2022 Ford Edge vs Hyundai Santa Fe
The popularity of SUVs has continued to grow over the last few years, and it shows no signs of slowing down. Those who need more space for passengers and gear tend to skip over the compact options and look to the midsize market. There are also some large SUVs available, but they are so thirsty and hard to maneuver that they are typically avoided unless completely necessary.
Many midsize SUVs try to cram in a third row to expand their seating capacity. That is not the case for the 2022 Ford Edge and the 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe. These midsize SUVs instead focus on providing plenty of space for up to five. This is just one of the things they have in common. At the same time, there are things that these vehicles do differently. Shoppers can use the following information to determine if the 2022 Edge or the 2022 Santa Fe is the right choice.
All models of the 2022 Ford Edge are equipped with all-wheel drive. The first four trims on the list get a 2.0L four-cylinder engine that makes 250-horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque. It pairs wonderfully with an eight-speed automatic transmission. The performance-oriented ST trim level has a turbo 2.7L V6. It is paired with a seven-speed automatic transmission and makes 335-horsepower along with 380 lb-ft of torque.
The 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe comes standard with a front-wheel drive but can be upgraded to all-wheel drive on any of the five trims. For the first three options on the list, there is a 2.5L four-cylinder engine that creates 191-horsepower and 181 lb-ft of torque. It is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. The Limited and Calligraphy both upgrade to a turbo 2.5L four-cylinder with an output of 281-horsepower and 311 lb-ft of torque.
If buyers are particularly concerned about fuel efficiency, they can check out the Santa Fe Hybrid. It has a 1.6L turbo four-cylinder and electric motors, resulting in 226-horsepower combined. All hybrid models are equipped with all-wheel drive. It is estimated to get 36mpg in the city and 31mpg on the highway.
With its standard engine, the Ford Edge is estimated to get 21mpg in the city and 28mpg on the highway. These are pretty good numbers for the class, especially when the standard all-wheel drive is factored in. The more powerful models get 19mpg city and 25mpg on the highway. This is considered to be around average for midsize SUVs with a V6.
As for the Santa Fe, it gets 25mpg in the city and 28mpg on the highway with front-wheel drive and its base engine. Choosing the more powerful engine will mean getting 22mpg city and 28mpg highway. These numbers all drop roughly 1mpg when the Santa Fe is upgraded to all-wheel drive.
So far, the Ford Edge may seem like it has a slight advantage. Things even out a bit more when buyers look at the warranties, however. The Edge has three years or 36,000 miles of coverage for its limited warranty, and five years or 60,000 miles for its powertrain warranty. Hyundai gives the Santa Fe five years or 60,000 miles for its limited warranty, and ten years or 100,000 miles for the powertrain.
The Ford Edge provides satisfying handling and a comfortable ride to its occupants. Standard all-wheel drive ensures that the SUV feels stable around corners. If buyers opt for the performance-oriented ST, they will give a much sportier ride. On the downside, the stiffer suspension of this model means that more bumps will make it into the cabin.
Like the Edge, the Hyundai Santa Fe is largely applauded for its handling. There is strong stopping power and a tight turning radius, making it easy to park in tight spaces. At the same time, every Santa Fe suffers from a firm suspension that lets far too many bumps in the road be felt in the cabin. This is especially true if buyers opt for a model with larger wheels.
Neither the Edge nor the Santa Fe is at the top of their class when it comes to cargo space. The Edge has 39.2 cubic feet behind its second row, while the Santa Fe has 36.4. When that row gets folded down, the Edge goes up to 73.4 cubic feet and the Santa Fe has 72.1. Although it may seem like the Edge wins this category, buyers should be aware that it's rear row does not fold completely flat, somewhat limiting its practicality.
Like most two-row midsize SUVs, the Edge and Santa Fe both provide plenty of space in either row. The Edge is a class leader when it comes to rear legroom, which may come in handy for those with growing children. The Edge also has cushy seating in both rows. As for the Santa Fe, it has far more comfortable seats in the front than the back.
The standard infotainment system for the Edge is quite impressive. It comes with a 12-inch touchscreen, Amazon Alexa, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay. There is also a Wi-Fi hotspot, plus satellite radio and four USB ports. The Santa Fe also comes standard with four USB ports, but its touchscreen is only 8-inches.
Unlike the Edge, the Santa Fe comes standard with the wireless versions of Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Select models of the Hyundai SUV have a 10.25-inch touchscreen, but they lose the wireless part of the smartphone integration. The Santa Fe also offers a 12.3-inch digital instrument panel. Both of these SUVs can be equipped with wireless device charging and a 12-speaker premium sound system.
