2017 Ford Explorer vs 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe

Looking at the 2017 Ford Explorer vs the 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe will help to determine how one of the newer entries into the midsize SUV class stacks up against one of the established power players. These two vehicles offer powerful engine options that hope to deliver both excellent fuel economy and performance ratings, but one model sets itself apart from the other.

The interior of the 2017 Explorer can be decked out with all of the best comfort and technology features Ford has to offer. This includes Ford’s impressive SYNC 3 touchscreen infotainment system, dual-zone automatic climate control, a rearview camera, leather upholstery and heated seats. In addition to being comfortable, the Explorer is safe as well, earning a five-star government safety rating. This is the highest possible score.

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2017 Ford Explorer VS 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe
3.5-liter V-6 Base Engine 3.3-liter V-6
3 Engine Options 3
365 Max Horsepower 290
19 city/27 hwy mpg Best Fuel Economy 18 city/25 hwy mpg

2017 Ford Explorer, Hyundai Santa Fe Engine Comparison

When comparing the power sources of the 2017 Ford Explorer and the 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe, both SUVs begin on relatively equal footing. Both manufacturers begin by offering their midsize SUVs with standard V-6 engines. Ford goes with a 3.5-liter V-6 while Hyundai opts for a 3.3-liter. Performance ratings on the two engines are similar, with both producing 250 horsepower, while the Ford engine takes a slight edge in the torque category, producing 255 pound-feet compared to the 252 offered by the Hyundai engine.

Once the base engines are set aside, the Ford Explorer begins to pull away from the Hyundai Santa Fe. While the base engine is the only one offered on the Hyundai, the Ford Explorer offers two additional engine options. First up is Ford’s EcoBoost 2.3-liter four-cylinder. This engine offers 280 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque while earning the best fuel economy ratings available on the Explorer at 19 city/27 highway miles per gallon. The only engine offered on the Santa Fe earns an estimated 18 city/25 highway miles per gallon.

Finishing of the 2017 Explorer engine lineup is Ford’s EcoBoost 3.5-liter V-6. This engine maxes out the performance ratings available on the SUV at 365 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque.

2017 Ford Explorer interior
2017 Ford Explorer front
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