It's Here and the Verdict's In: Kelley Blue Book Loves the 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport

A perennial Hyundai favorite, the capable five-passenger crossover returned to us here in Knoxville, TN for 2018 once more ready to upend the segment. According to the vehicle research and valuation experts, it might have done just that.

Indeed, Kelley Blue Book found plenty to appreciate in the new 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport, far beyond its TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating from the IIHS and 2018 five-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA.

For one, said the reviewer, the plucky compact SUV offered "one of the most powerful engines in the segment," an available 240-horsepower, 2.0-liter turbocharged model capable of 260 pound-feet of torque and, according to the accolades, a KBB favorite. Appreciation followed for what was "the kind of performance uncommon in the world of compact SUVs," with excellent fuel economy "nearly identical to the base 2.4-liter engine" to boot.

What's more, KBB lauded "loads of standard equipment," from the new Hyundai SUV's six-speaker, 5-inch color LCD infotainment system to a gamut of driver-assist tech comprehending a blind-spot monitor and rear cross-traffic alert. Plus, another favorite standard feature of KBB was the hands-free smart liftgate, which made loading and unloading a breeze thanks to auto open capability in the presence of the remote fob.

Of course, these aren't to mention the praise for numerous "high-end options," from the availability of a panoramic sunroof and 8-inch touchscreen navigation to Apple CarPlay and Android Auto for smartphone integration and the symphonic musical stylings of Infinity premium audio. An available Value Package even borings with it elements from automatic climate control and heated front seats and side mirrors to proximity key with push-button start and more. Go turbocharged in the 2.0T trim line, and your selection gets even better. Many Premium and Value Package perks come standard, as do roof rails, fog lighting, heated front seats including power driver's seating, Hyundai Blue Link connectivity, and more. Santa Fe Sport 2.0T Ultimate even optionally incorporates an Ultimate Tech Package, which includes that at the top of the line, from Smart Cruise Control and Automatic Emergency Braking to Lane Departure Warning, adaptive headlights, and high-beam assist.

You can explore your new 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe options further here at Grayson Hyundai. The enthusiasts that call our 8729 Kingston Pike showroom here in Knoxville, TN home will be delighted to show you around all that you can hope to find for a new year of new travel horizons.