2018 Kia Sportage Vs. 2018 Ford Escape

2018 kia sportage on split screen comparison splash with 2018 ford escape in red

Compact crossover SUVs give you all the benefits of a larger SUV (namely, cargo space, safety and upgraded all-weather performance) without sacrificing the slick handling and lean efficiency of a car. It’s no wonder that this versatile class of vehicles has quickly risen to become one of the most popular segments in the American automotive market.

With the meteoric rise in popularity of the compact crossover, drivers have more choices than ever before. The fierce competition has made entrants in this class afraid of taking risks – seeking only to provide drivers with an adequate vehicle that does everything okay. Not the Kia Sportage. Imbued with personality and full of standard tech features, the 2018 Kia Sportage shocks a class that is renowned for doing “just enough.” It’s striking, interesting and driver-focused. Going up against the 2018 Kia Sportage is Ford’s compact crossover, the 2018 Ford Escape. Let’s see how they measure up:

2018 Kia Sportage


2018 Ford Escape

181 horsepower (LX) Base model horsepower 168 horsepower (S)
26 MPG combined Base model fuel economy 24 MPG combined
17-inch alloy Standard wheels 17-inch steel with plastic hubcap
17.4 feet Turning radius (lower is better) 19.4 feet
Yes IIHS Top Safety Pick? No
5 years / 60,000 miles Bumper-to-bumper limited warranty 3 years / 36,000 miles
$19,125 – Friendly Kia VIP Pricing* Base model price $23,940

Kia Sportage Advantages Vs. Ford Escape

The Kia Sportage’s advantages over the Ford Escape are several and not insignificant. Among them, the thought given to providing an excellent driving experience from the base model up. The Sportage’s base model provides a thrilling 181 horsepower that makes it perfect for getting to highway speed quickly or confidently passing even on two-lane roads.

Despite the Sportage’s advantage over the Ford Escape in horsepower, it is more efficient, delivering 26 miles for every gallon versus the Escape’s 24 miles per gallon, when calculating combined fuel efficiency. The Sportage also proves itself to be the more agile of the two with a turning radius that is two feet less than that of the 2018 Ford Escape.

Finally, with a Top Safety Pick designation from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, improved warranty with almost double the coverage and a style that can’t be measured, the 2018 Kia Sportage is a clear winner over the Escape, and the class.

With Friendly Kia VIP Pricing, you can also get the 2018 Ford Escape with massive savings. Friendly Kia is Tampa Bay’s highest-rated Kia dealership and has the lowest prices and the largest inventory of new Kia models.

This year, we were pleased to be recognized with the 2018 Kia Presidents Award – an exclusive distinction that honors the top 30 Kia dealerships in the United States for sales and customer satisfaction. But don’t just take ours, or Kia’s, words for it! Stop in today and see why Friendly Kia is your #1 Tampa Bay Kia dealership!

*Friendly Kia VIP Pricing is as of date of publication and not date of access. Pricing is subject to change without warning and at the discretion of Friendly Kia staff. For current pricing, view our inventory!