2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport vs. 2017 Ford Explorer in Baltimore, MD

SUVs are extraordinarily popular in the Baltimore area not only for their ability to transport people and cargo, but also for their easy drivability but truck-like power. To help local drivers determine which new SUV model is the best fit for their wants and needs, we've compared two well-rated models: the 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport and the 2017 Ford Explorer.

2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Parked in City 

2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport vs. 2017 Ford Explorer: Engine Options & Efficiency

The latest Hyundai Santa Fe Sport has two engine options available for shoppers to choose between: a 2.4L I4 engine in the base model, and a turbocharged 2.0L I4. The Ford Explorer has either a V6 engine as standard, or turbocharged I4 and V6 choices. Though each engine is plenty powerful enough to help you get through your daily life, as well as any weekend adventures, the Santa Fe Sport is much more efficient with its fuel consumption.

Engine Options

2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport

2017 Ford Explorer

Base Engine - FWD

21 MPG city/27 MPG highway

17 MPG city/24 MPG highway

Base Engine - AWD

20 MPG city/26 MPG highway

16 MPG city/23 MPG highway

Turbo I4 - FWD

20 MPG city/28 MPG highway

19 MPG city/27 MPG highway

Turbo I4 - AWD

19 MPG city/26 MPG highway

18 MPG city/25 MPG highway

Turbo V6


16 MPG city/22 MPG highway

2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Interior Console

2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport vs. 2017 Ford Explorer: Interior Storage & Design Features

The Hyundai Santa Fe Sport is a two-row vehicle, while the Ford Explorer has three rows of seating. However, the Santa Fe Sport has more cargo room to work with when all seats are upright and in place: 35.4 cu. ft. of cargo space plus an extra storage compartment under the cargo floor, compared to 21 cu. ft. behind the third row in the 2017 Explorer. If you do need more space, you can access up to 71.5 cu. ft. of cargo room in the Santa Fe Sport by lowering the 40/20/40-splitting rear seats. 

Both models enjoy several convenient and desirable standard features straight out of the box, including:

  • Four 12-V power outlets - two in front, one in the second row, one in the cargo area
  • Smartphone/USB and auxiliary input jacks
  • Sliding and reclining rear seats
  • Center console with storage bin and armrest
  • Steering-wheel integrated audio, Bluetooth, and cruise controls

However, shoppers will delight in the list of premium features that can be found on the 2017 Santa Fe Sport. Unlike the Ford Explorer, nearly every feature available on the 2017 Santa Fe Sport can be added as an option to even the base model, so you can pick out a new Hyundai Santa Fe Sport with only the features you know you want. Options include:

  • Panoramic sunroof
  • Heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, and heated steering wheel
  • Leather upholstery
  • Rear sunshades
  • Touchscreen infotainment with navigation, Android Auto™ compatibility, and premium audio

2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport vs. 2017 Ford Explorer: Durability & Warranty 

A good rule of thumb for judging the reliability of a product is the warranty. The longer the warranty, the more trust that manufacturer places in their product, and Hyundai offers the best warranty in America.

A new Ford Explorer is covered under a basic warranty for three-years/36,000 miles, while the powertrain is covered for five-years/60,000 miles. Your new Hyundai Santa Fe Sport is covered under a basic warranty lasting five-years/60,000 miles, while its powertrain is protected for a staggering 10-years/100,000 miles of use.

2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Driving in Mountains

Learn more about all the benefits of the new 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport by taking a test drive our Hyundai dealership in Baltimore today. Just call (888)-714-8028 to get in touch with a Hyundai specialist at our dealership.

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