The Edge comes standard with dual-zone automatic climate control and a push-button start. Neither of these is standard for the Santa Fe, but they are available on the mid-level trims. Both of the SUVs have standard heated front seats on all but their entry-level models.
Buyers will be pleased to know that both the 2022 Edge and the 2022 Santa Fe received five out of five stars from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The similarities do not end there. Both SUVs received five stars for frontal and side collisions, along with four stars for rollover accidents. These vehicles were also tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, which gave them both the top score of "Good" in all main categories.
The entry-level Edge has an extensive list of standard driver assistance features. It comes with blind-spot monitoring, pedestrian detection, forward-collision mitigation, lane-keeping assist, rear parking sensors, and automatic high beams. There is also the "My Key" feature that allows parents to limit the volume and speed of the Edge when their teenager is driving.
All models of the new Santa Fe are also very well-equipped when it comes to safety features. It, too, comes with blind-spot monitoring, forward-collision mitigation, lane-keeping assist, and automatic high beams. The Santa Fe has pedestrian and cyclist detection as well as a rear-seat alert and driver drowsiness monitoring. Unlike the Edge, the Santa Fe also comes equipped with adaptive cruise control and a safe exit warning.
Adaptive cruise control is an available Edge feature. So are things like lane-centering assist, evasive steering assist, adaptive headlights, and a front-view camera. The Santa Fe offers front and rear parking sensors as optional features, plus a surround-view camera system. Drivers can also get a remote parking assist feature and a highway driving assist feature when they choose the Santa Fe.
Which Has the Best Value?
Buyers can have the 2022 Santa Fe for as little as $27,200, making it one of the most affordable midsize SUVs out there. The top Calligraphy trim level will set buyers back $40,960. Comparatively, the Edge starts out at $35,395, which is high for the class. This is likely due in part to the standard all-wheel drive, which is a feature that adds $1,700 to any trim level of the Santa Fe. Those who want the heart-pounding Edge ST model will be looking at $44,195.
Planning ahead is an important part of budgeting for a new vehicle. That is where taking a look at the projected costs of a new SUV is useful. This guide will make comparisons between the most affordable versions of these SUVs, which would be the 2022 Edge SE and a 2021 Santa FE SE with front-wheel drive. The numbers for the 2022 Santa Fe are not out yet, but they should be very similar.
It is an unfortunate fact of life that new vehicles lose a great deal of their value within the first few years of ownership. The 2022 Edge is estimated to depreciate just over $23,000, while the Santa Fe will lose around $18,900 of value. While the Edge loses quite a bit more, keep in mind that its starting price is nearly $7,000 higher than the Santa Fe. That means buyers may still get more selling their Edge after five years than they would by selling a Santa Fe.
Buyers will spend more money on gas over the course of five years if they choose the Edge. It is estimated to require just over $10,000 in fuel if driven around 15,000 miles per year. The Santa Fe will cost around $8,800. It is estimated that the Santa Fe will cost more to maintain, roughly $4,700. The Edge will only cost around $3,400 in maintenance over five years.
On the other hand, buyers should expect to pay more for repairs if they choose the Edge. Its estimate is around $1,800, which is nearly three times higher than the Santa Fe's $650. When combining all of those factors, plus things like insurance and financing fees, the Santa Fe will cost approximately $0.54 to drive per mile. That may seem steep, but the Edge will cost around $0.62.
Which is Better?
An argument can be made for buying either the 2022 Ford Edge or the 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe. Neither of these SUVs has major flaws, and they both get a lot of things right. It will come down to a closer look at the cost and practicality of both vehicles.
The Ford Edge is slightly more spacious than the Santa Fe. It also has standard all-wheel drive and a more powerful standard engine, which helps to justify its higher price tag to an extent. It also comes equipped with an impressive 12-inch touchscreen. If buyers are interested in horsepower, the Edge ST is considerably more exciting than even the upgraded Santa Fe engine.
At the same time, the Santa Fe offers incredible value. It has an extensive list of standard safety features, plus excellent fuel economy estimates. The cabin of the Santa Fe is nicely made, and it covers all of the bases when it comes to technology and convenience. The ride quality could be better, but this is something many people will be willing to overlook for the price.
Those who want standard all-wheel-drive or heart-pounding power should consider the 2022 Edge. Buyers who are looking for something more practical and affordable will be happier in the 2022 Santa Fe.