The Hyundai Santa Fe gets some exciting changes for the 2021 model year. The 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe offers Greg May Hyundai customers many of the perks of the larger Palisade at a more affordable price point.
The 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe receives a great new look thanks to a physical redesign and a new top-level Calligraphy trim level. Onboard standard equipment and safety features have also been improved as well as an increase in touchscreen size. The automatic emergency braking systems now detect pedestrians as well as cyclists.
The Santa Fe is popular because of its affordability and a generous range of standard features. Reviewers have appreciated that standard safety equipment and convenience features are improved for the 2021 model year, along with a top range Calligraphy trim that packs tons of upgraded features into a surprisingly affordable package.
Horsepower and Fuel Efficiency
The 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe enjoys increased fuel efficiency despite its larger engine, resulting in an estimated 26 miles per gallon combined. Revisions to the interior are second in priority to what’s happening under the hood of the 2021 Santa Fe. The 191-horsepower 2.5-liter inline-4 base engine replaces a 185-hp 2.4-liter inline-4 and comes with 8-speed automatic transmission with front-wheel drive standard or available all-wheel drive.
Miles Per Gallon and Engine Improvements
An available 2.5-liter turbo-4 replaces the 2.0-liter turbo-4 on 2020 models, and boosts output to 277 hp and 311 pound-feet of torque, showcasing improvements of 42 hp and 51 lb-ft. It uses a wet dual-clutch 8-speed automatic that improves shift responsiveness and efficiency, Hyundai says. The automaker estimates this engine will be 2 mpg more efficient than the outgoing 2.0-liter turbo-4 up to 25 mpg combined.
Powertrain and Available Trim Levels
The Santa Fe hybrid powertrain uses a 1.6-liter turbo-4 and two motors making an estimated 225 hp and 195 lb-ft. A 6-speed automatic shuttles power to all four wheels. Hyundai hasn’t yet released details on the feature set on each trim level, but some of the available features include remote start that can also change the temperature of the seats, a remote parking feature that pulls the Santa Fe in or backs it out of tight spaces without a driver and enhanced connected car features through the Blue Link system.