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The 2016 Ford Edge vs. the 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe

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The 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe is marketed as being roomy and entertaining, with advanced features and "spirited performance," but the fact is, the 2016 Ford Edge beats out the Hyundai Santa Fe in just about every category. Let's start with the Santa Fe's "hands-free Smart Liftgate with Auto Open." While the liftgate may open automatically if you stand behind the 2016 Santa Fe with the key for more than three seconds, it won't close without the push of a button. Not quite as "hands-free" as advertised! The Ford Edge, on the other hand, has a truly hands-free liftgate that can be opened simply by making a kicking motion near the back bumper, so long as you have the keys in your pocket.

Just one of the many places that the 2016 Ford Edge meets or exceeds the competition, from better available horsepower to Torque Vectoring Control to more miles-per-gallon and a wider range of available options, features, and technologies, including three engine options to suit any lifestyle. When you get right down to it, the 2016 Ford Edge gives you more bang for your crossover buck from top to bottom. Advantage: Ford Edge.

Vehicle Power and Handling

While the 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe boasts about its available 265-horsepower turbocharged engine, that's barely above the 245 horsepower generated by the 2.0 liter EcoBoost engine that comes standard with the 2016 Ford Edge, and can't even touch the performance of the Edge Sport's 315 horsepower 2.7 liter EcoBoost V6! Torque Vectoring Control and Curve Control work to add agility and grace to the Edge's power, and neither of those are available with any package on the 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe.

Plus, the 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe loses significant fuel economy when in all wheel drive and has handling that has been called "average" by The Car Connection, while the 2016 Ford Edge has available Adaptive Steering that controls the ratio of steering to how much the wheels turn, giving you greater control and improved handling at any speed. Advantage: Ford Edge

Vehicle Design and Features

We've already discussed the difference between the "hands-free" liftgate of the 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe and the actually hands-free liftgate available on the 2016 Ford Edge. But that's just one of many advanced features and technologies available to Edge drivers that the Santa Fe just can't match, like Enhanced Active Park Assist, a 180-degree front camera, SecuriCode invisible keypad, a Lane-Keeping System, adaptive cruise control, and a whole lot more!

The 2016 Ford Edge also offers the complete package when it comes to safety. Featuring the Safety Canopy System and the Personal Safety System, the 2016 Ford Edge boasts industry-first outboard inflatable rear safety belts, a glove-box-door-integrated knee airbag, and lots of other features that have made it a star in safety tests. Advantage: Ford Edge.

Our Conclusions: The Ford Edge is the Better Vehicle

When it comes time to pick a new crossover SUV, pick the vehicle that The Car Connection says can "credibly span the range from affordable family wagon to premium crossover," and do so "in a way that few, if any, other mainstream-brand rivals do." That would be the 2016 Ford Edge!

Whether the reason is its improved horsepower, top-notch gas mileage, and great handling, or its range of available options like a truly hands-free liftgate, Adaptive Steering, Enhanced Active Park Assist, front 180-degree camera, Auto Start-Stop technology, Panoramic VistaRoof, voice-activated SYNC 3 technology, Curve Control, SecuriCode invisible keypad, Torque Vectoring Control, and more, the Ford Edge is the best option for anyone looking for a crossover SUV.

Yes, whatever you're looking for in a crossover SUV, the 2016 Ford Edge has an option that meets your needs, from performance to economy to luxury, and beyond. The three engine options available in the Ford Edge give it, well, an edge over the competition when it comes to customization, so there's an Edge out there for any lifestyle. Plus, the 2016 Ford Edge boasts available features and amenities that the 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe just can't match, not to mention better horsepower and better handling, with optional Adaptive Steering!

Convinced? Why not visit Rusty Eck Ford in Wichita today to take a test drive of a new Ford Edge and experience the Ford difference for yourself? Not sure if the Edge is right for you? Not to worry, we've got all the best new Ford cars and trucks available, not to mention a helpful sales team that will be happy to answer any questions and help you find the car, truck, SUV, or crossover that's perfect for you!