The new generation of the Santa Fe SUV is still fresh, so there is no need for changes in the near future. Hyundai is using that time to reinforce the lineup with the new Palisade. The full-size model replaces the Santa Fe XL as the only three-row SUV by the Japanese carmaker. Now, it is time for an update of the compact Tucson. So, the 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe will be unchanged.
A couple of four-cylinder engines is all the new Santa Fe is offering at this moment. So, there is room for improvement in the lineup. A V6, or a hybrid, are things we can hear listening to the rumors. Still, the company is not confirming either of them for 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe. Tucson is getting a hybrid configuration, and that is enough for fans to believe the bigger sibling will go the same way.
Why Buy Hyundai Santa Fe?
There are a few cool things about the SUV, which will be carried over to the 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe. First of all, there is a drivetrain system. The SUV is not offering plenty of options or power. But, its turbocharged engine works excellent. Plus, Hyundai improved an AWD drive, which will be good for the next couple of years before it requires a revisit. Although sitting high and being an SUV, Santa Fe maneuvers like a car. The exterior is eye-catching, and the interior comes with a lot of standard options, especially in the safety segment. Upper trim levels reach a luxury class with premium sound and other optional packages. Finally, the warranty with 100,000 miles to drive is something you will hardly find elsewhere.
…And Why Not?
The turbocharged model is cool, it provides enough power, but the 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe will still miss a V6 engine. Most of its rivals are offering larger units, leaving four-pots as the base solution. The standard offer with 185 hp is good for the compact segment, not for the mid-size SUV. Extra size and weight make fuel economy worse than for compact models. Hyundai is also missing a kind of a sport-tuned version. The new N Sport will be available on Tucson only. On the other hand, extra ground clearance doesn’t mean too much. Santa Fe needs more upgrades to become a serious off-road SUV.
2021 Hyundai Santa Fe Specs
A 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine is a powerplant you will get if you choose the standard configuration. As you can spot in the previous lines, the drivetrain is good for 185 hp. It also produces 180 lb-ft of torque at 4,000 rpm. An eight-speed transmission is smooth but somehow sluggish. Front-wheel drive is standard and it returns 25 mpg combined. The fuel economy drops by one point of you choose an AWD.
Another option is a turbocharged mill. A 2.0-liter Theta engine comes with direct injection and sends power through the same gearbox. Again, FWD and AWD are drive modes available for this engine. But, it creates more power (235 hp) and torque (260 lb-ft) than a non-turbo mill. It causes higher gas consumption. The 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe Turbo will return 23 mpg, no matter if the power goes to two or four wheels.
2021 Hyundai Santa Fe Needs Reinforcements
Like its smaller sibling, Tucson, the 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe will use a diesel unit. However, it is happening outside the US. A 2.2-liter turbo engine can deliver 195 hp and 310 lb-ft (420 Nm) of twisting power. Fuel economy is also getting a boost, although the base configuration comes with a six-speed manual transmission.
A 3.3-liter engine is available if the company plans to add a V6 for the US market. This unit is producing 252 hp, but the company discontinued it for the new generation. Instead, we found info about the new Lambda 3.5-liter engine, capable of delivering 275 hp and 250 lb-ft. Besides the Santa Fe, this unit is also part of the lineup of Sorento and Sedona, by Hyundai’s partner Kia.
2021 Hyundai Santa Fe Drops the Third Row
The new 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe not going to be available in the XL form – the model that was able to accommodate seven passengers. The reason – arrival of the Palisade full-size SUV. If you want a three-row Hyundai, this is the only option to get it. However, the Chinese version of the Santa Fe is now larger, though. With a five-inch difference, there is a lot of space behind the third row both for extra seats and the cargo.
2021 Hyundai Santa Fe Prices
The new 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe will offer a cool price thanks to the 2.4-liter engine. The pricing starts at $26,000. If you want an AWD, you must add $1,800. If you are looking for more power, then prepare nearly $10k more for a turbo engine. This one is available in SEL trim. The third model is Limited, which also offers a choice between two drivetrains.