2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Reviews, Ratings & Specs

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Color:  Java Espresso
MSRP
$26,634 - $33,770
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MPG (up to)
18 City / 24 HWY
Horsepower
290
Seats
6-7

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Expert Review

By Kelley Blue Book Editorial Staff

4.0 Overall Score
Performance 4.2Comfort 3.8Styling 4.2Value 4.0

What's New

Fresh off an extensive refresh both inside and out just last year, the 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe gets an upgrade to a premium wood interior trim on models with leather seats. Otherwise the 2018 Santa Fe is unchanged.

Hyundai Santa Fe Models & Trims

chevronDown icon SE $26,634 - $29,223
Horsepower: 290 hp
Engine Type: Regular Unleaded V-6
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 18 X 7.5 (in.) - Aluminum
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chevronDown icon SE Ultimate $30,143 - $33,142
Horsepower: 290 hp
Engine Type: Regular Unleaded V-6
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 19 X 7.5 (in.) - Aluminum
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chevronDown icon Limited Ultimate $30,739 - $33,770
Horsepower: 290 hp
Engine Type: Regular Unleaded V-6
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 19 X 7.5 (in.) - Aluminum
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chevronDown icon 2.4L Sport $26,634 - $29,223
Horsepower: 290 hp
Engine Type: Regular Unleaded V-6
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 18 X 7.5, 19 X 7.5 (in.) - Aluminum
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chevronDown icon 2.0T Sport $26,634 - $29,223
Horsepower: 290 hp
Engine Type: Regular Unleaded V-6
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 18 X 7.5, 19 X 7.5 (in.) - Aluminum
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chevronDown icon 2.0T Ultimate Sport $26,634 - $29,223
Horsepower: 290 hp
Engine Type: Regular Unleaded V-6
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 18 X 7.5, 19 X 7.5 (in.) - Aluminum
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chevronDown icon 2.4L $26,634 - $29,223
Horsepower: 290 hp
Engine Type: Regular Unleaded V-6
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 18 X 7.5, 19 X 7.5 (in.) - Aluminum
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chevronDown icon 2.0T $26,634 - $29,223
Horsepower: 290 hp
Engine Type: Regular Unleaded V-6
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 18 X 7.5, 19 X 7.5 (in.) - Aluminum
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check icon Sun Roof
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check icon Premium Audio
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check icon Blind Spot Monitor
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chevronDown icon 2.0T Ultimate $26,634 - $29,223
Horsepower: 290 hp
Engine Type: Regular Unleaded V-6
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 18 X 7.5, 19 X 7.5 (in.) - Aluminum
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Owner Reviews

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The best feature on the vehicle is the rear camera.

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My vehicle is a pearl white which I absolutely love! The vehicle has 4 wheel drive which is amazing. It also has 3 drive modes. It has regular mode for everyday driving, then it has eco mode for long trips then it has my personal favorite it has sports mode it is for the interstate driving. It also features modes that can help with resistance from the motor from going up and down hill, it also has provides some help to avoid to hydroplaning. It has a front and rear wiper blade with is very convenient. My vehicle also features a rear camera which has amazingly clear imaging. The vehicle also has Bluetooth where I can give my car a command and it responds. The makers of Hyundai also have a blue link app that allows you to crank your car wirelessly. You can tell the app how long you want your engine to run, what degrees to place the air on it is amazing. The last feature that I want to talk about is the seat warmer. I love the seat warmers so much, they are very helpful on those cold mornings between the wireless start and the seat warmers you cannot go wrong with this vehicle!

Marie G
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"Hyundai makes good cars!!".

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This car is comfortable. That is the number one way to describe it. I am a plus sized woman, yet I fit it the seat, and there is lumbar support. It is a nice looking SUV, black with grey interior, but looks like all the other 2018 SUV models out there. Everyone seems to have the same basic design. It handles well on the road, has excellent safety features, gets an average of 20 mpg gas for in town driving. I rarely take it on highways because there is no need to do that for me. It has all the up to date digital functions, most of which I do not use. Stereo is excellent! I do not like that the seat's forward and back movement is manual, a lever in between my feet at the base of the seat. I did not get any extra features due to cost, and do think the price tag is steep, about $34k, but Hyundai's have a habit of living a long time with few problems. Our last one was 15 years old when traded in on this, engine in excellent condition, but little stuff going bad.

