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Published February 28, 2022

Hyundai Santa Fe review

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Image shows a blue Hyundai Santa Fe driving along a tree-lined highway.

The Hyundai Santa Fe is a reliable choice for families or those who love an all-around spacious vehicle.

Launched in 2000, the Hyundai Santa Fe quickly became one of the best-selling models in the U.S. for the South Korean manufacturer. And here, we’re going to do a comprehensive Hyundai Santa Fe review so you can discover everything it offers, covering all its pros and cons.

Pros of the Hyundai Santa Fe:

  • Low maintenance costs
  • Very reliable
  • Spacious legroom and cargo space

Cons of the Hyundai Santa Fe:

  • Less economical than other SUVs on the market
  • 2020 model has limited trim options
  • Not great for off-roading
Hyundai Santa Fe price

Latest 2022 version: From $27,200

Used version (2019-2021): From $22,000-$26,000

For an entry-level trim, the starting price of a Hyundai Santa Fe is a little above some other models in its category. Take the 2019 Kia Sorento; it has a starting price of $26,290 – but can achieve a similar mileage (19 mpg city/29 mpg highway).


Regardless of which year you choose, you can expect to enjoy a range of great features with the Santa Fe.

The 2021 model offers a comfortable drive and comes with three powertrain options, plus a hybrid model for those looking for a more eco-friendly vehicle. As standard, there’s a 2.5-liter four-cylinder that achieves 191-hp or the punchier turbocharged 2.5-liter with 277-hp.

The 2020 model is slightly different, with the standard boasting a 185-hp 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine. There’s also a turbocharged 2.0-liter with 235-hp. Both come equipped with an eight-speed automatic transmission for a relaxed drive.

And if you opt for the 2019 model, you can enjoy 2.4-liter I-4 with 185-hp or 2.0-liter turbo-four with 235-hp – again, coming with an impressive eight-speed automatic transmission.


If it’s a reliable vehicle you’re looking for, you can’t go wrong with the Hyundai Santa Fe, or any Hyundai for that matter. The manufacturer is in the top 10 for reliability and offers drivers a 10-year/100,000-mile warranty.

And if you’re wondering how much a Hyundai will set you back in repairs, the average annual repair cost for a Hyundai is $468, according to, over $150 less than the average annual repair cost for all cars, which is at $652 per year.


From 2019 to 2021, each model is packed full of helpful safety features. The driver’s assistance technology features forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, lane-keeping assist, blind-spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control and so much more. These are all as standard across all three years we’ve mentioned.

So, if you buy a used 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe, you’ll still benefit from the great safety features of the vehicle. The Insurance Institute awarded the 2019 model a Top Safety Pick+ for Highway Safety.

Fuel economy

The Hyundai Santa Fe offers good fuel economy and can achieve between 20-22 mpg when city driving and 26-29 mpg on the highway. However, it’s not the best on the market when it comes to fuel economy. The Hyundai Kona 1.6 GDi Hybrid can achieve 47.4 mpg.

Cargo Space and interior

The Hyundai Santa Fe is a great option for a family SUV. The interior and cargo offer plenty of space and storage, with the trunk offering over 17 cubic feet of space. Drop all the rear seats down, and you’re provided with even more space, adding over 35 cubic feet to the capacity.

The interior is comfortable, with good legroom for both the front and rear passengers. There are soft-touch materials throughout the cabin that add to the quality feel of this vehicle.

Infotainment and technology

Whether you opt for the 2019 or 2021 model, you’ll get a vehicle packed with tech. The built-in infotainment system sits proudly in the center and is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. USB charging ports are in the front, and wireless charging ports are an option.

Love playing your favorite music on high volume? Take advantage of the impressive 12-speaker set-up – it fills the entire vehicle with crisp and clear sound. And for ease and convenience, a sat-nav is built into the infotainment – perfect for those road trips.

Is the Hyundai Santa Fe a good car?

The Hyundai Santa Fe is a good, practical and reliable car. While it may not achieve the same fuel economy as its rivals, it makes up for that in maintenance costs.

One of the most reliable vehicles on the market, bursting with space and tech – if it’s a mid-sized SUV you want, which can transport the whole family on vacation as well as handle the daily work commute, the Santa Fe has got your back.

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