2018 Santa Fe vs. Santa Fe Sport

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For Tuscaloosa, Alabama, families in search of an SUV, both the 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe and the Santa Fe Sport make excellent choices. However, each will appeal to a different type of driver since they have many differences despite their similar names and styling.


The first thing you will notice as you compare the 2018 Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport is their overall size. While both are SUVs, the Santa Fe is definitely the larger of the two. This makes it a little harder to find parking for the Santa Fe if you visit Capitol Park. Due to this larger size, the Santa Fe also has a higher starting cost, partially due to materials. To give you an idea of how they differ in size, the Santa Fe Sport has a 106.3-inch wheelbase and is 185 inches long. By contrast, the Santa Fe has a 110.2-inch wheelbase and is 193.1 inches long.

Seating and Cargo Capacity

Unsurprisingly, the 2018 Santa Fe can hold more passengers and cargo than the Santa Fe Sport since it is larger. The Santa Fe has three rows of seating for up to seven passengers. Meanwhile, the Santa Fe Sport can fit up to five passengers in two rows. Keep in mind how many people you need to fit on your way to Archibald & Woodrow’s BBQ or the Metro Diner.

Either SUV will give you more than enough cargo space for the average person, with the Santa Fe Sport offering 71.5 cubic feet with the rear seats folded down or 35.4 cubes with them upright. While the Santa Fe only has 13.5 cubes behind the third row of seats, it has more than its smaller counterpart behind the second row at 40.9 cubic feet. With just the front seats occupied, the Santa Fe can hold up to 80 cubic feet of cargo, a full 8.5 more than the Santa Fe Sport.

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Engines and Efficiency

Due to the size differences in the Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport, they also have different engines. The smaller and lighter Santa Fe Sport simply doesn’t need as much power to get moving around Tuscaloosa. With the Santa Fe Sport, you can choose from a 185-horsepower 2.4-liter 4-cylinder and a 240-horsepower 2-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder. All 2018 Santa Fe models use a 290-horsepower 3.3-liter V6. While the Santa Fe is more powerful, the Santa Fe Sport is the more efficient of the two. However, both perform respectably, saving you money you can spend at DePalma’s Italian Cafe. The Santa Fe gets up to 18 city/25 highway/21 combined. The Santa Fe Sport gets up to 21 city/24 combined and 27 or 28 mpg on the highway, depending on the trim.

Whether you know which Hyundai SUV you want to drive around Tuscaloosa, Alabama, or need help deciding, the experts at Tuscaloosa Hyundai will gladly answer your questions and guide you through the car-buying process.