2018 Ford Escape vs. 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport

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  • 2018 Ford Escape

    Red 2018 Ford Escape

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    2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport

    2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport

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    2,000 lbsTow Capacity1,650 lbs
    5Seating Capacity5
    30Highway MPG27

    When the 2018 Ford Escape, the compact SUV with the sporty handling and sharp styling, clashes with the Hyundai’s midsize SUV, the 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe, only one can be reign supreme as a truly inspired SUV. The Escape is stylishly sharp and solid, while the Santa Fe Sport is smooth like butter. Both have their pros and cons, but the facts and choice are yours to make.

    When it comes down to choosing between two vehicles, there are a magnitude of variables that can help decide which is best. Design to measure comfort and convenience, performance to measure ability and power, and safety to measure reliability and technology. The 2018 Ford Escape leaves practically nothing to be desired from drivers when it comes to any of these variables, but the Hyundai also has its fair share of impressive features. Here at Kings Ford you can take the up-close look at the battle between 2018 Ford Escape vs. 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport. Check em' out!

  • Safety

    You hear about dreadful collisions almost every day from the local news, and it really reminds you of how dangerous a car can be. That being said no one should have to go without a convenient mode of transportation out of fear. This is why safety has been not just a perk in the automotive industry, but a full-blown requirement. The 2018 Ford Escape spares no expense to offer its drivers peace of mind with the best safety tech available, while the 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport also joins in by using its tech to prevent a number of what could have been deadly accidents.

    2018 Ford Escape

    When it comes to Escape crash testing, this SUV truly lives up to its names. The 2018 Ford Escape has earned a perfect five-star overall rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. NHTSA was not the only automotive experts to give the Escape safety recognition. A good rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is the highest rating they can give, and the 2018 Escape got marked as “Good” in an admirable four categories so far including Moderate Overlap Front, Side Impact, Rear Crash Protection, and Roof Strength Tests.

    Along with testing for reliability, the 2018 Escape is also engineered with an impressive list of standard and optional safety features. When it comes to safety, the features you will find were designed to prevent more than protect. The automatic high beams and drowsiness monitor will provide the exact right lighting and optimize your awareness at all times, even in the dead of night. The 2018 Escape also contains alerts for blind spots and high-speed traffic crossing so you will always stay informed. Parking can be a true pain, so the park assist with automatic parking will relieve the pressure substantially. Lastly, the pre-collision braking will prevent any unfortunate accidents before you can even tell what is happening. Just looking at this list allows you to feel safer.

    2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport

    Safety testing for the 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport went fairly well. This model received five safety stars overall from NHTSA and gained the respect of the IIHS enough to be picked as one of their top safety picks for the year when well equipped.

    As for the Santa Fe’s safety features, it can compete with the best. It assists in many ways such as lane changes, parking, and blind spot detection. It also alerts you to cross traffic and lane departure. The way it achieves this is with its rear and multi-view camera. In addition to these features, it also has automatic braking, adaptive headlights, and adaptive cruise control.

  • Performance

    Having a nice list of selections is great when it comes to measuring performance, but quality will always beat quantity. The Ford Escape provides drivers with three engine options while the Santa Fe Sport offers an impressive turbocharged engine.

    2018 Ford Escape

    The engine options for the 2018 Ford Escape are the 2.5L I-4 engine with 165 hp, the 1.5L EcoBoost engine that contains efficiently balanced power with 179 hp, and the 2.0L EcoBoost with 245 hp. The handling offers agility to spare with suspension aids, and sharp as a knife steering making this a truly fun ride while also keeping the cabin nice and calm.

    2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport

    If you do decide to invest in a 2018 Hyundai Santa Sport, the turbocharged engine is the must get option. The reason is that it goes from 185 hp to a class completing 240 hp. The Santa Fe Sport is also very quiet and smooth in handling though the reviews are mixed from test drivers. The drive mode selector will make up for any handling issues in the long run with its eco, sport, and normal driving mode to fit any occasion.

  • Design

    A vehicle’s design is the first impression you will receive from any new automobile. The design involves not just the paint color, but the curves, feature positioning, and interior choices of the overall vehicle. The 2018 Ford Escape is designed to be sharp and spacious for a compact SUV, while the 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport is a bit bigger and smoother in design.

    2018 Ford Escape

    The 2018 Ford Escape has some of the most impressive exterior improvements of every model before it and has an interior layout that is amazingly efficient. This Escape model on the outside is sharp with deep curves, but its hatchback inspired rear gives this compact a more refined appeal. The panoramic sunroof also lights up the inside from front to back.

    Focusing on the interior of the 2018 Ford Escape, it has enough space to fit five adult-sized humans with complete comfort. The seating is wide and supportive and offers ample leg and headroom. You will also not have to worry about luggage since the Escape offers 34 cubic feet of cargo space, and an abundant 70 cubic feet if you use the convenient folding rear seating feature to lower your seats.

    Inside, the 2018 Escape also offers some impressive tech features. The star of these features though is the voice-activated SYNC or SYNC 3 infotainment system with six-speaker stereo. It is all your favorite tech items such as smartphone capability and navigation all in one touch-screen system. That’s only the tip of the tech features though, digging any deeper may just overwhelm.

    2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport

    On the outside though, the 2018 Santa Fe Sport is a midsized baby that is smooth and sleek with a perfectly positioned indented line on the side to add a bit of dynamic appeal. On the inside though, the 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport can carry five people in luxury with its quality interior options such as upgraded leather seating. Its cargo space is a bit less impressive than you would imagine for its dimensions with 35.5 cubic feet of cargo space, but it’s enough to fit all your travel necessities and your favorite people.

    As for additional design features the Santa Fe Sport offers a cool five-inch infotainment system with a six-speaker stereo and a USB port that can connect to Apple or Android smartphones. The infotainment system is the centerpiece for the control center of the Hyundai Santa Fe Sports cabin.

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