2021 Hyundai Santa Fe vs 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe - Tarbox Hyundai

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2021 Hyundai Santa Fe Overview

The fourth-generation Santa Fe was introduced for the 2019 model year. The 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe brought with it a streamlined trim selection and refined and expanded standard equipment. So, what does the 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe have in store for us? A lot more than you may expect, in fact. Hyundai is giving the Santa Fe a significant makeover inside and out, introducing three new powertrains in place of the old ones and adding Calligraphy-an all-new top-of-the-line trim. Join Tarbox Hyundai as we compare the 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe vs 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe and see how the new model stacks up.

North Kingstown RI - 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe's Overview

Exterior - Hyundai Dealer serving North Kingstown RI

The 2021 and 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe still share a lot in common in terms of the fundamentals. The wheelbase is 108.9 inches, and the minimum ground clearance 7.3. The vehicle measures 187.8 inches long, 74.4 inches wide and 66.1 inches tall. Exterior refinements include a new grille and revised headlamp and taillamp design that make the aesthetic more modern and aggressive. The 2020 model is available in three core trims-SE, SEL and Limited, and the 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe is available in four since it adds the new Calligraphy. Seventeen-inch alloy wheels are standard. Hyundai offers 18- and 19-inch alloy wheels, and the Calligraphy trim features 20-inch wheels with a distinct wheel design.

North Kingstown RI - 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe's Exterior

Interior - 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe in North Kingstown RI

Hyundai has improved the design of the cabin and the materials used with the goal of bringing it more in line with the popular Palisade. But not all of the changes were simply cosmetic, however. Rear legroom was increased about an inch to 41 inches to give adult passengers even more space to stretch. Front legroom remains the same at about 44 inches. The cargo area behind the second row is 36 cubic feet, and you can fold the rear row seating down for up to 72. Hyundai has eliminated the 7-inch touchscreen. Now, every Santa Fe get at least an 8-inch display, and a 10.3-inch touchscreen is optional.

North Kingstown RI - 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe's Interior
Hyundai Santa Fe Mechanical specs

This section is perhaps the most interesting aspect of a 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe vs 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe comparison because Hyundai has retired the powertrains from 2020 and introduced three new ones. The previous base engine-a 2.4-liter four-cylinder-has been replace with a 2.5-liter that makes 191 horsepower and 182 pound-feet of torque and is paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. The turbo option from last model year has been replaced 2.5-liter turbo four that provides significantly more power: 277 hp and 311 lb.-ft. It also paired with the eight-speed. The new hybrid powertrain combines an electric motor, 1.6-liter turbo four and six-speed automatic to make 225 hp and 195 lb.-ft. With proper equipment, the Santa Fe can tow between 2,000 and 3,500 pounds depending on your trim.

North Kingstown RI - 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe's Mechanical
Safety - 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe dealer

The 2021 model has not been evaluated as of this writing, but the current generation has been awarded five stars by the NHTSA and recognized as a IIHS Top Safety Pick+. Tarbox Hyundai expects similar success with the new model. The biggest change for the new model is that you access the driver information and safety features through at least an 8-inch touchscreen, and you can upgrade to a 10.3-inch touchscreen and an integrated navigation system. The core driver aids include forward collision detection, pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking and inattentive driver detection. A blind-spot monitor and safe exit monitor are also available via the SEL trim.

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The 2021 and 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe hit the sweet spot between compact and midsize crossovers, and we have the SE, SEL, Limited and Calligraphy available for you to test-drive, own and lease. We encourage you to see the Santa Fe for yourself and test-drive it at Tarbox Hyundai! You can visit us at your convenience. No appointment is required. You can also call, contact us via email or shop with us online. We have customer service specialists available via live chat who can talk to you about pricing and specials, provide custom quotes and assist with loan and lease pre-approval, and if you aren't ready to make a decision just yet, we can keep you up to date on the latest deals via email or text.

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