Is it pronounced “Hi-un-die” or “Hun-day”? Please tell me how to properly pronounce it in the comments below.

Anyway, the Hyundai Santa Fe is getting a redesign for 2018.  As boring and as yawn-inducing as Hyundai has been as a car manufacture, this new Santa Claus looks pretty good.  The 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe looks a lot less like a plastic toy car as it did in 2010, which seems to be a direction that Hyundai is taking with all their cars; Thank The Almighty for that…The whole model range just a handful of years ago was made specifically for people who do not care about what they look like.  At all (Okay, i’ll exclude the Veloster Turbo…But guess what they don’t make anymore?).

The Exterior:

2018 Hyundai Santa Fe
Yummy.

The 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe changes on the exterior aren’t extreme, but noticeable.  The lower fascia is pointier, and overall it is a sharper look.  Even since 2016, the Santa Fe has come quite a ways.  Those weird alien-bug eyes are gone, and replaced with this almost Mercedes-esque (I said Mercedes-esque…Doesn’t mean it looks like a Mercedes, just has a similar vibe.) sharp, pointed headlights.  The 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe is getting close to just being a run-of-the-mill sport SUV with the styling, though.

 

If you squint hard enough, you can see some sort of Subaru crossed with a Mazda CX-9 or CX-5.  It does always seem like Hyundai has a hard time getting its own special place out there, but baby steps are being taken.  I don’t think this new Santa Fe looks bad, either.  I think it’s pretty sharp, actually.

2018 Hyundai Santa Fe sport

Now, the rear of the 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe sport is the most clearly Hyundai thing on this SUV.  Mainly attributed to the super unique exhaust tips.  Hyundai’s main design cue are those square-but-not-square tips on their cars and I like them a lot.  They add a bit of character to the rear.  Honestly, if Hyundai put some standard tips or some small circle tip on the end of the exhaust pipes, it would kill any uniqueness that this Santa Fe has left…Besides the badges. I know the Limited trim level has more conventional tips, but it still does look good on the SUV.

Overall though, a sharp design for an SUV that sells surprisingly well.

The Interior:

2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Interior
I hope you weren’t expecting too much…

You have to understand that Hyundai customers are not 100% concerned about looking the best out of all their friends.  They like their A-B cruiser, and that’s totally fine.  But I am really indifferent about the Santa Fe’s cabin.

2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Interior

The 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe’s interior does have some cool shapes too it, but the silver and black plastic in the center control stack just looks so tacky and outdated.  Outdated is a strong theme in here unfortunately for this vehicle, and it makes me sad.  But I have to keep remembering that looking flashy and being…modern doesn’t concern people in Hyundai’s.  How I wish the exterior designers could help the interior designers.

The Santa Fe Sport will seat 5, and there will also be an extended option to seat 7 passengers comfortably.  One thing the Sante Fe does perfectly is practicality.

The Performance:

We can expect a few power plants here.  A base 2.4L four cylinder, a rather odd for the industry 3.3L V6 and of course a 2.0L turbocharged four cylinder.  Power ranges from 185 HP to 290 HP, which is plenty enough for anything you could need it for.  You don’t need 400 HP in a commuter SUV.  The whole line up of Santa Fe’s are populated by a 6-speed automatic transmission.  Safety features include lane-keep assist, multi-view cameras, pedestrian sensor and auto start-stop.  Again, a perfect A-B commuter.  This, however, is another small SUV that, for some reason, has a sport drive mode.  I’d be really curious to see what the “Sport” drive mode fairs in a 200 HP Santa Fe…Track day, anyone?

The Specs: 

Vehicle Type: SUV
Powertrain: 2.4L 4 cyl, 2.0L T 4 cyl, 3.3L V6 
Gearbox: 6-speed automatic 
Power: 185 – 290 HP
MPG: 25 Highway, 18 City 
Torque: 178 – 252 Lb-Ft. 
Length: 193 Inches (4.90 Meters) (est.)
Width: 74 Inches (1.87 Meters) (est.)
Height: 67 Inches (1.70 Meters) (est.)
Top Speed: 150 MPH (241 KPH) (limited)
Seating: 5-9
Wheelbase: 110.2 Inches (2.79 Meters) (est.)
0-60 MPH (0-120 KPH): 9 – 7.5 (est.)
Base Price: $30,000 (est.)

 

Sum It Up: 

Hyundai has come a long way, but there is definitely a ways to go for whatever their plan is.  Honestly I can’t complain, though.  Hyundai sells tons and tons of Santa Fe’s every year and it’s easy to see why.  They’re an affordable and super practical option for a bulletproof SUV.  And now, they look better than ever.  There is no doubt in my mind that the 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe will be bought up like hotcakes.

The 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe release date will be later this year.  Most likely in the Fall time, they will be hitting showroom floors.  Luckily, the new Santa Fe will have much more style than its past renditions.  Something I could really get used to.

 

 

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