2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport

2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport
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MSRP range
$24,950 - $37,200
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Pros

  • Generous rear-passenger and cargo space
  • Can equip it with a lot of convenience features
  • Firm yet comfortable seats

Cons

  • Below-average fuel economy for a small crossover SUV
  • Ride quality can be uncomfortably stiff on rough pavement
  • Thick roof pillars hamper rearward visibility
  • Sound-system quality is subpar
Hyundai Santa Fe Sport years


Which Santa Fe Sport does Edmunds recommend?

If it were our money, we'd go with the base Sport model. Its non-turbocharged four-cylinder isn't as peppy as the 2.0T's turbocharged unit, but it's also far less expensive. We think this year's Value package is a good deal since it bundles plenty of desirable features (such as heated front seats, a touchscreen and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto functionality) and doesn't add too much to the sticker price. That said, if you're also thinking of adding the Premium Equipment package, you might as well step up to the 2.0T; it includes that package, and the fuel economy drop is meager.

Edmunds' Expert Review

Overall rating

3.5 / 5

From its name, you might surmise that the 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport bears the mantle of performance in the compact crossover class. But the truth is that Hyundai uses the Sport moniker to differentiate this two-row small crossover from its big brother, the three-row Santa Fe. A budget-friendly Porsche Macan it's not. But as an easy-to-drive urban runabout, the Santa Fe Sport should satisfy.

In its lower trim levels, the Sport's base price is not too far removed from the pricing of popular small crossovers from Honda and Toyota. And yet it's a little bigger than those models. Four adults will find the interior genuinely spacious and well appointed, and a third adult in the rear is within the realm of possibility. You can also get a lot of features on the Santa Fe Sport, equipping it to luxurylike levels if you choose.

On the downside, the front seats aren't comfortable enough for everyday driving, the ride is pretty firm, and neither of the two available engines is particularly powerful nor fuel-efficient. Hyundai also limits the availability of some of the vehicle's driver safety aids to the most expensive trim level. Overall, we view the 2018 Santa Fe Sport as a decent choice for a small crossover but think you could very well be happier with one of its more accomplished rivals.

2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport configurations

he 2018 Santa Fe Sport compact crossover is Hyundai's entry in one of the most hotly contested segments in the U.S. (The similarly named Santa Fe has three rows and is reviewed separately.) Its reasonably priced base Sport model is powered by a four-cylinder engine and includes a modest number of standard features; several option packages are available to raise the luxury factor. The 2.0T and 2.0T Ultimate are pricey upgrades, but the turbocharged engine underhood is considerably more powerful. Some of the base model's packages are standard on the 2.0T models, narrowing the price gap.

The Santa Fe Sport is sold in three trims. The base Sport is powered by a 2.4-liter four-cylinder (185 horsepower, 178 pound-feet of torque), while the 2.0T and 2.0T Ultimate are driven by a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine (240 hp, 260 lb-ft). A six-speed automatic transmission is standard across the board, and any model can be specified with front- or all-wheel drive.

Notable standard features for the base trim include 17-inch alloy wheels, rear privacy glass, air-conditioning, a rearview camera, a 40/20/40-split rear seat, Bluetooth connectivity, a 5-inch display screen, and a six-speaker sound system with a CD player and a USB port.

The new Value package bundles LED daytime running lights, foglights, heated mirrors, roof rails, keyless entry and ignition, dual-zone automatic climate control, a power driver seat with lumbar adjustment, heated front seats, a 7-inch display screen, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay functionality, Hyundai Blue Link services and satellite radio.

Selecting the Premium Equipment package adds those features, along with a hands-free power liftgate, a color driver information screen, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, leather upholstery, a power front passenger seat, slide and recline functionality for the rear seats, rear side window sunshades, and blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert.

The Tech package includes the contents of the Premium Equipment package along with a panoramic sunroof, a top-down parking camera system, rear parking sensors, driver-seat memory settings, a heated steering wheel, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, an 8-inch touchscreen, navigation and a 12-speaker Infinity premium audio system.

Step up to the 2.0T and you get a more powerful turbocharged engine, 18-inch alloy wheels, dual exhaust tips and the contents of the Premium Equipment package.

