Greene Ford Compares 2017 Ford Escape VS 2016 Kia Sorento Near Buford, GA

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2017 Ford Escape

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2016 Kia Sorento

Safety Comparison

The Escape Titanium offers optional Active Braking, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The Sorento offers an available collision warning system without the automated brake feature which would prevent or reduce the collision if the driver fails to react.

The Ford Escape has Daytime Running Lights to help keep it more visible under all conditions. Canadian government studies show that driving with lights during the day reduces accidents by 11% by making vehicles more conspicuous. The Sorento doesn’t offer Daytime Running Lights.

The Escape Titanium’s optional driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Sorento doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

The Escape has standard SYNC ®, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to get turn-by-turn driving directions or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Sorento doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the Escape and the Sorento have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact 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, available lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, front and rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Ford Escape is safer than the Kia Sorento:

Escape

Sorento

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest Movement

.4 inches

.7 inches

Abdominal Force

96 G’s

108 G’s

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

54 G’s

58 G’s

Hip Force

649 lbs.

818 lbs.

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

44 G’s

45 G’s

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Warranty Comparison

The Escape’s 5 year corrosion warranty has no mileage limitations, but the corrosion warranty on the Sorento runs out after 100,000 miles.

There are over 6 times as many Ford dealers as there are Kia dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Escape’s warranty.

Engine Comparison

The Escape’s optional 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 23 lbs.-ft. more torque (275 vs. 252) than the Sorento’s optional 3.3 DOHC V6.

As tested in Motor Trend the Ford Escape 1.5 EcoBoost is faster than the Sorento 2.0T:

Escape

Sorento

Zero to 60 MPH

8.9 sec

9 sec

Quarter Mile

16.7 sec

16.8 sec

As tested in Motor Trend the Ford Escape 2.0 EcoBoost is faster than the Kia Sorento V6:

Escape

Sorento

Zero to 60 MPH

6.8 sec

7.2 sec

Quarter Mile

15.2 sec

15.7 sec

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Escape gets better fuel mileage than the Sorento:

Escape

Sorento

2WD

2.5 4 cyl./Auto

21 city/29 hwy

21 city/28 hwy

2.4 4 cyl./Auto

1.5 EcoBoost 4 cyl./Auto

23 city/30 hwy

20 city/27 hwy

2.0T/Auto

2.0 EcoBoost 4 cyl./Auto

22 city/29 hwy

18 city/26 hwy

V6/Auto

4WD

n/a

21 city/26 hwy

2.4 4 cyl./Auto

1.5 EcoBoost 4 cyl./Auto

22 city/28 hwy

19 city/25 hwy

2.0T/Auto

2.0 EcoBoost 4 cyl./Auto

20 city/27 hwy

18 city/25 hwy

V6/Auto

n/a

17 city/23 hwy

V6 Ultimate/Auto

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Escape EcoBoost’s engine automatically turns off 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 Sorento doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The Escape 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 Sorento doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Escape stops much shorter than the Sorento:

Escape

Sorento

60 to 0 MPH

116 feet

130 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

The Escape’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Sorento L/LX’s standard 65 series tires. The Escape’s optional tires have a lower 45 series profile than the Sorento SX/Limited’s 55 series tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Escape’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 Sorento doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

The Escape Titanium AWD handles at .85 G’s, while the Sorento LX pulls only .78 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Escape Titanium AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.1 seconds quicker than the Sorento LX (27.3 seconds @ .6 average G’s vs. 28.4 seconds @ .59 average G’s).

For greater off-road capability the Escape has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Sorento (7.8 vs. 7.3 inches), allowing the Escape to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis Comparison

The Escape is 9.3 inches shorter than the Sorento, making the Escape easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The front grille of the Escape (except 2.0L 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 Sorento doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space Comparison

The front step up height for the Escape is 1.7 inches lower than the Sorento (16.8” vs. 18.5”). The Escape’s rear step up height is 1.3 inches lower than the Sorento’s (17.5” vs. 18.8”).

Cargo Capacity Comparison

A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the Escape easier. The Escape’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 27.3 inches, while the Sorento’s liftover is 30.9 inches.

Ergonomics Comparison

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Escape SE/Titanium’s exterior keypad. The Sorento doesn’t offer an exterior keypad entry system.

The Escape’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 Sorento’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted. The Escape Titanium’s optional wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield.

The Escape has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. When the ignition turns off, the headlights turn off after a delay timed to allow you to securely get to your front door. The automatic headlight on/off feature is not available on the Sorento L.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the Escape Titanium detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Sorento doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

The Escape’s standard side window demisters help clear frost or condensation from the side windows in the winter. The Sorento doesn’t even offer side window demisters, so the driver may have to wipe the windows from the outside to gain side vision.

The Escape SE/Titanium’s available GPS navigation system has a real-time traffic update feature that plots alternative routes to automatically bypass traffic problems. (Service not available in all areas.) The Sorento’s navigation system doesn’t offer real-time traffic updates.

The Escape Titanium’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 Sorento doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Recommendations Comparison

The Car Book by Jack Gillis recommends the Ford Escape, based on economy, maintenance, safety and complaint levels.

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