2018

Hyundai Santa Fe Sport

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.
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Overall Owner Satisfaction

Consumer Reports’ Annual Owner Satisfaction Survey can improve the chances of finding a compatible car match. How? Our survey data reveals whether, all things considered, owners would buy the same car again. The answer to that question is what determines our owner-satisfaction rating, which is a powerful piece of intel because it predicts how well a particular model will satisfy other owners.

Overall Owner Satisfaction

Owner Satisfaction with:

Driving Experience

Includes acceleration and handling

What Owners Say

"very good for a less expensive mid sized vehicle"

Anonymous, DE (2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"So many safety features on this car. I love that it is loaded with these features and drives so well - all at such a good price point."

Anonymous, FL (2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"Very comfortable ride. The center console is too low and not balanced with the arm rest."

Charles K., TX (2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"doesn"t accelerate well, body lean while cornering"

Anonymous, IL (2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"For a four-cylinder engine with the turbo it accelerates better than any V-8 I’ve ever owned extremely fast powerful and handling is superb"

Michael S., CO (2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"Its hard to believe that this suv has only a small four cylinder engine. Acceleration is very good and high way speeds not a problem while keep the rpms low."

Ross L., FL (2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"just right"

Terry W., TX (2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"The ride is rough. The acceleration in each of the three driving modes is noisy and sluggish. There seems to be some body sway when swerving around an object in the road. We had to change the factory tires within 1500 miles because they rode so rough and noisy."

Mark B., MI (2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"car is very responsive and handles good but steering can be a little too tight"

Thomas R., KY (2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"Lacks acceleration in comparison to the v6 full size Santa Fe."

Anonymous, WI (2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"Smooth acceleration and handling on both city streets and highway."

Bryan D., WI (2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"I have the turbo. Very happy with the performance"

Anonymous, FL (2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"Acceleration is sluggish. Handling feel more like a truck."

Mary H., IN (2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"The self adjusting headlights are the absolute worst thing. They keep us from driving at night. They are awful when the road is curvy or hilly, leaving dark spots in vision because they do not adjust correctly for those road conditions This is a leased vehicle that I intended to purchase at the end. No longer the case"

Anonymous, MI (2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"The handling of the vehicle is extremely easy, acceleration is always reliable, climate control is spot on and the safety technology is most impressive. I especially like the approaching vehicle warning when in reverse, cruise control and lane departure warning."

Anonymous, WA (2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"Great acceleration and very useful on passing in 2 lane highways. I drove through mountain roads and handling was very good. Felt like a sport car."

Anonymous, ON (2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"excellent acceleration, handles well."

Anonymous, PA (2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"Rides well and handles well for a good size SUV. Different drive modes are nice and provide change."

Peter S., MA (2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"The 4 cylinder is a let down in engine power. Not great on the acceleration."

Cheryl W., WV (2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"Great car. Handles with ease."

Donna S., NC (2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"Super acceleration when needed! Very quick and agile."

Anonymous, TN (2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"Very sporty and responsive"

Don B., OH (2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"Accelerates well without having to burn extra gas, good cornering & braking. Responsive."

Anonymous, AZ (2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"This vehicle accelerates quite forcefully, which takes a little getting used to. It is the turbo model, so it is expected to respond quickly but even still, the power on acceleration is surprising."

Sharon W., AL (2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"Engine needs more power. Either turbo this engine or a small V6. Also the AWD makes the vehicle wander a bit. Haven't had a chance to use it yet."

Anonymous, NM (2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"I find the acceleration to be a little sluggish at times, but it's an improvement over my previous 2015 Santa Fe Sport."

Anonymous, VA (2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"Fairly nimble, particularly when turbo boost kicks in."

Anonymous, TX (2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

Comfort

Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"Comfortable seats, easy to get in and out. Quiet ride. Good shock absorption (don't feel road)."

Anonymous, AZ (2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"Seats are comfortable for long rides or short. Good adjustments, good side support, a/c and heat and finish."

William C., MD (2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"The seats in my 2018 Santa Fe sport are so comfortable , The seats adjust very well for my size ,"

Michael S., CO (2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"I've found the seats - including the range of adjustment options - to be highly comfortable."

Anonymous, VA (2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"Head support pushes too far forward, even with adjustment. (True of many current vehicles.)"

J P., MN (2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"noise is not a problem, i like the ride, but the the steering wheels position in relation to the seat is just as bad now as it was when I owned my 2009 Santa Fe Sport. It fatigues me in the shoulders and elbow and really really needs an elbow arm rest. The Steering wheel itself has terrible hand cut outs for positioning my hands - position of hands lends to fatigue when driving. Actual seat comfort is just OK, I bought a seat cushion."

Ashley M., IA (2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"Seat is a little narrower than my butt."

