2018 Hyundai Santa Fe vs Ford Escape: Powertrain
Whether you’re an off-road fanatic, or just tackling the winter weather on the way to work, there’s no denying you need three things: A powerful engine, smooth acceleration, and all-wheel drive (AWD) traction.
As far as the engine goes, the Ford Escape offers a standard 2.5L I-4 engine with plenty of power, generating 168 horsepower and 170 lb-ft of torque. The Hyundai Santa Fe, however, comes standard with a 3.3L V6 engine that generates 290 horsepower and 252 lb-ft of torque.
As for traction, neither of these SUV’s come standard with AWD. However, with the Santa Fe, it’s an option in the base trim, whereas the Escape requires an upgrade to a higher trim level before gaining access to this kind of drivetrain.
This means that, straight off the lot, drivers of the Escape may not find themselves as equipped as Santa Fe drivers to deal with the winter weather or other rough terrains.