The Santa Fe Sport is a stylish and well-equipped two-row mid-sized SUV. It has much to recommend it, since it strikes a nice balance in price and size between a small and midsized SUV.  The Sport comes with lots of features for the money. It's also roomy, comfortable, fuel-efficient, and stylish. The ride is composed, and the cabin is relatively quiet.
Alerts
There are 2 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit.
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

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Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
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Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
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Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
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Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
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Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS and ESC standard. Side and head protection air bags standard.
Road Test

The Santa Fe Sport is a stylish and well-equipped two-row mid-sized SUV. It has much to recommend it, since it strikes a nice balance in price and size between a small and midsized SUV. 

The Sport comes with lots of features for the money. It's also roomy, comfortable, fuel-efficient, and stylish. The ride is composed, and the cabin is relatively quiet. The base 185-hp, 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine provides ample motivation. Combining this with the very smooth and responsive six-speed automatic transmission returned a very good 23 mpg overall. The interior has a high-quality look and feel; it's not exactly luxurious but well made and nicely finished.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
AWD , Front
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

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Body Styles
4-door SUV
Transmissions Available
  • 6-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 2-liter 4 turbo (264 hp)
  • 2.4-liter 4 (185 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

Android Auto

"Seems problematic when both paired phones are in car. (Bluetooth issue) We have Samsung phones and Android Auto would function sporadically with Samsung USB cable. Found that cable cannot exceed 3' in length and must be cable capable of transmitted large volume of data. Heavy duty of sorts. Such cables are hard to find, dealer was of no help."

Donald R., PA (2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"smart phone and car info system does not pair"

Anonymous, FL (2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"Does not respond correctly to spoken inputs"

Sharon F., KS (2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Ultimate 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The GPS is always rebooting ,very slow response on startup"

Anonymous, FL (2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"Hyundai's system seems to have a problem when both paired phones are in car at same time. Even though one is designated as primary it causes issues with Android auto navigation, and operation of phone,sending & receiving, texting & emails"

Donald R., PA (2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The issue involves using the phone as a music source with the Bluetooth system. Intermittent problems include: Music information either not displaying properly or not at all. Occasionally control through the system (Steering wheel controls) limited to volume only. Skipping forward/Back occasionally does not work."

Anonymous, (2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Radio

"Scratchy reception from the beginning. Numerous visits to dealer. Never fixed. Living with it."

Anonymous, (2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Software update fixes

"An engine software update from Hyundai. To me this is related to the issues associated with Direct Injection and the caking up of the intake valves. Don't know if Hyundai has been completely honest with their customers on this issue."

Anonymous, KY (2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Steering wheel controls

"Shortly aftger delivery, the cruise control buttons on the steering wheel would not activate the the cruise control feature. While the cruise control indicator light showed in the instrument/would not engage. I double checked the manual to be certain I was properly using the buttons - I was, but the problem persisted. I took the vehicle in for repair and the dealer found the problem was a burnt out fuse. Once a new fuse was installed, the cruise contal has worked fine and consistently without any further problems."

Anonymous, OH (2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.4L 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Voice control commands

"Does not respond correctly to spoken inputs or commands for either phone or navigation"

Sharon F., KS (2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Ultimate 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Engine computer

"The engine ran ruff and at times had no power.... it took dealer 2 months to figure it out..."

Anonymous, NY (2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Ultimate 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Engine sensor (P1326 knock sensor) caused engine to go into safe or limp mode on two occasions. The first time caused the vehicle to be at the Hyundai dealer service dept for over 40 days, mostly waiting for replacement parts.. The second occasion caused vehicle to out of service to me for about 7 days. I believe Hyundai could have replaced both parts at the same time, saving me a second visit and inconvenience."

Tim F., MO (2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"only gave us a problem once. needed ecm update was fixed at the nearest Hyundai dealership"

Anonymous, CT (2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Engine knock or ping

"The installation of the new knock sensor was done because unless detected the faulty bearing in the engine could have caused injury or death. So the software executed correctly and disabled the engine to go a long distance in order for immediate diagnosis. The problem existed in all Santa Fe Sports, 2013-2018."

