Road Test: 2005 Ford Escape XLT Sport 4WD vs. 2003 Hyundai Santa Fe 4WD GLS vs. 2004 Saturn VUE AWD Red Line vs. 2005 Chevrolet Equinox AWD LT Photo Gallery
Hyundai's 3.5-liter V-6 is a big improvement over the 2.7 also available on the Santa Fe. Too bad Hyundai didn't tone down the overwrought styling while it was slipping in the bigger motor; this thing still looks dorky. Plastics and other trim are not quite up to Japanese levels, but steadily improving. Equipment/warranty/price ratio is hard to beat.