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Highlights of the 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe

Posted by: Jennifer Morand

A couple of months ago, the 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe was one of the latest vehicles to be unveiled virtually, and now, the significantly enhanced SUV is hitting dealerships. For 2021, the Santa Fe features a freshened, innovative design motif, advanced front and rear lighting signatures, a new hybrid powertrain with all-wheel drive and extensive driver safety and convenience technologies.
The 2021 Santa Fe is also larger, longer and wider – creating increased passenger room and additional cargo space behind the second row. The exterior shows off an aggressive, bold front face design, a striking LED T-shaped distinctive light design, a distinctive three-dimensional horizontal wide grille and an overall proportioned appearance with a long, defined hood. The more prominent exterior features for the 2021 model year include:
  • LED headlights and daytime running lights
  • LED taillights 
  • Wide front grille with sculpted bumper 
  • 17-inch, 18-inch, 19-inch and 20-inch alloy wheels
  • Roof side rails
  • Power folding side mirrors with turn signal indicators 
  • Power panoramic sunroof 
  • Exterior silver accents
The most significant changes can be found in the interior of the vehicle including a high-console design, added convenience and storage space, premium materials throughout the cabin including Nappa leather seating, soft-touch padding and ambient lighting. A roundup of interior features for the 2021 model year include: 
  • Premium Nappa leather seating surfaces (also found on the Palisade)
  • Front heated and ventilated seats  
  • Power driver seat plus lumbar support
  • Integrated memory seat system 
  • Dual automatic temperature control 
  • Shift-by-wire and electric parking brake
  • Heated steering wheel and rear seats 
  • Rear window sunshades 
The Santa Fe also touts advanced safety features that come standard with Hyundai’s SmartSense, such as: 
  • Forward collision-avoidance assist with pedestrian and bicyclist detection
  • Blind-spot collision-avoidance assist
  • Rear cross-traffic collision-avoidance assist
  • Lane keeping assist and lane following assist
  • Safe exit warning and rear occupant alert
  • Driver attention warning
  • Highway driving assist
  • Smart cruise control with “Stop & Go” 
  • Parking distance warning (forward and reverse)
  • Parking collision-avoidance assist-reverse
  • Blind view monitor and surround view monitor
In terms of tech, the 2021 Santa Fe offers a 10.25-inch navigation system, remote smart park assist, hands-free power tailgate with auto-open function, 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, head-up display and 64-color ambient lighting. 
The Santa Fe also offers new connectivity features for 2021 such as Hyundai Digital Key – allowing owners to remotely control their vehicle from an app on their phone. Remote controls will start/stop the engine, lock/unlock the doors, turn panic mode on/off and open the trunk. Additional connectivity features include wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, enhanced Blue Link features, wireless device charging and dynamic voice recognition. 
HTRAC all-wheel-drive is another feature found in the 2021 Santa Fe. HTRAC AWD tracks vehicle speed and road conditions to control braking between the left and right wheels. It also balances power between the front and rear wheels to ensure occupant safety while delivering superior cornering and driving dynamics on multiple road surfaces. 
Additional improvements have been made to the 2021 Santa Fe’s braking, ride and handling, noise reduction, aerodynamics and body structure.
The 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe will start at $26,850 for the SE base trim level (now with a new 2.5-liter engine and an 8-speed automatic transmission), $28,650 for the SEL trim and $38,600 for the Limited. Following in the larger Palisade's footsteps, the Santa Fe also gains a Calligraphy trim level starting at $42,100.
The Santa Fe Hybrid will also arrive in the first quarter of 2021. In addition, a Santa Fe Plug-in Hybrid is expected to arrive later next year. Pricing for the HEV and PHEV models will be announced closer to launch. 
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