Exterior Color, Circuit Silver

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Iron Frost

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Becketts Black

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Storm Blue

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Regal Red Pearl

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Night Sky Pearl

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Monaco White

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Java Espresso

N/C N/C

Brake Assist System

Std Std

Brakes, 4 Wheel Disc w/ABS

Std Std

Electronic Brake Distribution

Std Std

Hand Brake, Electronic

CONTAINED IN: [04] Limted Ultimate Tech Package
Pkg Pkg

Air Conditioning: Dual-Zone Climate Control

Std Std

Apps Control

Std Std

Bluetooth®

Std Std

Cargo Hooks

Std Std

Cargo Net (PIO)

NOT AVAILABLE WITH: [C1] Cargo Package (PIO)
$41 $50

Coming Home Device

CONTAINED IN: [HL] ECM w/Homelink® & Compass
Std Std

Connection To External Entertainment Devices

Std Std

Cruise/Speed Control, Adaptive

CONTAINED IN: [04] Limted Ultimate Tech Package
Pkg Pkg

Cruise/Speed Control

Std Std

Cargo Tray (PIO)

$80 $100

Cup Holders, Front and Rear

Std Std

Engine Start Button

Std Std

Garage Door Opener

CONTAINED IN: [HL] ECM w/Homelink® & Compass
Std Std

Load Restraint

CONTAINED IN: [C1] Cargo Package (PIO)
Pkg Pkg

Memory Adjustment: Mirror

Std Std

Navigaion Via Mobile Phone

Std Std

Power Locks, With Passive Access (Card Key)

Std Std

Power Windows

Std Std

Secondary Ventilation Controls

Std Std

Smart Card/Key

Std Std

Telematics

Std Std

Text To Speech / Speech To Text

Std Std

Trip Computer

Std Std

Trunk Release, Foot Operated

Std Std

Trunk/Hatch Release, Remote

Std Std

Ventilation System

Std Std

Voice Activating System, with Phone

Std Std

Multi-Function Display Screen, 8.0-Inch

Std Std

Power Outlet, 12v: Cargo Area(1), Rear(1), Front(2)

Std Std

Axle Ratio, 3.041

Std Std

Compass

CONTAINED IN: [HL] ECM w/Homelink® & Compass
Std Std

Driver Modes: Engine Mapping, Steering

Std Std

External Temperature

Std Std

Fuel Tank, 18.8 Gallon

Std Std

Traction Control, Electronic

Std Std

Drive: Full and Part-Time Four-Wheel Drive with Automatic Selection and Descent Control System

Std Std

Bumpers, Front and Rear Body-Colored

Std Std

Chrome/Bright Trim, Window Surround

Std Std

Door Handles (Exterior), Chrome

Std Std

Glass Roof

Std Std

Mud Guards (PIO)

INCLUDES: Mud Flaps
$96 $120

Mud Flaps

CONTAINED IN: [MG] Mud Guards (PIO)
Grp Grp

Privacy Glass

Std Std

Roof Rack Cross Bars (PIO)

$226 $250

Roof Rails

Std Std

Bumper Applique (PIO)

$57 $70

Spoiler, Roof

Std Std

Sunroof, Glass Power

Std Std

Window, Rear

Std Std

Windows, 3rd Row

Std Std

Windows, Rear Side

Std Std

Rear Door, Lifting Gate with Hands-Free Release

Std Std

Doors, Front-Hinged Front and Rear

Std Std

Armrest, Front Seat Center

Std Std

Blinds, Side

Std Std

Carpeted Floor Mats (PIO)

$121 $150

Console

Std Std

Cargo Cover/Screen (PIO)

$153 $190

Floor Covering, Carpet In Passenger And Load Area

Std Std

Floor Covering

CONTAINED IN: [C1] Cargo Package (PIO)
Pkg Pkg

Light, Cargo Area

Std Std

Luxury Trim, Wood/Woodgrain On Instrument Panel ; Leather On Shift Knob

Std Std

Steering Wheel: Heated Alloy & Leather-Trimmed, Tilt Telescoping Steering Wheel

Std Std

Vanity Mirror: Illuminated Driver And Passenger Vanity Mirror

Std Std

All-Weather Floor Mats (PIO)

$124 $155

Reading Lights, Front

Std Std

LED Lights: Daytime Running Lights, Rear Lights, Brake Lights, Side Indicator, Front Fog

