North Georgia Ford Compares 2019 Ford Escape VS 2019 Hyundai Santa Near Ellijay, GA

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2019 Ford Escape

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2019 Hyundai Santa

Safety Comparison

Both the Escape and the Santa Fe have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact 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, rearview cameras, available collision warning systems, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, front and rear parking sensors, rear cross-path warning and driver alert monitors.

Warranty Comparison

There are almost 4 times as many Ford dealers as there are Hyundai dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Escape’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Escape second among compact suvs in their 2018 Initial Quality Study. The Santa Fe isn’t in the top three in its category.

Engine Comparison

The Escape Titanium’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 10 more horsepower (245 vs. 235) and 15 lbs.-ft. more torque (275 vs. 260) than the Santa Fe 2.0T’s optional 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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




Santa Fe



1.5 turbo 4 cyl./6-spd. Auto

23 city/30 hwy




2.0 turbo 4 cyl./6-spd. Auto

22 city/28 hwy

20 city/25 hwy

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./Auto




21 city/27 hwy

2.4 4 cyl./Auto


1.5 turbo 4 cyl./6-spd. Auto

22 city/28 hwy




2.0 turbo 4 cyl./6-spd. Auto

21 city/27 hwy

19 city/24 hwy

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

The Escape 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 doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Tires and Wheels Comparison

The Escape’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Santa Fe SE/SEL’s standard 65 series tires. The Escape’s optional tires have a lower 45 series profile than the Santa Fe’s optional 55 series tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Escape has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Santa Fe doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

The Escape’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 doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

Chassis Comparison

The Escape is 9.7 inches shorter than the Santa Fe, making the Escape easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

For excellent aerodynamics, the Escape has standard flush composite headlights. The Santa Fe has recessed headlights that spoil its aerodynamic shape and create extra drag.

The front grille of the Escape (except 2.0L ECOBoost) 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 doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space Comparison

The front step up height for the Escape is 1.2 inches lower than the Santa Fe (16.8” vs. 18”). The Escape’s rear step up height is 1 inches lower than the Santa Fe’s (17.5” vs. 18.5”).

Cargo Capacity Comparison

A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the Escape easier. The Escape’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 27.3 inches, while the Santa Fe’s liftover is 31.2 inches.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Escape SE/SEL/Titanium’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Santa Fe SEL/Limited/Ultimate’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them fully.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Escape SE/SEL/Titanium’s exterior keypad. The Santa Fe doesn’t offer an exterior keypad entry system, and its 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 Escape’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’s standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

The Escape Titanium’s 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 doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Recommendations Comparison

The Ford Escape outsold the Hyundai Santa Fe by over two to one during the 2018 model year.

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