The rear seatbelts optional on the Edge inflate when a collision is detected, helping to spread crash forces over a much larger area of the body and limiting head and neck movement. This can help prevent spinal and internal injuries. The Santa Fe doesn’t offer inflatable seatbelts.
The Edge Titanium/Sport offers an optional collision warning system, which detects an impending crash through forward mounted sensors and flashes a bright light and sounds a loud, distinctive tone to warn the driver to brake or maneuver immediately to avoid a collision. The Santa Fe doesn't offer a collision warning system.
The Edge’s optional lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane and gently nudges the vehicle back towards its lane. The Santa Fe doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.
The Edge Titanium/Sport offers an optional 180 degree camera to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Santa Fe only offers a rear monitor and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the front or sides.
Both the Edge and the Santa Fe have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front-wheel drive, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding and available all wheel drive.
There are almost 7 times as many Ford dealers as there are Hyundai dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Edge’s warranty.
J.D. Power and Associates rated the Edge first among midsize SUVs in their 2014 Initial Quality Study. The Santa Fe was rated second.
The Edge’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 23 lbs.-ft. more torque (275 vs. 252) than the Santa Fe’s 3.3 DOHC V6. The Edge Sport’s standard 2.7 turbo V6 produces 25 more horsepower (315 vs. 290) and 98 lbs.-ft. more torque (350 vs. 252) than the Santa Fe’s 3.3 DOHC V6.
On the EPA test cycle the Edge FWD V6 gets better fuel mileage than the Santa Fe FWD (18 city/26 hwy vs. 18 city/25 hwy).
In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Edge SE 2.0 ECOBoost FWD offers an optional system to automatically turn off the engine when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Santa Fe doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.
The Edge has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Santa Fe doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.
The Edge’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Santa Fe are solid, not vented.
For better traction, the Edge has larger standard tires than the Santa Fe (245/60R18 vs. 235/60R18). The Edge Sport’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Santa Fe (265/40R21 vs. 235/60R18).
The Edge Sport’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Santa Fe’s optional 55 series tires.
For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Edge Sport offers optional 21-inch wheels. The Santa Fe’s largest wheels are only 19-inches.
The Edge’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Santa Fe doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.
For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Edge’s wheelbase is 2 inches longer than on the Santa Fe (112.2 inches vs. 110.2 inches).
The Edge is 5 inches shorter than the Santa Fe, making the Edge easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.
The front grille of the Edge ECOBoost uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Santa Fe doesn’t offer active grille shutters.
The Edge Sport uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Santa Fe doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.
The Edge has .6 inches more front headroom, 1.3 inches more front legroom, .9 inches more front shoulder room, .9 inches more rear headroom, 2.1 inches more rear hip room and 1.9 inches more rear shoulder room than the Santa Fe.
Pressing a switch automatically lowers the Edge SEL/Titanium/Sport’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The Santa Fe doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.
The Edge SEL/Titanium/Sport offers a remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The Santa Fe doesn’t offer a remote starting system.
On a hot day the Edge’s driver can lower the front windows using the keyless remote. The driver of the Santa Fe can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.
In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Edge SEL/Titanium/Sport’s exterior keypad. The Santa Fe doesn’t offer an exterior keypad entry system, and its Blue Link can’t unlock the doors if the vehicle doesn’t have cell phone reception or the driver can’t contact the service.
The Edge SE/SEL’s standard speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The Santa Fe’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted. The Edge Titanium/Sport’s optional wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield.
While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the Edge Titanium/Sport detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Santa Fe doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.
The Edge SEL/Titanium/Sport offers optional automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Santa Fe offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.
To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Edge offers an optional Titanium/Sport, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The Santa Fe doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.
The Edge’s optional Active Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Santa Fe doesn’t offer an automated parking system.
Both the Ford Edge and Hyundai Santa Fe won an award in Kiplinger’s 2015 car issue.
The Ford Edge outsold the Hyundai Santa Fe by 958 units during 2014.