There's one more package available if you want to go whole hog: the 2.0T Ultimate's Tech package. It adds adaptive headlights with automatic high-beam control, adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, and an electronic parking brake with auto hold.

Finally, the top-of-the-line 2.0T Ultimate adds 19-inch alloy wheels, xenon headlights, LED taillights and the contents of the Tech package.

Trim tested

Each vehicle typically comes in multiple versions that are fundamentally similar. The ratings in this review are based on our full test of the Hyundai Santa Fe Sport (turbo 2.0L inline-4 | 6-speed automatic | FWD).

Driving

3.0
The Santa Fe Sport lags behind class leaders in terms of performance. The optional turbocharged 2.0-liter engine feels brisk, but it isn't as quick as competitors' upgraded mills. Vague steering and handling that doesn't inspire confidence also fall short.

Acceleration

3.5
Our tester's turbocharged 2.0-liter engine is eager and feels strong around town and at freeway speeds. There's no real hesitation, the throttle doesn't feel twitchy, and acceleration is delivered smoothly. But our as-tested 0-60 mph time of 8 seconds falls short of rivals' optional engines.

Braking

3.0
The brake pedal is soft, but there's enough resistance that it's relatively easy to judge braking force by feel. Hard braking can make the vehicle feel unsteady, but it manages to stop straight. In our testing, the Sport stopped from 60 mph in 129 feet, which is average for the segment.

Steering

2.0
Overall, the steering feels artificial and frequently requires small adjustments. The on-center feel is vague in Normal mode, and steering effort doesn't build naturally as you turn the wheel. Turning on Sport mode tightens the on-center feel somewhat but adds unnecessary heft.

Handling

3.0
The Santa Fe Sport's body roll is noticeable but better controlled than it is in some competitors. It understeers readily, which doesn't inspire a lot of confidence. The vehicle is very stable at freeway speeds, but larger bumps can cause an unsettling bounce.

Drivability

3.0
The transmission keeps you low in the rev range in Normal mode. You often have to give it extra gas to get the acceleration you want for passing maneuvers or maintaining uphill speed. Thankfully, gear changes are quick and smooth, and Sport mode keeps the engine in the powerband.

Comfort

3.5
The seats are comfortable if firm and offer strong heating and ventilation. The ride is also a bit firm but well-controlled. Around town the interior is quiet, though engine drone and wind noise is noticeable at highway speeds. Climate control works well but doesn't have the best interface.

Seat comfort

4.0
The seats are on the firm side but are nicely shaped and offer useful adjustments, especially the four-way lumbar and headrests. Even on longer drives we didn't find ourselves fidgeting, though we wished the armrests were higher. The rear seats are comfortable and can recline a surprising amount.

Ride comfort

3.5
The ride quality is better than that of many competitors, doing a good job of balancing comfort and control. The suspension is a little firm, though, and prone to pronounced bounce over bumps and humps, but it doesn't feel busy or harsh.

Noise & vibration

3.5
The Santa Fe Sport is quiet around town — surrounding traffic is mostly blocked out, and at low speeds the engine is muted. It's a mixed bag at freeway speeds — the levels of wind and road noise over bumps and rough surfaces are better than average, but the engine can sound drone-y.

Climate control

3.0
Climate control and seat heating and cooling work well and quickly, but the button interface doesn't have the most logical layout. Full manual control beyond temperature and fan-speed requires looking at the infotainment screen. Leaving the system in automatic is easier, and it kept us comfortable.

Interior

3.0
There's lots of room for passengers, and the cabin feels airy and solidly screwed together, but otherwise does little to impress. Chintzy interior materials, an awkward driving position, and mediocre visibility don't live up to our tester's price tag or stack up well against competitors.

Ease of use

3.0
The buttons are placed a bit haphazardly, so it takes a while to find exactly what you want if you're not familiar with the layout. The touchscreen system is quite easy to navigate, with some thoughtful choices that cut down on the number of steps needed to perform basic operations.

Getting in/getting out

3.0
The square front door openings and low sills make entering and exiting easy. The rear doors aren't quite square, forcing you to lean forward a bit to get your head through. The rear doors are also a bit long, making entry and exit in narrow parking spaces more difficult.

