The seven-passenger version of the Santa Fe is one of the most pleasant and well-rounded three-row SUVs on the market. It's functional, stylish, and easy to live with. Spacious and accommodating, the Santa Fe has a limo-like rear seat and generous cargo area yet it doesn't feel too bulky to drive or park. The comfortable ride and quiet interior make it a welcome family road trip companion.
Alerts
There is 1 recall on this vehicle. Learn More.

Reliability

Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how used vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system.

Overall Reliability
Most Common Trouble Spots
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The 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe has been recalled 1 time by NHTSA. View Recalls
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POTENTIAL TROUBLE SPOTS
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Engine Minor
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Engine Cooling
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Transmission Major
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Transmission Minor
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Drive System
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Fuel System
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Electric System
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Climate System
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Suspension
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Brakes
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Exhaust
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Paint/Trim
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Body Integrity
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Body Hardware
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Power Equipment
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In-car Electronics
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Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey for about 420,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2019 vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system. NA 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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Owner Reported Trouble Spots

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

Transmission Minor

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

What Owners Say

Rough shifting

"When trying to accelerate to enter highway or pass another vehicle the clutch will sometimes not shift into gear and the engine will increase in speed, but the vehicle will not gain speed. It takes 5 to 10 seconds for this to clear up and I can then continue riving. I've taken the car to the dealer but the service manager told me it's a problem they all have with the double clutch system when the transmission sometimes gets between gears and clutches. It's very dangerous when other vehicles are going faster and I can't merge onto the freeway with them. Was almost hit a couple of times and had to move to the shoulder to let other cars and trucks by until the clutches engaged and I could start gaining sped again."

Lee P., TX (2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Ultimate 3.3-L V6)
Slipping transmission

"When trying to accelerate to enter highway or pass another vehicle the clutch will sometimes not shift into gear and the engine will increase in speed, but the vehicle will not gain speed. It takes 5 to 10 seconds for this to clear up and I can then continue riving."

Lee P., TX (2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Ultimate 3.3-L V6)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Other/unsure

"On the freeway the system slow you down. Around town it only has beep. It does not slow the car down. The dealer check this out and it works with back up of headquarters.i I have had Close calls and had to stop."

Anonymous, NV (2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Ultimate 3.3-L V6)

"It took 7 trips to dealer to fix problem. Cruse control, emergency breaking are all controlled by same computer. When one does not they all do not work."

Ercell B., CA (2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Ultimate Limited 3.3-L V6)

Brakes

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

What Owners Say

Pulsation or vibration

"The brakes began to pulsate on moderate to high speed braking when slowing at a medium or more braking pressure from the first week of ownership. It has gotten worse over time. You can also hear a growling sound from the front during heavy braking. It does not affect the actual performance in terms of safety. During normal stopping it is not noticed. I will be taking to dealer and expecting to have new front brake rotors installed."

Daniel E., CA (2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Ultimate 3.3-L V6)
Rotors

"Rotors had to be turned from sitting on lot. Dealer took care of problem and they are fine now. This was noted on first day of delivery."

Thomas J., FL (2018 Hyundai Santa Fe SE 3.3-L V6)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"The spoiler on the hatch became loose"

Philip S., OR (2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Ultimate Limited 3.3-L V6)

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

Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"This was repaired on a recall and I am not sure how to describe exactaly what was involved .see recent recalls. CBH"

C H., FL (2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Ultimate Limited 3.3-L V6)

Body Integrity

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

What Owners Say

Squeaks or rattles

"Problem related to engine speed, and appears to be part of the drive train."

Anonymous, LA (2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Ultimate Limited 3.3-L V6)

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

Gauges

"Outside temperature sensor not accurate in winter."

Chris B., ON (2018 Hyundai Santa Fe SE 3.3-L V6)

Engine Minor

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

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.

Climate System

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

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

Drive System

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

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.

Engine Cooling

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

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.

Engine Major

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

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This score shows whether the model had more or fewer problems overall than the average model of that year, calculated from the total number of problems reported by subscribers in all 17 trouble spots.
Recalls
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STEERING:WHEEL AND HANDLE BAR
Feb 17 2018
A steering wheel separation while driving can cause a loss of vehicle control and increase the risk of a crash.
Summary:
Hyundai Motor America (Hyundai) is recalling certain 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport vehicles. The steering wheel assembly may break, possibly resulting in the steering wheel separating from the steering column while driving.
What should you do:
Hyundai will notify owners, and dealers will check the production lot number of the steering wheel assembly, replacing it as necessary, free of charge. The recall began on March 26, 2018. Owners may contact Hyundai customer service at 1-855-371-9460. Hyundai's number for this recall is 173.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 18V118000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 41070
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