2018 Santa Fe New Car Test Drive
Known for value, Santa Fe is the biggest SUV in the Hyundai lineup, 8.5 inches longer than the Santa Fe Sport. All models have three rows of seating, although it's not the roomiest third row.
The 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe isn't significantly changed from 2017 when it was restyled, so it still looks fairly fresh. The current-generation Santa Fe was introduced as a 2013 model.
Santa Fe SE models get a second-row bench to seat seven total passengers, while Santa Fe Limited models get second-row captain's chairs, seating six.
Santa Fe uses one engine, a 3.3-liter V6 that's getting a bit long in the tooth, mated to a competent six-speed automatic transmission; some rivals (namely Dodge Durango and Honda Pilot) have eight- or nine-speed transmissions, although more gears isn't necessarily better, depends on the smoothness of the transmissions and the torque of the engine. The V6 in the Santa Fe makes a strong 290 horsepower, and is tuned for torque.
Front-wheel drive is standard, all-wheel drive available. The Santa Fe can tow 5000 pounds.
With front-wheel drive, the Santa Fe SE gets an EPA-rated 18 miles per gallon City, 25 mpg Highway, 21 mpg Combined. All-wheel drive drops the rated mileage by one, same as the fully loaded front-wheel-drive Ultimate.
Santa Fe SE ($30,850) gets stain-resistant fabric upholstery, 12-way power driver's seat, dual-zone climate control, AM/FM/XM/CD audio with USB and Bluetooth connectivity, 7.0-inch touchscreen, power windows and doors, cruise control, rearview camera, automatic headlamps, and 18-inch alloy wheels. (All prices are MSRP and do not include destination charge.)
Santa Fe SE Ultimate ($38,850) adds surround-view cameras, parking sensors, heated and ventilated front seats, power passenger seat, 8.0-inch touchscreen, panoramic sunroof, hands-free liftgate, and 19-inch wheels. It also gets standard forward-collision warnings with automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, and lane-departure warnings.
Santa Fe Limited Ultimate ($39,550) includes leather upholstery, heated front seats and steering wheel, second-row captain's chairs, electro-luminescent gauges, blind-spot monitors, rear cross-traffic alert, and lane-change assist.
All-wheel drive ($1750) is available.
Hyundai's BlueLink telematics bring in a suite of services such as remote unlock and start. For 2018, Hyundai adds in three years of free BlueLink service.