Vehicle Comparisons:
2018 Ford Escape vs Hyundai Santa Fe

If you want to cruise around the streets of Lewistown, State College, Bellefonte, and Port Matilda with style and efficiency, then you could use a crossover. These brilliant vehicles give you the storage space of an SUV without the bulkiness, so you don’t have to give up on handling or power. Crossovers have grown substantially in popularity over the last several years, leading to a very competitive market which can make finding the right crossover for your needs difficult.

We want to make it easier for you to decide, so we’ve compiled this detailed Ford Escape vs. Hyundai Santa Fe comparison. The 2018 Ford Escape and 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe both bring a lot of cool features to the table, but only one can be the best. Learn more about their differences and discover which of these incredible crossovers is right for you.

Fuel Economy

Whether you’re using your crossover as a personal cruiser or as a vehicle for the whole family, fuel economy is essential to keeping more money in your pocket. While both vehicles have impressive efficiency, the 2018 Escape has the edge due to the 2018 Santa Fe’s mandatory V6. The Escape includes three separate engine options for those who appreciate versatility.

At best, the Hyundai Santa Fe can offer an EPA-estimated 20 MPG combined while the Escape’s worst fuel economy still comes in at an EPA-estimated 23 MPG combined. Even with this drastic difference, the Ford Escape still gets more torque at 275 lb-ft in contrast to the Santa Fe’s 252 lb-ft of torque. Other trim levels can even grant the Escape an even better 24 MPG combined.


No modern crossover would be worth it if it lacked the latest modern technology. Both these vehicles have fairly advanced infotainment systems, but nothing can quite match the Escape’s SYNC® 3. Both the Escape and the Santa Fe feature the typical Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ connectivity features, but the Escape has the advantage.

You can turn your Escape into a mobile hotspot with the available 4G LTE Wi-Fi capabilities. Additionally, the Escape features a consistently more responsive and intuitive infotainment interface. The Santa Fe has a huge screen, but the Escape’s is far easier to navigate. Roads are easy to navigate too with the Escape’s available navigation features that can automatically route you to your favorite restaurants, movie theaters, and more with a simple entry via touchscreen or voice command.


One of the most important aspects of any crossover is the interior, and the Escape has plenty of room. The Santa Fe may be comfortable for some, but even tall adults will have extra breathing room in the Escape. Rear passengers can enjoy 37.3 inches of legroom and 39 inches of headroom while the Santa Fe only offers 30.9 inches and 35.7 inches, respectively.

Test Drive the 2018 Ford Escape

The Ford Escape vs. Hyundai Santa Fe comparison is a close one, but the 2018 Ford Escape is better overall. If you want to see its superior fuel economy, tech, and interior for yourself, then you need to get behind the wheel. If you live in the Lewistown, State College, Bellefonte, and Port Matilda areas, you can at The Lake Dealerships. Our friendly team stands ready to offer all the knowledge and help you need to determine if the Escape is right for you. Schedule your test drive today!