2017 Ford Edge vs. 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport: Compare Cars

November 2, 2016
2016 Ford Edge

2016 Ford Edge

The mid-size crossover segment is full of 'tweeners. Larger and more spacious than compact crossovers, but smaller and more manageable than three-row crossovers meant for family duty, these vehicles offer versatility with sophistication and flair.

Two of those vehicles, the 2017 Ford Edge and 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport, take slightly different approaches to satisfy mid-size crossover buyers. Both offer front- and all-wheel drive and turbocharged 4-cylinder power, but the Hyundai also has a naturally aspirated 4-cylinder while the Ford opts for a performance variant with a twin-turbocharged V-6. Which is right for you? Let's take a closer look.

MORE: Read our latest reviews of the 2017 Ford Edge and the 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport

Both are good-looking crossovers, though we prefer the Edge for its premium, athletic aesthetic. It has some great surfacing and details that wouldn't be out of place in a BMW. Inside, there is a warm and upscale yet formal ambiance.

The Santa Fe Sport is the best-looking Hyundai crossover, with a right-sized hexagonal grille and side sills that stand out in relief up and over the rear wheel wells. The interior carries a shield of controls at its center, an undulating dash, and large knobs for select controls.

We rate the Santa Fe Sport slightly higher than the Edge, at 7.3 to 7.0. (Read more about how we rate cars.)

Powertrains and performance

The Edge's athletic look translates to actual athleticism. Across the lineup, there’s a muted sharpness to the driving experience. The Edge isn’t downright edgy, but it's precise and responsive. Steering offers a direct, reassuring feel, and the vehicle tracks well in a straight line, then takes a set into corners without fuss. 

2016 Ford Edge

2016 Ford Edge

2016 Ford Edge

2016 Ford Edge

2015 Ford Edge

2015 Ford Edge

The Edge's base engine is Ford's 2.0-liter EcoBoost 4-cylinder, good for 245 horsepower. It is responsive, and is perfectly adequate for most needs. A 280-hp 3.5-liter V-6 is a minor-cost option, but it's not noticeably more powerful than the 2.0. The Edge Sport features a twin-turbocharged 2.7-liter V-6 that makes 315 hp. It is strong and confident, with an understated performance.

Hyundai's base engine is 2.4-liter inline-4 that makes 185 hp. It's a breathless, busy engine and its biggest draw is price, not power. The step up is a 240-hp 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder that helps this crossover hustle down the road with more confidence.

The two turbocharged 2.0-liters get similar fuel economy. With front-wheel drive, Ford's is rated at 24 mpg combined, while the Hyundai is rated at 23 mpg. Even though the Ford 2.0 is rated slightly higher, the Hyundai is subject to tougher 2017 testing standards and we give it the advantage for fuel economy because its 2.4-liter inline-4 tops out at 24 mpg, while Ford's two upgrade engines are fairly thirsty.

Interior space and quality

Both are equally spacious and refined. The Edge's seating position in front offers enough headroom and a good view over the hood. In back, there’s enough room for long-legged adults. Our only complaint is that the seats are too short and flat. Cargo space maxes out at 73.4 cubic feet with the rear seatbacks folded or 39.2 cubic feet with those seats up.

The Santa Fe Sport has the edge here because its seats are more comfortable than the Edge, which has a particularly flat, hard rear bench.

You'll find soft-touch materials nearly everywhere in the Edge. Controls are simple, a configurable gauge cluster is offered, and the center stack is dominated by a large touchscreen with the new, simpler Sync 3 infotainment system.

2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport

2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport

2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport

2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport

2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport

2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport

The interior of the Santa Fe Sport is fairly refined as well. An available 8.0-inch touchscreen commands attention and electroluminescent gauges toss in a few more subdued lumens.

The Santa Fe Sport has comfortable seats with good space, and just enough headroom for tall drivers if the optional panoramic sunroof is installed. With the rear seats up, the Santa Fe Sport carries 35.4 cubic feet of stuff. With those seats down it swallows 71.5 cubes of gear.

Safety

Safety is a strength for both models, but the Santa Fe Sport is the winner here thanks to improved crash tests for 2017. It earns a Top Safety Pick+ from the IIHS and gets the top score of five stars from the government. Available safety features include a surround-view camera system, lane-keep assist, forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, and adaptive cruise control.

The Edge gets all the features of the Hyundai, and more. In place of the surround-view camera, it gets a 180-degree front camera system. It also offers rear cross-traffic alerts, automatic parking, a glove box knee airbag, and inflatable rear safety belts. It gets a five-star rating from the government, but an "Acceptable" rating in the IIHS's small front overlap test and only basic forward collision prevention mean it can't be named a Top Safety Pick.

Features

The Ford Edge spans the range from affordable family wagon to premium crossover. It comes in SE, SEL, Titanium, and Sport models, with pricing that escalates quickly for top models with options. While many of the most desirable features are reserved for the Titanium and Sport, those models border on the luxury market.

The Santa Fe Sport comes in base, 2.0T, and 2.0T Ultimate models. The Ultimate is comparable to Ford's Titanium but there is no analog for the Edge Sport. Similarly, there is no Edge that is as affordable as the base Santa Fe Sport.

Hyundai wins here on comfort and safety. With the Santa Fe Sport, it has one of the top-rated five-seat crossover SUVs.

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Summary

7.2
Expert Rating
The restyled 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport looks sharp, inside and out. We can't help but wonder what the model could do with a slightly improved powertrain lineup.
7.0
Expert Rating
The 2017 Ford Edge skips third-row seats for better road manners, but it could stand a round of comfort and safety upgrades.

Styling

7.0
Expert Rating
The 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport perfectly blends the automaker's SUV styling themes into a compact offering.
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7.0
Expert Rating
The Edge frames its crossover-SUV body in clean, almost austere lines.
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Performance

6.0
Expert Rating
The Santa Fe Sport's base engine isn't much to write home to the folks about, so we're looking to the turbo to lead the lineup.
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7.0
Expert Rating
Steering is quick and the Edge has a taut ride; Sport models have a powerful V-6 on tap.
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Comfort & Quality

8.0
Expert Rating
The 2017 Santa Fe Sport combines some good common-sense features with quality interior materials.
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7.0
Expert Rating
We'd like the Edge better if its seats were more comfortable.
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Safety

8.0
Expert Rating
The 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport has excellent crash test scores from major U.S. agencies.
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7.0
Expert Rating
The Edge isn't eligible for Top Safety Pick status yet, but the NHTSA scores it well.
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Features

8.0
Expert Rating
It's getting progressively more expensive, but even at $30,000 the Santa Fe Sport is still good value for money.
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8.0
Expert Rating
Ford ladles on features in the Edge Titanium, where prices soar past $45,000.
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Fuel Economy

6.0
Expert Rating
The 2017 Santa Fe Sport still has middle-of-the-road mileage, but at least the penalty for the bigger engine is minimal.
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6.0
Expert Rating
The Edge posts good fuel economy figures, though all-wheel drive is a bigger drain.
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MSRP

from $25,350
from $28,950

Invoice

from $24,370
from $27,938

Fuel Economy - Combined City and Highway

24
24

Engine

Regular Unleaded I-4, 2.4 L
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4, 2.0 L

Drivetrain

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