Anonymous, MN (2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.4L 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Hyundai has a major engine recall problem with months wait to get a replacement for a failed engine"

William W., FL (2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Ultimate 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"It is on a 3-yr lease, exp. 11/17/2020. Began auto trip MN to Tucson for a 6 week stay. Dealer installed a recall item 5 days prior to leaving. No explanation. I had called to see if it was ready for a 1600 mile trip. Dealer said yes except for the recall item. When on the east bypass of Ks. City the engine boomed and stopped. The message screen said to go to the nearest Hyundai dealership immediately. That was Lawrence Ks. Car was under full warranty with 8000 miles on it. It was one of about 700,000 Hyundais that had the recall with the dangerous engine in it. Various models, 2013-2018. I later found out that the worst that could happen is it would explode and kill the occupants. I had received NO prior notice of such and, as I have always done, checked with my car dealer prior to embarking on a long trip. It may have saved my life. With extra travel time and huge inconveniences, we were reimbursed for all expenses except a motel expense for the extra night that it took due to the time getting the rental, a much inferior Mitsubichi van. The motel for the extra night was about $200. One motel in Wichita waived the policy that prevented a refund for a no-show when I called and explained the situation. But the longer driving schedule required and extra night. The regional mgr. of Hyundai would not allow the local dealer's attempt to get me reimbursed. I learned that Hyundai Corporate has structured their regional dealer-territories to be in intense competition with little cooperation with each other to be consumer friendly. The new engine works much better and the engineering flaw was avoided. Do I want another car from a company that uses sub-par engineering and takes five years to send out a recall and BREAKS THE FEDERAL LAW by not notifying me of the potential danger of DEATH that might result? No thanks. Maybe you should consider my documented experience and see how many others have encountered the engine problem and how many of them ended up driving their own personal crematorium. BOB KARP Prior Lake, MN"

Anonymous, MN (2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Headlights

"Moisture accumulates in the headlights, actually freezes in the climate drops below 32"

Anonymous, PA (2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The LED tracking headlights are awful for rural driving especially on hilly, curving terrain. They do not readjust quickly enough and leave dark spots in the driver's vision. Not good, especially with the number of deer and other animals in rural areas. The high beam to low beam auto adjustment does the same thing. The headlights shine in a heart shape giving a darkness at the top of the heart also. They also illuminate too low of a section of the road. We do not drive this vehicle after dark unless we are familiar with the roads. All of the passengers we have transported after dark have noticed this."

Eric J., MI (2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Ultimate 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Fog lamp switch failed"

Anonymous, AB (2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Ultimate 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"On low beam the headlights leave visual dark spots in areas that need to be lit. The self adjustment feature is even worse in that respect. The self adjustment feature leaves huge areas unlit while traveling curvy or hilly roads. This is very disconcerting when meeting oncoming vehicles. The low beams shine in a heart shaped pattern, do not project out very far, so at the top of the heart it is dark and that is the spot where the road center and oncoming traffic appear. WE HATE THE HEADLIGHTS and are very glad that this is a two year lease. We do not drive this vehicle after dark unless we know the roads. Have tried not using the self adjusting feature, and it makes no difference in visibility."

Anonymous, MI (2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Ultimate 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Rough shifting

"The transmission is hesitant and does not properly respond to accelerator input. This at times has been dangerous especially when going from a roll to merge into oncoming traffic. Car severely hesitates when pressing the accelerator. Have complained to dealer about performance and they say there is nothing that can be done. It is a problem with the dual clutch transmission."

Anonymous, WA (2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Ultimate 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Hyundai did a software/ firmware upgrade. Shifting at 40 mph was much smoother, but not totally corrected."

Anonymous, (2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Ultimate 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Transmission rough shifting. Jumping Dealership terrible."

Anonymous, NC (2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Ultimate 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Transmission computer

"Reset computer 3 times. Not fixed"

Anonymous, NC (2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Ultimate 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Seals and/or weather-stripping

"We normally keep the car in a garage, however it had to sit out for a week in heavy frequent rain. We still have to take it to a dealer for diagnosis, but suspect the seals around the sun/moon roof leaked."

