2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport vs. 2017 Ford Escape in Plymouth, MA

Which new compact SUV makes the most sense for your daily drive? Do you want a bit more when it comes to performance? Is a versatile interior at the top of your list? How about the protection of America's Best Warranty? If you answered 'yes' to any of these questions, you have to keep reading our detailed comparison of the 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport and the 2017 Ford Escape.

2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport and Ford Escape facing each other 

For the purpose of our analysis, the 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport will be compared to the 2017 Ford Escape S.

2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport vs. 2017 Ford Escape: Performance & Drivability

While both SUVs come with six-speed automatic transmissions and four-cylinder engines, that's where the similarities end. The 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport leaves the 2017 Ford Escape in the dust with greater power and dynamic drivability. With a little extra muscle for greater towing, and more power for acceleration, the new Santa Fe Sport is ideal for making it through your daily adventures. Key differences in performance for the two popular compact SUVs are as follows:

2017 Hyundai
Santa Fe Sport


2017 Ford Escape

2.4L GDI four-cylinder


2.4L Ti-VCT four-cylinder

185 HP


168 HP

181 lb.-ft.


170 lb.-ft.

2,000 lbs.

Max. Towing Capacity

1,500 lbs.

2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport vs. 2017 Ford Escape: Interior Design & Storage

The Hyundai Santa Fe Sport is big on space with 71.5 cu. ft. of available cargo room for you to spread out in. Developed with similar dimensions, the 2017 Ford Escape has 68.0 cu. ft. of cargo space, but drivers will miss the room. In addition to the slight difference in size, there are several other key aspects of interior design and storage in which the Ford SUV comes up lacking when compared the Hyundai model.

  • The Santa Fe Sport has YES Essentials® stain-resistant cloth, while the Escape is only available with standard cloth seating surfaces.
  • Seatback pockets, 40/20/40 split folding 2nd-row bench seat, center armrest storage, and underfloor storage provide the extra cargo space you need in the Santa Fe Sport, but not all are available with the Escape.
  • Three 12-volt power outlets, one USB input and an aux port are available with the Santa Fe Sport. The new Escape doesn't come with nearly as many power points.

2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Interior 

2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport vs. 2017 Ford Escape: Durability & Warranty Options

Every new Hyundai at our dealership in Plymouth, MA comes with America's Best Warranty and clearly shows how the manufacturer expects the new Santa Fe Sport to hold up. The warranty from Ford is much shorter and not nearly as comprehensive. Important warranty details include:

  • The new Santa Fe Sport has a 10-year / 100,000-mile Powertrain Limited Warranty. The Escape only comes with a 5-Year / 60,000-mile warranty.
  • Santa Fe Sport drivers qualify for five years of roadside assistance with unlimited mileage. The new Escape only has three years / 36,000 miles of coverage.
  • The Hyundai Basic Limited Warranty is valid for five years or 60,000 miles. Ford's similar warranty expires after three years or 36,000 miles.
  • Ford SUVs come with five years of rust warranty protection. The Hyundai rust warranty is valid for seven years.

2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport driving on a mountainside road 

With a better warranty, greater power, and an interior designed to adapt to you, the 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe has clear advantages over the 2017 Ford Escape. Learn more about trim packages for the new Santa Fe Sport at our detailed research center, and find your next new SUV at Hyundai of Plymouth.

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