The new 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe might lack the attention that other three-row crossovers command, but it comes with an intricate balance between style, comfort, and power that very few can match. Also, the fact that it offers a competitive price tag might sway your decision in its favor. Its release date should be expected sometime in early 2018.
Highlights for 2018 include an easy-to-use technology interface, a strong V6 engine, a classy interior design, a lengthy warranty, and a generous list of standard features. The Santa Fe might not be the newest or the biggest three-row crossover, but is worth checking out. In fact, it can be an obvious choice for anyone looking for a crossover SUV with three rows of seating.
It lacks the name recognition that some of its rivals ride upon, but that doesn’t deter its determination to be a top choice in the segment. Solid reasons have been provided by Hyundai on why the Santa Fe should be a top pick. Some of these include a generous head- and legroom, a seven-passenger seating capacity, and an ambient cabin. The third-row bench, however, isn’t suitable for adults and should only be left for elementary school going children.
The cabin offers impressively rich materials that offer the Santa Fe’s interior an attractive and clean design. The controls are simple, well-laid out and driver-centric. You also won’t have to worry about operating the touchscreen interface even if you find your phone’s apps to be a bewilderment.
Under the hood, the new 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe is mostly unchanged and only the suspension system gets some handling and steering improvements. The V6 engine offered is hush and potent, but disappoints big time when it comes to acceleration. On the upside though, you will hardly find another vehicle that offers the kind of ride composure, refinement, and steering precision that the Santa Fe offers.
This is one vehicle that offers an easy-to-drive demeanor devoid of major faults that other three-row crossover SUVs are largely known for. Of course, exploration of options should be among your greatest strengths whenever you want to purchase a new vehicle, and it is our duty to ensure you get the right pick by offering its alternatives.
That said, alternatives you should consider before making your decision include the “A” rated 2018 Toyota Highlander – a perennial leader in this segment, and the redesigned 2018 Honda Pilot. Others include the 2018 Ford Flex, and the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse.
Offered Trims – 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe
The six- or seven passenger 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe midsize crossover SUV is offered in only trims: SE and Limited.
Exterior Changes & 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Interior Review
Standard accessories and features available on the Santa Fe SE model include a rearview camera, a telescopic-and-tilt steering wheel, roof rails, 18” alloy wheels, a flat-folding third-row 50/50-split seat, an eight-way power driver seat, full power accessories, cruise control, windshield wiper de-icer, a sliding and reclining second-row 40/20/40-split seat, Hyundai’s Blue Link telematics, iPod/USB integration, a six-speaker sound system, Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity, a 4.3” touchscreen display, a satellite and HD radio, and heated front seats.
All the contents of the SE are included by the Santa Fe Limited plus a panoramic sunroof, a 115-V power outlet, an 8” touchscreen interface, ventilated and heated front seats, a rear parking sensor, driver memory settings, a navigation system, LED taillights, xenon headlights, and a 10-speaker system.
More details on various optional packages, standalone items, and exterior and interior colors should be expected on its release date.
2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Engine Specs
Under the hood of the 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe is a 3.3L V6 engine rated at 290 hp and 252 lbs. ft. of torque. Both trim levels comes equipped with a six-speed automatic transmission system and a choice of either a FWD or an AWD system.
The FWD models, according to EPA, should return 18/25/21 mpg in the city/highway/combined, and 18/24/20 mpg for their AWD counterparts.
With the ultimate package, various tests have concluded you only require a time of 7.7 seconds to get past 60 mph.
Towing capacity for the 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe on a fully loaded capacity stands at 5,000 pounds.
2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Release Date & Price
2018 Hyundai Santa Fe release should be expected sometime in early 2018. As for the price, don’t be shocked when you see a price tag of $30,400 when it goes for sale.