Driving position

2.5
The seating position places you high relative to the dash and armrests, yet the floor is close to the bottom of the seat. Tall drivers will sit with their legs extended and need to glance downward farther than is comfortable to see gauges and controls. It's a friendlier setup for shorter drivers.

Roominess

5.0
There's plenty of room both front and back, with lots of head- and legroom for even tall rear passengers. There's a very low and flat hump on the floor between the rear seats, so the middle seat isn't awkward to use. The light-colored interior trim in our tester contributed to a feeling of openness.

Visibility

2.5
The roof pillars are thick all around, and the top of the front windshield feels low. There are windows in the rear pillars, but they're located so high that they're nearly useless. Happily, the large side mirrors provide an excellent view, and the camera system helps at low speed.

Quality

2.5
The interior trim is chintzy-looking, with lots of hard plastics and a rubbery layer in places. The fake wood trim doesn't help, and the materials quality just didn't match the price of our tester. That said, there were no rattles or loose trim pieces, and everything felt durable and solid.

Utility

4.0
The trunk is spacious and easy to access, with good underfloor storage. Usability suffers a bit due to the raked roof and seats that don't fold perfectly flat. There's plenty of space for small items in the cabin. Still, class leaders offer more, and more clever, storage.

Small-item storage

4.0
The center consoles offers a few useful cubbies, and all four door pockets will hold small water bottles. While less clever and extensive than what some competitors offer, there's quite a bit of space and plenty of options to keep small items from getting loose.

Cargo space

3.5
The 71.5 cubic feet of maximum storage falls short of class leaders but is still generous. The low floor makes loading and unloading easy, and there are sizable underfloor compartments. The rear seats don't fold perfectly flat, but they do have convenient releases in the trunk.

Child safety seat accommodation

3.0
There's plenty of space for car seats, and the outboard LATCH locations are clearly marked, but the firm seat cushions can make them awkward to reach.

Technology

3.0
We appreciate the easy-to-use infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay and the full suite of driver aids. On the other hand, some features are inaccessible while in motion, and the voice control system is frustrating and has limited functionality.

Audio & navigation

2.5
The nav system has a lot of features, including Google search. But the vehicle must be parked to use many of them, and not all can be accessed via voice control. The infotainment system is easy to use, but the audio system delivers poorer sound quality than we expect from an optional system.

Smartphone integration

4.0
There's full Android Auto and Apple CarPlay integration but only one USB port. There are several 12-volt outlets so you can charge more than one device if you have an adapter. Bluetooth pairing is straightforward and works well.

Driver aids

3.5
A complete suite of aids is available. Blind-spot and forward-collision warning systems aren't overly sensitive. Adaptive cruise works well, even in traffic, but going downhill it grabs the brakes intermittently to maintain speed. The side camera view is awkward for navigating close-by obstructions.

Voice control

The voice controls are slow to respond and require specific phrasing in specific order to access their limited functionality. Asking for help displays only a partial list of possible commands. Its response is "Sorry, I didn't understand you" whether it misheard you or can't do what you're asking.

Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport.

