Greene Ford Compares 2018 Ford Escape VS 2018 Kia Sportage Near Buford, GA

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2018 Ford Escape

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2018 Kia Sportage

Safety Comparison

The Escape SE/SEL/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 Sportage 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 Sportage 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 Sportage 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, rearview cameras, available collision warning systems, daytime running lights, 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 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Ford Escape is safer than the Kia Sportage:

 

Escape

Sportage

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

 

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

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 Sportage runs out after 100,000 miles.

There are almost 4 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 Titanium’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 5 more horsepower (245 vs. 240) and 15 lbs.-ft. more torque (275 vs. 260) than the Sportage SX Turbo’s optional 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Escape 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. is faster than the Sportage SX Turbo:

 

Escape

Sportage

Zero to 60 MPH

6.8 sec

8.1 sec

Quarter Mile

15.2 sec

16.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

88.8 MPH

86.4 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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

 

 

Escape

Sportage

 

2WD

1.5 EcoBoost/Auto

23 city/30 hwy

n/a

 

 

2.0 EcoBoost/Auto

21 city/28 hwy

21 city/26 hwy

2.0T/Auto

4WD

1.5 EcoBoost/Auto

22 city/28 hwy

n/a

 

 

2.0 EcoBoost/Auto

20 city/27 hwy

20 city/23 hwy

2.0T/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 Sportage 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 Sportage doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Escape stops shorter than the Sportage:

 

Escape

Sportage

 

70 to 0 MPH

173 feet

174 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

112 feet

118 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Escape has larger tires than the Sportage (235/55R17 vs. 225/60R17).

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 Sportage LX’s standard 60 series tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Escape has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Sportage doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

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 Sportage doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

The Escape Titanium AWD handles at .85 G’s, while the Sportage SX Turbo AWD pulls only .83 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Escape Titanium AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Sportage LX (27.3 seconds @ .6 average G’s vs. 27.8 seconds @ .6 average G’s).

For greater off-road capability the Escape has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Sportage (7.8 vs. 6.8 inches), allowing the Escape to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis Comparison

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 Sportage doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Escape has .6 inches more front headroom, 1.6 inches more front legroom, .2 inches more front hip room, 1.2 inches more rear hip room and .1 inches more rear shoulder room than the Sportage.

The front step up height for the Escape is 1.7 inches lower than the Sportage (16.8” vs. 18.5”). The Escape’s rear step up height is 1.9 inches lower than the Sportage’s (17.5” vs. 19.4”).

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Escape has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the Sportage with its rear seat up (34 vs. 30.7 cubic feet). The Escape has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the Sportage with its rear seat folded (68 vs. 60.1 cubic feet).

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 Sportage’s liftover is 29.8 inches.

Ergonomics Comparison

When three different drivers share the Escape (except S), the optional memory seats and mirrors make it convenient for all three. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position and outside mirror angle. The Sportage doesn’t offer a memory system.

The Escape (except S)’s optional easy entry system glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Sportage doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The Escape SE/SEL/Titanium’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Sportage EX/SX Turbo’s passenger windows don’t open or close automatically.

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

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) conducts detailed tests on headlights for their range both straight ahead and in curves and to be certain they don’t exceed acceptable amounts of glare to oncoming drivers. The Escape’s available headlights were rated “Acceptable” by the IIHS, while the Sportage’s headlights are rated “Poor.”

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Escape SE/SEL/Titanium offers an optional Adaptive Cruise Control, 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 Sportage doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

The Escape Titanium has a 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The Sportage doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

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

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Escape is less expensive to operate than the Sportage because it costs $72 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Escape than the Sportage, including $187 less for a water pump, $322 less for an alternator, $8 less for front brake pads, $12 less for a starter, $130 less for fuel injection, $96 less for front struts and $457 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations Comparison

The Ford Escape has won recognition from these important consumer publications:

 

Escape

Sportage

Consumer Reports® Recommends

TRUE

n/a

Car Book “Best Bet”

TRUE

TRUE

The Ford Escape outsold the Kia Sportage by almost four to one during the 2016 model year.

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