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A stylish yet practical crossover SUV.

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The Hyundai Santa Fe is a five-passenger midsize SUV that offers a great mix of comfort and convenience to suit your needs. Freshly redesigned for 2021, the well-equipped Santa Fe boasts a wide variety of standard and available features. If you're looking for an impressive crossover SUV, the 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe is a great choice.

While we currently do not have many 2021 Hyundai Santa Fes on our lots, we look forward to selling more in the future. If you love the 2021 model, you should also consider prior model years of the Santa Fe with similar features.

Here's what you'll learn in this 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe review:

Key Specs & Features

MPG:

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  • The 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe with the standard 2.5L four-cylinder engine and FWD gets an EPA-estimated 25 mpg city and 28 mpg highway (22/25 mpg city/highway for AWD models).1
  • The 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe with the optional 2.5L turbocharged engine and FWD gets an EPA-estimated 22 mpg city and 28 mpg highway (21/28 mpg city/highway for AWD models).1

Cargo Space:

  • The 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe offers 36.4 cubic feet of cargo space behind the second row, which expands to 72.1 cubic feet with the second row folded.

Towing Capacity:

  • The 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe's towing capacity is an estimated 3,500 lbs. with the 2.5L engine, when properly equipped.2

Seating Capacity:

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  • The 2021 Santa Fe has seating for up to five passengers across two rows.
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Engine Options:

  • Standard 191-hp, 2.5L inline four-cylinder engine with an eight-speed transmission and FWD (available AWD)
  • Available 277-hp, 2.5L turbocharged four-cylinder engine with a dual-clutch automatic eight-speed transmission and FWD (available AWD)

Tech Features:

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  • Eight-inch infotainment touchscreen (available 10.3-inch touchscreen)
  • Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto integration
  • Available 12.3-inch digital gauge display
  • Available device charging
  • Available Hyundai Digital Key access

Rankings

The Hyundai Santa Fe has a strong sales history at CarMax. It has been featured in these ranking lists:

Five Reasons to Buy

1. Tons of Tech Features

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To say that the 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe is a tech showcase is an understatement. You'll get a standard eight-inch touchscreen (or an available 10.3-inch touchscreen) as part of the infotainment system, along with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability. This means easy access to your favorite music and navigation apps. Add in a host of available driver-assistance features and you'll find that the Santa Fe is an impressive, tech-packed SUV.

2. Upscale Trims

Even though the base Santa Fe is very well equipped, you can ramp up the luxury with the Limited and Calligraphy trims. The Limited trim features leather seating, with heated and ventilated front seats and heated rear seats. The trim-topping Calligraphy boasts exclusive features such as 20-inch wheels, quilted leather seating, and more.

3. Plenty of Cargo Room

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The 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe offers room for five passengers as well as impressive cargo space. Expect 36.4 cubic feet of space behind the second row with all seats in place. The Santa Fe also features a generous 72.1 cubic feet with the second row folded — so it's more than ready to tackle your next road trip or family outing.

4. Midsize Flexibility

Though the 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe is big on the inside, it's not massive on the outside. Instead, this crossover SUV boasts a great mix of form and flexibility. So if you're looking for a practical SUV to carry your family, friends, and their stuff — but don't want something that's difficult to park — look no further than the Santa Fe.

5. Good Looks

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The Hyundai Santa Fe got a facelift for 2021, with a completely redesigned exterior. The SUV now features a dramatic "cascading" grille design in the front and an LED bar across the back. With such eye-catching design, your 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe won't get lost in the crowd.


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What You Need to Know

Available Trims

  • SE: Includes 18-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights, eight-inch infotainment touchscreen, and cloth seating upholstery.
  • SEL: Adds power-adjustable driver's seat, heated front seats and side mirrors, wireless charging pad, and keyless entry with push-button start.
  • Limited: Adds 19-inch alloy wheels, leather seating upholstery, heated rear seats and steering wheel, and heated and ventilated front seats.
  • Calligraphy: Unlocks 20-inch alloy wheels, Calligraphy front grille finish, quilted leather seating upholstery, and a head-up display.

