2017 Hyundai Santa Fe vs. 2017 Ford Explorer

In the world of SUVs, the Hyundai Santa Fe and the Ford Explorer are icons that are becoming more popular by the day. Since each has features that might appeal to many, it may seem difficult to pick one from the two. However, a detailed examination shows that the Hyundai is by far the better of the two, and is the ideal choice irrespective of what your requirements are.

Design & Style

The 2017 Ford Explorer and the 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe are world apart when it comes to external looks. While the Ford Explorer looks somewhat clunky and angular, the Hyundai has a more stylish design, and a façade that gives it more presence compared to the Ford.

The interior design is similarly compared. Most people find the Ford Explorer interior to be very cluttered, with too many dials and instruments on the dashboard and steering wheel. The Hyundai Santa Fe has a more refined interior, made of more high-quality materials.

Technology & Safety

Both cars have a good amount of technological and safety features, but the Hyundai has a complement of features that make it easier to use on a regular basis. Some of the features common to the two include air conditioning, power side mirrors as well as power driver and passenger seats. The Hyundai Santa Fe also provides heated seats and optional display panels for the rear passengers.

Safety for both vehicles is provided by basic systems such as ABS and stability control. The Hyundai also has more advanced safety technology such as traction control and is therefore the safer car. This is evident in the Hyundai’s higher NHTSA safety ratings.


The Ford Explorer ships with a 3.5-liter 6-cylinder engine generating 365 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. This is connected to an 8-speed automatic gearbox.

The Hyundai Santa Fe, on the other hand, ships with an impressive 3.3-liter 6-cylinder engine generating 290 horsepower and 252 lb-ft of torque at 5,200 rpm. This is mated to an 8-speed automatic gearbox for smooth power delivery and gear changes. Though both vehicles have 8 speed gearboxes, the Hyundai’s is more advanced. The vehicle ships with paddle shifters, so you can take over the process of gear changes if you want to. This greatly enhances the driving experience in the Hyundai.

The Bottom Line

The 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe has a lot more to offer compared to the Ford Explorer, no matter how you compare them. This would be the vehicle of choice for anyone who wants a vehicle which will not only serve them well, but which they will be proud of for a long time.

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Phone: 877-428-7515

754 Baltimore Pike Springfield, PA


Phone: 877-428-7515

754 Baltimore Pike Springfield, PA


Phone: 877-428-7515

754 Baltimore Pike Springfield, PA
39.918676 -75.331753
Springfield Hyundai 39.918676, -75.331753.