Is the 2021 Santa Fe Hybrid Worth the Extra Cash?

The 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe Hybrid will help you be more green. However, is paying to upgrade from the gas-powered Hyundai Santa Fe worth it? Let’s check out the prices and weigh the pros and cons. 

Is the 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe Hybrid worth buying? 

Yes, the 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe Hybrid is an excellent option for going green. But Cars.com suggests that it comes at a premium price. The 2021 Santa Fe Hybrid will begin at about $34,835. This is a $6,800 price increase over the base model, and these prices include the destination fee. 

The 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe Hybrid driving on a dirt road
2021 Hyundai Santa Fe Hybrid | Hyundai

The 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe base model with front-wheel drive has an MSRP of about $26,850 before the destination fee has been included. So, you will need to pay a pretty penny for the ability to burn less fuel. 

Also, the hybrid powertrain isn’t available in the base model, which is the Santa Fe SE. The Santa Fe Hybrid is only available with the Blue, SEL Premium, and Limited trim levels. So, it will include some premium upgrades. 

What comes with the Hybrid Santa Fe? 

The 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe Hybrid includes standard all-wheel drive. This is an excellent perk if you need to traverse through snow or other slippery conditions. Along with enhanced capability, you also get the Hyundai SmartSense Suite. 

With the SmartSense suite, you get tons of safety features such as forward-collision warning with automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, cyclist detection, blind-spot warning with collision avoidance assist, rear-cross traffic alert, and lane-centering steering.  

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For convenience, you get the push-button start, a standard 8-inch touchscreen multimedia system with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, heated front seats, a wireless device charging pad, power-folding second-row seats, and the hands-free power liftgate. 

The SEL Premium trim for about $38,785 adds leather seats, the Harmon Kardon premium audio system, a 10.25-inch touchscreen, a panoramic moonroof, and LED interior lighting. You also get highway driving assistance and adaptive cruise control. 

With the Limited trim for $41,135, you get LED headlamps, power-folding side mirrors and second-row seats, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, a heated steering wheel, and rain-sensing wipers. Plus, you get blind spot cameras, front and rear parking sensors, a 360-degree camera system, and remote smart parking assistance. 

Hyundai Santa Fe Hybrid features 

The 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe Hybrid comes with a 1.6-liter four-cylinder and 60-hp electric motor. The motor utilizes a 1.5-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack. It should produce an estimated 225-hp. 

2021 Hyundai Santa Fe Hybrid Interior
2021 Hyundai Santa Fe Hybrid Interior | Hyundai

It should get an EPA estimated 32 to 34 mpg combined depending on the trim level. This is an increase of about 10 mpg from the gas-powered Santa Fe with AWD. But the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid begins at around $28,500, which is about $2,350 more than the base model, and it gets an EPA estimated 40 mpg combined. 

But keep in mind that the Santa Fe Hybrid is a larger option. It’s better suited to compete against the Toyota Highlander Hybrid, which begins at around $38,510. This is about $3,600 more than the base model, which starts at around $34,910. It also gets an EPA estimated 36 mpg combined.