Both the Ford Escape and Hyundai Santa Fe are reliable choices in the midsize SUV segment, thanks to performance, interior features, and tech features available in each. 

At Ray Price Stroud Ford, our goal is to help drivers in Stroudsburg, East Stroudsburg, Easton, Nazareth and Lehigh Valley find a fun-to-drive car that will fit into your daily routine.

We've put together this comparison of the Escape and Santa Fe to educate you about what each vehicle has to offer. Read on below to learn more about these two midsize SUVs.

Ford Escape vs Hyundai Santa Fe: Engine Specs & Performance

  • The Escape offers three separate engines, beginning with a 2.5L 4-cylinder engine that puts out a peppy 168 horsepower, mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission. 
  • The two larger engines include a 179-horsepower turbocharged 1.5L 4-cylinder and a 245-horsepower 2.0L 4-cylinder. 
  • The base engine on the Escape provides 21 MPG in the city and 29 MPG on the highway.

The Santa Fe offers just one engine, a 3.3L V6 that puts out 290 horsepower. While this engine provides steady acceleration and power, the base Santa Fe engine offers just 18 MPG in the city and 25 MPG on the highway-not a great choice for those looking to save at the pump. In the fuel economy and engine versatility category, the Escape reigns supreme.

Interior Dimensions

Inside the Escape, the front offers 39.9 inches of headroom, the same number as the Santa Fe. This is enough space for taller drivers and front passengers and ensures comfort for those up front.

The difference is felt when it comes to legroom. The Ford compact SUV offers a maximum of 43.1 inches of legroom for those in the front, compared to just 41.3 inches in the Santa Fe. 

For weekend adventures or longer drives that may have fewer stops, there's one car that's better to stretch out in: the 2018 Ford Escape.

Media & Technology Features

Modern technology makes every ride a bit more intuitive in both vehicles. 

The Escape and Santa Fe both feature Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ connectivity features, making it easy to link your smartphone to the touchscreen. 

Once linked up, you'll have access to your smartphone while driving, with touch capability allowing you to read text messages, play music, and navigate to a destination.

Learn more about the impressive technology available for the Escape here.

The Ford SYNC® Connect app also embeds 4G technology inside the Escape, providing Wi-Fi hotspot capability to the cabin. This means that even if you're traveling, everyone inside the car can remain connected to their smart devices. No comparable feature is available in the Santa Fe.

Ford Escape vs Hyundai Santa Fe: The Verdict

It's clear that both the Ford Escape and Hyundai Santa Fe are competitive SUVs with plenty to offer drivers in Stroudsburg, East Stroudsburg, Easton, Nazareth and Lehigh Valley. 

However, thanks to offering versatile engines, a comfortable interior, and outstanding tech features, the Escape is worth seeing up close.

Schedule a test drive with the sales team at Ray Price Stroud Ford today! We'll be happy to meet you on our showroom floor and tell you all about the new Ford Escape.

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6320 Route 209
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