2021 Hyundai Santa Fe

2021 Hyundai Santa Fe Review: The Family Boredom-Buster

With Hyundai's strategy of applying hyper-regular enhancements and alterations to its newest cars, the 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe promises to be better than ever before and quite different to what it was in 2018 when Hyundai debuted it in its fourth-generational phase. With two new engine options, a 191 horsepower 4-cylinder unit and 277 hp turbo-four-cylinder unit, both displacing 2.5-liters, a refreshed exterior and interior, and a flurry of new standard and optional features, the Santa Fe mid-size SUV really is ameliorated. Extra power and oodles of modern creature comforts and conveniences meet the Santa Fe's immense level of value, consummate safety ratings, and proven reliability expectations, making it a very fine choice in the highly competitive segment. There are, however, more enjoyable or engaging SUVs out there, more fuel-efficient one's, and perhaps more appealing ones in general depending on who you are. Just look at the all-popular Kia Sorento, the versatile and practical Honda CR-V, and the sensational Toyota Highlander, just to name a few.

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

Hyundai continuously enhances and updates the Santa Fe line as part of its strategy to keep the SUV competitive in the all-popular classification. This year, the fourth-gen Santa Fe SUV is kept fresh with some new exterior styling elements including the new T-shaped LED lighting signature and ultra-wide, three-dimensional front grille that's also found on the Tucson. It also sports new hood and body side sheet metal, restyled roof rails, and new alloy wheel designs and 20-inch wheel options. Power-folding side mirrors with turn signal indicators and puddle lamps are also now optional.

Within the cabin, a new, more modern and ergonomic 'floating' center console modernizes the impression. Revised cabin ergonomics have also increased trunk space by one-half cubic foot. On the infotainment side, both Android Auto and Apple Carplay are now standard across the board. New options include a 12.3-inch digital driver display, a 10.25-inch infotainment touchscreen which replaces the old eight-inch one, Nappa leather upholstery, soft-touch padding, and ambient lighting. An all-new Calligraphy model also now fills the top-spec spot.

Finally, two new engine options, a 2.5-liter four-cylinder and a 2.5-liter turbo-four, replace the old 2.4-liter four-cylinder and 2.0-liter turbo-four, respectively.

Pros and Cons

  • Sophisticated and slightly upscale aesthetic
  • Ergonomic, well-built, and featureful cabins
  • Contemporary infotainment system
  • Brimming with driver-assistance technology
  • Trunk is impressively spacious
  • Both powertrains are only moderately economical
  • Headroom is rather tight in the rear seats
  • There is no three-row option

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2021 Hyundai Santa Fe Trims and Prices

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Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
2.5L Inline-4 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Front-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
2.5L Inline-4 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Front-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
2.5L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Front-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
2.5L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Front-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive

Santa Fe Exterior

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  • Length 188.4 in
  • Wheelbase 108.9 in
  • Height 66.3 in
  • Max Width 74.8 in
  • Front Width 64.8 in
  • Rear Width 65.2 in
  • Curb Weight 3,649.0 lbs

Exterior Colors

  • Quartz White
  • Calypso Red
  • Twilight Black
  • Hampton Gray
  • Portofino Gray
  • Stormy Sea
  • Shimmering Silver

Santa Fe Performance

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Engine and Transmission

For 2021, the Hyundai Santa Fe line is presented with two new gas engines - the standard engine is a 2.5-liter inline-4 unit that produces a modest 191 hp and 182 lb-ft of torque. Standard in the top-spec trims and optional for others is a 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder unit that develops a livelier 277 hp and 311 lb-ft. Both engines are paired to a self-effacing 8-speed automatic transmission that can cede outputs to either the Santa Fe's front- or optional all-wheel drive. However, the transmission on the turbo unit is dual-clutch.

  • Engines
    2.5L Inline-4 Gas, 2.5L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
  • Transmission
    8-Speed Automatic
  • Drivetrains
    AWD, FWD

Santa Fe Gas Mileage

  • Fuel Tank Capacity
    18.8 Gallons
  • Fuel Economy
    City/Hwy: 25/28 mpg
* 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe SE FWD

Santa Fe Interior

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Seating and Interior Space

  • Seating capacity
  • Front Leg Room 44.1 in
  • Front Head Room 41.2 in
  • Rear Leg Room 41.7 in
  • Rear Head Room 39.0 in

Santa Fe Trunk and Cargo Space

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Santa Fe Safety and Reliability


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

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

The starting price of the 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe comes in at just $27,000, which, considering just how much the Santa Fe offers even at the base level, is exceptional value for the money. The Santa Fe is also a rather premium looking 5-door sport-utility vehicle with its high-end specs such as LED lighting and chrome constituents that support its sophisticated and contemporary aesthetic. Its cabin is just as contemporary and laden with advanced creature comforts and conveniences, including a good selection of advanced driver-assist technology and active safety systems. The 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe has undergone review by both the NHTSA and the IIHS and achieved top safety scores.

Both of the two new engines perform admirably, delivering oodles of power and smooth responses, though they could be more economical. Hyundai's revised interior packaging has resulted in not just a more spacious cabin, but a larger trunk space than prior year models, too, meaning it's more practical than ever before. And if you need to take more than just luggage on your vacations, simply opt in the pre-wired harness hooks for a 3,500-pound towing capacity. There are a lot of SUVs and crossovers in the USA, but the Santa Fe is certainly one of the best. If these qualities aren't enough to convince you, then Hyundai's industry-leading warranty coverage just might seal the deal.

🚗What Hyundai Santa Fe Model Should I Buy?

If you want to find the 2021 Santa Fe SUV that offers an optimal balance between overall performance, standard features, and pricing, the mid-range SEL is definitely the choice pick. The new 2.5-liter four-cylinder motor is significantly better than the prior year's standard motor and, though not as peppy as the turbo-four, it is slightly more economical. Over the SE trim, the SEL comes standard with a fancier chrome accent grille, heated side mirrors with LED indicators, LED tail lights, and roof rails. It also gets modern and desirable features such as proximity entry with push-button start, BSM with RCTA, heated front seats, eight-way power driver seat adjustability with two-way lumbar support, HD radio connectivity, and wireless charging. All of this without breaking the $30,000 mark.

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