2018 Hyundai Santa Fe vs Santa Fe Sport Comparison

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


Hyundai has stepped up its game for the 2018 model year. Whether you opt for the regular 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe or the zippy 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport, you will be getting a vehicle that is sturdy, reliable, and user-friendly. Both cars come with a long list of standard safety and infotainment features, and each has powertrain options that make driving these vehicles rather enjoyable. While the Sport looks slightly more contemporary and upscale on the interior, both vehicles are pleasing to the eye and pack a ton of comfort.

The base engine for the Santa Fe is a 3.3-L V6 that is capable of generating 290 hp and 252 lb-ft of torque. It is paired up with a 6-speed automatic transmission. You can choose between front- or all-wheel drive, depending on which you prefer. The two Ultimate trims put in an impressively speedy performance, going from 0 to 60 mph in 7.3 seconds. On the Sport, however, this rate is slowed by about one second. For the average driver, it might be hard to tell the difference, and both vehicles have no problem getting up-to-speed on the highway or cruising about town. While both SUVs lack a little bit of ride quality, they have reliable and consistent brakes and provide the driver with an overall secure feeling.


As far as looks go, the Sport has the slight edge over the Santa Fe, although it might be hard to distinguish between these vehicles when looking at them from the exterior. The real distinction between these two vehicles is how they perform, not how they look. The Ultimate and Limited Ultimate trims come with a panoramic sunroof and a convenient hands-free liftgate. On the interior, you can choose between regular seating on the two lower trim levels or captain's chairs in the line-topping Limited Ultimate trim.


Regardless of which vehicle you choose, you will be getting your money's worth when it comes to features. Both vehicles have base trims that come loaded with heated side-view mirrors, LED daytime running lights, a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment display panel, and compatibility with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Additionally, on the higher trims, you can get a multi-camera surround-view system and ventilated front seats.

If you're looking for something that provides a sportier drive quality, opt for the Santa Fe Sport. However, you should keep in mind that both vehicles offer superior comfort, plenty of features, and put in secure and robust driving performances for the model year. If you want to give either (or both) of these vehicles a test drive, call in or stop by Van Hyundai during our business hours to learn more.

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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.