2012 Ford
Escape XLT
vs. 2012 Hyundai
Sonata Limited

2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited

10.0

starting from

$27,105
"The Sonata's fuel economy is slightly above average for a family sedan."
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"Upscale interior."
edmunds.com | talking about the Sonata's interior quality

Reasons to buy the Hyundai Sonata Limited

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Safer for the driver in head-on collisions
5 stars
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Less chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
5 stars
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Longer-lasting basic warranty
5 year
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OK brakes
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2012 Ford Escape XLT

8.4

Runner-up

Ford Escape XLT

starting from

$25,495

Reasons to buy the Ford Escape XLT

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Roof rails
Standard
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Average cargo space
66.3 ft3
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Entertainment system
Optional
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Premium radio
Optional
Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs 7.4
2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited Winner: Sonata Limited
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  • The Sonata Limited has 5.7x less risk of serious injury, 5 stars vs 2 stars
  • The Sonata Limited has 2.5x less risk of rolling over, 5 stars vs 3 stars
  • The Sonata Limited has 1.5x less risk of serious injury, 5 stars vs 4 stars
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 8.6
2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited Winner: Sonata Limited
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  • Enjoy additional natural light with the Sonata Limited's standard sun roof
  • Leather-appointed interiors are available on both; but it comes standard with the Sonata Limited
Cost 10.0 vs 9.4
2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited Winner: Sonata Limited
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  • Basic warranty lasts 2 more years, 5 year vs 3 year
  • Basic warranty lasts 24,000 more miles, 60,000 mile vs 36,000 mile
  • Gets more than 10% more miles per gallon in the city, 24 mpg vs 21 mpg
Safety Features - vs -
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  • Child door locks come standard
Performance - vs -
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  • Both vehicles can make tight turns
  • Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
  • Underpowered
Practicality - vs -
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  • Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
Entertainment System - vs -
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Road Tests 10.0 vs -
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Overall 10.0 vs 8.4

Crash Test Ratings

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Sonata Limited
2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited
2012 Ford Escape XLT Ford
Escape XLT
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Rollover resistance 5 stars vs 3 stars The Sonata Limited is exceptionally safe; 2.5x safer than the Escape XLT
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Front driver crash test 5 stars vs 2 stars The better is 5.7x safer than the Escape XLT
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Driver side crash test 5 stars vs 4 stars The Sonata Limited is 1.5x safer than the Escape XLT

Luxury Features

Hyundai
Sonata Limited
2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited
2012 Ford Escape XLT Ford
Escape XLT
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moon roof Standard vs Not Available Enjoy additional natural light with the Sonata Limited's standard sun roof
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power seats Standard vs Standard Both have power seats
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Standard vs Optional Leather-appointed interiors are available on both; but it comes standard with the Sonata Limited

Cost

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Sonata Limited
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2012 Ford Escape XLT Ford
Escape XLT
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MSRP $27,105 vs $25,495 The Escape XLT has a great price and the Sonata Limited is pretty reasonable
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In-city gas mileage 24 mpg vs 21 mpg The Sonata Limited has great city mileage and the Escape XLT is pretty reasonable
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basic warranty miles 60,000 mile vs 36,000 mile The Sonata Limited's basic warranty is fantastic, but the Escape XLT's warranty is very limited
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basic warranty years 5 year vs 3 year The Sonata Limited's basic warranty is fantastically long-lasting, but the Escape XLT's warranty is very limited

Safety Features

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Sonata Limited
2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited
2012 Ford Escape XLT Ford
Escape XLT
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Unknown vs Unknown
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Airbags 5 vs 5 OK number of airbags
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Rear brakes Disc vs Drum The Sonata Limited has good brakes for high-performance driving
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child door locks Standard vs Standard Child door locks come standard
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Roadside assistance system None vs None

Performance

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Sonata Limited
2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited
2012 Ford Escape XLT Ford
Escape XLT
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Horsepower 198 HP @ 6,300 RPM vs 171 HP @ 6,000 RPM Underpowered
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Number of gears 6 vs 6 Average number of gears
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Transmission Semi-automatic transmission vs Automatic transmission The Sonata Limited's semi-automatic transmission is rare for this class of vehicle
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paddle shifters Unknown vs Unknown
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Air compressor None vs None Neither has an air compressor for increased power output
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Power-to-weight ratio 16.7 lb/hp vs 19.3 lb/hp The Sonata Limited has OK performance while the Escape XLT gives sluggish performance
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Drivetrain type front-wheel drive vs two-wheel drive Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 35.8 ft vs 36.7 ft Both vehicles can make tight turns

Practicality

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Sonata Limited
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2012 Ford Escape XLT Ford
Escape XLT
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range 648 miles vs 490 miles The Sonata Limited gets fantastic distance on a single tank, and the Escape XLT gets OK distance
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Cargo space 16.4 ft3 vs 66.3 ft3 The Escape XLT has OK cargo room, while the Sonata Limited has very little
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front seats 58.2 ft3 vs 55.0 ft3 Both average size front seats
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folding rear seats Standard vs Standard Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
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power outlets Standard vs Standard Both have power outlets
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roof rails Not Available vs Standard Need to carry bulky cargo? The Escape XLT's standard roof rails are great, meanwhile the Sonata Limited cannot be configured with them at any price
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navigation system Optional vs Not Available The Sonata Limited offers an optional navigation system; not available on the Escape XLT
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Cupholders Unknown vs Unknown
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Entertainment System

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Sonata Limited
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Escape XLT
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Number of speakers Unknown vs Unknown
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Has speed sensitive volume Unknown vs Unknown
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Not Available vs Optional Like your tunes? In the Escape XLT, you can upgrade to satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Unknown vs Unknown
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Has subwoofer Unknown vs Unknown
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entertainment system Not Available vs Optional It'll cost you to get an entertainment system on the Escape XLT; but it's not available at all on the Sonata Limited

Road Tests

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Sonata Limited
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2012 Ford Escape XLT Ford
Escape XLT
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0-60 mph 7.7 seconds vs 10.7 seconds The Sonata Limited's 0-60 time is average for this class of vehicle, but the Escape XLT is sluggish
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Braking distance at 60mph 127 ft vs 147 ft The Sonata Limited's braking ability is average for this class of vehicle, but the Escape XLT is quite bad
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1/4 mile 15.8 s @ 90 mph vs 18.1 s @ 81 mph The Sonata Limited's 1/4 mile time is average, but the Escape XLT's is quite bad
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Lateral acceleration 0.77 g vs Unknown
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Top speed 130 mph vs Unknown

Other Vehicles to Consider

2012 Ford Escape XLS 2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Escape XLS vs Outback 2.5i
2012 Ford Escape Limited 2011 Ford Edge SE Escape Limited vs Edge SE
2012 Ford Escape XLT 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited Escape XLT vs Grand Cherokee Limited
2012 Ford Escape XLT 2011 Jeep Liberty Limited Edition Escape XLT vs Liberty Limited Edition
2012 Ford Escape XLT 2011 Mazda Tribute i Grand Touring Escape XLT vs Tribute i Grand Touring
2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2012 Hyundai Genesis 4.6 Sonata Limited vs Genesis 4.6
2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2012 Hyundai Elantra GLS Sonata Limited vs Elantra GLS
2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2011 Toyota Prius Four Sonata Limited vs Prius Four
2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2011 Toyota Avalon Limited Sonata Limited vs Avalon Limited
2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Sonata Limited vs Jetta TDI

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