Jones Ford Casa Grande Compares 2016 Ford Escape VS 2017 Hyundai Santa Near Casa Grande, AZ

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2016 Ford Escape

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2017 Hyundai Santa

Safety Comparison

Both the Escape and the Santa Fe Sport have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras, available daytime running lights, blind spot warning systems, front and rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Ford Escape is safer than the Hyundai Santa Fe Sport:


Santa Fe Sport

Front Seat


5 Stars

5 Stars




Chest Movement

.4 inches

.7 inches

Abdominal Force

96 G’s

150 G’s

Hip Force

351 lbs.

369 lbs.

Rear Seat


5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

54 G’s

54 G’s

Hip Force

649 lbs.

686 lbs.

Into Pole


5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

44 G’s

50 G’s

Hip Force

707 lbs.

855 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Warranty Comparison

There are almost 7 times as many Ford dealers as there are Hyundai dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Escape’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Escape first among compact SUVs in their 2015 Initial Quality Study. The Santa Fe Sport isn’t in the top three in its category.

Engine Comparison

The Escape’s optional 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 10 lbs.-ft. more torque (270 vs. 260) than the Santa Fe Sport 2.0T’s optional 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Ford Escape 1.6 EcoBoost is faster than the Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 4 cyl.:


Santa Fe Sport

Zero to 60 MPH

8.9 sec

9.3 sec

Quarter Mile

16.7 sec

16.9 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

82.4 MPH

82.1 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Escape gets better fuel mileage than the Santa Fe Sport:


Santa Fe Sport


2.5 4 cyl./Auto

22 city/31 hwy

21 city/27 hwy

2.4 4 cyl./Auto

1.6 EcoBoost/Auto

23 city/32 hwy

20 city/28 hwy


2.0 EcoBoost/Auto

22 city/30 hwy

20 city/27 hwy

2.0T Ultimate/Auto



20 city/26 hwy

2.4 4 cyl./Auto

1.6 EcoBoost/Auto

22 city/29 hwy

19 city/26 hwy


2.0 EcoBoost/Auto

21 city/28 hwy

19 city/24 hwy

2.0T Ultimate/Auto

The Escape has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Santa Fe Sport doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Escape stops shorter than the Santa Fe Sport:


Santa Fe Sport

70 to 0 MPH

172 feet

177 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

116 feet

124 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

139 feet

142 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

The Escape’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Santa Fe Sport’s standard 65 series tires. The Escape’s optional tires have a lower 45 series profile than the Santa Fe Sport 2.0T Ultimate’s 55 series tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Escape’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Santa Fe Sport doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

The Escape Titanium AWD handles at .81 G’s, while the Santa Fe Sport pulls only .75 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Escape Titanium AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.6 seconds quicker than the Santa Fe Sport (27.3 seconds @ .6 average G’s vs. 28.9 seconds @ .53 average G’s).

Chassis Comparison

The Escape is 6.9 inches shorter than the Santa Fe Sport, making the Escape easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The front grille of the Escape (except 2.0L ECOBoost) uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Santa Fe Sport doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Escape has .3 inches more front headroom and 1.8 inches more front legroom than the Santa Fe Sport.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Escape’s optional front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Santa Fe Sport’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them fully.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Escape SE/Titanium’s exterior keypad. The Santa Fe Sport doesn’t offer an exterior keypad entry system, and its extra cost Blue Link can’t unlock the doors if the vehicle doesn’t have cell phone reception or the driver can’t contact the service.

The Escape’s standard speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The Santa Fe Sport’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted. The Escape Titanium’s optional wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield.

The Escape (except S) offers an optional 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The Santa Fe Sport doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

The Escape Titanium’s optional Active Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Santa Fe Sport doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Escape is less expensive to operate than the Santa Fe Sport because it costs $117 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Escape than the Santa Fe Sport, including $114 less for a water pump, $253 less for an alternator, $26 less for front brake pads, $30 less for a starter, $44 less for fuel injection, $86 less for a fuel pump, $88 less for front struts and $141 less for a power steering pump.

Intellichoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Ford Escape will be $1851 to $3238 less than for the Hyundai Santa Fe Sport.

Recommendations Comparison

The Ford Escape has won recognition from these important consumer publications:


Santa Fe Sport

Car Book “Best Bet”



Kiplinger’s Award



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