My mother has a 2013 Escape... I believe it's the XLT with the smaller of the two EcoBoost engines.I'd be interested in hearing thoughts about the Ford Escape vs. the SFS from folks that know. I can read all the reviews, but I prefer y'all's version better.
Exactly! Turbo to Turbo.... and driving characteristics go to the Escape. Interior and external styling - I give the 'edge' (pun) to the Santa Fe Sport.If you could marry the steering, and engine characteristics and ride quality of the Escape with the styling of the Santa Fe Sport - you'd have the perfect car.
Agree - especially regards engine if you are comparing turbo to turbo and by ride quality do you mean overall or the handling ? The escape does handle well.
To the OP:I'd be interested in hearing thoughts about the Ford Escape vs. the SFS from folks that know. I can read all the reviews, but I prefer y'all's version better.
It's clever positioning by Hyundai, IMO - in some parts of the world, the Santa Fe Sport is seen as a full-size SUV and the Veracruz / Santa Fe LWB isn't sold.I think this kind of size confusion partially comes from the fact that SFS does not exactly fit into the compact CUV or the midsize CUV in a conventional sense.
When you compare dimensions, SFS is "slightly" bigger than Escape (which makes SFS much roomier); yet, SFS is "slightly" smaller than Edge. SFS hits a sweet spot for me, because Escape is little too small while Edge starts to feel bulky.
I made some observations on 3rd row seating in another thread (Santa Fe as a baby carrier thread) so I 'm not going to repeat everything but in general it's not that much more room. I would only recommend them if you need the extra seats as it's actually less useable space in my opinion.If you have the need for more room I would look at the 7 seater when it comes.
I didn't realise there was a 3-row version of the RAV4 - it's not on sale in UK despite the popularity of 3-row Santa Fe (Sport) and Sorrento here.Probably not as cosy as the 3rd row in a Toyota Rav 4!