Compare 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe vs 2018 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


If you're shopping for a Hyundai SUV, you might be a bit confused by the difference between the 2018 Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport. Before you head to Vandergriff Hyundai for your test drive, here's what you need to know about these two esteemed models, named as one of the best three-row SUVs for the money by U.S. News and World Report.

Drivers who opt for the two-row Santa Fe Sport can choose between two different powertrains. The base equipment is a four-cylinder engine providing 185 horses paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. You can also upgrade to a 240-hp turbo-four with the same transmission. The former gets an EPA-estimated 21 city/27 highway miles per gallon, and the turbocharged version gets 20/26.

The 2018 Santa Fe comes with a V6 that pushes out 290 horses and gets an EPA-estimated 18/25 city/highway mpg. Both standard front-wheel drive and available all-wheel drive provide an engaging driving experience.


The Santa Fe Sport is the base model of this SUV and can accommodate five passengers in two rows. The larger Santa Fe is a three-row model that can seat up to seven. Both come with two sets of LATCH child safety seat connectors in the second row. From the outside, the SUVs look very similar although the Santa Fe is slightly longer than the Sport.

Each of these models comes in three separate trims, giving you a total of six Santa Fe trims to choose from depending on how large of an SUV you need. Stain-resistant cloth upholstery, a boon for those with young children, is standard in both the Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport.


Base infotainment features in the Santa Fe Sport include a 5-inch display with Bluetooth and a six-speaker stereo, as well as a rearview. The Santa Fe comes standard with a 7-inch touchscreen that offers Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration. It also has HD and satellite radio and dual-zone automatic climate control in the base model.

Both the 2018 Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport can be upgraded with a wealth of driver assistance systems, including blind spot detection, lane change assist, rear cross-traffic alert and rear parking sensors, adaptive cruise control, adaptive headlights with automatic high beams, lane departure warning, and automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection. The Santa Fe is a Top Safety Pick of the Insurance Institute on Highway Safety, while the Santa Fe Sport achieves Top Safety Pick+ designation.

Check out both the two-row Santa Fe Sport and three-row Santa Fe with a test drive at Vandergriff Hyundai. Our friendly sales staff will be happy to assist you in choosing the best SUV for your family's needs.

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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.