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2019 Hyundai Santa Fe vs 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport

The Hyundai SUV lineup got a shake-up for 2019, and we are here to clear things up for you. Previously, the Santa Fe Sport was the smaller two-row version of the three-row Santa Fe. However, those looking for a 2019 Santa Fe Sport, won’t find one. That’s because for 2019 the Santa Fe Sport is being replaced by the regular Santa Fe. For 2019, the Santa Fe is a two-row SUV that has a similar size to the 2018 Santa Fe Sport, but more aggressive styling. We’ll get down to the bottom of this with our 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe vs 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport comparison.

If you were hoping for a three-row Santa Fe, then that still exists with the 2019 Santa Fe XL which is based on the 2018 Santa Fe. The Santa Fe XL will be replaced by a new Hyundai SUV model sometime in 2019.

2019 Hyundai Santa Fe vs 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport

2019 Hyundai Santa Fe


2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport

22-City / 29-Highway Efficiency (MPG) 21-City / 27-Highway
111 Cubic-Feet Passenger Volume 108 Cubic-Feet
Standard Adaptive Cruise Control Available
Available All-Wheel Drive Available

Difference between the 2019 Santa Fe and the 2018 Santa Fe Sport?

These two SUVs are very similar after the Santa Fe redesign. The new Santa Fe has a lot more style especially in the nose, and when it comes to features, it’s easy to see why this makes a smart Santa Fe Sport replacement.

For starters, though they employ a similar base engine, the 2019 Santa Fe gets better fuel economy largely through the use of its super-smooth 8-speed automatic transmission. On top of that, it also offers a little more room for your five passengers.

When it comes to features, the 2019 Santa Fe comes ready to impress. High-tech options like the adaptive cruise control system, now come standard for the 2019 model year. Previously on the Sport, this was only available on the top trims as an option. Adaptive cruise control can automatically adjust your speed on the highway based on traffic conditions. When it encounters a slow car, it maintains a set following distance until it can resume the desired speed again.

The new Santa Fe is just as capable as the old Santa Fe Sport or even the 2018 Santa Fe. Not only does it have available all-wheel drive, but you can get this desirable option at all trim levels for 2019. Find your perfect balance between affordability and luxury without compromising on your desired drivetrain option.