Virginia W
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Handling issues with the Hyundai Santa Fe.

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The main problem I have with my Santa Fe is the way it handles in the rain. I had a Santa Fe before this one that got totaled because I hydroplaned on a bridge in the rain, spun around and hit a retaining wall. We could not find the replacement Santa Fe in AWD so we trusted the dealership when they said they had improved that feature. Unfortunately the handling feels the same; you have to accelerate very gradually from a stop or else you will hear the tires peel out. The airflow in the backseat is also a huge complain for my kids in the summertime. It is always hot and they cannot get enough air.

Alison M
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Compare Models & Key Features

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Overview

Kelley Blue Book Value

Kelley Blue Book Value
$26,634 - $29,223
$30,143 - $33,142

Horsepower

Horsepower
290 (hp)
290 (hp)

Bluetooth

Bluetooth
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Standard
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BackUp Camera

BackUp Camera
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Engine Type

Engine Type
3.3L GDI DOHC 24
3.3L GDI DOHC 24
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Convenience & Comfort

Sun Roof

Sun Roof
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Not Available
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Standard

Alarm

Alarm
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BackUp Camera

BackUp Camera
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Standard
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HeadsUp Display

Keyless Entry

Keyless Entry
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Universal Garage Door Opener

Universal Garage Door Opener
Optional
Optional
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Rain Sensing Wipers

Heated Mirrors

Heated Mirrors
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Heated Steering Wheel

Heated Steering Wheel
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Not Available
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Power Mirrors

Power Mirrors
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Steering Wheel Controls

Steering Wheel Controls
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Cruise Control

Cruise Control
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Standard
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Power Windows

Power Windows
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Rear Defrost

Rear Defrost
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Privacy Glass

Privacy Glass
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Premium Sound System

Premium Sound System
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Not Available
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Driver Restriction Features

Driver Restriction Features
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Automatic Parking

Power Steering

Power Steering
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Dimensions

Front Leg Room

Front Leg Room
41.3 (in.)
41.3 (in.)

Front Head Room

Front Head Room
39.9 (in.)
39.9 (in.)

Rear Leg Room

Rear Leg Room
40.4 (in.)
40.4 (in.)

Second Head Room

Second Head Room
39.4 (in.)
39.4 (in.)

Trunk Volume

Cargo Volume

Entertainment

Bluetooth

Bluetooth
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MP3 Player

MP3 Player
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Entertainment System

Satellite Radio

Satellite Radio
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WiFi Hotspot

Smart Device Integration

Smart Device Integration
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AUX Input

AUX Input
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CD Player

CD Player
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Heating & Cooling

Climate Control

Climate Control
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AC

AC
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Dual Zone

Dual Zone
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Navigation & Communication

Navigation System

Navigation System
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Not Available
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Cell PhoneHookup

Seats

Standard Seat

Standard Seat
Cloth
Leather

Passengers

Passengers
7
7

Power Driver Seat

Power Driver Seat
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Power Passenger Seat

Power Passenger Seat
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Optional
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Heated Front Seats

Heated Front Seats
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Optional
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Heated Rear Seats

Heated Rear Seats
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Not Available
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Cooled Front Seats

Cooled Front Seats
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Not Available
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Cooled Rear Seats

Seat Memory

Seat Memory
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Not Available
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3rd Row Seating

3rd Row Seating
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Pass Through Rear Seat

Pass Through Rear Seat
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Seat Massage

Driver Lumbar

Driver Lumbar
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Accessories

Standard Seat

Standard Seat
Aluminum
Aluminum

Power Liftgate

Power Liftgate
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Optional
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Hands Free Liftgate

Hands Free Liftgate
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Optional
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Power Folding Mirror

Bed Liner

Rear Spoiler

Rear Spoiler
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Running Boards

Dimensions

Tire Width

Tire Width
P235/60TR18
P235/55TR19

Wheelbase

Wheelbase
110.2 (in.)
110.2 (in.)

Turning Radius

Turning Radius
36.9 (ft.)
36.9 (ft.)

Length

Width

Width
74.2 (in.)
74.2 (in.)
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Engine & Performance

Weight

Weight
4026 - 4178 (.lbs)
4045 - 4198 (.lbs)

Horsepower

Horsepower
290 (hp)
290 (hp)

Torque

Torque
252 (ft. lbs.)
252 (ft. lbs.)

