2011 Hyundai
Santa Fe
vs. 2012 Ford
Escape XLT

2011 Hyundai Santa Fe

10.0

starting from

$26,940
"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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Quite powerful
276 HP @ 6,300 RPM
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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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2012 Ford Escape XLT

9.4

Runner-up

Ford Escape XLT

starting from

$25,495

Reasons to buy the Ford Escape XLT

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OK ground clearance for rough terrain
8.4"
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Good highway fuel efficiency
28 mpg
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Entertainment system
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Premium radio
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Cost 10.0 vs 9.4
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 9.6
2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Winner: Santa Fe
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  • Leather-appointed interiors are available on both; but it comes standard with the Santa Fe
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Performance - vs -
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  • More gears
  • Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
Practicality - vs -
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Entertainment System - vs -
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Road Tests - vs -
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Crash Test Ratings - vs 10.0
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Overall 10.0 vs 9.4

Cost

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Santa Fe
2011 Hyundai Santa Fe
2012 Ford Escape XLT Ford
Escape XLT
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MSRP $26,940 vs $25,495 Inexpensive
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In-city gas mileage 20 mpg vs 21 mpg The Escape XLT 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 XLT'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 XLT's warranty is very limited

Luxury Features

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Santa Fe
2011 Hyundai Santa Fe
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Escape XLT
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moon roof Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a 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 Santa Fe

Safety Features

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Santa Fe
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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 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

Performance

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Santa Fe
2011 Hyundai Santa Fe
2012 Ford Escape XLT Ford
Escape XLT
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Horsepower 276 HP @ 6,300 RPM vs 171 HP @ 6,000 RPM The Santa Fe is fairly powerful, but the Escape XLT is underpowered
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Number of gears 6 vs 6 More gears
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Transmission Semi-automatic transmission vs Automatic transmission Both the Santa Fe 's semi-automatic transmission and the Escape XLT's Automatic transmission are unusual transmissions 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 14.1 lb/hp vs 19.3 lb/hp The Santa Fe is a sporty car, but the Escape XLT is sluggish
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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
2011 Hyundai Santa Fe
2012 Ford Escape XLT Ford
Escape XLT
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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 XLT is OK
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Base payload capacity Unknown 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 Optional vs Not Available The Santa Fe 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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Santa Fe
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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 Santa Fe

Road Tests

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Santa Fe
2011 Hyundai Santa Fe
2012 Ford Escape XLT Ford
Escape XLT
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0-60 mph 7.9 seconds vs 10.7 seconds The Santa Fe '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 133 ft vs 147 ft The Santa Fe 's braking ability is average for this class of vehicle, but the Escape XLT is quite bad
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1/4 mile 16.1 s @ 88 mph vs 18.1 s @ 81 mph The Santa Fe 's 1/4 mile time is good, but the Escape XLT's is below average for this class of vehicle
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Lateral acceleration 0.74 g vs Unknown
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Top speed Unknown vs Unknown

Crash Test Ratings

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

Other Vehicles to Consider

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2011 Hyundai Santa Fe 2012 Chevrolet Traverse LS Santa Fe vs Traverse LS
2011 Hyundai Santa Fe 2012 Kia Sorento LX Santa Fe vs Sorento LX
2011 Hyundai Santa Fe 2012 GMC Acadia SLE Santa Fe vs Acadia SLE
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

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