Despite the new Hyundai Santa Fe lacking the same attention as some other three-row crossover SUVs, it still manages to come with a unique sense of style and comfort. Its affordable price tag might also be the reason it’ll emerge a favorite in its segment. Expect its release date during the middle of this year.
Some of the defining attributes of the new 2018 Santa Fe include an easy-to-use technology interface, a generous list of standard features, an agile V6 engine, a classy cabin, and a lengthy warranty.
The new vehicle is almost an obvious choice for people shopping for a three-row crossover. Though it might lack a name recognition, the new Santa Fe may tip your decision in its favor through various features and technologies it comes with.
Once you get inside the vehicle, there are lots of things to covet on. First is the cabin space, the vehicle offers more interior space than any other seven-passenger crossover in its segment. The first two rows offer an excellent space for both leg-and headroom. As for the third row, you might find it necessary to keep the young adults there as the space isn’t that favorable for adults which is almost the case for every large crossover irrespective of the nameplate.
That aside, the cabin of the 2018 Santa Fe offers an appealing ambience, simple control layout, and lots of convenience features for your money. You’ll find the touchscreen interface easy-to-use even if you are still in that generation that finds apps a bewilderment.
Another interesting thing about the vehicle is the standard V6 powerplant. This serene, potent V6 engine provides a laudable acceleration to 60 mph while still keeping those EPA fuel economy ratings on check. However, you might find its rivals offer more power and specs, refinement, and more composure than the Santa Fe.
Before making up your mind, you’ll probably want to explore what the segment offers. Some of the crossovers that will undoubtedly give the Santa Fe a run for its money include the 2018 Toyota Highlander, 2018 Honda Pilot, 2018 Chevy Traverse, 2018 Kia Sorento, and 2018 Ford Flex.
Available Trims – Hyundai Santa Fe
The new 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe will be offered in either six of seven passenger configurations. Both will come in two trims: SE and Limited. The smaller 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport and Hybrid are reviewed separately.
Exterior Sport Changes & Interior Sport Review – 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe
The redesigned SE comes standard with air-conditioning, foglights, 18” alloy wheels, a telescopic-and-tilt steering wheel, roof rails, cruise control, a 50/50-split flat-folding third row seat, full power accessories, a rear spoiler, Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity, an eight-way power driver seat, Hyundai’s Blue Link telematics system, a 4.3” touchscreen display, satellite radio, a six-speaker sound system, a rearview camera, a 40/20/40-split sliding and reclining seats, windshield wiper de-icer, a CD player, iPod/USB integration, HD radio, and third-row air vents.
The Premium package available as an option tacks in a leather upholstery, manual rear window shades, a four-way power front passenger seat, leather upholstery, a blind-spot monitoring, 19” wheels, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, an upgraded gauge cluster, a power liftgate, keyless entry and ignition, automatic climate control (dual-zone), rear-cross traffic alert, and a four-way power front passenger seat.
The 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited comes standard with all the contents of the Premium package plus second-row captain’s chairs instead of the second-row bench seat.
The optional Ultimate package comes standard with driver memory settings a 115-V household style power outlet, a panoramic sunroof, heated second-row seats, a navigation system, a heated steering wheel, rear parking sensors, an 8” touchscreen interface, and driver memory settings. This package also nets in a 12-speaker Infiniti sound system, xenon headlights, and a 10-speaker for the SE model, and LED taillights for the Limited models.
Engine Specs – 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe
A 3.3L V6 engine rated at 252 pounds of torque and 290 horsepower comes beneath the hood of the 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe. The power is transmitted to either the front wheels of the four wheels via the six-speed automatic transmission system.
The EPA fuel economy ratings for the engine are 18/25/21 mpg in the city/highway/combined for the front wheel drive, and 18/24/20 mpg for the 4 four wheel drive. When fully equipped, its maximum towing capacity stands at 5,000 pounds.
Sport Price & Sport Release Date – 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe
Upon its release, the 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe SUV will probably cost you an MSRP starting from $30,400. As for the release date, expect the vehicle during the second half of 2016.