The 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport is Your Best Bet for a Compact SUV in Concord, NC
Compare to the Jeep Cherokee, Kia Sorento & Ford Escape

Ah, the compact SUV, often referred to as a crossover. It's one of the most popular body styles seen out on the road, as these crossovers blend everyday sensibilities with added interior space and family-friendly convenience and safety for all your travels.

But we here at our Concord, NC Hyundai dealership serving Kannapolis, Charlotte, Matthews, Monroe and Huntersville have one such crossover that we prefer over all others. Of course we're talking about the new 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport, and here we're comparing it to the Jeep Cherokee, Kia Sorento and Ford Escape, all in their base model levels.

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2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport vs. Jeep Grand Cherokee Comparison in Concord, NC

Few names are as well-known in the SUV segment as the Jeep brand, having been around for decades and having been the initial driver in bringing families together with crossovers. But nothing much has changed with the Jeep Cherokee, one of the brand's flagship models. As a small SUV, it's pretty bland in styling, doesn't excite with either of its engine options, and costs a lot to include even the basic kinds of features you'd expect. Look through to see how the new Santa Fe Sport stacks up against the popular Cherokee, then visit us in Concord today to learn more.

  • While starting prices are similar, the Santa Fe Sport provides greater value in its warranty protection and coverage agreements. You'll get the basic and corrosion plans for longer than what's with the Cherokee, and the Santa Fe Sport comes with a 10-year / 100,000-mile non-transferable powertrain warranty that isn't offered with the Jeep crossover.
  • With the base level Santa Fe Sport already better equipped than the Cherokee, with the likes of a standard CD player, you can add more to the starting package in the Hyundai with affordable standalone options. These include leather seats, power driver's seat and a sunroof, all of which either aren't available or would require a costlier trim level in the Cherokee.
  • If you want a boost in performance, we feel the turbocharged four-cylinder engine option in the Santa Fe Sport is a better fit than the V-6 option with the Cherokee, for a number of reasons. While the Cherokee's V-6 is slightly more powerful, the Santa Fe Sport's turbocharged setup earns you better fuel economy, and it can be had at a far more affordable price than the single trim level that comes with the Jeep's V-6.

2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport vs. Kia Sorento Comparison in Concord, NC

If any small SUV shares immediately noticeable similarities with the Santa Fe Sport, it's the new Kia Sorento. Both have similar looks, but the differences become apparent when you really look into the details of each. You'd assume any Kia would make affordability its most alluring aspect, yet the Sorento is going to set you back more than a comparable edition of the new Santa Fe Sport. Look through this comparison to get a better idea about which small SUV is your best bet.

  • Once again, the warranty protection plan with the Santa Fe Sport can't be beat, with seven years or unlimited mileage of corrosion / rust thru coverage compared to a 5-year / 100,000-mile plan for the Sorento. The roadside assistance program for the Santa Fe Sport is also for unlimited mileage over a five-year period, while it's capped at 60,000 miles for the Sorento.
  • As you look for the best value, you'll love seeing how the Santa Fe Sport starts off at a considerably lower price than the Sorento. That means you can add more options and features while sticking to a budget if you make the smart choice with the new Hyundai.
  • The standard equipment offerings in the Santa Fe Sport are far more generous than what you'll find in the costlier Sorento. These include standard driver lumbar support, one-touch window down function for the passenger side, special airbags for the driver's knees and daytime running lights.

2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport vs. Ford Escape Comparison in Concord, NC

When it comes to comparing similar SUVs, it's worth looking at the base level offerings. The Santa Fe Sport, as we've already mentioned, includes a lot at its starting level and offers affordable standalone add-ons, and the Value bundle for a reasonable price. Then there are crossovers like the Ford Escape with a base level edition that barely offers anything useful. See more below to understand what makes the Santa Fe Sport your best bet over the Ford Escape.

  • Pricing is similar in both, with the Santa Fe Sport coming in at a little higher than the Escape, but you get what you pay for. You can add AWD to the base level Santa Fe Sport, while you'll need a higher trim for that in the Escape. The Hyundai model also comes with standard power windows, and optional leather seats and a sunroof, all of which aren't available in the starting version of the Ford.
  • While earning similar levels of fuel economy, the Santa Fe Sport easily bests the Escape in terms of performance when stacking up the base level four-cylinder engine options.
  • The Santa Fe Sport is better equipped for comfortable passenger seating, with considerably more leg room in both the front and rear compared to how the Escape is set up.