2012 Ford
Escape XLS
vs. 2012 Hyundai
Sonata Limited 2.0T

2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.0T

10.0

starting from

$28,855
"The Sonata's fuel economy is slightly above average for a family sedan."
edmunds.com | talking about the Sonata's performance
"Upscale interior."
edmunds.com | talking about the Sonata's interior quality

Reasons to buy the Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.0T

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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 XLS

7.8

Runner-up

Ford Escape XLS

starting from

$22,065

Reasons to buy the Ford Escape XLS

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Average cargo space
66.3 ft3
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Roof rails
Optional
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OK ground clearance for rough terrain
8.4"
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Very inexpensive
$22,065
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 6.6
2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.0T Winner: Sonata Limited 2.0T
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  • Enjoy additional natural light with the Sonata Limited 2.0T's standard sun roof
  • Leather comes standard on the Sonata Limited 2.0T; the Escape XLS only offers cloth seats
  • Conveniently adjust your seat with the Sonata Limited 2.0T's power seats; not available on the Escape XLS
Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs 7.4
2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.0T Winner: Sonata Limited 2.0T
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  • The Sonata Limited 2.0T has 5.7x less risk of serious injury, 5 stars vs 2 stars
  • The Sonata Limited 2.0T has 2.5x less risk of rolling over, 5 stars vs 3 stars
  • The Sonata Limited 2.0T has 1.5x less risk of serious injury, 5 stars vs 4 stars
Cost 10.0 vs 9.4
2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.0T Winner: Sonata Limited 2.0T
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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
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
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  • Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
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  • Neither offers an entertainment system
  • Neither offers satellite radio
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Overall 10.0 vs 7.8

Luxury Features

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Sonata Limited 2.0T
2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.0T
2012 Ford Escape XLS Ford
Escape XLS
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moon roof Standard vs Not Available Enjoy additional natural light with the Sonata Limited 2.0T's standard sun roof
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power seats Standard vs Not Available Conveniently adjust your seat with the Sonata Limited 2.0T's power seats; not available on the Escape XLS
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Standard vs Not Available Leather comes standard on the Sonata Limited 2.0T; the Escape XLS only offers cloth seats

Crash Test Ratings

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Sonata Limited 2.0T
2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.0T
2012 Ford Escape XLS Ford
Escape XLS
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Rollover resistance 5 stars vs 3 stars The Sonata Limited 2.0T is exceptionally safe; 2.5x safer than the Escape XLS
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Front driver crash test 5 stars vs 2 stars The better is 5.7x safer than the Escape XLS
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Driver side crash test 5 stars vs 4 stars The Sonata Limited 2.0T is 1.5x safer than the Escape XLS

Cost

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Sonata Limited 2.0T
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2012 Ford Escape XLS Ford
Escape XLS
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MSRP $28,855 vs $22,065 The Escape XLS has a great price and the Sonata Limited 2.0T is pretty reasonable
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In-city gas mileage 22 mpg vs 23 mpg Both very efficient in the city
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basic warranty miles 60,000 mile vs 36,000 mile The Sonata Limited 2.0T's basic warranty is fantastic, but the Escape XLS's warranty is very limited
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basic warranty years 5 year vs 3 year The Sonata Limited 2.0T's basic warranty is fantastically long-lasting, but the Escape XLS's warranty is very limited

Safety Features

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Sonata Limited 2.0T
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2012 Ford Escape XLS Ford
Escape XLS
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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 2.0T 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 2.0T
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2012 Ford Escape XLS Ford
Escape XLS
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Horsepower 274 HP @ 6,000 RPM vs 171 HP @ 6,000 RPM The Sonata Limited 2.0T is of average power, but the Escape XLS is underpowered
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Number of gears 6 vs 5 Average number of gears
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Transmission Semi-automatic transmission vs Manual transmission The Sonata Limited 2.0T'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 Turbocharger vs None The Sonata Limited 2.0T's Turbocharger lets it maximize power output, quite rare for this class of vehicle
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Power-to-weight ratio 12.6 lb/hp vs 18.9 lb/hp The Sonata Limited 2.0T is a sporty car, while the Escape XLS is just average
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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 2.0T
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2012 Ford Escape XLS Ford
Escape XLS
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range 629 miles vs 490 miles The Sonata Limited 2.0T gets fantastic distance on a single tank, and the Escape XLS gets OK distance
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Cargo space 16.4 ft3 vs 66.3 ft3 The Escape XLS has OK cargo room, while the Sonata Limited 2.0T 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 Optional Need to carry bulky cargo? Get the roof rails upgrade on the Escape XLS
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navigation system Optional vs Not Available The Sonata Limited 2.0T offers an optional navigation system; not available on the Escape XLS
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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 2.0T
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2012 Ford Escape XLS Ford
Escape XLS
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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 Not Available Neither offers 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 Not Available Neither offers an entertainment system

Road Tests

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Sonata Limited 2.0T
2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.0T
2012 Ford Escape XLS Ford
Escape XLS
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0-60 mph 6.6 seconds vs 10.7 seconds The Sonata Limited 2.0T can accelerate to 60mph quickly, but the Escape XLS is pretty bad
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Braking distance at 60mph 136 ft vs 147 ft The Sonata Limited 2.0T's braking ability is average for this class of vehicle, but the Escape XLS is quite bad
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1/4 mile 15.5 s @ 100 mph vs 18.1 s @ 81 mph The Sonata Limited 2.0T's 1/4 mile time is average, but the Escape XLS's is quite bad
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Lateral acceleration Unknown vs Unknown
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Top speed 130 mph vs Unknown

Other Vehicles to Consider

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2012 Ford Escape Limited 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo Escape Limited vs Grand Cherokee Laredo
2012 Ford Escape XLS 2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Escape XLS vs Outback 2.5i
2012 Ford Escape XLT 2011 Jeep Liberty Limited Edition Escape XLT vs Liberty Limited Edition
2012 Ford Escape Limited 2012 Ford Fusion SEL Escape Limited vs Fusion SEL
2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2012 Hyundai Genesis 4.6 Sonata Limited vs Genesis 4.6
2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.0T 2010 Porsche 911 Turbo Sonata Limited 2.0T vs 911 Turbo
2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.0T 2011 Kia Optima SX Sonata Limited 2.0T vs Optima SX
2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.0T 2011 Subaru Legacy 2.5GT Sonata Limited 2.0T vs Legacy 2.5GT
2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2012 Hyundai Elantra GLS Sonata GLS vs Elantra GLS

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