Maximum Towing Capacity

Maximum Towing Capacity
5000 (.lbs)
5000 (.lbs)

Maximum Towing Weight

Maximum Towing Weight
500 (.lbs)
500 (.lbs)

Trailer Hitch Receiver

Gas Electric Hybrid

FlexFuel Electric Hybrid

PlugIn Electric Gas

PlugIn Electric FlexFuel

Turbocharged

4wheel Disc Brakes

4wheel Disc Brakes
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Standard
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Limited Slip Differential

Performance Tires

Performance Tires
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Not Available
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Engine Cylinders

Engine Cylinders
V6 Cylinder
V6 Cylinder

Drivetrain

Drivetrain
All Wheel Drive, Front Wheel Drive
All Wheel Drive, Front Wheel Drive

Fuel

Fuel Capacity

Fuel Capacity
18.8 (gal.)
18.8 (gal.)

Combined

Combined
22 (mpg)
20 (mpg)

City

City
18 (mpg)
17 (mpg)

Highway

Highway
25 (mpg)
23 (mpg)

Suspension

Active Suspension

Air Suspension

Stance Suspension

Transmission

Manual Mode

Manual Mode
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Overdrive

CTV Transmission

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Features

Spare Tire

Spare Tire
Temporary Spare Tire
Temporary Spare Tire

Tow Hooks

ABS Brakes

ABS Brakes
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Standard
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Automatic Headlights

Automatic Headlights
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Standard
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Tire Pressure Monitor System

Tire Pressure Monitor System
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Standard
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Child Safety Locks

Child Safety Locks
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Standard
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Stability Control

Stability Control
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Standard
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Traction Control

Traction Control
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Standard
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HID Headlights

HID Headlights
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Not Available
Optional
Optional

Auto Leveling Headlinghts

Rear Parking Sensors

Rear Parking Sensors
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Not Available
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Standard

Adaptive Cruise Control

Adaptive Cruise Control
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Not Available
Optional
Optional

Night Vision

Assistance

Automated Emergency Braking

Automated Emergency Braking
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Standard
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Standard

Blind Spot Monitor

Blind Spot Monitor
Optional
Optional
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Standard

Lane Keeping Assist

Lane Departure Warning

Lane Departure Warning
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Not Available
Optional
Optional

Cross Traffic Alert

Cross Traffic Alert
Optional
Optional
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Air Bags

Driver Airbag

Driver Airbag
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Standard
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Passenger Airbag

Passenger Airbag
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Standard
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Passenger Airbag OnOff Switch

Front Side Airbag

Front Side Airbag
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Standard
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Rear Side Airbag

Front Head Airbag

Front Head Airbag
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Standard
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Rear Head Airbag

Rear Head Airbag
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Standard
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Passenger Airbag Sensor

Passenger Airbag Sensor
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Standard
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Knee Airbag

Knee Airbag
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Seatbelt Airbag

Crash Test Results: Front, Side & Rollover

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration provides consumers with information about crash protection and rollover safety.

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The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is a non-profit group which conducts safety testing beyond federal regulations. "Good" is the highest rating.

Moderate Overlap Front
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Roof Strength
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Driver-side Overlap Front
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Good
A
Acceptable
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Marginal
P
Poor

Safety Features

  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC) *
  • ABS And Driveline Traction Control *
  • Side Impact Beams
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
  • Blue Link Emergency Sos
  • Tire Specific Low Tire Pressure Warning
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
  • Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
  • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
  • Driver Knee Airbag
  • Restricted Driving Mode
  • Rear Child Safety Locks
  • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Rear Center 3 Point, Height Adjusters and Pretensioners
  • Back-Up Camera
  • Rear Parking Sensors
  • Blind Spot Detection (bsd) w/Lane Change Assist (lca) Blind Spot Sensor
  • and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert (rcta)
  • Front Camera
  • Left Side Camera
  • Right Side Camera
  • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Height Adjusters and Pretensioners

* Optional Safety Feature

Long-Term Reliability

Reliability results are currently not available.

Safety Recalls (1)

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Steering > Wheel And Handle Bar Feb 16, 2018
Report Receipt Date:
Feb 16, 2018
NHTSA Campaign:
18V118000
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.
Consequence:
A steering wheel separation while driving can cause a loss of vehicle control and increase the risk of a crash.
Remedy:
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.

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