2018 Ford Escape vs Hyundai Santa Fe

When it comes to midsize SUVs, the Ford Escape and the Hyundai Santa Fe rank among the top of the class, with comfortable rides and advanced technology.

It's not surprising that drivers wonder which is the best SUV to drive around the Geneva, Auburn, Rochester, and Canandaigua areas. Let's see what happens when the 2018 Ford Escape goes head-to-head to battle against the 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe and learn how you can test drive the winner.

Trim Level Comparison

Does the 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe live up to the new 2018 Ford Escape? Let's start by looking at the available trim levels. The Ford Escape comes in four trim levels-the S, SE, SEL, and Titanium-while the Hyundai Santa Fe only offers three trim levels, which include the SE, SE Ultimate, and Limited Ultimate. With that extra trim level, the Escape offers you more versatility.

On the base level of the Escape, the S, you'll have plenty of standard features to keep your rides fun and entertaining. This includes the SYNC® voice recognition system, a six-speaker sound system, and a rearview camera. While the entry level of the Santa Fe, the SE, comes with its own 6-speaker sound system and infotainment system, it doesn't have its rearview mirror come standard until the higher trim levels.

Power and Performance

Whether you're looking for the best fuel economy, or you want outstanding power under the hood, the 2018 Ford Escape blends both features expertly.

At its peak level of power, the Ford Escape and its 2.0L EcoBoost® engine produces 245 power, while the Hyundai Santa Fe's high-end 3.3L V6 delivers 290 horsepower. However, that boost in power comes at a cost; the Santa Fe puts out an EPA-estimated 17 city/23 highway MPG with the 3.3L V6, while the Escape and its 2.0L EcoBoost® achieves an EPA-estimated 21 city/28 highway MPG. Even though you may have a slightly more powerful drive with the Santa Fe, you'll be stopping at the gas station more often to fuel up.

Technology Offerings

The Ford SYNC® 3 infotainment system is one of the most celebrated in the industry, and the company continues to upgrade it every year. By using responsive, voice-activated technology, this advanced system helps you connect and control your smartphone. With the power of Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™, along with the easy-to-use navigation system and a Wi-Fi hotspot, you'll have a connected and enjoyable ride. 

The 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe, on the other hand, has a solid infotainment system, too. However, it doesn't utilize voice commands for an easier user experience. Plus, it's interface isn't as user-friendly, fast, or responsive as the SYNC® 3 system.

Test Drive the Ford Escape at Friendly Ford

Between the 2018 Ford Escape and the 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe, the Escape is clearly the winning vehicle, offering superior upgrades, cutting-edge technology, and superb efficiency. If you're in the Rochester, Geneva, Auburn, or Canandaigua area, and you'd like to test drive a 2018 Ford Escape, contact Friendly Ford today.

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