Compare 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe vs 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport

2018 Hyundai Santa Fe vs 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport

Hyundai Santa Fe

  • Standard Engine3.3L V6
  • Horsepower290
  • MPG (city/hwy) *18 / 25
  • Seats7

Hyundai Santa Fe Sport

  • Standard Engine2.4L I4
  • Horsepower185
  • MPG (city/hwy) *21 / 27
  • Seats5

Specs at a Glance


Although seemingly doomed as an also-ran when it debuted in the 2001 model year, the Hyundai Santa Fe has steadily risen as a remarkable midsize crossover SUV, thanks to an admirable blend of style, economy, performance, and class-leading warranty coverage. And in 2012, when Hyundai unleashed the third-generation model, the Santa Fe came with a variant that turned up the notch in terms of sportiness and fuel efficiency while removing one of the three rows of seats. Suffixed as “Sport,” this model joins the regular Santa Fe for the 2018 model year, as the nameplate closes out its third production cycle.

For enthusiastic performance on the road, you can pick either the 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe and the 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport. The regular version derives its propulsion from the Lambda II, a 3.3-liter V6 that provides 290 horsepower and 252 lb-ft of torque. The Santa Fe Sport does not have the Lambda engine, but it goes with a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline 4-cylinder (I4) named Theta II, which also has a significant measure of peppiness. It generates 240 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. Each engine is mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission, which has SHIFTRONIC® technology for enabling you to change gears on demand. Although front-wheel drive is standard on both vehicles, you can opt for all-wheel drive instead to enable better performance on all types of driving surfaces. Thanks to its smaller, I4 engine, the Santa Fe Sport can maximize its fuel economy numbers to 21 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway. The maximum gas mileage on the regular model is 18/25 mpg.


The exterior differences between the Santa Fe and the Santa Fe Sport are subtle. A shortened body style and increased flow between the front fascia and headlights give the Santa Fe Sport a slightly more aggressive appearance. At the base level, they share exterior features such as dual power manual-folding side mirrors, a rear spoiler, and projector halogen headlights with LED accents. However, due to its larger and more powerful engine, the Santa Fe has a chrome-tipped dual exhaust system. Plus, it has side-mirror heating ability, LED daytime running lights, and roof side rails (which would require an upgrade in trim on the Sport), and on upper-level trims Hyundai adds LED fog lamps for deeper and more penetrating illumination.


As a vehicle with three rows of seats for accommodating up to seven people, the regular 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe provides a passenger space of 146.6 cubic feet. The Sport, as a two-row five-seater, supplies 108 cubic feet. At the base level, the Santa Fe includes features such as an 8-way power driver seat with 4-way power lumbar support, remote keyless entry, a rearview camera, downhill brake control, Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™ for smartphone-based control, HD Radio™, dual-zone automatic climate control, the Blue Link® suite of car care services and remote-access functions, Bluetooth® wireless technology, six-speaker audio with AM/FM radio and a CD player, a three-month trial subscription to SiriusXM® satellite radio, and a 7-inch display. Standard features like Blue Link®, HD Radio™, dual-zone automatic climate control, driver-side power, and satellite radio service are only available on the Santa Fe Sport as optional or on upper-level trims. In addition, it has a 5-inch display instead of the 7-inch. Ultimately, though, both variants are united in getting the top-level TOP SAFETY PICK+ designation from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety for their performance on the organization’s crash safety tests.

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MSRP excludes destination charges, tax, title, and license fees. Destination charges and actual dealer prices may vary. Vehicles displayed may contain optional equipment at additional cost.

* EPA estimates for comparison. Your actual mileage will vary with options, driving conditions, driving habits, and vehicle's condition. Some accessories are not available on some models. While the information contained in this website was correct at time of publishing, specifications and equipment can change. Hyundai reserves the right to change product specifications and equipment at any time without incurring obligations. Some vehicles are shown with optional equipment. Specifications apply to U.S. vehicles only. Please contact your Hyundai dealer for current vehicle specifications.

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