Compare 2016 Ford Explorer vs 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe

2016 Ford Explorer
2016 Hyundai Santa Fe
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4WD 4-Door Base
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Explorer 4WD 4-Door Base 16 23 $31,894 $33,050
Explorer 4WD 4-Door Limited 16 23 $41,352 $43,300
Explorer 4WD 4-Door Platinum 16 22 $50,587 $52,970
Explorer 4WD 4-Door Sport 16 22 $41,543 $43,500
Explorer 4WD 4-Door XLT 16 23 $33,807 $35,400
Explorer FWD 4-Door Base 17 24 $29,964 $31,050
Explorer FWD 4-Door Limited 17 24 $39,442 $41,300
Explorer FWD 4-Door XLT 17 24 $31,897 $33,400
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AWD 4-Door Limited
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Santa Fe AWD 4-Door Limited 18 24 $34,090 $36,250
Santa Fe AWD 4-Door SE 18 24 $30,603 $32,150
Santa Fe FWD 4-Door Limited 18 25 $32,465 $34,500
Santa Fe FWD 4-Door SE 18 25 $28,960 $30,400
Santa Fe Sport AWD 4-Door 2.0T 18 24 $31,267 $33,000
Santa Fe Sport AWD 4-Door 2.4 19 25 $25,626 $26,700
Santa Fe Sport FWD 4-Door 2.0T 19 27 $29,620 $31,250
Santa Fe Sport FWD 4-Door 2.4 20 27 $23,964 $24,950

Pricing

Invoice Price

$31,894
$34,090

Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price

$33,050
$36,250

Monthly Payment Estimate

$551 / month
$604 / month

The Car Connection's Take

TCC Rating

8.4
8.0

TCC’s Bottom Line

The 2016 Ford Explorer doesn't need to rely on hardcore off-road tools--not with its firm road manners, plush interiors, and choice of turbocharged power. The 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe is geared toward big families with a strong V-6 and loads of features, but third-row seat space is slim, and safety scores are absent.

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Fuel Economy

City

16 mpg 18 mpg

Highway

23 mpg 24 mpg

Vehicle

EPA Classification

Standard SUV 4WD Small SUV 4WD

Interior Dimensions

Third Hip Room (in)

40.7 44.1

Second Shoulder Room (in)

61 58.6

Passenger Volume (ft³)

151.7 146.6

Front Leg Room (in)

42.9 41.3

Third Head Room (in)

37.8 35.7

Front Hip Room (in)

57.3 56.7

Third Shoulder Room (in)

50.8 53.9

Second Leg Room (in)

39.5 41.3

Passenger Capacity

7 6

Front Head Room (in)

41.4 39.6

Second Hip Room (in)

56.8 55.4

Front Shoulder Room (in)

61.5 59.4

Third Leg Room (in)

32 31.5

Second Head Room (in)

40.6 39.4

Exterior Dimensions

Track Width, Front (in)

67 64.5

Min Ground Clearance (in)

8.3 7.3

Length, Overall (in)

198.3 193.1

Height, Overall (in)

70 66.5

Track Width, Rear (in)

67 64.5

Wheelbase (in)

112.8 110.2

Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)

78.9 74.2

Cargo Area Dimensions

Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)

21 13.5

Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)

43.8 40.9

Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)

80.7 80

Brakes

Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)

12.8 11.9

Brake Type

4-Wheel Disc 4-Wheel Disc

Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)

NA NA

Disc - Front (Yes or )

Yes Yes

Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)

12.8 12.6

Drum - Rear (Yes or )

NA NA

Brake ABS System

4-Wheel 4-Wheel

Disc - Rear (Yes or )

Yes Yes

Fuel Tank

Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)

18.6 18.8

Steering

Steering Type

Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion

Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)

38.9 36.9

Tires

Spare Tire Order Code

NA NA

Rear Tire Size

P245/60HR18 P235/55TR19

Rear Tire Order Code

NA NA

Front Tire Size

P245/60HR18 P235/55TR19

Spare Tire Size

Compact Compact

Front Tire Order Code

NA NA

Trailering

Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)

2000 5000

Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)

2000 5000

Maximum Trailering Capacity (lbs)

2000 5000

Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)

200 500

Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)

200 500

Weight Information

Base Curb Weight (lbs)

4629 4057

Wheels

Rear Wheel Size (in)

18 X 7.5 19 X 7.5

Front Wheel Material

Aluminum Aluminum

Spare Wheel Material

Steel Steel

Front Wheel Size (in)

18 X 7.5 19 X 7.5

Spare Wheel Size (in)

Compact Compact

Rear Wheel Material

Aluminum Aluminum

Electrical

Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)

540 -

Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)

175 150

Engine

SAE Net Torque @ RPM

255 @ 4000 252 @ 5200

Engine Order Code

998-1 NA

Displacement

3.5 L/213 3.3 L/204

SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM

290 @ 6400 290 @ 6400

Engine Type

Regular Unleaded V-6 Regular Unleaded V-6

Fuel System

Sequential MPI Gasoline Direct Injection

Mileage

Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)

19 20

EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)

23 24

EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)

16 18

Transmission

Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)

3.65 3.04

Third Gear Ratio (:1)

1.84 1.84

Trans Type

6 6

Drivetrain

Four Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive

Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)

1.00 1.00

Trans Description Cont. Again

NA NA

Reverse Ratio (:1)

2.88 3.39

Second Gear Ratio (:1)

2.87 2.83

Trans Order Code

44J NA

Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)

1.41 1.39

Trans Description Cont.

Automatic w/OD Automatic w/OD

Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)

0.74 0.77

First Gear Ratio (:1)

4.48 4.65

Summary

Vehicle Name

Ford Explorer Hyundai Santa Fe

Body Style

Sport Utility Sport Utility

Suspension

Suspension Type - Rear

Multi-Link Multi-Link

Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)

Multi-Link Multi-Link

Suspension Type - Front

Strut Strut

Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)

Strut Strut

Emissions

Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year

9.3 8.8

Crash Test Ratings

Overall Rating

Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating

Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver

Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger

Overall Side Crash Rating

Side Barrier Rating

Side Barrier Rating Driver

Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat

Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat

Combined Side Rating Front Seat

Combined Side Rating Rear Seat

Rollover Rating

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