2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport vs Ford Escape

They're compact on the outside, but, inside, the 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport and Ford Escape offer enough head and leg room for your basketball team's starting lineup along with the tech features, performance, and safety track record you're looking for. If you're wondering which one works best for you, give our four-category comparison a quick once-over.

2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport vs Ford Escape

Cabin Comfort

One of the Santa Fe Sport's main attractions is its refined cabin; its high-quality materials are attached to an attractive price tag. Settle into the 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport front seats for maximum comfort and support all the way to work. The Santa Fe also leads the way in cargo space, with 35.4 cubic feet behind the rear seats for your family-sized set of golf clubs. Flip the rear seats down to create 71 cubic feet of maximum cargo space and enough room to haul all your camping gear.

Still, the Escape gives the Santa Fe Sport a run for its money in terms of front-seat comfort, with lateral support that just won't quit. The rear seats recline, so passengers can kick back on longer trips. However, the Santa Fe Sport has a bigger cargo hold. Behind the front seats, the Escape supplies 34.3 cubes of cargo space. Flip down the rear seats for 67.8 cubes max. Either way, there's plenty of space for everyday items or big shopping hauls.


The 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport is at the top of its class, with superlative crash-test scores. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the Santa Fe Sport a 2017 Top Safety Pick. In government crash tests, this crossover earned a perfect five-star rating for overall protection.

The Escape also earned the government's highest rating for overall protection. While it wasn't named a Top Safety Pick, the Escape - like the Santa Fe Sport - earned the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's top score of "Good" in various crash tests.

Tech Features

Everyone likes a 7-inch touchscreen with crisp graphics and excellent response time - which is what you'll find in the Santa Fe Sport. This year, this crossover also introduces a range of technology designed to make your life easier. This list includes the adaptive headlights with automatic high beams, which automatically provide extra light whenever necessary. The 360-degree parking camera is every urbanite's dream, offering a top-down look at a tricky parallel parking space.

Both models feature Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity, which is a boon for smartphone addicts. The technology displays vital apps, like iMessage and Phone, directly on the cabin's central touchscreen, keeping you from having to look down at your phone and away from the road. While the Escape's smartphone integration features will definitely keep you connected, it only offers the regular rearview camera, which lacks the 360-degree view of your surroundings.


Quick-and-nimble is the Escape's middle name. Its precise steering and sharp handling reflexes provide extra punch as you make your way through tight spaces and down curving highways. The Escape also aims to please at the pump, earning up to 23 city/30 highway mpg.

On the pavement, the Santa Fe Sport is refined, with a smooth ride and responsive handling. However, it's not quite as thrifty with fuel - although it does earn up to 21/27 mpg or 20/28 mpg, depending on which engine you prefer.

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2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport vs Ford Escape

With their sporty exteriors, both models are subject to envious double takes. However, in a head-to-head competition, the 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport comes out on top. Cabin comfort is a cut above the competition, offering style, substance, and passenger space at a budget-friendly rate. You'll choose well when you opt for the 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport.