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$28,185
Starting MSRP
$27,845
Starting Mkt Avg
TrueCar Rating
Owner Rating
Pros

Variety of engines. Refined ride quality. User-friendly electronics.

Cons

Lacks third-row option. Transmission on turbo model can feel abrupt.

Verdict

The newly refreshed 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe received numerous upgrades to make it an even more appealing SUV. With the choice of front-drive or all-wheel drive and multiple engine options, the handsome Hyundai offers a configuration for every buyer.

Pros

Variety of engines. Refined ride quality. User-friendly electronics.

Cons

Lacks third-row option. Transmission on turbo model can feel abrupt.

Verdict

The newly refreshed 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe received numerous upgrades to make it an even more appealing SUV. With the choice of front-drive or all-wheel drive and multiple engine options, the handsome Hyundai offers a configuration for every buyer.

Overview

Slotting into the Hyundai lineup between the Hyundai Tucson and the three-row Hyundai Palisade, the 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe is larger than most compact SUVs but smaller than most midsize models. It is similar in size to the Ford Edge and is almost 2 inches longer than the Toyota Venza.

While size might make it difficult to classify, the Santa Fe transports five passengers in refined comfort. Build quality is noticeably precise while sharp, new styling is a definite improvement over the previous bland look. The upgraded engines make the Santa Fe feel far more adept when accelerating onto freeways, and the refined suspension provides a pleasant ride around town or on a long-distance road trip.

What's New for 2021

The 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe receives updated exterior styling, new four-cylinder engines, and an upscale Calligraphy trim level.

2021 Hyundai Santa Fe Trim Comparison

Standard
Optional
Unequipped

* Additional Options Available

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Optional
Unequipped

* Additional Options Available

Starting MSRP

Starting Market Average

MPG

Engine

Blind Spot System

Lane Keep Assist

Moonroof

Front Heated Seats

Cruise Control

Climate Control

Proximity Keyless Entry

Bluetooth

Bluetooth Streaming Audio

Apple CarPlay

Android Auto

Wheel Size

Starting MSRP

$28,185*

Starting MSRP

$29,985*

Starting MSRP

$34,835

Starting MSRP

$38,785

Starting MSRP

$39,935*

Starting MSRP

$41,135

Starting MSRP

$41,935*

Starting Market Average

$27,877

Starting Market Average

$29,516

Starting Market Average

$34,997

Starting Market Average

$38,848

Starting Market Average

$39,202

Starting Market Average

$41,224

Starting Market Average

$41,031

MPG

25 city/28 hwy*

MPG

25 city/28 hwy*

MPG

36 city/31 hwy

MPG

33 city/30 hwy

MPG

22 city/28 hwy*

MPG

33 city/30 hwy

MPG

22 city/28 hwy*

Engine

2.5L I4

Engine

2.5L I4

Engine

Hybrid 1.6L I4 Turbo

Engine

Hybrid 1.6L I4 Turbo

Engine

2.5L I4 Turbo

Engine

Hybrid 1.6L I4 Turbo

Engine

2.5L I4 Turbo

Blind Spot System

Blind Spot System

Blind Spot System

Blind Spot System

Blind Spot System

Blind Spot System

Blind Spot System

Lane Keep Assist

Lane Keep Assist

Lane Keep Assist

Lane Keep Assist

Lane Keep Assist

Lane Keep Assist

Lane Keep Assist

Moonroof

Moonroof

Moonroof

Moonroof

Moonroof

Moonroof

Moonroof

Front Heated Seats

Front Heated Seats

Front Heated Seats

Front Heated Seats

Front Heated Seats

Front Heated Seats

Front Heated Seats

Cruise Control

Cruise Control

Cruise Control

Cruise Control

Cruise Control

Cruise Control

Cruise Control

Climate Control

Climate Control

Climate Control

Climate Control

Climate Control

Climate Control

Climate Control

Proximity Keyless Entry

Proximity Keyless Entry

Proximity Keyless Entry

Proximity Keyless Entry

Proximity Keyless Entry

Proximity Keyless Entry

Proximity Keyless Entry

Bluetooth

Bluetooth

Bluetooth

Bluetooth

Bluetooth

Bluetooth

Bluetooth

Bluetooth Streaming Audio

Bluetooth Streaming Audio

Bluetooth Streaming Audio

Bluetooth Streaming Audio

Bluetooth Streaming Audio

Bluetooth Streaming Audio

Bluetooth Streaming Audio

Apple CarPlay

Apple CarPlay

Apple CarPlay

Apple CarPlay

Apple CarPlay

Apple CarPlay

Apple CarPlay

Android Auto

Android Auto

Android Auto

Android Auto

Android Auto

Android Auto

Android Auto

Wheel Size

18"

