The 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe is a compact SUV that features head-turning looks, lots of interior space, and an upscale cabin. Buyers at the Hyundai dealer near San Bernardino appreciate the Santa Fe’s long list of standard features. Two new four-cylinder engines are on offer, along with a new hybrid variant (not reviewed here). Fuel economy is excellent, and there’s a wide array of standard driver-assistance and infotainment technology features. Driving the Santa Fe is a pleasure, thanks to its smooth and enjoyable ride.
For 2021, the Hyundai Santa Fe gets a refresh, with a bold front end that features a wider rectangular grill and a new taillight design. According to the San Bernardino area Hyundai dealer, the Santa Fe gets several interior updates, including a new push-button gear selector and a larger touchscreen. The new top-level Calligraphy trim level comes with standard all-wheel drive, exclusive exterior accents, more upscale interior trim, quilted leather upholstery and a color head-up display.
The 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe continues to receive excellent reviews from the automotive media. Car and Driver writes:
“Every car in this segment asks buyers to make sacrifices in the name of convenience, but the Santa Fe demands less and gives more than many others in its class. If you’re not ready for or don’t need the Palisade and Telluride’s three rows, the Santa Fe should get you home from the framing shop without drawing too much attention.”
The 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe is powered by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 191 horsepower and 182 lb-ft of torque, coupled to an eight-speed automatic transmission. An optional turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder unit is good for 277 hp and 311 lb-ft of torque, matched to an eight-speed dual-clutch gearbox. This block is standard in the Limited and the new top-range Calligraphy trim. The Calligraphy trim comes with four-wheel drive; otherwise, both engines get standard front-wheel drive and available all-wheel drive.
Inside the 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe’s beautiful cabin, passengers will have plenty of room to stay comfortable. The Santa Fe gets even more space for cargo than last year, with 36.4 cubic feet with all seats in place.
Standard features for the base Santa Fe SE trim include 18-inch alloy wheels, cloth upholstery, a 60/40-split folding rear seat, LED headlights, automatic high-beam headlights, and a rearview camera. Infotainment features that come standard include an 8-inch touchscreen, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Bluetooth and four USB ports. Standard driver-assist features include forward collision mitigation, lane keeping assist, trailer sway damping and adaptive cruise control.
The 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe was named a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, with the highest score of Good in all crash tests. The Santa Fe received the best rating of five stars for overall safety by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
EPA-estimated fuel economy for the 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe stands at up to 22 mpg city/28 mpg highway.*
* All vehicle mileage based on 2021 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.