2021 Hyundai Santa Fe
Motor Trend|January 2021
New platform, design, and three new engines
Alisa Priddle

The 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe has received an—ahem—refresh. We almost spit out our coffee at the description. The word “refresh” in automotive parlance gets a lot of exercises. We’ve seen it used when a model gets a new fascia and a new color. We have also seen automakers refer to a vehicle as “next-generation” when it continues to ride on the same platform with an engine tweaked to coax out a bit more power— on top of the new fascia and new color.

Imagine my surprise, then, when Hyundai execs outlined the serious changes to the Santa Fe. For starters, it switches to a new platform, one shared with the 2021 Kia Sorento, and Kia isn’t shy about calling that the new fourth generation of the vehicle. The degree of modification drove the move to a new platform, we are told, but the number of parts changed was just shy of calling it a full model change.

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