2018 Hyundai Santa Fe

2018 Hyundai Santa Fe

The 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe does what it does very well and without much fanfare. You can do that when you're as good as the Santa Fe is at giving families what they're looking for--three rows in a midsize crossover that's a joy to drive.

Why Buy the 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe?

The Hyundai Santa Fe is quite appealing to both crossover SUV and minivan buyers because of its accessible design. From the side you'll get the hint of minivan (without the sliding doors) with a front grille that's kind of expected these days. This year, the reshaped front bumper and LED fog lights give a modern air to the whole look of the Hyundai. It's obviously no Optima in the style stakes, but an Optima can't handle the big family duties the Santa Fe takes comfortably in its stride. Such a family focused vehicle needs to rate highly for safety, and you don't get better than a five star rating from the NHTSA and the coveted Top Safety Pick+ rating from the IIHS.

Climbing into the 2018 Santa Fe, you'll immediately notice how big it is and how much room you have for cargo and passengers. It's actually not the biggest model in its class, but clever packaging makes the most of the available dimensions. You can specify the Hyundai as a six or seven seater, and there's plenty of leg and head room for everyone in the front two rows. The third-row is small and really only suitable for children, because this is one of the few midsize SUVs that actually gives you the third row option. Safe and smart looking is one thing, but what about performance? The Santa Fe is no puny four-cylinder. In fact, the Santa Fe's standard engine is a 3.3-liter V-6 that develops 290 horsepower and 252 lb.-ft. of torque. The Santa Fe more than up to coping with a full load of passengers and cargo and it can even tow as much as 5,000 pounds if you want it to.

Is the Hyundai Santa Fe a Good Car?

The answer to this question depends on the person asking it, but Edmunds asked owners and drivers to weigh in. The consumer reviews of the 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe seem to indicate that the Santa Fe is a good car, with an overall rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars. JD Power gave the 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe a 4 star rating for predicted reliability.

Is the Hyundai Santa Fe a 4-Wheel Drive?

No, the 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe is not currently equipped with a 4-Wheel Drive option. You can, however, opt for the all-wheel drive version on any Santa Fe trim.