Hyundai put the Santa Fe through an extensive freshening for 2021, giving it new, more powerful engines, upscale interior styling, and a hybrid version. As before, it slots in between compact and midsized SUVs in terms of its footprint. But the reworked controls have become less user-friendly, and the base engine feels feeble and gets noisy when pushed hard.
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Hyundai Santa Fe Road Test

Hyundai put the Santa Fe through an extensive freshening for 2021, giving it new, more powerful engines, upscale interior styling, and a hybrid version. As before, it slots in between compact and midsized SUVs in terms of its footprint. But the reworked controls have become less user-friendly, and the base engine feels feeble and gets noisy when pushed hard.

It took the Santa Fe a lethargic 10 seconds to run from 0-60 mph with the standard 191-horsepower, 2.5-liter four-cylinder. The power deficit means the eight-speed automatic transmission needs to shift often, and it isn’t the smoothest operator; downshifts at low speeds are often felt with a bump. We measured 24 mpg overall, which is fairly efficient for an all-wheel drive SUV of this size. Front-wheel drive comes standard.

The optional 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder belts out a considerable 277 hp, which makes the Santa Fe much quicker, but it’s mated to an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission that suffers from low-speed vibrations.

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We think the SEL trim with the addition of both the Convenience and Premium packages presents an appealing balance of feature content and price. Together with this trim and option packages, buyers get adaptive cruise control, a large sunroof, an upgraded audio system, and dual-zone climate control....
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