2012 Ford
Escape XLT
vs. 2012 Hyundai
Sonata GLS

2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS

9.0

starting from

$21,455
"Most powerful and most efficient 4-cylinder in its class."
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"We’d call it too good to be true."
autoguide.com | talking about the Sonata's overall satisfaction

Reasons to buy the Hyundai Sonata GLS

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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

9.0

starting from

$25,495

Reasons to buy the Ford Escape XLT

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Roof rails
Standard
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Power seats
Standard
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Average cargo space
66.3 ft3
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Entertainment system
Optional
Luxury Features 7.2 vs 10.0
2012 Ford Escape XLT Winner: Escape XLT
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  • Almost the same
  • Almost the same
Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs 7.4
2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS Winner: Sonata GLS
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  • The Sonata GLS has 5.7x less risk of serious injury, 5 stars vs 2 stars
  • The Sonata GLS has 2.5x less risk of rolling over, 5 stars vs 3 stars
  • The Sonata GLS has 1.5x less risk of serious injury, 5 stars vs 4 stars
Cost 10.0 vs 9.4
2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS Winner: Sonata GLS
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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
  • Neither offers a navigation system
Entertainment System - vs -
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Road Tests 10.0 vs -
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Overall 9.0 vs 9.0

Luxury Features

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Sonata GLS
2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS
2012 Ford Escape XLT Ford
Escape XLT
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moon roof Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a sun roof
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power seats Not Available vs Standard Conveniently adjust your seat with the Escape XLT's power seats; not available on the Sonata GLS
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Not Available vs Optional Have your choice of leather or cloth seats on the Escape XLT

Crash Test Ratings

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Sonata GLS
2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS
2012 Ford Escape XLT Ford
Escape XLT
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Rollover resistance 5 stars vs 3 stars The Sonata GLS 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 GLS is 1.5x safer than the Escape XLT

Cost

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Sonata GLS
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2012 Ford Escape XLT Ford
Escape XLT
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MSRP $21,455 vs $25,495 Inexpensive
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In-city gas mileage 24 mpg vs 21 mpg The Sonata GLS 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 GLS'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 GLS's basic warranty is fantastically long-lasting, but the Escape XLT's warranty is very limited

Safety Features

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Sonata GLS
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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 GLS 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 GLS
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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 GLS'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 GLS 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 GLS
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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 GLS 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 GLS has very little
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front seats 61.0 ft3 vs 55.0 ft3 The Sonata GLS has roomy front seats and the Escape XLT is OK
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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 GLS cannot be configured with them at any price
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navigation system Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a navigation system
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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 GLS
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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 GLS

Road Tests

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Sonata GLS
2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS
2012 Ford Escape XLT Ford
Escape XLT
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0-60 mph 7.7 seconds vs 10.7 seconds The Sonata GLS'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 GLS'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 s @ 90.6 mph mph vs 18.1 s s @ 81.0 mph mph The Sonata GLS'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 2012 Ford Fusion SE Escape XLT vs Fusion SE
2012 Ford Escape XLT 2012 Chevrolet Traverse LS Escape XLT vs Traverse LS
2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2012 Hyundai Elantra GLS Sonata Limited vs Elantra GLS
2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2012 Hyundai Genesis 4.6 Sonata Limited vs Genesis 4.6
2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2011 Toyota Prius Four Sonata Limited vs Prius Four
2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2012 Hyundai Accent GLS Sonata Limited vs Accent GLS
2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Sonata Limited vs Santa Fe

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