2020 Kia Sportage vs. 2019 Ford Escape

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Safety

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The Sportage has standard Forward Collision Assist, 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 Escape offers an available collision warning system without the automated brake feature that would prevent or reduce the collision if the driver fails to react.

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, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, 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 Kia Sportage is safer than the Ford Escape:

Sportage

Escape

Passenger

STARS

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:

Sportage

Escape

Overall Evaluation

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Restraints

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Head Neck Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Peak Head Forces

0 G’s

0 G’s

Steering Column Movement Rearward

2 cm

2 cm

Chest Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Max Chest Compression

23 cm

26 cm

Hip & Thigh Evaluation

GOOD

POOR

Hip & Thigh Injury Risk R/L

0%/0%

0%/0%

Lower Leg Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

For its top level performance in IIHS driver-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, rear impact and roof-crush tests, with its optional front crash prevention system, its “Good” rating in the new passenger-side small overlap crash test, and its available headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Sportage the rating of “Top Pick” for 2019, a rating granted to only 88 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Escape was not even a standard “Top Pick” for 2016.

Warranty

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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

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J.D. Power and Associates rated the Sportage first among small SUVs in their 2019 Initial Quality Study. The Escape was rated second in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 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 second in initial quality, above the industry average. With 13 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ford is ranked fourth.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 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 10th in reliability, above the industry average. With 20 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ford is ranked 16th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Kia vehicles are more reliable than Ford vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Kia 13 places higher in reliability than Ford.

Engine

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The Sportage has more powerful engines than the Escape:

Horsepower

Torque

Sportage 2.4 DOHC 4-cyl.

181 HP

175 lbs.-ft.

Sportage SX Turbo AWD 2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

237 HP

260 lbs.-ft.

Sportage SX Turbo FWD 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 Kia Sportage 2.4 4-cylinder is faster than the Ford Escape:

Sportage

Escape 4-cyl.

Escape 1.5 turbo 4-cyl.

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

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On the EPA test cycle the Sportage FWD with its standard engine 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 1.5 turbo 4-cylinder engine requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Brakes and Stopping

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

Sportage

Escape

Front Rotors

12 inches

11.8 inches

Rear Rotors

11.9 inches

11 inches

The Sportage stops much shorter than the Escape:

Sportage

Escape

70 to 0 MPH

174 feet

184 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

118 feet

126 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

131 feet

147 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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

Suspension and Handling

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For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Sportage is 1.9 inches wider in the front and 2.3 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Escape.

The Sportage SX Turbo 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 Turbo 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).

Passenger Space

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

Cargo Capacity

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The Sportage’s cargo area is larger than the Escape’s in almost every dimension:

Sportage

Escape

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

33.4”/68.2”

33.6”/67”

Max Width

52.3”

45.6”

Min Width

41”

40.4”

Height

29.5”

34.5”

Towing

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The Sportage’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Escape’s (2000 vs. 1500 pounds).

Ergonomics

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The Sportage has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The Escape doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

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.

Consumer Reports rated the Sportage’s headlight performance “Very Good,” a higher rating than the Escape’s headlights, which were rated “Fair” to “Good” (depending on model and options).

Optional air-conditioned seats in the Sportage (except S/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

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The Sportage will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Sportage will retain 47.52% to 50.83% of its original price after five years, while the Escape only retains 41.72% to 45.81%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Sportage is less expensive to operate than the Escape because typical repairs cost much less on the Sportage than the Escape, including $938 less for a muffler, $12 less for front brake pads, $162 less for a starter, $37 less for a fuel pump and $529 less for a timing belt/chain.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends the Kia Sportage, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Ford Escape isn't recommended.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Sportage third among small SUVs in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Escape isn’t in the top three in its category.

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