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Overview (Final Score: B+)

The Hyundai Santa Fe’s appeal is its mixture of affordability and accommodation. The Santa Fe offers comfortable seating for six or seven passengers, a strong-performing V6 engine and plenty of family friendly capability.

The 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe carries over largely unchanged from the excellent 2017 model. There are three trim levels to choose from, each seating six or seven, depending on configuration.

Although the 2018 Santa Fe may not be the best option in the midsize three-row market, it’s certainly one of the more economically appealing because of its value orientation. (The smaller Santa Fe Sport is reviewed separately, here.)

2017 Santa Fe

What We Love About the 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe:

  • Strong reliability expectation and excellent warranty
  • Top safety scores
  • Good value for the money spent, especially at mid-tier trim levels


What We Don’t Love About the 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe:

  • Advanced safety equipment is only available as an expensive add-on option
  • Fuel economy not as good as most competitors
  • Exterior looks are not very standout among contemporaries


2017 Santa Fe

Pricing and Value (9/10)

The 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe continues to be a steady seller, with average pricing in the $34,000 range. This is below the average for the segment where top-sellers like the Ford Explorer often command a few thousand dollars more. This, along with the Santa Fe’s excellent warranty and long-standing admiration from buyers, means that it will likely stay in demand.

We’d recommend getting into the middle or upper tier models of the 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe to find the best value for the dollars spent. At the SE Ultimate trim, the Santa Fe has a compelling mix of accouterments for the price tag.

2017 Santa Fe

Total Score and Competitive Comparison (70/80, 88%)

Competitors are not hard to come by in the three-row midsize segment. Best-sellers and favorites like the Honda Pilot and Toyota Highlander are definite go-to’s and there’s good reason for that. Both are higher priced, on average, than the Santa Fe, but offer a lot of interior room and excellent family ergonomics.

The Mazda CX-9 is often overlooked in this segment, but is also a very good contender against the Santa Fe, as a sportier drive with a very smart interior. Hyundai’s cousin the Kia Sorento is also a great value by comparison for its good interior feel and much lower price point.

Given all of this, the 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe might seem like a middle-road option in the fast-paced midsize crossover market. That would be a correct assessment, but it doesn’t mean that the 2018 Santa Fe should be ignored when you’re shopping. The Santa Fe offers a lot to those who need what it can bring – namely the stately road presence and confident feel to go with the passenger accommodations.

Now you can learn a lot more about the 2018 Santa Fe in the FULL REVIEW.

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