Hyundai Santa Fe 2018 Exterior and Interior Review

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Those looking for a stylish alternative to less flavorful three-row crossovers may take solace in the Santa Fe. Its elegant styling is handsome, certainly, but it comes with compromises to both cargo-hauling abilities and third-row passenger space. A refined V-6 engine provides towing muscle, but acceleration and fuel economy lag behind most rivals. Rich with features starting from the base SE trim level and becoming increasingly luxurious up the model range—as the Ultimate nomenclature suggests—the Santa Fe states its case on value. An unbeatable warranty, good looks, and interior comfort are strong points that, for some, may make up for its shortcomings.

Hyundai’s family hauler has a simplified lineup for 2018 as it says goodbye to the midrange Limited trim, leaving just SE, SE Ultimate, and Limited Ultimate as the available trim levels. Blue Link, Hyundai’s telematics subscription, now comes with three years of complimentary service. A host of minor trim changes rounds out the rest of the updates.

Hyundai Santa Fe 2018 Concept, Redesign and Review


What Was New for 2017?

Hyundai’s three-row crossover saw a plethora of updates for 2017. A cosmetic freshening of the exterior included redesigned front and rear styling, new taillights, dual exhaust pipes, and new wheel designs. The Santa Fe also gained a drive-mode selector with settings for Normal, Eco, and Sport. These modes adjust the transmission programming and steering effort. A 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment display became standard and also features Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and a backup camera. Hyundai also added a suite of active safety features to the options list for 2017, including automated emergency braking and adaptive cruise control.


Hyundai Santa Fe 2018 Review and Specs

Trims and Options We Chose for 2017

Of the Santa Fe’s flavors, we’d check the box for the front-wheel-drive SE Ultimate, which rings in at $39,650. Although that represents a hefty $7900 upcharge over the base SE, it adds a number of features we find to be worth the money, including:

• Panoramic sunroof
• Blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert and rear parking sensors
• 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment with navigation, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Infinity surround-sound audio, and a multiview parking camera

All-wheel drive is available for an extra $1750, and buyers can add a host of active safety technologies—including automated emergency braking and adaptive cruise control—by way of the $2100 Ultimate Tech package.

The Hyundai Santa Fe 2018 offers outstanding style and technology both inside and out. See interior & exterior photos. Hyundai Santa Fe 2018 New features complemented by a lower starting price and streamlined packages. The mid-size Hyundai Santa Fe 2018 offers a complete lineup with a wide variety of finishes and features, two conventional engines.

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