Wheel Size

18"

Wheel Size

Wheel Size

Wheel Size

19"

Wheel Size

Wheel Size

Not Standard*

Trims and Pricing

Hyundai offers the 2021 Santa Fe in four trim levels: SE, SEL, Limited, and Calligraphy. The Santa Fe Hybrid is offered in Blue, SEL, and Limited trims. A plug-in model will be added later in the year. Front-drive is the standard configuration on the conventionally powered Santa Fes. The hybrids are all-wheel-drive.

The base SE comes well-equipped at $28,185 (including a $1,185 destination fee). Standard features include remote keyless entry, a color driver information display, and an 8-inch touchscreen for the infotainment system with wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

At $29,985, the SEL is our pick for the best value. Its upgrades include an eight-way power driver's seat, heated front seats, passive keyless entry, heated exterior mirrors, and a wider variety of available options.

The Limited ($39,935) adds 19-inch alloy wheels, a panoramic sunroof, leather seats, and a 10.25-inch touchscreen.

The Santa Fe Calligraphy is the model's new top-level trim. Its Nappa leather upholstery, 20-inch alloy wheels, and Harman Kardon audio boost the price to $43,635. The comparable Ford Edge Titanium costs about $2,000 less.

The base Santa Fe Hybrid Blue starts at $34,835. In Limited trim, hybrid pricing starts at $41,135 before adding options.

This is what others paid nationwide for a 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe SE
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$28,185
Market Average
$27,845
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1.2% off
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Engine and Performance

The Santa Fe's standard engine is now a 191-horsepower 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine teamed with an eight-speed automatic transmission. Front-drive is standard and all-wheel drive is available across the Santa Fe lineup. While the base engine's performance is more than acceptable, the optional turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder in the Limited and Calligraphy trims is a noticeable upgrade. Rated at 277 hp, it's paired with a sporty eight-speed dual-clutch transmission. It shifts quicker than the standard setup but can occasionally feel abrupt.

The Santa Fe Hybrid uses a 1.6-liter turbocharged engine with a six-speed automatic transmission and an electric-drive motor to deliver 225 total horsepower. The 2.5-liter turbo-powered Santa Fe is the quickest of the bunch with a 0-60-mph time of approximately 6 seconds. No matter which setup you choose, the Santa Fe has a quiet, comfortable ride with minimal engine noise.

Fuel Economy

In base form, the 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe delivers class-average fuel economy. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Santa Fe at an estimated 25 mpg during city driving and 28 mpg on the highway. That's a bit better than the Jeep Cherokee and Ford Edge. The Santa Fe Hybrid earns an EPA-estimated 36 mpg in city driving and 31 mpg on the highway. Those numbers beat the larger Ford Explorer Hybrid, but not the smaller Toyota RAV4 Hybrid.

2021 Hyundai Santa Fe Exterior Photos

Interior

The Hyundai Santa Fe is comparable in size to the Ford Edge and Chevrolet Blazer, but the Edge offers a bit more interior space and the Blazer a bit less. The Santa Fe will easily transport a family of four, with plenty of rear head- and legroom for growing children and enough cargo space for strollers and family gear. Because it doesn't try to wedge in a third row, the Santa Fe feels spacious. Its seats are comfortable even after many hours on the road. In Limited and Calligraphy form, the Santa Fe feels like a luxury-brand vehicle thanks to high-quality materials and thoughtful design touches. We especially liked the contrast-stitching detail on the Calligraphy's leather seats and the large storage area behind the floating center panel.

With 36.4 cubic feet of cargo capacity, the Santa Fe provides more cargo space than many of its competitors. It measures nearly 6 cubic feet larger than the Blazer. The Edge, however, has almost 3 cubic feet more cargo space than the Santa Fe. With its rear seatbacks folded down, the Santa Fe's usable space increases to 72.1 cubic feet — on par with the Edge.

