2019 Ford Explorer vs 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe XL

2019 Ford Explorer vs 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe XL

Looking for a luxury drive without the luxury price tag? The 2019 Ford Explorer and the 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe XL are two competitive options that traverse the middle ground between sophistication and affordability with a starting MSRP below $33,000.

Both models come loaded with technology feature options like proximity key entry, push-button start, hands-free liftgate, reverse sensing, automatic emergency braking, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, automatic cruise control and automatic high beams. Still, there are a few factors that set these two advanced vehicles apart. Despite the “XL” in its title, the 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe XL is dwarfed by the capacious interior and robust engine offerings of the 2019 Ford Explorer.

2019 Ford Explorer


2019 Hyundai Santa Fe XL

365 hp Max. Horsepower 290 hp
3 Engine Options 1
151.5 cubic feet Passenger Volume 146.6 cubic feet
21.0 cubic feet Cargo Volume 13.5 cubic feet

2019 Ford Explorer and 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe XL Engine Specs and Interior Space Comparison

Engine Performance

The 2019 Santa Fe XL comes standard with a 3.3-liter DOHC V6 engine that delivers 290 horsepower and 252 lb.-ft. of torque. This is the only engine option offered on the Santa Fe XL. The 2019 Explorer comes standard with a 3.5-liter Ti-VCT V6 engine. With this standard engine, the Explorer also delivers 290 horsepower but comes out ahead with 255 lb.-ft. of torque.

Also available on the 2019 Explorer are the 2.3-liter EcoBoost® engine and the 3.5-liter EcoBoost® engine. Upgrading to the 2.3-liter EcoBoost® on the Limited trim level, the Explorer sees a 55 lb.-ft. jump in torque. Equipped with the 3.5-liter EcoBoost® engine on the Sport and Platinum trims, this model cranks out 365 horsepower and 350 lb.-ft. of torque. This makes the Explorer 75 horsepower and 98 lb.-ft. of torque stronger than the Santa Fe XL.

Passenger and Cargo Space

Moving into the cabin, the Explorer continues to impress with a roomy 151.5 cubic-foot passenger space. The model’s cabin is 4.9 cubic feet more spacious than the Santa Fe XL, which gives 146.6 cubic feet of passenger space. The Explorer also excels in cargo volume, providing 21.0 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats. This gives the Explorer 7.5 cubic feet more cargo space than the Santa Fe XL., which falls short with just 13.5 cubic feet of space.