2017 Ford Explorer vs 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe

What is drawing you to a sport utility vehicle? If you have been driving sedans, coupes, or pickup trucks all your life, why have you decided to give SUVs a shot? Or, if you have been driving an SUV for a while, why are you intent on sticking with it? Is it the extra cargo space you have available to you? Is it the extra seating capacity you need for an expanding family? Do you simply prefer a higher seating height than what is available with a car? Do you like to venture out into nature and need something that can handle rugged terrain? If these reasons ring true, an SUV is a great option, and your timing could not be better. Sport utility vehicles are more popular than ever these days. People love them, and automakers have responded in kind by developing more and more. With so many options out there, how do you know which one is right for you? Let’s look at the 2017 Ford Explorer vs the 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe.

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2017 Ford Explorer vs 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe
290 HP Horsepower 290 HP
7 People Seating Capacity 7 People
81.7 Cubic Feet Maximum Cargo Capacity 80 Cubic Feet
21 Cubic Feet Cargo Capacity with All Seats in Place 13.5 Cubic Feet

2017 Ford Explorer cargo capacity and horsepower

Whether you have a sizeable family or a sizeable life in any other capacity, be it a love for camping or a busy career that requires loads of gear—or all of the above—you are going to need space to carry everything. Both the 2017 Ford Explorer and 2017 Hyundai Sante Fe have seating for seven people, but the Explorer tops the Santa Fe in cargo capacity. When all seats are upright, the Explorer still gives you 21 cubic feet of space available for your cargo, be it grocery bags, suitcases, or whatever you need. When the rear seats are folded, the Explorer opens up to a maximum of 81.7 cubic feet of space. The Sante Fe, on the other hand, gives you just 13.5 cubic feet of room when all seats are in place, and falls shy of the maximum capacity offered by the Explorer, with 80 cubic feet. Every bit of room counts, especially for a vehicle that is meant to make life a little easier.

When looking at this comparison, think about why you want an SUV in the first place. If you are looking for a powerful vehicle with plenty of available space, the 2017 Ford Explorer has you covered.

white 2017 Ford Explorer with cloudy mountain background
white 2017 Ford Explorer with snowy mountains in background
2017 Ford Explorer interior steering wheel and dashboard
2017 Ford Explorer interior front seating area

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