Infotainment and Connectivity

Hyundai's infotainment systems aren't flashy or cutting-edge, but they are user-friendly. The entry-level SE's system provides an 8-inch touchscreen interface with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, but lacks Sirius XM or HD Radio. The similar system in the Santa Fe SEL adds those features, plus Hyundai Blue Link connectivity. A 10.25-inch-wide touchscreen with onboard navigation and traffic flow information is standard on the Limited and Calligraphy trims and optional on the SEL. The SEL also offers Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, but not wirelessly. The Limited and Calligraphy do provide standard wireless device charging, however. They are also equipped with a standard 630-watt Harman Kardon premium audio system, which fills the cabin with exceptionally clear sound. Onboard Wi-Fi isn't available, even though it's offered in many of the Santa Fe's competitors.

2021 Hyundai Santa Fe Interior Photos

Safety

The Hyundai Santa Fe has a solid safety record. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) hasn't rated the 2021 model, but the similar 2020 Santa Fe won a five-star safety rating, the organization's highest honor. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) chose the 2021 Santa Fe as a Top Safety Pick.

The Santa Fe comes with extensive driver aids and safety systems. Those systems were significantly enhanced for the 2021 model year with the addition of cyclist and junction-turning detection (as part of its collision-avoidance system), lane-following assist, and navigation-based smart cruise control. The last of these uses map data to anticipate corners and slow the vehicle if necessary.

Hyundai Santa Fe vs. the Competition

The refreshed Hyundai Santa Fe offers the choice of a gas or hybrid powertrain, impressive interior space, and an easy-to-use infotainment system. One trait the Hyundai lacks is a sporty feel, something the Honda Passport delivers along with similar interior accommodations. There's also the Ford Edge ST for drivers who want performance thrills. Those seeking more space should consider Hyundai's three-row Hyundai Palisade or the Ford Explorer. The Subaru Ascent with standard all-wheel drive is also a good option for those who want three rows of seats and the ability to tackle a dirt road with confidence.

Hyundai Santa Fe Owner Reviews

Based on 215 Reviews
Overall Satisfaction
4.8
Performance
5.0
Comfort
5.0
Fuel Efficiency
4.0
Safety Technology
5.0
Features
5.0
All Reviews
5.0
Performance
5.0
Comfort
5.0
Fuel Efficiency
4.0
Safety Technology
5.0
Features
5.0
pros
The safety, comfort, and navigation are great.
cons
I would have liked better fuel economy.
Submitted by Roger K on Apr 10, 2020|2020 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 2.4L AWD|Purchased on Mar 0020
5.0
Performance
5.0
Comfort
5.0
Fuel Efficiency
4.0
Safety Technology
5.0
Features
5.0
pros
I feel that the Santa Fe is the best vehicle on the road today.
cons
Nothing yet
Submitted by Dick S on Apr 03, 2020|2020 Hyundai Santa Fe SEL 2.4L FWD|Purchased on Mar 0020
5.0
Performance
5.0
Comfort
5.0
Fuel Efficiency
5.0
Safety Technology
5.0
Features
5.0
pros
It is roomy, drives and rides well. I really like the blind spot and side traffic warnings.
cons
Have not found anything negative as yet.
Submitted by Bill U on Apr 01, 2020|2020 Hyundai Santa Fe SEL 2.4L AWD|Purchased on Mar 0020

2021 Hyundai Santa Fe FAQs

According to Hyundai, internal-combustion versions of the 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe are produced at the manufacturer’s Montgomery, Alabama production facility. The Santa Fe Hybrid is set for production at Hyundai’s plant in Ulsan, South Korea.

The 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe is 188.4 inches in length. This places the crossover SUV firmly in the midsize segment. It is 74.8 inches wide. Gas-powered Santa Fe trims are 66.3 inches tall, while the Santa Fe Hybrid is 67.3 inches tall.

The Hyundai Santa Fe stands out from the midsize SUV category with its generous standard tech features and long warranty coverage. Standard safety systems on all trim levels include automatic emergency braking and lane-keep assist. Families will appreciate the Santa Fe’s roomy interior and clever in-cabin storage locations. The optional hybrid powertrain achieves great fuel economy, while a smooth ride and car-like handling make the Santa Fe comfortable for daily driving and long road trips.

The 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe has a starting MSRP of $27,000, coming standard with driver safety aids, automatic LED headlights, power side mirrors, keyless entry, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. The Santa Fe Hybrid starts at $33,650, giving the midsize SUV similar gas mileage to a small car. Top trims like the Limited ($38,750) and Calligraphy ($40,750) include leather seats, a Harman Kardon premium sound system, and ventilated front seats.

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