- The 2021 Toyota Venza rides on a new platform that’s part RAV4 and part Highlander.
- The 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe gets a new look for 2021.
2021 Toyota Venza
Base Price: $32,470 / Read our 2021 Toyota Venza Review
What we like: Standard hybrid powertrain and all-wheel-drive with both an active and passive safety suite.
What we would change: We’d add a plug-in hybrid and at least one additional powertrain option.
Overview: Toyota discontinued the Venza back in 2015, but the company has decided to bring it back in the form of a new 2-row crossover making it more of an urban crossover than a wagon. It comes with a hybrid-only powertrain and sportier handling with plenty of space for five passengers.
What’s new for 2021: The 2021 Toyota Venza rides on an all-new platform that blends both the popular RAV4 and the Highlander. It’s got sleek and sporty styling and comes with Toyota’s Hybrid System II, which combines an engine with three electric motors to give it an expected 39 miles per gallon combined.
Features and Tech: Available in three levels, the LE, XLE, and Limited, the Venza offers all-wheel-drive as standard along with Toyota’s suite of safety equipment, including a full-speed range adaptive cruise control, lane-departure alert with steering assist, automatic high beams, and road sign assist. Its pre-collision warning system also includes pedestrian detection, even in low-light situations, as well as daytime bicycle detection. At the base, you also get AM/FM sound system with six speakers, an 8.0-inch infotainment touchscreen, and Android Auto/Apple CarPlay/Amazon Alexa compatibility. At the top of the line, you get a 12.3-inch touchscreen, 9-speaker JBL premium audio, digital review mirror, 4-way power-adjust passenger seat, SofTex upholstery, heated/ventilated front seats, heated leather-trimmed steering wheel, all-around view camera, and a really impressive Star Gaze panoramic roof which is an electrochromic glass sunroof that allows the driver to toggle between transparent and frosted modes.
What does the future hold? The 2021 Venza is new for this year (even though it’s returning after a five-year hiatus), so we don’t expect too many changes outside of trim adjustments in the next few years. Find a 2021 Toyota Venza for sale near you
2021 Hyundai Santa Fe
Base Price: Around $28,000 / Read our 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe Review
What we like: Powerful gasoline engines and a gas/electric hybrid option, packed with technology and driver assistance.
What we would change: We’d swap out the push-button shift set up.
Overview: A small, highly popular crossover that’s car-based, the 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe gets a significant refresh for this model year.
What’s new for 2021: The 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe gets a new look with a wider grille and new headlights, a redesigned interior with premium materials and technology, and two new gasoline engines, a standard version, and a high-output turbocharged version. There are also hybrid and plug-in options available.
Features and Tech: The 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe gets a pretty comprehensive facelift for this model year. The most notable changes are on the outside, where the front and rear get a full refresh. Inside, the infotainment system is based around an 8-inch screen and comes with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. However, there is an available 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and a 10.25-inch-wide navigation screen. A new push-button transmission shifter creates more storage space. Soft-touch material and ambient lighting, as well as new materials, colors, and the addition of available Nappa leather, make the SUV’s interior more luxurious. Hyundai also added more convenience features, such as power-folding rear seats and 12-speaker Harman Kardon audio. In addition to all this, the 2021 Santa Fe gets improved fuel economy throughout its engine range, too—and that includes the hybrid, which gets an estimated 40 miles per gallon combined.
What does the future hold? The Hyundai Santa Fe is still relatively new and was entirely redone in 2019. We don’t expect much in terms of updates outside of trim changes for the next few years. Find a 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe for sale near you
Venza vs. Santa Fe: Strengths comparison
Toyota Venza Benefits: Packed with safety and technology at the base level.
Hyundai Elantra Benefits: A great warranty and several different engine options.
Venza vs. Santa Fe: Which is better?
The Hyundai Santa Fe takes the top tier in this comparison for its stellar warranty and variety of engine options. We’d opt for the Santa Fe Limited because of its 277-horsepower engine, heated and cooled front seats, and added technology and safety equipment. Find a 2021 Toyota Venza for sale or Find a 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe for sale
|2021 Toyota Venza||2021 Hyundai Santa Fe|
|Engine||2.5-liter I4 Hybrid||2.5-liter I4|
|Horsepower||219 hp combined||191 hp @ 6,100 RPM|
|Torque||163 lb-ft @ 5,200 RPM||182 lb-ft @ 4,000 RPM|
|Fuel Economy||39 mpg (40 city/39 hwy)||Est. 25 mpg (22 city/29 hwy)|
|Also Available||turbocharged 2.5-liter inline -4, turbocharged 1.6-liter inline-4, Hybrid|
|Warranty||3 years/36,000 miles||5 years/60,000 miles|
|Powertrain warranty||5 years/60,000 miles||10 years/100,000 miles|
|NHTSA Safety Rating||5 stars||n/a|
|Max Seating Capacity||5||5|
|Wheelbase||105.9 inches||108.9 inches|
|Overall Length||186.6 inches||188.4 inches|
|Width||73.0 inches||74.8 inches|
|Height||65.9 inches||66.3 inches|
|Turning Diameter||36.1 feet||37.5 feet|
|Headroom, Front||38.6 inches||41.2 inches|
|Headroom, Rear||39.0 inches||39.0 inches|
|Legroom, Front||40.9 inches||44.1 inches|
|Legroom, Rear||37.8 inches||41.7 inches|
|Shoulder Room, Front||57.4 inches||59.1 inches|
|Shoulder Room, Rear||56.9 inches||58.3 inches|
|EPA Passenger Volume||98.3 cu. ft.||n/a|
|EPA Cargo Volume||28.8 cu. Ft.||36.4 cu. ft.|