The Hyundai Santa Fe came out on top of Cars.com’s intensive head-to-head comparison test of mid-size SUV competitors back in 2019 — but not by much. Now, for the 2021 model year, the Santa Fe hopes to widen its lead with big updates and much needed improvements.
In addition to a welcome (if pricey) hybrid variant joining the lineup, 2021 brings to the Santa Fe an applause-worthy powertrain upgrade, a Top Safety Pick rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and just a modest increase in starting price to just over $28,000, including a destination charge.
The overhaul indeed improves some of the shortcomings that could’ve cost it our top endorsement among rivals like the Honda Passport, Nissan Murano and Chevrolet Blazer — but that’s not to say we don’t still have a few, um, notes for Hyundai on what’s still not quite do in’ it for us in the five-seat family hauler. For the full context, be sure to check out Cars.com reviewer Brian Normile comprehensive critique via the related link above. But for a rapid-fire roundup of the pros and cons, keep reading.
Here are five things we like, and four things we’re not so fond of, about the 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe: