2011 Hyundai
Santa Fe Limited
vs. 2012 Ford
Escape XLT

2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited

10.0

starting from

$27,990
"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 Limited

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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
Disc
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Average cargo space
78.2 ft3
2012 Ford Escape XLT

9.0

Runner-up

Ford Escape XLT

starting from

$25,495

Reasons to buy the Ford Escape XLT

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Less sporty performance
19.3 lb/hp
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OK ground clearance for rough terrain
8.4"
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Entertainment system
Optional
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Good city fuel efficiency
21 mpg
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 8.6
2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited Winner: Santa Fe Limited
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  • Almost the same
  • Leather-appointed interiors are available on both; but it comes standard with the Santa Fe Limited
Cost 10.0 vs 9.6
2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited Winner: Santa Fe 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
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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  • More gears
  • Underpowered
  • Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
Practicality 10.0 vs -
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Entertainment System 10.0 vs -
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  • Have your pick of music from around the world with the Santa Fe Limited's satellite radio; in the Escape XLT, too, but it'll cost
Overall 10.0 vs 9.0

Luxury Features

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Santa Fe Limited
2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited
2012 Ford Escape XLT Ford
Escape XLT
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moon roof Standard vs Not Available Enjoy additional natural light with the Santa Fe 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 Santa Fe Limited

Cost

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Santa Fe Limited
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2012 Ford Escape XLT Ford
Escape XLT
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MSRP $27,990 vs $25,495 The Escape XLT has a great price and the Santa Fe Limited is pretty reasonable
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In-city gas mileage 20 mpg vs 21 mpg The Escape XLT has great city mileage and the Santa Fe Limited is pretty reasonable
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basic warranty miles 60,000 mile vs 36,000 mile The Santa Fe 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 Santa Fe Limited's basic warranty is fantastically long-lasting, but the Escape XLT's warranty is very limited

Road Tests

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Santa Fe Limited
2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited
2012 Ford Escape XLT Ford
Escape XLT
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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 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 18.0 s s @ 78.0 mph mph vs 18.1 s s @ 81.0 mph 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 Limited
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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 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 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

Crash Test Ratings

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Santa Fe Limited
2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited
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

Performance

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Santa Fe Limited
2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited
2012 Ford Escape XLT Ford
Escape XLT
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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 6 More gears
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Transmission Semi-automatic transmission vs Automatic transmission Both the Santa Fe Limited'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 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 22.7 lb/hp vs 19.3 lb/hp Both {better} and {worse} are sluggish relative to their competitors
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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 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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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 Limited has roomy front seats and the Escape XLT is OK
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Base payload capacity 1,102 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 Optional vs Not Available The Santa Fe Limited offers an optional navigation system; not available on the Escape XLT
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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 Limited
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Escape XLT
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Number of speakers 10 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 Standard vs Optional Have your pick of music from around the world with the Santa Fe Limited's satellite radio; in the Escape XLT, too, but it'll cost
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs Unknown
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Has subwoofer Yes 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 Limited

Other Vehicles to Consider

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2011 Hyundai Santa Fe 2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited Santa Fe vs Outback 2.5i Limited
2011 Hyundai Santa Fe 2011 Kia Sportage EX Santa Fe vs Sportage EX
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 Toyota 4Runner Limited Escape XLT vs 4Runner Limited
2012 Ford Escape XLT 2011 Jeep Liberty Limited Edition Escape XLT vs Liberty Limited Edition

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