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2017 Hyundai Santa Fe vs 2017 Ford Explorer near Alexandria, VA

The Hyundai Santa Fe or the Ford Explorer? Which SUV Will Win You Over?

Many drivers prefer to own SUVs these days, and there are many attractive qualities that draw in people from all walks of life to these capable vehicles. From their durable and dependable drive, to their spacious and flexible interior and high-end technology features, SUVs make ideal models for families and solo drivers alike. On the other hand, how do you know which one is at the top when it comes to all of these qualities? By putting together the 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe vs 2017 Ford Explorer near Alexandria, VA, side-by-side, you can see just how these two popular SUVs stack up against one another, and also find out what makes the 2017 Santa Fe the SUV that has yet to be beaten! Visit Pohanka Hyundai of Fredericksburg to test drive the 2017 Santa Fe.

These two SUVs cut it close when it comes to what lies underneath the hood. The Hyndai Santa Fe boasts a formidable 3.3L V6 powertrain, which ups the ante with its 290 horsepower and 252 lb.-ft. of torque. Although the Ford Explorer surpasses the Santa Fe as it produces 255 lb.-ft. of torque, it can’t quite hit the mark completely, since it works out the same 290 horsepower. An excellent fuel economy is most likely on the top of your list of what you want in a new SUV, and the 2017 Santa Fe achieves this with flying colors. You can go for miles and miles thanks the Hyundai Santa Fe’s 18/25 MPG city/hwy1 without having to refuel. However, with the Ford Explorer’s 17/24 MPG city/hwy2, you may have to make stops to fill up your tank more often that you would like to.

Continuing on in our 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe vs 2017 Ford Explorer near Alexandria, VA, comparison, you’ll see just how the Santa Fe knocks it out of the park in plenty of other areas. Although both SUVs have a rewarding 5,000-lb. towing capacity3, you and your passengers will be much more comfortable inside the 2017 Santa Fe. Your passengers can stretch out and relax during a long trip to visit friends in Annapolis as the Santa Fe provides 41.3 inches of rear legroom. Your back-seaters, however, may feel a bit more confined with the 2017 Explorer’s 39.5 inches of rear legroom.

In addition to the Hyundai Santa Fe’s spacious cabin, you’ll see plenty of more standard features in Hyundai’s finely-furnished SUV than in the 2017 Explorer. You won’t find YES Essentials®4 stain-resistant trimmed seats in the Ford Explorer, which are available in the 2017 Santa Fe. That way, if the kids are drinking some Gatorade before soccer practice and accidentally spill, you don’t have to worry about possible stains. You and your passengers will be able to stay at the ideal temperature using the Santa Fe’s standard dual-zone climate control, which is not featured in the Ford Explorer’s base model.

An optional feature the 2017 Santa Fe offers you, but the Ford Explorer lacks, is the impressive 12-speaker Infinity® Premium Audio with Quantum Logic® Surround System, which includes Clari-Fi™ Music Restoration Technology, so you can get concert-quality music every time you take the wheel. Also, the Explorer doesn’t offer standard rear seat ventilation (HVAC vents), which is seen in the base trim of the 2017 Santa Fe, so your passengers can keep cool on hot and humid summer days.

We at Pohanka Hyundai of Fredericksburg see that the Santa Fe is the obvious winning contender in our 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe vs 2017 Ford Explorer, comparison. You can see the exciting and adventure-ready Hyundai Santa Fe at your local Hyundai dealer today!


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1 2017 Santa Fe SE/Limited FWD: 18 City/25 Hwy/21 Combined. AWD: 18 City/24 Hwy/20 Combined. 2017 Santa Fe SE Ultimate/Limited Ultimate FWD: 17 City/23 Hwy/20 Combined. AWD: 17 City/22 Hwy/19 Combined. EPA estimates. For comparison only. Your actual mileage may vary with options, driving conditions, driving habits and vehicle’s condition. 

2 FWD. Actual mileage will vary.

3 When properly equipped.

4 YES Essentials is a registered trademark of Sage Automotive Interiors, Inc.

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