6 Reasons Why the 2017 Hyundai Tucson Beats the Ford Escape

Trends come and go, but it’s quite apparent by now that compact SUVs aren’t going anywhere. Drive a mile down any major Kansas City street, and you’re bound to see an SUV or two (or 20). And few small crossovers can compete with what both Ford and Hyundai offer, particularly with their Escape and Tucson models. But which is worth your while: the 2017 Hyundai Tucson or rival Ford Escape? The answer is obvious to our Hyundai dealers, but if you need help deciding on your next crossover, here are six reasons you should be sitting behind a Hyundai steering wheel.


6. Variety

There are six Tucson trims available (SE, SE Plus, Eco, Sport, Night, and Limited) compared to the Escape’s three (S, SE, and Titanium). By our math, that’s about 200% more options. If you enjoy variety in your life, the Hyundai Tucson is undoubtedly a better choice than the Ford Escape.

5. Fuel Economy

The base Tucson SE with FWD returns 23 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway, while the mid-level Tucson Eco gets you 26 mpg in the city and up to 32 mpg on highways. The Ford Escape S returns just 21 mpg in the city and 29 on the highway, and neither the Escape SE or Titanium trims can match the Tucson Eco’s EPA mileage estimates.

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4. Refined Cockpit

From the driver’s seat of the Tucson, you’ll have no trouble accessing the touchscreen or controls. Simple yet attractive, the dash is designed to emphasize ease of use, though upgrading to one of the higher trims will award you soft-touch materials, door accents, and an 8-inch display. If you’ve got your eyes set on a cross-country trip, you’ll feel right at home with the Tucson’s couch-like front seats.

Inside the Ford Escape, you may find a somewhat archaic if not puzzling layout. Its central stack comes straight out of the twentieth century—yes, when Ford’s crème de la crème model began with “T” and ended with “aurus”—and leaves something major to be desired. Climate controls look low-rent, an unusual air vent points down to freeze knees, and its CD player is too prominently featured for a 2017 vehicle.

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3. Passenger Volume

Although the Ford Escape is a bit longer, the Hyundai Tucson offers more interior passenger volume (102.2 vs. 98.7 cubic feet). In the front, Tucson passengers have more shoulder and hip room, while rear passengers have more stretch-out space all around. That’s right—the Tucson offers more backseat room for heads, shoulders, knees, and toes (knees and toes).

2. Safety Ratings

Between the Tucson and Escape, Hyundai’s SUV is the ideal choice for families thanks to its safety ratings.

The NHTSA awarded the Tucson with a five-star overall rating—the Escape shares this nod—and IIHS gave its own Top Safety Pick stamp of approval, which was not shared with the Escape. In fact, the Ford Escape had points deducted not once, not twice, but four times by IIHS due to marginal LATCH anchors, acceptable small overlap crashworthiness and headlights, and the bare minimum in front crash protection. Critics have also noted that visibility in the Escape is far from adequate, and its large and thick pillars don’t help its cause.

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1. Warranty Coverage

Ford’s Escape is covered by a standard 5-year/60k-mile warranty, which is average for the segment. Ford settled for middle-of-the-road coverage, but why should you?

With the 2017 Hyundai Tucson, you receive America’s Best Warranty: a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty. This protection covers the repair or replacement of select Tucson engine components and Hyundai parts. What’s best is that you can bring your Tucson straight into our service center at McCarthy Blue Springs Hyundai for complete warranty repairs.

Ready to Test Drive a Hyundai Tucson near Kansas City?

Then come to McCarthy Blue Springs Hyundai and check out all of our available Tucsons for sale and lease! Contact our Hyundai dealers at (816) 285-3252 or visit our new and used car dealership at 3000 NW South Outer Road in Blue Springs, MO, and discover why the Tucson is taking the SUV world by storm. We have all six Tucson trims available to test drive, as well as hundreds of used cars and any other new Hyundai model you can think of.

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