Anonymous, NM (2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"The seats are on the firm side of comfortable and there is not a good place to rest your left elbow while driving"

Geoff H., CO (2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"Noise level very low, quieter than the 2011. Ride smooth and responsive. Acceleration significantly slower than the Santa Fe six."

Anonymous, VA (2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"seats not as comfortable as 2008 lexus."

Anonymous, CA (2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"Seats are not as comfortable as my previous car. Although there are good lumbar support controls."

Anonymous, ON (2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"Love the seats, much better than Honda or Toyota for vehicle type. Lumbar support is super important to us."

Anonymous, MA (2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"Stiff ride, little noisy"

Don B., OH (2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"Smooth ride, comfortable driver's seat, very quiet ride- the cabin seems almost insulated from outside noises when the windows are closed. Have had difficulty hearing emergency vehicles until they are very close with the windows closed. Did not have this experience with previous/other vehicles."

Bryan D., WI (2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"It's a very solid and comfortable vehicle."

David E., FL (2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"I have a bad back and the seats can be adjusted to make me forget about the pain. Its also very quiet with little or no outside noise."

Ross L., FL (2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"Quiet cabin. Comfortable ride. Decent sound system."

Anonymous, WI (2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"Seats are comfortable. Heated and cooled!"

Curt L., MD (2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"Very enjoyable to drive. Road noise level is relatively quiet an d adjustable power seats make longer road trips fairly pleasant."

Jim G., NM (2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"AS a base model, the seat comfort, especially on long trips, is not that comfortable."

Mary H., IN (2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"Road noise is a bit annoying at highway speeds"

Alex G., MD (2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

Value

Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?

What Owners Say

"Price seemed reasonable. Fuel economy ok but not as good as my 2013 with identical powertrain. Size is perfect compared to others. lots of features like heated seats, steering wheel. Panoramic sun roof. Leather. Styling a plus."

Anonymous, ON (2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"Spent a great deal of time researching Consumer Reports New Car Buying Guide and test drove a number of vehicles in the mid-size class. Came to the conclusion that for the price and zero percent financing the 2018 Santa Fe was the best deal."

Henry G., NJ (2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"good styling and handling for a mid size SUV"

Terry W., TX (2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"After driving a Dodge Grand Caravan, which I loved, for 22 years, downsizing to the Hyundai was surprisingly easy. It has plenty of comfort and get up and go as well as there's still plenty of room for cargo to fulfill a similar function as the van."

Anonymous, WA (2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"You get a lot of technology that you'd think you'd have to buy a luxury SUV to get. Hyundai has really done a great job on outfitting their cars with the latest technology and safety enhancements."

David E., FL (2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"good dollor value"

Anonymous, CA (2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"I was very pleased with the features and comfort level of this vehicle compared to other makes and models I test drove. Also like the Hyundai warranty."

Jim G., NM (2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"Thought we were getting all the new safety features, but turns out many are only available on the Turbo model."

Anonymous, AR (2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"Lots of features. Really like the safety features. Would be pay much more from another brand"

Curt L., MD (2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"The Santa Fe Sport 2.0T offers a lot of value. Good acceleration , braking, handling and overall performance. And interior is well appointed. IMO."

Dan K., FL (2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"Incredible quality for price."

Anonymous, PA (2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"Excellent value for the money"

Douglas W., ND (2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"I looked at ten different vehicles before deciding on the Hyundai. It came down to safety, warranty, quality of the construction, technology, and how the dealership dealt with me in the selection process. The last consideration was price, but I received a good price, and a very good trade in for a fourteen year old Volvo."

David K., DE (2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"I was looking for a larger vehicle than the Tucson and with some modest towing ability, small boat or utility trailer. Price was good seeing how they were clearing out 2018 inventory for the 2019s. Decent gas mileage also. does around 27-29 on highway."

William C., MD (2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"Priced right for the value & quality of the Sant Fe Sport. Great SUV for the money"

Anonymous, IL (2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"Lower price for level of options compared to competitors. Longer warranty than other companies."

Anonymous, WI (2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"completely satisfied in all regards with this new vehicle"

Anonymous, DE (2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"Best car for the money. My last Santa Fe had 276,000 miles on it when I traded it in. No major problems so I got the same vehicle again."

Anonymous, FL (2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"Car has many safety features that are very easy to use"

Anonymous, MD (2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"Pros: Great value, great SUV. Cons: Infotainment system too slow."

Anonymous, FL (2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"For the price, this car gives you a lot of nice features such as heated/cooled seats, lumbar support, heated steering wheel, apple/android play, and panoramic sunroof."

Anonymous, MA (2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

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Percentage of owners who would definitely purchase that same vehicle again. Owner-satisfaction Ratings are determined by the percentage of those who answered "definitely yes" to the question asked by the Consumer Reports Annual Auto Survey "Considering all factors (price, performance, reliability, comfort, enjoyment, etc.), would you get this car if you had to do it all over again?". If we don’t have sufficient data, a similar model might be used to form the owner-satisfaction score.
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