2017 Kia Sportage vs 2016 Ford Escape

It can be tough to find a family vehicle that has all the features and specs you are looking for. If you’re looking for a spacious interior and a high performance engine for an affordable price, the small crossover SUV class might be the right fit for you.

Two of our favorite small crossover SUVs on the market right now are the 2017 Kia Sportage and the 2016 Ford Escape. Both of these great family vehicles offer all the features listed above, plus great fuel economy ratings, high-quality interiors and an abundance of safety features coming both standard and available. So which of these two is the better fit for you? Read on for an in-depth comparison of the features and specs you can expect to find on both of these great small crossovers.

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2017 Kia Sportage vs 2016 Ford Escape
23/30/26 mpg (city/hwy/combined) EPA Estimated Fuel Economy 22/31/25 mpg (city/hwy/combined)
181 horsepower; 175 pound-feet of torque Base Engine Performance 168 horsepower; 170 pound-feet of torque
98.6 cu.ft. Passenger Volume 98.1 cu.ft.
$22,990 Base Price MSRP $23,100

The 2016 Ford Escape comes in three trim levels: S, SE and Titanium. The S comes standard with a 2.5-liter i-VCT inline-4 engine, while the SE and Titanium come standard with a 1.6-liter Ecoboost engine. Drivers looking for a little bit of power should opt for the Titanium’s available 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine, which makes 240 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque. Standard safety features for all trim levels include dual-stage driver and front-passenger airbags, side-curtain airbags, Brake Assist, the SOS Post-Crash Alert System and the Tire Pressure Monitoring System. Available safety features include Active Park Assist, The Blind Spot Information System with Cross-Traffic Alert and Rain-sensing Wipers.

The 2017 Kia Sportage comes in three trim levels: LX, EX and SX.. The LX and EX come standard with a 2.4-liter inline-4 engine that produces 181 horsepower and 175 pound-feet of torque, while the SX comes standard with a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 engine that makes an impressive 240 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. The 2017 Sportage also comes standard with a ton of safety features that are designed to keep drivers and passengers alike as safe as possible. Standard safety features include: dual front advanced airbags, dual front seat-mounted side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags, a rollover sensor, 3-point safety belts for all seating positions, 4-Wheel Disc Brakes with the Antilock Braking System, Vehicle Stability Management, Electronic Stability Control, the Traction Control System, Electronic Brake-Force Distribution, Hill Start Assist Control, Downhill Brake Control, the Tire-Pressure Monitoring System and many more. Looking for more advanced safety features? The 2017 Sportage has available Blind-Spot Detection with Lane-Change Assist, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, the Lane Departure Warning System, Autonomous Emergency Braking, High Beam Assist and Parking Assist.

While both the 2016 Ford Escape and the 2017 Kia Sportage are great options for family vehicles, we think it’s clear the 2017 Kia Sportage has the competitive edge. With more advanced safety features, a lower MSRP and a more powerful base engine, the 2017 Sportage really has it all.

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2017 Kia Sportage trim levels
2017 Kia Sportage standard safety features

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