2017 Kia Sportage vs 2017 Ford Escape

Drivers in the market for a crossover SUV have a variety of great options to choose from, but one of our absolute favorites is the 2017 Kia Sportage. The full redesigned 2017 Sportage offers drivers unmatched style and versatility, a generous amount of standard features and a fun-to-drive attitude.

One of the 2017 Kia Sportage’s top competitors is the 2017 Ford Escape, and with a similar exterior design and equally lengthy list of standard features, it’s not hard to see why. The 2017 Escape also has an optional turbocharged engine that delivers impressive power and some great technology features, but how do they compare to what the 2017 Sportage offers? Read on for an in-depth comparison between these two great crossover SUVs!

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2017 Kia Sportage vs 2017 Ford Escape
23/30/26 mpg city/hwy/combined EPA Estimated Fuel Economy 21/29/24 mpg city/hwy/combined
5 Stars NHTSA Passenger Crash Test Score 4 Stars
16.4 gallons Fuel Capacity 15.7 gallons
120 months/100,000 miles Powertrain Warranty 60 months/60,000 miles

The 2017 Ford Escape comes in three trim levels: S, SE and Titanium. The S trim comes standard with a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine that makes 168 horsepower and 170 pound-feet of torque, while the SE and Titanium trims come equipped with a 1.6-liter EcoBoost engine that makes 179 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque. Drivers looking for more power can opt for a 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine on the SE and Titanium trims that generates 245 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque, but the more-powerful engine costs extra. The 2017 Escape has a maximum seating capacity of five with 43.1 inches of front legroom and 37.3 inches of legroom in the rear. Standard safety features for all trims of the 2017 Escape include Torque Vectoring Control, AdvanceTrac with Roll Stability Control, Traction Control, the Anti-Lock Brake System, Brake Assist, the Tire Pressure Monitoring System, LATCH and the Post-Crash Alert System.

The 2017 Kia Sportage also comes in three trim levels: LX, EX and SX Turbo. The LX and EX trims come standard with a 2.4-liter DOHC engine that produces 181 horsepower and 181 pound-feet of torque, but if you’re looking for more power, the SX Turbo trim has you covered. It comes with a powerful 2.0-liter turbocharged engine that generates 240 horsepower and 237 pound-feet of torque that won’t cost you any extra. The 2017 Sportage also offers more interior space than the 2017 Ford Escape with 98.6 cubic feet of passenger volume. Standard safety for all trim levels include a rearview camera, dual front advanced airbags, a rollover sensor, the Anti-Lock Braking System, Vehicle Stability Management, Electronic Stability Control, the Traction Control System, Electronic Brake-Force Distribution, the Brake Assist System, Hill Start Assist Control, Downhill Brake Control and the Tire-Pressure Monitoring System. Looking for advanced safety systems? The 2017 Sportage has you covered. It comes available with advanced safety features like Parking Assist, Blind Spot Detection, Lane Change Assist, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, the Lane Departure Warning System and Autonomous Emergency Braking.

While both the 2017 Kia Sportage and the 2017 Ford Escape are impressive SUVs in their segment, with higher crash test scores, a better fuel economy rating, a better warranty and longer list of standard safety features, it’s clear why the 2017 Kia Sportage is at the top of its class.

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