When you are in the market for an SUV, you’ll probably be looking at car rankings and reviews, trying to decide the best one for your situation. There are so many trim options, engine options, and style differences, you may need some insider help.
2013 Ford Escape
Price: MSRP $22,470 to $32,120
The 2013 Ford Escape comes with three engine choices; the 168 HP 2.5 liter I-4, the 173 HP 1.6 liter I-4, or the 231 HP 2.0 liter I-4. All three are regular gas burning engines. Your miles per gallon varies from 21 mpg to 23 mpg in the city and 28 mpg to 33 mpg on the highway. The Ford Escape is a compact SUV, with a 6-speed automatic transmission with overdrive and auto-manual.
The Ford Escape seats five comfortably and has a full redesign, the Escape’s first since originating in 2001. There is also an automated parking option and moonroof, both great options for the progressive styling. It is smaller than the Edge.
There are seven trim options; the S front-wheel drive, the SE front-wheel drive, the SE 4×4, the SEL front-wheel drive, the SEL 4×4, the Titanium front-wheel drive, and the Titanium 4×4.
2013 Hyundai Santa Fe
Cost: MSRP $24,450 to $29,450 for Sport Crossover
The 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport comes with two engine choices; the 190 HP 2.4 liter I-4 or the 264 HP 2.0 liter I-4. Both burn regular, and not diesel, gas. Miles per gallon varies between 19 mpg and 21 mpg in the city and 24 mpg and 29 mpg on the highway. The Hyundai Santa Fe Sport has a 6-speed automatic transmission with overdrive and auto-manual.
The Hyundai Santa Fe has a new redesign for this season and can be front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. It seats five comfortably and can have a turbocharged engine as an option. It is quiet and has a nice interior.
There are four trim options; the base front-wheel drive, the base all-wheel drive, the 2.0T front-wheel drive, and the 2.0T all-wheel drive.
Between these two SUVs, you can see that the transmissions are the same, with the Ford Escape having more engine options than the Santa Fe. The Hyundai is a bit cheaper on the higher-end models, but loses in the mpg comparison. The Hyundai and Escape both are redesigns, so they both will have a different look than the years previous. If a turbo is on your want list, the Hyundai Santa Fe is the only one with this option. Buyers looking at the Ford Escape vs Hyundai Santa Fe comparison should weigh the option of cost and miles per gallon.