Available Colors

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

Interior

  • 36.4 cubic feet of cargo space with all seats in place (72.1 cubic feet with the second row folded)
  • Eight-inch infotainment touchscreen (available 10.3-inch touchscreen)
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability
  • Heated and cooled seats (SEL and above)
  • Leather seating (Limited and Calligraphy)

Average CarMax Prices

The 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe is a newer model year and we currently have a limited number in our inventory. See below for average CarMax prices for previous model years of the Hyundai Santa Fe.

  • 2012 — Average prices less than $12,5003
  • 2013 — Average prices less than $15,0003
  • 2014 — Average prices less than $17,0003
  • 2015 — Average prices less than $19,0003
  • 2016 — Average prices less than $20,0003
  • 2017 — Average prices less than $23,5003
  • 2018 — Average prices less than $24,0003
  • 2019 — Average prices less than $22,0003
  • 2020 — Average prices less than $24,0003

Similar Model Years

If you like the 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe, check out some previous model years of this vehicle with similar features.

Safety

The 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe has not yet been rated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Certain vehicles may have unrepaired safety recalls. Click here to look up a specific vehicle.

Similar Vehicles

If you're interested in the 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe, you should also check out these similar vehicles from previous model years.

Hyundai Tucson

The Hyundai Tucson is a compact crossover that offers great features in a stylish package. Take a look at 2017–2019 models and you'll find seating for five and a generous 31 cubic feet of storage with all seats in place (61.9 cubic feet with rear seats folded). 2017-2018 models have a standard 2.0L four-cylinder engine with 164 hp and an optional 175-hp, 1.6L turbo engine. The 2019 Tucson has a standard 2.0L four-cylinder engine with 164 hp and an optional 181-hp, 2.4L four-cylinder engine. The 2017-2019 Hyundai Tucson offers standard tech and features such as:

  • Cloth upholstery
  • Bluetooth® connectivity
  • Five-inch touchscreen (seven-inch touchscreen for 2019)
  • Rearview camera
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability (2019)

Honda CR-V

The fifth-generation Honda CR-V made its debut for the 2017 model year, with updated styling and newly available engines. Model years 2017-2019 of the two-row compact crossover come with a standard 2.4L four-cylinder engine with 184 hp, or an available 1.5L direct-injected turbo four-cylinder engine making 190 hp. The 2017–2018 Honda CR-V includes standard features such as:

  • 17-inch alloy wheels
  • LED running lights
  • Automatic climate control
  • Five-inch color LCD screen (available seven-inch touchscreen)
  • Bluetooth and USB connectivity

Toyota RAV4

The two-row Toyota RAV4 crossover boasts an array of convenience and other standard features. For 2017-2018 model years, you'll find a standard 2.5L four-cylinder engine with 176 hp. For the 2019 model year, the RAV4 received refreshed styling and a standard 203-hp, 2.5L engine. With 37.6 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats, you can bring a full load of passengers and their stuff. You'll also find 69.8 cubic feet of space with all seats folded. The 2017-2019 Toyota RAV4 has a host of standard equipment, including:

  • LED headlights (2019)
  • Rearview camera
  • Cloth upholstery
  • 3.5-inch touchscreen (6.1-inch for 2018 and seven-inch for 2019)
  • Apple CarPlay capability (2019)

The Bottom Line

The 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe delivers a great mix of performance and style, with the flexibility you need for everyday drives as well as longer trips. With so many impressive features and options, the 2021 Santa Fe could be the right SUV for you.

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1Fuel economy figures are based on EPA estimates when vehicles sold as new. Fuel economy may vary for reasons like driving conditions and vehicle history. Unless specified, figures are for vehicles equipped with an automatic transmission. See fueleconomy.gov for details.
2Various factors may impact towing capacity, including weight of passengers, cargo, and options/accessories.
3Based on CarMax average prices from April 9, 2019 through September 10, 2020. Actual prices may vary based on your selected model year, features, and trim packages. Prices do not include tax, title, tags, and any applicable fees.
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