2021 Hyundai Santa Fe Hybrid

2021 Hyundai Santa Fe Hybrid Review: The Big Green Value Machine

The 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe Hybrid is a two-row midsize crossover, now in its fourth generation in the USA, and is the Korean manufacturer's first attempt at a hybrid SUV. Midsize hybrid SUVs might not be the most exciting things on four wheels, but for young families, the value, quality, and low running costs of the Santa Fe Hybrid will surely impress; it's an important next step in the manufacturer's plan to drastically reduce its carbon footprint, and offer fuel economy benefits and eco-awareness to buyers. The Santa Fe Hybrid SUV is offered with a brand new powerplant that consists of a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-pot engine and an electric hybrid system that develops a combined 226 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque, making it a bit more powerful than the new Toyota Venza hybrid, although it stacks up pretty equally to its corporate cousin, the Kia Sorento hybrid. However, it's the new Toyota rival that is the more efficient between these two. In the Santa Fe, power is sent to all four wheels via a 6-speed automatic transmission. Let's find out if electrification enhances an already well-balanced SUV from Hyundai.

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2021 Hyundai Santa Fe Hybrid Changes: 🚙What’s the difference vs 2020 Santa Fe Hybrid?

The Santa Fe Hybrid introduces electrification to the Santa Fe SUV for the first time and also enjoys the many changes that have been introduced to the regular Santa Fe for 2021. Outside, there are new alloy wheel designs and new front and rear skid plates, in addition to a revised muffler design. The big news for the Santa Fe hybrid, of course, is the brand new 1.6-liter turbocharged and electric motor hybrid powertrain.

The interior features a new center stack and console design, ambient lighting selections, and the rear cargo area volume has been increased by one-half cubic feet. The Santa Fe is now safer thanks to the addition of cyclist and junction-turning detection, parking collision avoidance assist with a reverse function, highway drive assist, lane following assist, and navigation-based smart cruise control with road curve control. Not all of these features are standard on every trim, however. Tech improvements for 2021 include a larger eight-inch audio display, and a new larger 10.25-inch widescreen navigation display. A segment-leading 12.3-inch cluster display is now available, and other additions include wireless phone charging, wireless operation for Android Auto/Apple CarPlay, and a Harman Kardon sound system.

Pros and Cons

  • Bold styling
  • Value for money
  • Comprehensive warranty
  • Impressive suite of driver aids
  • Top-notch safety ratings
  • Slow infotainment system
  • Rear visibility issues
  • Not much customization available per trim
  • Fuel economy is middling

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2021 Hyundai Santa Fe Hybrid Trims

See trim levels and configurations:

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
Hybrid Blue
1.6L Turbo Inline-4 Hybrid
6-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
$33,650
Hybrid SEL Premium
1.6L Turbo Inline-4 Hybrid
6-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
$37,600
Hybrid Limited
1.6L Turbo Inline-4 Hybrid
6-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
$39,950

Santa Fe Hybrid Exterior

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Dimensions

  • Length 188.4 in
  • Wheelbase 108.9 in
  • Height 67.3 in
  • Max Width 74.8 in
  • Front Width 65.0 in
  • Rear Width 65.4 in
  • Curb Weight 4,204.0 lbs

Exterior Colors

  • Cream White
  • Black Noir
  • Lagoon Blue
  • Stellar Silver
  • Magnetic Force

Santa Fe Hybrid Performance

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Engine and Transmission

  • Engine
    1.6L Turbo Inline-4 Hybrid
  • Transmission
    6-Speed Automatic
  • Drivetrain
    AWD

Santa Fe Hybrid Interior

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Seating and Interior Space

  • Front Leg Room 44.1 in
  • Front Head Room 41.2 in
  • Rear Leg Room 40.8 in
  • Rear Head Room 39.0 in

Santa Fe Hybrid Trunk and Cargo Space

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Warranty

  • Basic:
    5 Years \ 60,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain:
    10 Years \ 100,000 Miles
  • Corrosion:
    7 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Hybrid/Electric Components:
    10 Years \ 100,000 Miles
  • Roadside Assistance:
    5 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Maintenance:
    3 Years \ 36,000 Miles

Santa Fe Hybrid Safety

Verdict: 🏁Is the 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe Hybrid a good SUV?

As the automotive industry slowly moves toward an all-electric future, the hybrid platform continues to be an important stepping stone for those looking to make the move, and the Hyundai Santa Fe is perfectly positioned for young families and young professionals looking for a practical and safe daily driver. The 2021 Santa Fe Hybrid comes with a new 1.6L turbo inline-4 gas engine and electric motor combo that delivers enough power for the daily grind but returns average fuel consumption figures of 36/31/34 mpg in the most efficient Blue trim. Its competitor, the Toyota Venza hybrid, can manage 40/37/39 mpg by comparison. The Hyundai Santa Fe Hybrid SUV claws back some points by offering an impressive amount of standard features, including lots of driver aids and standard all-wheel drive. In a safety review of the Hyundai Santa Fe hybrid, the NHTSA awarded the SUV a full five-star rating. The Santa Fe also earned a Top Safety Pick award following a review by the IIHS. Hyundai's first-ever Hybrid SUV is the real deal: you won't be wasting your money here.

🚘What's the Price of the 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe Hybrid?

The price of the Hyundai Santa Fe Hybrid for 2021 starts at $33,650 for the Blue trim. This price excludes tax, registration, and a destination fee of $1,185. The mid-range SEL Premium will cost you $37,600 MSRP, and the price of the top-of-the-line Limited is $39,950. The 2021 Toyota Venza starts cheaper at $32,570, but the top-tier Limited AWD comes in at a similar $39,900. Hyundai offers few optional extras, so your choices are narrowed down somewhat according to trim level. Fully equipped, the Santa Fe will cost you a har over $42k.

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