Std Std

Body-Color Heated Driver And Passenger Power Door Mirrors With Turn Signals

Std Std

ECM w/Homelink® & Compass

INCLUDES: Coming Home Device; Compass; Garage Door Opener; Rear View Mirror, Automatic
$266 $295

Rear View Mirror, Automatic

CONTAINED IN: [HL] ECM w/Homelink® & Compass
Std Std

Paint, Pearl

Std Std

Airbag, Front

Std Std

Airbag, Side Curtain

Std Std

Airbag, Side

Std Std

Airbags, 7

Std Std

Airbags, Knee

Std Std

Collision Warning System, Automatic Emergency Braking (Aeb) With Pedestrian Detection

CONTAINED IN: [04] Limted Ultimate Tech Package
Pkg Pkg

Electronic Parking Brake (EPB) with Auto Hold

CONTAINED IN: [04] Limted Ultimate Tech Package
Pkg Pkg

Electronic Stability Control (ESC)

Std Std

First Aid Kit

CONTAINED IN: [C1] Cargo Package (PIO)
Pkg Pkg

First Aid Kit (PIO)

NOT AVAILABLE WITH: [C1] Cargo Package (PIO)
$24 $30

Front Fog Lights

Std Std

Head Restraints

Std Std

Headlight Control, Active Headlights

CONTAINED IN: [04] Limted Ultimate Tech Package
Pkg Pkg

Headlight Control, Dusk Sensor

Std Std

Headlights, Bi-Xenon

CONTAINED IN: [04] Limted Ultimate Tech Package
Pkg Pkg

Headlights, Halogen

Std Std

Hill Holder

Std Std

Isofix Preparation

Std Std

Lane Departure Warning System

CONTAINED IN: [04] Limted Ultimate Tech Package
Pkg Pkg

Lights, Daytime Running

Std Std

Low Tire Pressure Indicator

Std Std

Overtaking Sensor, Blind Spot Detection

Std Std

Parking Camera, 360 Degrees

Std Std

Parking Distance Sensors, Front Camera ; Rear Parking Sensors Camera and Radar ; Side Camera

Std Std

Passenger Assist Handles

Std Std

Seatbelts, Front

Std Std

Seatbelts, Rear

Std Std

Theft Deterrent System

Std Std

Windscreen Wiper/De-Icer

Std Std

Windshield Wipers, Variable Intermittent

Std Std

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Radar

Std Std

Driver Seat, Ventilated 12-Way Power Heated Bucket with Memory; Passenger Seat, Ventilated 4-Way Power Heated Bucket with Memory

Std Std

Rear Seats, Captain's Heated Split Folding

Std Std

Seat Upholstery, Leather

Std Std

Seat, Third Row Split Bench

Std Std

Seating, 6

Std Std

Seat Upholstery/Color, Black Leather

N/C N/C

Seat Upholstery/Color, Gray Leather

N/C N/C

Seat Upholstery/Color, Beige Leather

N/C N/C

Audio System, AM/FM Radio, MP3/CD Player, Digital/Satellite Radio with Color Touch Screen

Std Std

Remote Audio Controls

Std Std

Twelve Infinity® Speakers Subwoofer and Surround Sound

Std Std

Power Steering

Std Std

Suspension, Front Strut/Rear Multi-Link w/ Coil Springs

Std Std

Spare Tire, Limited Use w/Steel Rim

Std Std

Tires, Kumho P235/55HR19 All Season BSW

Std Std

Wheels, 19" Alloy

Std Std

Wheels, Single Rear

Std Std

Wheel Locks (PIO)

$44 $55
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Corrosion Warranty Miles
unlimited
Maintenance Warranty Months
none
Corrosion Warranty Months
84
Powertrain Warranty Miles
100000
Full Warranty Miles
60000
Powertrain Warranty Months
120
Full Warranty Months
60
Roadside Assistance Miles
unlimited
Maintenance Warranty Miles
none
Roadside Assistance Months
60
IIHS Best Pick
0
NHTSA Rating Front Driver
4
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
N/R
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
4
IIHS Front Small Overlap
N/R
NHTSA Rating Front Side
5
IIHS Overall Side Crash
N/R
NHTSA Rating Overall
5
IIHS Rear Crash
N/R
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
5
IIHS Roof Strength
N/R
NHTSA Rating Rollover
4
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