The midsized Santa Fe received an extensive freshening for 2021 with new engines, interior changes, and a cosmetic nip and tuck. A 191-hp, 2.5-liter four-cylinder is now standard; the outgoing 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder engine is replaced by a 2.5-liter turbo that is mated to an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. Hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions will arrive later in 2021.
Alerts
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Reliability

Our extensive survey data, combined with our technical knowledge, allows us to expertly predict the reliability of new and redesigned models.

Predicted Reliability
The 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe has been recalled 1 time by NHTSA. View Recalls
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Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey for about 329,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2020 vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system. NA indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.

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For this Rating, we averaged a model’s Overall Reliability for the newest three years, provided the vehicle did not change significantly in that time and hasn’t been redesigned for 2020. We include a prediction for a model that is new or has been redesigned, based on its reliability history or the manufacturer’s track record.
Recalls
PROVIDED BY
AIR BAGS
Mar 17, 2021
In the event of a crash, deployment of the front passenger air bag, with a child in that seat, can increase the risk of injury to the child.
Summary:
Hyundai Motor America (Hyundai) is recalling certain 2021 Santa Fe vehicles. The Occupant Detection System (ODS) module may not deactivate the air bag upon detection of a child restraint system in the front passenger seat. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 208, "Occupant Crash Protection."
What should you do:
Hyundai will notify owners, and dealers will replace the ODS module, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin May 14, 2021. Owners may contact Hyundai customer service at 1-855-371-9460. Hyundai's number for this recall is 202.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 21V185000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 10
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