What's The Difference Between the Santa Fe & The Santa Fe Sport?

The Hyundai Santa Fe and the Hyundai Santa Fe Sport: Which One is Right for You?

In recent years, Hyundai has managed to build itself up into one of the best brands for drivers in need of a solid SUV. At the center of their efforts? The Hyundai Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport. While they offer similar names and designs, and are both provide a high-quality driving experience, they're also marked by differences that make them better for a variety of different drivers.

If you're interested in a Hyundai SUV, you might be wondering which of the two is better for you. Let's take a look at what they both have to offer.

 
Santa Fe 
Santa Fe Sport 
 

The 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe

Popular among families for its seven-seat passenger capacity and its high safety ratings, the 2018 Santa Fe offers a winning combination of space, durability, and features. While it has one powertrain option, it's more powerful than what you'll get in many of its similar-sized competitors. It also offers some rock-solid options for technology and features, including optional packages that add in some of the market's most desirable active safety systems.

Performance: 3.3-liter V6 (290 horsepower, 252 pounds-feet of torque), 18/25 miles per gallon

Feature Options: Three-Zone Climate Control, Heated Seating, Heated Steering Wheel, Built-In Navigation, Infinity Premium Audio, Hands-Free Smart Liftgate, All-Wheel Drive

Safety Features: Smart Cruise Control, Automatic Emergency Braking, Lane-Departure Warning

Starting Price: $32,000

The 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport

Smaller than the Santa Fe, the Santa Fe Sport offers a compact design that's perfect for smaller families. Complimenting its cozy and attractive interior is an excellent spread of features, both standard and optional. You'll get a lot with the Santa Fe Sport, even if you just invest in its base model. You'll also have options for some decent performance, as well. Its two powertrains, especially its 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4, offer more horsepower and pounds-feet of torque than you'll find in many of its in-class competitors.

Performance: 2.4-liter inline-4 (185 horsepower, 178 pounds-feet of torque, 21/27 miles per gallon), 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 (240 horsepower, 260 pounds-feet of torque, 20/28 miles per gallon)

Feature Options: Keyless Remote Entry, Drive Mode Select, Heated Mirrors, Heated Seating, Push-Button Start, Infinity Premium Audio, Heated Steering Wheel, Ventilated Seating, Power Liftgate

Safety Features: Smart Cruise Control, Automatic Emergency Braking, Lane Departure Warning, Adaptive Headlights, Blind Spot Monitoring

Starting Price: $26,000


Whether the Santa Fe or Santa Fe Sport is right for you depends largely on what you need. Drivers looking for a more affordable SUV, will find a lot to love in the Santa Fe Sport, which starts a full $6,000 cheaper than its larger sibling. The Santa Fe Sport also arguably comes with a better suite of standard features.

Drivers who need more room for passengers, or who even just need a sturdier and more capable vehicle, will find a lot to love in the Santa Fe. Its seven-seat capacity should provide more than enough room for all but the largest families and carpools. Its more powerful engine options, meanwhile, help to make it more versatile than the smaller and more modest Santa Fe Sport.

If you need something big, go with the bigger Hyundai. If you need something smaller? The Hyundai Santa Fe Sport is the SUV for the job.

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Whether you're interested in the 2018 Santa Fe, the 2018 Santa Fe Sport, or another new Hyundai model entirely, Gerald Hyundai has everything you're looking for. Don't hesitate to pay us a visit at our North Aurora location. We're proud to be a source of top quality cars and SUVs for drivers in St. Charles, Aurora, Batavia, Elgin, Naperville, and more.

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