Overall Consumer Rating

Most helpful consumer reviews

Upgrade to the great "Tech package!"
CsC#21,10/30/2017
Bought this vehicle to replace my wife's 2010 Santa Fe. Have driven it for two weeks now. We upgraded to the AWD and Sport 2.0T Ultimate turbo engine with the tech package. I am truly surprised at what a pleasure it is to drive this handsome car. When traveling the highway, all I need to do is basically make sure I have the radio on the correct XM station and that the temperature in the car is set for my likes. Other than that, let the tech package take over. What I mean is that with the Smart Cruise Control package, the car keeps me about five car lengths behind the car in front of me. If I'm traveling a four lane highway, and the car in front of me is going slower than the speed I've set, all I need to do is pull out to pass. And, when I do pull out to pass, the blind spot warning will let me know if there is another car present and whether it's safe to do so or not. Also the lane departure warning let's me know if I'm straying from my own lane. Oh, and if that slower person in front of me slows down while I'm in Smart Cruise Control, my car automatically slows down. I tested it once and upon coming to a red light, I let the the Smart Cruise Control take my car to a FULL STOP based on what the car in front of me did. I frequently travel a dark, hilly, and winding road. No problem with the tech package as this car has Dynamic Bending Light, Auto Leveling Headlights and High Beam Assist. All of which means as I take those turns, the headlights shine the corners. If I'm going uphill, the lights shine up the hill and I no longer need to worry about the high beam as the car automatically turns it on or off as needed. The car also comes equipped with Automatic Emergency Braking with pedestrian warning. I haven't used either of those features and hope to never use them! Our car is Mineral Gray with black interior. I find accelerating a breeze as the car shifts smoothly through the gears to settle where it needs to be. The back seats come with heated seats. A large moon roof is impressive. I am totally in love with this car. One knock is that I find it difficult to find a place to rest my left elbow while driving. The normal place where I would rest it is where the window and door meet. This location seems a little too high for my comfort. Oh, the car comes with a three year subscription to My Hyundai which allows remote lock/unlock and starting. I can also tell the car how long to run and set it to whatever temp I want. A great plus for cold New England winters and (somewhat) hot summer days. Oh, those are all done FROM MY CELL PHONE!!! I am not very impressed with Android Auto, but that could be because I haven't played too much with it to this point. The noise inside this car is a great reduction from our 2010 Santa Fe. I would definitely recommend this car if you're in the market.
SNATA FE SPORT VS HONDA CRV
EDJAS,03/25/2018
Having owned two Honda Accords, 2010 and 2014 over the past 8 years I was inclined to buy a CRV.when I found out the CRV did not have cd player I decided to look elsewhere. Great move!. I found out that the CRV does play music files from cd s if you transfer them to a usb in the wav format. So I decided to test both. The CRV is a fine car,acceleration is good and smooth. Handling is fine etc. The seats were ok ,like the Accord seats. The music playback was ok sounding a little better than my v6 Accord. But when I tested the Santa Fe sport there was no comparison. The Santa Fe was faster as it should be since it has 240hp while the CRV has 190. I would say the mpg for the CRV is around 5-8 more.that is the tradeoff.I can live with that,maybe 200 dollars per year more in gas assuming 10k per year.the seats in the Santa Fe were more comfortable,very good for my back etc. Besides the fact that the Santa Fe has a cd player the sound system in the Santa Fe was far superior than the CRV. Much better clarity and options to change the balance. Cargo space in both is about the same but the CRV second row seats fold down flat while the Santa Fe are up maybe 6 inches. Not a big deal. And the Santa Fe has more room in the back for basically the same area. When I asked where was the spare tire in the Santa Fe I was told it was outside below the car! You turn a lever and it descends. This resulted in lifting the back cover up to reveal a small storage area below! Very nice and useful. The CRV has the spare tire there. One slight negative is that the Santa has only one usb while the CRV has 4. Two would be nice. But it has two 12v plugs in front and they can be adapted to a usb plug,so? It s ok. The 4 camera setup in the Santa is very useful in parking etc. It gives you an great view as if you are looking down above the car by 20 feet! Amazing! Parking lines and curbs are easy to see.the Santa has more safety features but the CRV is fine in that area as well. I like the ability to put cd's on a usb in the wav format and play them but you could just play mp3's. Still the hassle of transferring cd s to the computer and copying them to a usb would be annoying. I have 100 s of cd s. A cd player is far better. Both of course have bluetooth so using your phone to play music is another option. So my reasons for the Santa over the CRV is better acceleration, more comfortable seating, much better sound system. Also, it has a moon roof twice as big as the CRV. In my Accords I didn t use the moon roof much but this one is spectacular! I find having it open is fun! People are amazed when they see it. Oh! One more point. The reliability of Honda vs hyundaI was important to me and Honda seems better in that area. But since the hyundaI has a 60k and 5 year warranty and I plan to keep it for 3-4 years,that wasn’t a factor. Thank you Honda for not putting a 35 dollar cd player in your CRV.now I have a better Santa. PS,I should mention the cost etc. While the CRV was cheaper by a few thousand,the discount by honda was far less,maybe 1500? did not get a firm price as i was not pleased with the CRV. The Freehold Hyundai rep, Tony Rodriguez, was very knowledgeable and very helpful,answering all my questions or finding the answer quickly. I researched the best price on the internet and knew what I wanted to pay. I told Tony all this and he went to his manager and came back with 6250 off the MSRP. I was pleased. He did ask if I was ready to buy today and I said yes! and I did. An additional plus at Freehold Hyundai is that they have some great coffee there! I must have drank 6 cups! It actually was an enjoyable experience. After i drove home and read some of the features etc,I got a low battery alert! I went back to the Dealer and said the battery needs to be charged. Tony asked if i had the accessory feature on without the engine running for 10 min? I said yes. he replied that after 10 min in accessory mode that warning light comes on. Battery is fine. I guess I have to read the manual with 100 + pages! Looking at all the features inside I feel like Buck Rodgers in a new spaceship!.
Hyundai Excels in the 2018 Santa Fe Sport Ultimate
Pete,02/08/2018
After 3 months of research, test driving 12 different compact or mid-size SUVs, and considerations of value, pricing, safety, features, comfort, driving ride, and technology onboard...I purchased a 2018 Pearl White Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T (2-liter 240 hp Turbo) Ultimate SUV with a gray leather interior. In 2017, our daughter purchased a Black Santa Fe Sport with Beige interior that is essentially the same as mine in terms of features/options - with the exception of her's having the base 2.4L (185hp) engine. Following my reading of more than 15 trade magazine reviews, as well as personal experiences with this vehicle - we all agreed on the following: Terrific value for the money; Solid construction; Feature-rich; Tech-rich; The 2.0L Turbo engine is worth the moderate extra cost; The interior is well done, roomy, and comfortable; Dollar-for-dollar - the best bang for the buck in its mid-size SUV class. Candidly...when doing all of the pre-purchase homework...I took the approach of "consider all the other similar vehicles that are better", and determine which of those would be 1 of my 2 finalist considerations. After all the research and numerous test drives of other players, the Santa Fe Sport 2.0T Ultimate won the contest hands down. I must mention that I did miss my trade-in of a Mercedes E320, but the joyful ride of the Santa Fe Sport is might close of a pleasant driving experience. Mike drop.
So nice had to do it twice!
Sharon Nowlin,01/06/2018
Unfortunately our 2014 Santa Dr Turbo was totalled in a serious accident. Triple rollover...walked away with non-life-threatening injuries. Every panel on the vehicle was crushed or damaged. Firmly believe the safety and quality of the Santa Dr saved our lives
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Features & Specs

