North Georgia Ford Compares 2016 Ford Edge VS 2016 Hyundai Santa Near Ellijay, GA

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2016 Ford Edge

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2016 Hyundai Santa

Safety Comparison

The rear seatbelts optional on the Edge inflate when a collision is detected, helping to spread crash forces over a much larger area of the body and limiting head and neck movement. This can help prevent spinal and internal injuries. The Santa Fe Sport doesn’t offer inflatable seatbelts.

The Edge Titanium/Sport offers an optional collision warning system, which detects an impending crash through forward mounted sensors and flashes a bright light and sounds a loud, distinctive tone to warn the driver to brake or maneuver immediately to avoid a collision. The Santa Fe Sport doesn't offer a collision warning system.

The Edge Titanium/Sport’s optional lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane and gently nudges the vehicle back towards its lane. The Santa Fe Sport doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The Edge Titanium/Sport offers an optional 180-degree camera to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Santa Fe Sport only offers a rear monitor and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the front or sides.

Both the Edge and the Santa Fe Sport have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front-wheel drive, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, available all wheel drive, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Ford Edge is safer than the Hyundai Santa Fe Sport:

Edge

Santa Fe Sport

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Ford Edge is safer than the Hyundai Santa Fe Sport:

Edge

Santa Fe Sport

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

71

115

Chest Movement

.6 inches

.7 inches

Abdominal Force

118 G’s

150 G’s

Hip Force

281 lbs.

369 lbs.

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

114

143

Spine Acceleration

45 G’s

54 G’s

Hip Force

647 lbs.

686 lbs.

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Hip Force

585 lbs.

855 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

For its top level performance in the IIHS moderate overlap frontal impact, side impact, rear impact, roof-crush crash tests, and an “Acceptable” rating in the newer small overlap frontal crash test, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rates the Edge as a “Top Pick” for 2015. The Santa Fe Sport has not been tested, yet.

Warranty Comparison

There are almost 7 times as many Ford dealers as there are Hyundai dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Edge’s warranty.

Engine Comparison

The Edge has more powerful engines than the Santa Fe Sport:

Horsepower

Torque

Edge 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

245 HP

275 lbs.-ft.

Edge 3.5 DOHC V6

280 HP

250 lbs.-ft.

Edge Sport 2.7 turbo V6

315 HP

350 lbs.-ft.

Santa Fe Sport 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

190 HP

181 lbs.-ft.

Santa Fe Sport 2.0T 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

264 HP

269 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Motor Trend the Edge Sport 2.7 turbo V6 is faster than the Santa Fe Sport 2.0T 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.:

Edge

Santa Fe Sport

Zero to 60 MPH

5.7 sec

9.1 sec

Quarter Mile

14.3 sec

16.8 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

95.9 MPH

82.7 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Edge gets better fuel mileage than the Santa Fe Sport:

Edge

Santa Fe Sport

2WD

n/a

20 city/27 hwy

2.4 4 cyl./Auto

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./6-spd. Auto

21 city/30 hwy

19 city/27 hwy

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./6-spd. Auto

20 city/30 hwy

n/a

4WD

n/a

19 city/25 hwy

2.4 4 cyl./Auto

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./6-spd. Auto

20 city/28 hwy

18 city/24 hwy

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Edge SE 2.0 ECOBoost FWD offers an optional system to automatically turn off the engine when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Santa Fe Sport doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The Edge FWD’s standard fuel tank has almost a gallon more fuel capacity than the Santa Fe Sport (18.3 vs. 17.4 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Edge AWD’s standard fuel tank has 1.8 gallons more fuel capacity than the Santa Fe Sport (19.2 vs. 17.4 gallons).

The Edge has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Santa Fe Sport doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Edge’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Santa Fe Sport are solid, not vented.

The Edge stops shorter than the Santa Fe Sport:

Edge

Santa Fe Sport

60 to 0 MPH

120 feet

124 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Edge has larger standard tires than the Santa Fe Sport (245/60R18 vs. 235/65R17). The Edge Sport’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Santa Fe Sport (265/40R21 vs. 235/65R17).

The Edge SE/SEL’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 60 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Santa Fe Sport’s standard 65 series tires. The Edge Sport’s optional tires have a lower 40 series profile than the Santa Fe Sport 2.0T’s 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Edge SE/SEL has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Santa Fe Sport. The Edge Sport’s optional 21-inch wheels are larger than the 19-inch wheels on the Santa Fe Sport 2.0T.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Edge’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Santa Fe Sport doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Edge’s wheelbase is 5.9 inches longer than on the Santa Fe Sport (112.2 inches vs. 106.3 inches).

The Edge Sport AWD handles at .87 G’s, while the Santa Fe Sport pulls only .75 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Edge Sport AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2.7 seconds quicker than the Santa Fe Sport (26.2 seconds @ .72 average G’s vs. 28.9 seconds @ .53 average G’s).

Chassis Comparison

The front grille of the Edge uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Santa Fe Sport doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

The Edge Sport uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Santa Fe Sport doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Edge has 5.9 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Santa Fe Sport (113.9 vs. 108).

The Edge has .6 inches more front headroom, 1.3 inches more front legroom, .9 inches more front shoulder room, 1.2 inches more rear headroom, 1.2 inches more rear legroom, 2.1 inches more rear hip room and 2.2 inches more rear shoulder room than the Santa Fe Sport.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Edge has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the Santa Fe Sport with its rear seat up (39.2 vs. 35.4 cubic feet). The Edge has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the Santa Fe Sport with its rear seat folded (73.4 vs. 71.5 cubic feet).

Ergonomics Comparison

On a hot day the Edge’s driver can lower the front windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Santa Fe Sport can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Edge SEL/Titanium/Sport’s exterior keypad. The Santa Fe Sport doesn’t offer an exterior keypad entry system, and its extra cost Blue Link can’t unlock the doors if the vehicle doesn’t have cell phone reception or the driver can’t contact the service.

The Edge SE/SEL’s standard speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The Santa Fe Sport’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted. The Edge Titanium/Sport’s optional wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield.

The Edge has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. The Santa Fe Sport only offers an automatic headlight on/off feature as an extra cost option.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the Edge Titanium/Sport detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Santa Fe Sport doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

The Edge SEL/Titanium/Sport offers optional automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Santa Fe Sport offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Edge offers an optional Titanium/Sport, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The Santa Fe Sport doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

The Edge SEL/Titanium/Sport offers an optional 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The Santa Fe Sport doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

The Edge Titanium/Sport’s optional Active Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Santa Fe Sport doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Edge owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Edge will cost $245 less than the Santa Fe Sport over a five-year period.

The Edge will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The Intellichoice estimates that the Edge will retain 47.57% to 50.04% of its original price after five years, while the Santa Fe Sport only retains 45.51% to 47.06%.

Recommendations Comparison

The Ford Edge won the Check it Out award in Kiplinger’s 2015 car issue. The Hyundai Santa Fe Sport didn't win any award.

The Ford Edge outsold the Hyundai Santa Fe by 1123 units during the 2015 model year.

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