2017 Hyundai Santa Fe vs Ford Escape

Midsize SUVs are perfect if you are looking for seating for five but with a little more power and capability than that of a compact SUV. Both the 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe and the 2017 Ford Escape fit the bill. Let’s take a look at them in our side-by-side comparison.

2017 Hyundai Santa Fe vs Ford Escape

Towing Capacity

One category in which a midsize SUV beats a compact is towing capability. The Ford Escape gives you a max towing capacity of 3,500 lbs of towing. Having this capacity gives you room to tow your favorite boat or water toys, turning your SUV into not only a capable family hauler but also an adventure mobile as well.

The Hyundai Santa Fe, however, boasts a 5,000 lb max towing capacity. So if you want to spring for the bigger boat motor and the larger deck space on the boat, the Santa Fe will allow for that. So, with 1,500 extra lbs of towing power, the Hyundai wins this category,

Safety

Nowadays,most crash test ratings are about the same in many vehicles, but what sets them apart is extra features. The Santa Fe’s Automatic Emergency Braking system senses when a crash is quickly approaching and applies the brakes when if you fail to so. The Lane Departure Warning alerts you when you are drifting off into the other lane so you can make a correction. The rear parking sensor lets you know if something is behind you when you’re backing up.

The Escape has similar features but most of them are automated so that human error can be eliminated. The Lane Keep System senses when you are drifting into the next lane and automatically makes the correction to keep you centered. The Forward Collision Warning with Brake Support senses when a frontal collision is coming, warns you, and then primes the brakes for a more immediate response. Finally, the Enhanced Parking Assist helps with parallel parking (finding a suitable spot, gives directions, and takes the wheel for you) and backing in to a perpendicular spot. Because of the automation in more areas, the Escape wins this round.

Convenience

If your car makes your life harder more than make it easier, its not worth it. The Ford Escape is equipped with FordPass which allows you to turn on or off your car, see diagnostic info, schedule maintenance appointments and more. The Sync 3 allows you to connect to your phone for easy, hands free calling, texting, and music streaming. Getting your stuff into the cargo area is made easier with a foot activated lift gate.

While the MyHyundai app is equivalent to the FordPass, the Santa Fe takes the rest a little bit farther. Equipped with both Apple Car Play and Android Auto, the Santa Fe allows you to connect to your iPhone or Android wirelessly and, in addition to making calls and texts, and streaming your music, you can run your phone’s apps through the in-dash touch screen. That means you have easy access to your maps, podcasts, Siri’s dry wit, and more. Finally, the Smart Lift Gate can open without hands, buttons, or kicking your feet under the truck. It opens automatically when you have the keys and are within three feet behind the car standing still for more than three seconds. This innovation is great for full hands and clumsy feet.

Warranty

One of the main reasons for buying new is the peace of mind that comes with a manufacturer’s warranty. Ford offers a standard 3 year/36,000 mile limited new car warranty. That means if something breaks in that time, Ford will take care of it. They also give you a 5 year/60,000 mile powertrain warranty. This warranty covers you, but often for not as long as you are making payments on your vehicle.

Hyundai, once again, takes it a little bit further. With a new Santa Fe, the limited new car warranty is 5 years/60,000 miles and the powertrain warranty is for 10 years/100,000 miles. This just goes to show Hyundai’s confidence in their vehicles, their workmanship, and quality of parts. With that kind of guarantee, you can drive away with both a new car and peace of mind.

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In this side-by-side comparison, the Hyundai Santa Fe clearly comes out on top. If a better warranty, more towing capability, and a higher convenience aren’t enough, the Santa Fe looks sportier than the Ford. Ultimately, when you’re buying a midsize SUV, you want the total package–power, performance, and panache. You’ve got it all in the 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe.

2017 Hyundai Sonata vs Ford Fusion

You’ll find some incredibly strong contenders in the mid-size sedan segment, especially among the non-luxury models. The Ford Fusion is undoubtedly one of the strongest of those contenders, but competition like the Hyundai Sonata has been closing in for some time. Its current seventh-generation is now a genuine rival to the Fusion, so let’s see how they compare.

2017 Hyundai Sonata vs Ford Fusion

Styling: Hyundai Sonata

Today’s Hyundai Sonata is a much more serious, straightforward, and premium-looking car than some of its chrome-trimmed predecessors, with an even more prestigious aura about it than the Fusion. If you’re paying attention, you’ll notice an undeniable German influence in its design, which it’s hard to see anyone complaining about these days.

