2018 Ford Escape vs Hyundai Santa Fe


If you're on the hunt for a crossover SUV that's just as confident on the freeway as it is on the back roads, you're in the right place. The 2018 Ford Escape and the 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe offer drivers in Mechanicsburg, Harrisburg, and Carlisle the perfect mix of performance and safety.

With so much to enjoy in both vehicles, you'll need some help deciding between the two. That's what we at Fred Beans Ford of Mechanicsburg is here to do. Read ahead to see how the Escape and the Santa Fe stack up against each other!

Escape vs Santa Fe: Overview

As competitively capable crossover SUVs, the 2018 Ford Escape and the 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe have a lot in common. Both are standardly equipped with four doors, hatchback access in the rear, and many available upgrade options for the interior. Opt for available leather upholstery and dual-zone automatic temperature control systems for comfort and convenience.

However, there are a few things you'll have in the Escape that you won't in the Santa Fe starting with a bit more wiggle room. The Escape is equipped with 43.1 inches of front legroom as compared to the Santa Fe's 41.3 inches and whopping 34.3 cubic feet of standard cargo space. Compare this to the Santa Fe's mere 13.5 cubic feet of cargo space. Additionally, the Escape goes above and beyond to make passengers comfortable with available 10-way power front seats.

Escape vs Santa Fe: Performance

In the 2018 Ford Escape has a lot to be excited about under the hood with three different engines in its powertrain lineup. Standardly, you'll have a 2.5-L iVCT engine leading the way. However, you can also opt for the available 1.5-L EcoBoost™ engine and the 2.0-L Twin Scroll EcoBoost® engine.

Both of these available engines are paired with Auto Start-Stop technology which helps to enhance efficiency by turning off the engine when you're stopped. You can see these efforts reflected in the Escape's impressive EPA-estimated 23 city / 30 highway1 when these engines are paired with the 6-speed automatic transmission with SelectShift ® Capability.

As for the 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe, you'll still have a standard 6-speed automatic transmission and access to an available all-wheel drivetrain. However, it only has one engine in its lineup. This 3.3-L V6 engine isn't quite as efficient as anything the Escape has to offer with an EPA-estimated 18 city / 24 highway MPG.

Escape vs Santa Fe: Safety

Safety is always priority. That's why the 2018 Ford Escape and the 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe are designed with you and your passengers in mind. Both vehicles offer a variety of safety features including electronic stability control, tire pressure monitoring systems, Blind Spot Monitoring, Lane Keep Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control, and more.

However, the Escape keeps going by adding more features in a standard package called the Ford Safe and Smart™ Package. This package also includes front rain-sensing windshield wipers, automatic high-beams, and Forward Collision Warning.

2018 Ford Escape vs 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe: The Verdict

As you can see, both of these vehicles are impressive but only one of them comes out on top. The 2018 Ford Escape has much more to offer than the features mentioned above and can be explored by getting behind the wheel today.

Drivers in Mechanicsburg, Harrisburg, and Carlisle should give us a call at Fred Beans Ford of Mechanicsburg today to schedule a test drive!

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1 EPA-estimated city/hwy mpg for the model indicated. See fueleconomy.gov for fuel economy of other engine/transmission combinations. Actual mileage will vary. On plug-in hybrid models and electric models, fuel economy is stated in MPGe. MPGe is the EPA equivalent measure of gasoline fuel efficiency for electric mode operation.

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