MSRP
$24,950
MPG
21 city / 27 hwy
Seats 5
6-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
185 hp @ 6000 rpm
MSRP
$26,500
MPG
20 city / 26 hwy
Seats 5
6-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
185 hp @ 6000 rpm
MSRP
$31,350
MPG
20 city / 28 hwy
Seats 5
6-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
240 hp @ 6000 rpm
MSRP
$37,200
MPG
19 city / 24 hwy
Seats 5
6-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
240 hp @ 6000 rpm
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Safety

Our experts’ favorite Santa Fe Sport safety features:

Blind Spot Detection System
Illuminates a light on the side mirrors when a vehicle enters the Santa Fe Sport's blind spot. Can also identify approaching cars.
Multi-view Camera System
Provides a 360-degree, bird's-eye view of the Santa Fe Sport to aid in parking maneuvers.
Smart Cruise Control
Maintains a set distance between the Santa Fe Sport and the car in front while using cruise control.

NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
    Overall5 / 5
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger4 / 5
  • Side Crash Rating
    Overall5 / 5
  • Side Barrier Rating
    Overall5 / 5
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger5 / 5
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings
    Front Seat5 / 5
    Back Seat5 / 5
  • Rollover
    Rollover4 / 5
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of Rollover15.1%
IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
    Good
  • Roof Strength Test
    Good
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    Good
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Good
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test
    Good

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More about the 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport

Lightly refreshed just last year, the 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport is one of many choices available for consumers shopping for a small crossover SUV. The attractively styled five-passenger Sport offers a wide range of comfort, convenience and safety features. And like its larger three-row sibling, the Santa Fe, it comes with a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty.

