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The Santa Fe fits above the Tucson and below the larger, three-row Palisade. The standard 191-hp, 2.5-liter four-cylinder is a bit weak and noisy.
The optional 2.5-liter turbo is much more powerful but is mated to a dual-clutch automatic that has some low-speed vibrations. A hybrid version comes with a 1.6-liter turbo engine and got 30 mpg overall in our tests. We think it's the best version to get. It also rides more comfortably than the nonhybrid Santa Fe. The cabin is roomy, with a generous rear seat and cargo space. The interior is stylish, but the center console is a sea of buttons, and the push-button gear selector is tricky to use without looking. FCW, AEB with pedestrian detection, BSW, and RCTW are standard. A 261-hp plug-in hybrid with 30 miles of electric range and a rugged XRT trim are new.
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2021
2021 Redesign Year
The midsized Santa Fe underwent an extensive freshening for 2021 with new engines, interior changes and the availability of a hybrid version. The Santa Fe fits above the Tucson and below the larger, three-row Palisade.
The standard 191-hp, 2.5-liter four-cylinder is a bit weak and noisy. The optional 2.5-liter turbo is much more powerful but is mated to a dual-clutch automatic that has some low-speed vibrations. A hybrid version comes with a 1.6-liter turbo engine and got 30 mpg overall in our tests. We think it's the best version to get. It also rides more comfortably than the non-hybrid Santa Fe. The cabin is roomy with a generous rear seat and cargo space. The interior is stylish but the center console is a sea of buttons, and the push-button gear selector is tricky to use without looking. FCW and AEB with pedestrian detection are standard. BSW and RCTW are standard on all trims starting with the 2022 models. A 261-hp plug-in hybrid with 30 miles of electric range and a new, rugged exterior styling XRT trim are new for 2022. 
$29,225 - $42,650
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2019-2020
2019 Redesign Year
The redesigned five-passenger Santa Fe is a compelling choice priced close to some top-trim compact SUVs. It's available with a 2.4-liter, four-cylinder engine or a more powerful 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder.
The turbo returned just 21 mpg overall in our tests and suffers from an uneven power delivery, either hesitating or abruptly launching the SUV forward. We think the 2.4-liter is a better choice. The Hyundai has composed handling and responsive steering, but the ride skews firm. Only mild engine noise penetrates the otherwise quiet cabin. The controls are clear and easy to master, particularly the quick-to-respond infotainment system. There is plenty of head- and legroom, and the seats are comfortable and supportive. Rear-seat room is very generous. Standard safety systems include forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and blind spot warning.
$26,650 - $36,975
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$23,425 - $33,375
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2013-2018
2013 Redesign Year
A major redesign took place in 2013, resulting in the emergence of two versions of the Hyundai crossover SUV. The smaller Santa Fe Sport is a two-row model, while the standard Santa Fe offers three rows of seats.
Though handling is sound in both versions, calling them sporty is a bit of a stretch. On the other hand, ride quality is comfortable and settled. The well-finished and roomy cabin offers many standard features, although a rearview camera is optional. The full-size Santa Fe also comes in for criticism regarding its tiny and difficult to access third-row seat. Blind spot monitoring was added as an option for 2014 models.
$22,725 - $29,925
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$18,100 - $25,225
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$15,975 - $19,850
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$14,125 - $17,150
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$12,925 - $15,250
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$11,400 - $13,475
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2007-2012
2007 Redesign Year
With this version of the Hyundai SUV, the interior is now spacious enough to accommodate a third-row seat (although it's a bit cramped and difficult to access). Still, this development, along with excellent fit and finish, makes for a more refined and versatile package.
For its class, the Santa Fe also has responsive handling, which is delivered along with a firm but comfortable ride. A 2010 redesign freshened things up a bit, but didn't really push the envelope. While this iteration of the Santa Fe remains quite well rounded and competent, we wouldn't call it a world-beater.
$8,750 - $10,550
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$7,375 - $9,225
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$6,800 - $8,025
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$6,300 - $7,625
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$5,900 - $6,875
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$5,350 - $6,000
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2001-2006
2001 Redesign Year
The redesigned 2007 Santa Fe was a big improvement over the original, and included standard ESC. It had a standard 2.7-liter V6 and a new 242-hp 3.3-liter V6.
Well-equipped and pleasant, the car-based SUV rides comfortably and quietly. It also offers its occupants the benefits of a refined powertrain and a nicely finished cabin. However, while handling is secure, the Santa Fe is not particularly agile. The Santa Fe's size further hampers its performance. The SUV's weight inhibits acceleration and taxes fuel economy. Further, its size leads you to believe the interior is more spacious than it actually is. Finally, a tip-up in government rollover tests gives us pause when it comes to considering this version of the Santa Fe.
$4,100 - $4,825
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$3,200 - $4,000
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$2,925 - $3,525
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$2,875 - $3,375
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$2,850 - $3,125
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$2,850 - $3,100
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