The Ford Fusion has always been a design to beat in this segment, and this generation looks as good now as it did when it was launched. It’s probably fair to say it’s a more sporty and frivolous design than the more serious Sonata, which may appeal to some buyers.

Interior Space: Hyundai Sonata

Buyers wanting a good amount of passenger and cargo space are well served by the Sonata. Tall passengers will find lots of leg room and no head room problems in the back, since the Hyundai doesn’t have one of those sloping rooflines that can limit room in the back. Storage spaces and cubbies are everywhere, and the trunk offers a generous 16.3 cu.-ft.

With a total passenger volume of 102.8 cu.-ft., the Ford Fusion falls short of the Hyundai by 4.3 cu.-ft. and, although there is more rear leg room in the Fusion, it doesn’t offer as much head room or as much front seat leg room as the Sonata. The trunk volume is almost the same, but the Hyundai still has the edge.

Fuel Economy: Hyundai Sonata

Lots of midsize sedans are offering four-cylinder engines these days, but when it comes to fuel efficiency, the Sonata really does impress. The Sonata Eco is powered by a highly efficient 1.6-liter turbo-four mated to a dual-clutch transmission, and rated at 28 mpg in the city, 36 mpg on the highway and 31 mpg combined.

The Fusion is one of the more economical cars in its class, but the fact the best EPA figures it can manage are now 23 mpg in the city, 34 mpg on the highway and 27 mpg combined shows how impressive the Sonata is.

Power and Performance: Ford Fusion

All Sonata models are front-wheel drive, and the engine lineup is exclusively four-cylinder. The base engine is a 2.4-liter unit producing 185 horsepower, while the Sonata Sport has a 2.0-liter turbo developing a lively 245 horsepower. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard in all cases, and there’s currently no option for all-wheel drive.

The base engine in the Fusion is a little lower on power, compared to the entry level unit in the Hyundai, but there’s also a 1.5-liter turbo-four and a 2.7-liter V-6 turbo. The Hyundai has the power advantage with its four-cylinder engines, but the 325 horsepower of its V-6 and available all-wheel drive definitely gives a win here to the Fusion.

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It’s hard to criticize the Ford Fusion since it has set the standard in the segment for years. But the fact that the 2017 Hyundai Sonata gives it such a run for its money tells you how much Hyundai has changed. You’d likely be happy with either one of these fine cars, but the Sonata costs less and offers a few extras that the Fusion doesn’t–which gives it an edge.

2017 Hyundai Ioniq vs Ford C-Max

If you’re not a fan yet or you’ve no interest in electric or hybrid vehicles, it’s time to get with the program. Whether its high-performance or fuel-efficiency that rings your bell, this is the way the future’s shaping up. While some manufacturers are falling firmly on the hybrid or the all-electric side of the fence, Hyundai and Ford are keeping their options open by offering both with their 2017 Hyundai Ioniq and Ford C-Max models. So, let’s take a closer look to see which is best.

2017 Hyundai Ioniq vs Ford C-Max

Powertrain

Hyundai has done something really neat here by offering the Ioniq as hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and all-electric formats. The hybrid will be the biggest-seller which is why it’s been launched first with the other two following later, and the EV’s availability is being limited mostly to California at first. These are not performance models by any means, but they are livelier than the heavier Kia Niro hybrid.

There’s no all-electric version of the C-Max right now, so choice is limited to a hybrid and a plug-in hybrid. There’s nothing inherently wrong with the way either performs, but these are hybrids that have been around a while and it’s a technology that’s rapidly changing and improving. The more contemporary systems in the Hyundai Ioniq have the edge here then.

Styling

It must have been tempting for Hyundai to come up with a design for the Ioniq that screams “look at me, I’m different.” Thankfully, the Korean automaker resisted that temptation and the Ioniq is ultimately conventional. It certainly doesn’t shout about being a hybrid or an EV, so it will definitely appeal to a wider audience than a couple of well-known rivals.

The Ford C-Max was originally designed as an upright MPV for the European market, and although it’s no sports car it’s a lot more likeable than some of its less conventional rivals. It’s part-hatchback, part-tall wagon and even part-small minivan–it doesn’t seem to know what it wants to be. The Hyundai takes the honors here again for being more definitive and decisive.

Fuel Economy

If fuel economy is your thing, the Ioniq comes in three flavors of green, greener, and greenest. The base Ioniq Blue model is expected to deliver EPA ratings of 57 mpg in the city, 59 mpg on the highway and 58 mpg combined, while the rest of the range comes in at 55 mpg combined. The plug-in ratings have yet to be released, while the Ioniq Electric is rated by the EPA as having a range of 124 miles on a single charge.

