The new SUV is significantly more efficient than its non-hybrid cousins.
For the first time in its model history, the new 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe is available with an efficient hybrid powertrain. The electrified Santa Fe utilizes a 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine paired with a compact lithium-ion 64-kW battery and an electric motor.
Combined, this setup generates 225 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque, which is sent to all four wheels through a six-speed automatic transmission. Back in December, Hyundai released pricing information for the standard Santa Fe, and now we know how much extra the new hybrid variant will set you back.
The entry-level Santa Fe Hybrid Blue trim starts at $33,650. Moving up the range, the mid-range SEL Premium costs $37,600 and the range-topping Limited trim has an MSRP of $39,950. All prices exclude destination charges. For comparison, the standard Santa Fe starts at $27,000 excluding destination charges, making the hybrid variant around $6,600 more expensive.
As standard, the Santa Fe Hybrid includes a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster, all-wheel drive, a hands-free liftgate, and blind spot collision avoidance assist. Upgrading to the SEL Premium adds 19-inch alloy wheels, a 10.25-inch touchscreen with navigation, and a panoramic sunroof.
The top-of-the-range Limited trim, on the other hand, comes with a blind spot view monitor, surround-view monitor, and remote parking assist as standard. As you would expect, the hybrid variant is significantly more frugal than the regular model. The base Santa Fe Hybrid is rated at 36/31/34 mpg city/highway/combined by the EPA and is the most efficient Hybrid trim. The SEL Premium and Limited trims, on the other hand, are rated at 33/30/32 MPG city/highway combined. For reference, the standard Santa Fe with all-wheel drive has a combined fuel economy rating of 24 mpg.
After the Santa Fe Hybrid goes on sale this spring, a plug-in-hybrid version will launch in 2022 with an electric driving range of 30 miles and a starting price of around $35,000.