Son's Automotive Group Compares 2017 Kia Sportage VS 2017 Ford Escape Near Duluth, GA

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2017 Kia Sportage

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2017 Kia Sportage

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2017 Ford Escape

Safety Comparison

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tests front crash prevention systems. With a score of 6 points, IIHS rates the Autonomous Emergency Braking optional in the Sportage as “Superior.” The Escape scores zero, and is rated by the IIHS as having no effective frontal crash prevention.

Both the Sportage and the Escape 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, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, 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 Kia Sportage is safer than the Ford Escape:







5 Stars

4 Stars

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

A significantly tougher test than their original offset frontal crash test, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety does 40 MPH small overlap frontal offset crash tests. In this test, where only 25% of the total width of the vehicle is struck, results indicate that the Kia Sportage is safer than the Escape:




Overall Evaluation






Head Neck Evaluation



Peak Head Forces

0 G’s

0 G’s

Steering Column Movement Rearward

2 cm

2 cm

Chest Evaluation



Max Chest Compression

23 cm

26 cm

Hip & Thigh Evaluation



Hip & Thigh Injury Risk R/L



Lower Leg Evaluation



For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and with its optional front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Sportage the rating of “Top Pick” for 2017, a rating granted to only 104 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Escape was not even a “Top Pick” for 2016.

Warranty Comparison

The Sportage comes with a full 5 year/60,000 mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24 hour roadside assistance. The Escape’s 3 year/36,000 mile basic warranty expires 2 years and 24,000 miles sooner.

Kia’s powertrain warranty covers the Sportage 5 years and 40,000 miles longer than Ford covers the Escape. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the Escape ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Sportage first among small SUVs in their 2016 Initial Quality Study. The Escape was rated third in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Kia vehicles are better in initial quality than Ford vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Kia first in initial quality, above the industry average. With 19 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ford is ranked 11th.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Kia vehicles are more reliable than Ford vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Kia 17th in reliability. With 51 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ford is ranked 31st.

Engine Comparison

The Sportage has more powerful engines than the Escape:




Sportage LX/EX 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

181 HP

175 lbs.-ft.

Sportage SX 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

240 HP

260 lbs.-ft.

Escape 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

168 HP

170 lbs.-ft.

Escape 1.5 turbo 4 cyl.

179 HP

177 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Motor Trend the Sportage LX/EX is faster than the Ford Escape:



Escape 4 cyl.

Escape 1.5 ECOBoost

Zero to 60 MPH

8 sec

9.1 sec

9.6 sec

Quarter Mile

16.3 sec

16.9 sec

17.1 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

86.4 MPH

80.9 MPH

78.6 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Sportage LX/EX FWD gets better fuel mileage than the Escape FWD with its standard engine (23 city/30 hwy vs. 21 city/29 hwy).

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Kia Sportage uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Escape with the 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. engine requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Sportage’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Escape:




Front Rotors

12 inches

11.8 inches

Rear Rotors

11.9 inches

11 inches

The Sportage stops much shorter than the Escape:





70 to 0 MPH

174 feet

184 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

118 feet

126 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Sportage SX’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Escape (245/45R19 vs. 235/55R17).

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Sportage is 2 inches wider in the front and 2.3 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Escape.

The Sportage SX AWD handles at .83 G’s, while the Escape Titanium AWD pulls only .80 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Sportage SX AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.5 seconds quicker than the Escape SE (26.8 seconds @ .65 average G’s vs. 28.3 seconds @ .55 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Sportage’s turning circle is 3.9 feet tighter than the Escape’s (34.8 feet vs. 38.7 feet).

Chassis Comparison

The Kia Sportage may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs up to about 200 pounds less than the Ford Escape.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Sportage has 1.2 inches more front shoulder room, .1 inches more rear headroom and .9 inches more rear legroom than the Escape.

Ergonomics Comparison

Heated windshield washer nozzles are optional on the Sportage to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The Escape doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the Sportage SX Turbo has standard adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Escape doesn’t offer cornering lights.

Optional air conditioned seats in the Sportage (except LX) keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in Summer. The Escape doesn’t offer air conditioned seats.

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Sportage is less expensive to operate than the Escape because typical repairs cost less on the Sportage than the Escape, including $20 less for a fuel pump and $155 less for a timing belt/chain.

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