Despite being downgraded twice during its five-year lifespan, the C-Max is still the Blue Oval’s most efficient model. The conventional C-Max Hybrid is rated by the EPA at 42 mpg in the city, 37 mpg on the highway and 40 mpg combined, while the plug-in has an all-electric range of 20 miles and a mile per gallon equivalent (MPGe) of 88. This is another easy victory for the Hyundai then.

Interior

The styling of the Ioniq’s interior is fairly straightforward with plenty of places to put things, but the rear seats can be a little cramped for two taller passengers on a long journey. Some of the materials may look and feel a little odd, but that’s not through corner-cutting as they’re intentionally recycled or sustainable materials to fit with the car’s image and profile.

Thanks to its origins as a European MPV, the C-Max is very spacious and practical for such a compact car. If you want plenty of room but you don’t need a third-row seat, the C-Max is a good choice. The Ford just misses out on the 100 cu.-ft. of interior volume at 99.7 cu.-ft., which just keeps it in the compact segment instead of being classified as a midsize. This has to be a win for the Ford C-Max then.

Learn More about the Hyundai Ioniq

The Ford C-Max is a decent enough family car for those wanting lots of space and decent fuel economy without a third-row seat. However, the Ford is now starting to show its age and the 2017 Hyundai Ioniq is all-new and offered in more formats,giving buyers additional options. The Ioniq is clearly the better option.

2016 Subaru Legacy vs Ford Fusion

The 2016 Subaru Legacy and the Ford Fusion are two of the best mid-size sedans on the road. Both provide family-friendly passenger space and high-end safety features. If you’re trying to decide which model is right for you, check out our four-category guide, where we go over some of the major differences between the two.

2016 Subaru Legacy vs Ford Fusion

Passenger Protection

If you’ve got safety on your mind, the 2016 Subaru Legacy will put you at ease. In government crash tests, it earned a perfect five-star rating for overall protection. The EyeSight system includes a range of advanced systems that boost driver vigilance. Features like lane departure warning and forward collision alert monitor your surroundings and notify you of potential danger.

The Ford Fusion is a close second. Its Sync system pairs with your smartphone to automatically dial 911 after a crash. Ford’s MyKey technology gives you the power to create speed limitations for teenage drivers.

Interior Convenience and Comfort

Inside, the Ford Fusion impresses with its roomy, supportive seating accommodations. From behind the wheel, you’ll enjoy excellent outward visibility. The MyFord Touch infotainment system makes it easy to access important smartphone apps without looking away from the road, thanks to features like Bluetooth and voice recognition technology.

Still, the Subaru Legacy proved difficult to beat. The cabin’s clean-cut, classic style offers instant appeal. No matter where you choose to sit, you’ll enjoy plenty of space and optimal support. The touchscreen navigation system is easy to use, giving you turn-by-turn directions whenever you choose.

Power and Performance

Here we like the 2016 Subaru Legacy. Like its fellow Subarus, it comes standard with all-wheel drive to maximize performance over slick or rainy roads. You can also choose between two powerful, fuel-efficient engines for the performance you crave. For a sporty ride, check out the 3.6-liter six-cylinder boxer engine, which produces 256 horsepower and 247 pound-feet of torque.

When it comes to performance, the Ford Fusion isn’t far behind. It may not offer all-wheel drive, but you can still choose from a range of engines for the ride that suits your preferences. The most impressive performance comes from a turbocharged, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine rated for 240 horses and 270 pound-feet of torque.

Driving Dynamics

On the road, the 2016 Subaru Legacy shines. Both engines options deliver a smooth, quiet ride, making you feel like you’ve chosen a luxury vehicle. You’ll also enjoy impressive ride comfort, thanks to the Legacy’s upgraded shock absorbers and finely tuned suspension.

On the road, the Ford Fusion also provides high levels of passenger comfort. Steering is precise and handling responsive. You’ll feel confident behind the wheel. Like the Legacy, the Fusion strives to deliver a quiet ride, even at highway speeds.

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2016 Subaru Legacy vs Ford Fusion

Both the 2016 Subaru Legacy and the Ford Fusion sedans offer major appeal for a wide range of buyers, but we believe the Legacy has the overall edge. On the road, its unique all-wheel-drive system delivers a sporty, safe performance. Engine options combine power with fuel economy. Inside, the Legacy is roomy and modern. High-tech features keep you connected and monitor your surroundings for danger. Come in and test drive the Legacy today!