The Ford Escape and Hyundai Santa Fe are popular crossovers, but which one is right for you? It’s not easy to decide which vehicle is right for you when faced with two choices. We’ve looked at the 2023 Ford Escape and 2023 Hyundai Santa Fe to help you make the best decision for yourself and your family.
Design & Style
Although the 2023 Ford Escape and the 2023 Hyundai Santa Fe are crossover SUVs, they have completely different designs. The Ford Escape has a more boxy shape with sharp edges and angular lines. Its headlights look like they’re smiling at you, which makes the car look nice and friendly–but also gives it an air of toughness.
The Hyundai Santa Fe has rounder curves than the Ford Escape, giving it a softer appearance overall. It has fewer sharp angles on its body that make it seem less aggressive than its competitor; however, this design choice makes sense because most customers who buy crossovers want something that looks good but isn’t too flashy or intimidating for everyday use.
The 2023 Ford Escape and the 2023 Hyundai Santa Fe both feature a modern interior design that will leave you feeling comfortable and relaxed while driving. The two vehicles have different styles but use high-quality materials throughout the cabin.
Both vehicles have leather seats and soft-touch plastics on all trim levels; however, only base trims come standard with cloth upholstery on their seats. That said, if you want to upgrade your car’s interior to include leather or even Alcantara (a synthetic material made from strands of cotton), then you’ll need to spend extra money for these options when purchasing one of these crossovers new off-the-lot at your local dealership.
Technology & Safety
The 2023 Ford Escape has a lot of technology on board, but it’s not as advanced as the Hyundai Santa Fe. The Escape comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which allow you to connect your smartphone to the car through Bluetooth. You can also use voice commands to control some vehicle functions, like climate control or navigation.
The Santa Fe has even more features than its competitor: it offers a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot so passengers can get online while they’re on the road; an available rear-view camera that displays what’s behind you when backing up; and automatic emergency braking if there’s another vehicle in front of yours (it’ll stop automatically if necessary).
The Ford Escape uses a 1.5-liter turbocharged inline-four engine that produces 180 horsepower and 199 lb-ft of torque. This powerplant is paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission, which helps it achieve an EPA estimated fuel economy rating of 22 mpg per city, 29 highway and 25 combined.
The Santa Fe’s base 2.5L turbocharged four-cylinder engine makes 191 hp and 181 lb-ft of torque while returning 21/27/23 mpg city/highway/combined on regular unleaded gasoline (with the optional automatic transmission).
The Bottom Line
The Ford Escape is your best bet if you’re looking for a compact SUV with good fuel economy. It has more power than the Hyundai Santa Fe, better acceleration and braking times, and a higher top speed.
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