2017 Hyundai Santa Fe vs 2017 Ford Explorer

Are you looking for an SUV with a third row? Perhaps you are looking to avoid a minivan, but you still want to transport 6 or 7 people? Then there are several SUV options to consider, but perhaps none are more interesting than the Hyundai Santa Fe. Don’t believe us? Then consider the Santa Fe against the comparable Ford model the Explorer. We can give you specific numbers and details with our 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe vs 2017 Ford Escape comparison. They both have a third row, and depending on the trim level and options, they can both seat either 6 or 7 passengers.

Keep reading to find out how these two models compare and look to the image here to see what the two of them look like. If you are already siding with the Santa Fe, then click the link below to see our inventory.

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2017 Hyundai Santa Fe VS 2017 Ford Explorer
$30,800 Base MSRP $31,660
Available All-Wheel Drive Available
5,000 Pounds Base Towing Capacity 2,000 Pounds
Dual Zone Automatic Air Conditioning Manual

How do Hyundai SUVs compare to Ford?

For starters, we see that the Santa Fe is much cheaper than the Explorer at the base model level. This doesn’t change as you go up in trim levels either. In fact, as you go up through the trim levels, the price discrepancy gets even larger. The top level Explorer comes out at over $10,000 higher than the top trim Santa Fe.

If you thought that the lower Hyundai price came at the cost of available all-wheel drive, then you would be wrong as both the Santa Fe and the Explorer offer all-wheel drive at every trim level. However, at the top level, the Explorer forces you to have all-wheel drive, whereas the Santa Fe still gives you the option so you can decide whether you want to prioritize fuel economy or versatility.

Speaking of versatility, the Santa Fe, at its base model level, can tow up to 5,000 pounds. This is 3,000 pounds more than the Explorer can handle with its base model. You have to go up three trim levels with the Explorer before it can match the towing capability of the Santa Fe, at which point the Explorer is already more expensive than the top trim Santa Fe.

All of this comes without even mentioning the standard features. Just for starters, the air conditioning system in the Santa Fe gives you the comfort of standard dual zone climate control whereas the Explorer only offers the same manual air conditioning system that has come standard in most cars for decades.

If you are interested in the Santa Fe and its impressive 10-year / 100,000-mile powertrain warranty, then you should come down to Carolina Hyundai of High Point in High Point. We can get you behind the wheel today!

2017 Hyundai Santa Fe interior overview
2017 Hyundai Santa Fe gauge cluster
2017 Hyundai Santa Fe leather interior with third row
2017 Hyundai Santa Fe cruising down the road

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