2011 Hyundai
Santa Fe
vs. 2012 Ford
Escape XLS

2011 Hyundai Santa Fe

10.0

starting from

$22,640
"The materials and feel are high quality."
edmunds.com | talking about the Santa Fe's build-quality
"It's a good value."
edmunds.com | talking about the Santa Fe's value

Reasons to buy the Hyundai Santa Fe

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Longer-lasting basic warranty
5 year
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Longer basic warranty
60,000 mile
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OK brakes
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Average cargo space
78.2 ft3
2012 Ford Escape XLS

9.8

Runner-up

Ford Escape XLS

starting from

$22,065

Reasons to buy the Ford Escape XLS

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Good city fuel efficiency
23 mpg
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Good range in the city
403 miles
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OK ground clearance for rough terrain
8.4"
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Good highway fuel efficiency
28 mpg
Cost 10.0 vs 9.6
2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Winner: Santa Fe
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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
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Neither offers a sun roof
  • Neither offers a leather interior
  • Neither has a power seat option
Road Tests - vs -
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  • Both have pokey 1/4 mile times
  • Both have sluggish 0-60 times
Safety Features 10.0 vs -
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Crash Test Ratings - vs 10.0
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Performance 10.0 vs -
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  • Underpowered
  • Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
  • Both offer a manual transmission, unlike most in this class
Practicality 10.0 vs -
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  • Neither offers a navigation system
Entertainment System 10.0 vs -
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  • Neither offers an entertainment system
  • Neither offers satellite radio
Overall 10.0 vs 9.8

Cost

Hyundai
Santa Fe
2011 Hyundai Santa Fe
2012 Ford Escape XLS Ford
Escape XLS
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MSRP $22,640 vs $22,065 Inexpensive
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In-city gas mileage 19 mpg vs 23 mpg The Escape XLS has great city mileage and the Santa Fe is pretty reasonable
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basic warranty miles 60,000 mile vs 36,000 mile The Santa Fe '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 Santa Fe 's basic warranty is fantastically long-lasting, but the Escape XLS's warranty is very limited

Luxury Features

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Santa Fe
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Escape XLS
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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 Not Available Neither has a power seat option
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a leather interior

Road Tests

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Santa Fe
2011 Hyundai Santa Fe
2012 Ford Escape XLS Ford
Escape XLS
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0-60 mph 10.7 seconds vs 10.7 seconds Both have sluggish 0-60 times
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Braking distance at 60mph 134 ft vs 147 ft The Santa Fe 's braking ability is average for this class of vehicle, but the Escape XLS is quite bad
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1/4 mile 18.0 s @ 78 mph vs 18.1 s @ 81 mph Both have pokey 1/4 mile times
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Lateral acceleration Unknown vs Unknown
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Top speed Unknown vs Unknown

Safety Features

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Santa Fe
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Escape XLS
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Yes vs Unknown
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Airbags 5 vs 5 OK number of airbags
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Rear brakes Disc vs Drum The Santa Fe 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

Crash Test Ratings

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Santa Fe
2011 Hyundai Santa Fe
2012 Ford Escape XLS Ford
Escape XLS
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Rollover resistance 4 stars vs 3 stars The better is 1.7x safer than the Escape XLS
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Front driver crash test Unknown vs 2 stars
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Driver side crash test Unknown vs 4 stars

Performance

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Santa Fe
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2012 Ford Escape XLS Ford
Escape XLS
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Horsepower 175 HP @ 6,000 RPM vs 171 HP @ 6,000 RPM Underpowered
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Number of gears 6 vs 5 The Santa Fe has more gears and the Escape XLS is OK, too
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Transmission Manual transmission vs Manual transmission Both offer a manual transmission, unlike most in this class
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paddle shifters Not Available 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 21.1 lb/hp vs 18.9 lb/hp The Escape XLS has OK performance while the Santa Fe gives sluggish performance
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Drivetrain type two-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 35.4 ft vs 36.7 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Practicality

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Santa Fe
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Escape XLS
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Cargo space 78.2 ft3 vs 66.3 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 59.0 ft3 vs 55.0 ft3 The Santa Fe has roomy front seats and the Escape XLS is OK
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Base payload capacity 1228 lb vs Unknown
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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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navigation system Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a navigation system
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Cupholders 8 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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Santa Fe
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2012 Ford Escape XLS Ford
Escape XLS
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Number of speakers 6 vs Unknown
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Has speed sensitive volume No 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 Yes vs Unknown
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Has subwoofer No vs Unknown
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entertainment system Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers an entertainment system

Other Vehicles to Consider

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2011 Hyundai Santa Fe 2011 Honda CR-V Santa Fe vs CR-V
2012 Ford Escape Limited 2011 Ford Edge SE Escape Limited vs Edge SE
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 XLT 2011 Nissan Murano SL Escape XLT vs Murano SL

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