The Santa Fe Sport is sold in three trims. Power for the base model comes from a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 185 horsepower and 178 pound-feet of torque. It's decently equipped right out of the box, with standard features that include automatic headlights, a rearview camera, Bluetooth connectivity, a 5-inch display screen, a six-speaker sound system and a USB port. A few option packages are available to up the Sport's feature content. Highlights include leather upholstery, power front seats, a bigger 7-inch display and smartphone integration.

Step up to the 2.0T and 2.0T Ultimate trims and you'll get a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that makes 240 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. The price is significantly higher when you jump to these models, but keep in mind that the 2.0T comes with several of the base model's option packages as standard. In addition, the Ultimate's list of goodies includes ventilated front seats, heated rears and a panoramic sunroof.

Unlike Hyundais of the not-too-distant past, the Santa Fe Sport is actually more expensive than many of its chief rivals. Then again, the way features are bundled, it's actually fairly easy to find the model with the exact options you want. Many competitors tie desirable features with higher trim levels or upgraded engines, but you can get a premium-spec Santa Fe Sport with the standard motor if you desire. All-wheel drive is also available on every trim; some competitors force you into a more expensive trim if you want an AWD powertrain.

On the road, Hyundai's compact crossover is enjoyable to drive, though its suspension is tuned a bit more firmly than the norm, and that results in an above-average amount of jostling over rough pavement or washboard dirt roads. The Santa Fe Sport's interior is surprisingly roomy, though. Fit and finish is excellent, and high-quality materials, combined with comfortable front seats and an extra-roomy second row, add to the impression of a more expensive vehicle. If the Santa Fe Sport sounds like it could be the perfect addition to your driveway, be sure to use Edmunds' extensive research and inventory tools to find the right model for you.

2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Overview

The 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport is offered in the following submodels: Santa Fe Sport SUV. Available styles include 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 6A), 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl 6A), 2.0T 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A), 2.0T Ultimate 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A), 2.0T 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A), and 2.0T Ultimate 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A).

What do people think of the 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2018 Santa Fe Sport 4.5 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2018 Santa Fe Sport.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2018 Santa Fe Sport featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

Edmunds Scorecard

Overall3.5 / 5

Driving

3.0 / 5

Acceleration3.5 / 5
Braking3.0 / 5
Steering2.0 / 5
Handling3.0 / 5
Drivability3.0 / 5

Comfort

3.5 / 5

Seat comfort4.0 / 5
Ride comfort3.5 / 5
Noise & vibration3.5 / 5
Climate control3.0 / 5

Interior

3.0 / 5

Ease of use3.0 / 5
Getting in/getting out3.0 / 5
Driving position2.5 / 5
Roominess5.0 / 5
Visibility2.5 / 5
Quality2.5 / 5

Utility

4.0 / 5

Small-item storage4.0 / 5
Cargo space3.5 / 5

Technology

3.0 / 5

Audio & navigation2.5 / 5
Smartphone integration4.0 / 5
Driver aids3.5 / 5
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2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T Ultimate 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A)

The 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T Ultimate 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $38,920. The average price paid for a new 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T Ultimate 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A) is trending $7,500 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

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The average savings for the 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T Ultimate 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A) is19.3% below the MSRP.

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2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A)

The 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $33,005. The average price paid for a new 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A) is trending $8,206 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $8,206 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$24,799.

The average savings for the 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A) is24.9% below the MSRP.

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We are showing 2 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburnarea.

2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl 6A)

The 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $27,905. The average price paid for a new 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl 6A) is trending $5,682 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $5,682 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$22,223.

The average savings for the 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl 6A) is20.4% below the MSRP.

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We are showing 21 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl 6A) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburnarea.

2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 6A)

The 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $26,660. The average price paid for a new 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 6A) is trending $5,355 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $5,355 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$21,305.

The average savings for the 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 6A) is20.1% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 2 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 6A) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburnarea.

Which 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sports are available in my area?

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Should I lease or buy a 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport?

Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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