Anonymous, MA (2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Ultimate 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Squeaks or rattles

"I've reported this rattle to the Hyundai service tech writer during my last 3 times as a customer there. Once of the 3 times reported they documented about a different rear cargo area rattle but have never commented about this rattle. Rear passenger door rattle when hitting bumps, a noise that is a clicking, metallic, non-normal, noise either inside of door or underneath carriage in that area."

Anonymous, OH (2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Unsure 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Wind noise

"Excessive wind noise at highway speeds and in windy conditions both driver and passenger side windows, Dealer worked on problem 3 or 4 times, changed seals and insulation helped some but noise still present and dealer said was with in limits."

Richard M., AZ (2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Driveline vibration

"Vehicle makes a grinding type noise when moving."

Anonymous, NY (2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Electrical failure

"Battery is dead all the time after parking the car for as little as 2 weeks. Hyundai claims everything is fine, but we had to jump the car probably 8 to 10 times so far"

Anonymous, WI (2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Engine rebuild or replacement

"Called dealer 9 days prior to 1600 mile trip to see if anything was needed. A recall: knock sensor detection system as part of improvement campaign. (number 953) Had I known what it was to detect, I would not have taken it on a long trip. The engine needed to be replaced the first day near Kansas City, driving from Minneapolis. Hyundai pd for a crappy Mitsubitchi for the next 5 weeks. Am still owed for 2 motels. Dealer in Lawrence KS has not contacted me since. Terrible communications. Car works better now. I had planned to purchase at end of lease. Not presently. Over a million Hyundais recalled for the new sensor. No press releases; nothing in the media about this huge engineering fiasco. Talk about a ruined trip, frustration and stress...."

Anonymous, MN (2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.4L 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"New engine is fine. The Hyndai corporate structure is faulty and a danger to consumers. I couldn't even get a mechanical statement from the very nice and empathetic Lawrence shop manager, who did all he could to get my motel reimbursement. Regional managers don't work with their counteparts, let alone a consumer residing outside his region!"

Anonymous, MN (2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Evaporator

"Unit has been repaired 3 times."

Anonymous, FL (2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Ultimate 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Drain plug became clogged. Started leaking in passenger area."

Anonymous, ON (2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

Engine harness

"problem started when driving up to maine from ct. engine started bogging out, hesitating on highway, almost stalling. called roadside, had it towed to nearest Hyundai dealer. replaced part of the engine harness and did engine cpu upgrade. took bout 4hrs. then back on the road again. one of the reasons we bought Hyundai was the long extended warranty coverage which is a good thing."

Anonymous, CT (2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"On 3/31/19 at 70MPH engine went into a "Limp Home Mode (LHM))" and shut down except for minimal power to get to closest dealer, wiring harness finally replaced 5/2/19. On 1/21/20 "LHM" happens again @70MPH, car makes it to closest dealer where the "knock sensor" is replaced in a timely manner. These 2 incidents after the knock sensor computer module was replaced under their campaign back on 3/14/19. Car still under 14k miles because I don't want to drive it."

Anonymous, OH (2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Unsure 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Tire wear is uneven

"All four tires are "cupped" giving a noisy ride and vibration in the steering wheel.Neither the dealer or Hyundai USA have been able to assist in determining the cause."

Anonymous, MO (2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

"While I was going to Drs. opt,in heavy highway traffic, a truck 2 veh. in front , lost an extension ladder that I could not see. I ran over ladder, damaging eminisions."

Anonymous, NC (2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Glass defects

"Sun roof shattered"

Anonymous, CO (2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Ultimate 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

"Transmission rebuild. Can quit moving"

Anonymous, (2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Ultimate 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"3bcolor matched wheels have had to be replaced as the clear coat finish started peeling off. My purchase dealership has now ordered a fourth wheel as it is now peeling as well. Apparently a known problem."

Anonymous, WA (2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Ultimate 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Other/unsure

"Light came on briefly and was detected by the Hyundai Blue Link monthly check. Entire system was checked out and all was ok."

Anonymous, TX (2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.4L 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

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