Seemingly everybody has thrown their hat in the race to be the best compact SUV. Even manufacturers like Porsche and Maserati once thought to only produce the fastest GT cars, have joined the competition to be the chosen vehicle of drivers looking for the perfect blend of capability and fun. For Kia, the Sportage has a rich history of offering this prized combination moving from a body-on-frame SUV in its earliest days to a sleek and sporty crossover which offers drivers agility, luxury and plenty of practicality.
Up against the 2020 Kia Sportage today is another vehicle with quite a history in the segment. The Ford Escape similarly began as a truck-based competitor and has evolved into a unibody crossover that aims to offer a combination of capability and comfort. How do they do when pit against one another? Let’s find out!
2020 Kia Sportage
2019 Ford Escape
|2.4-liter (181 horsepower)||Base engine (horsepower)||2.5-liter (168 horsepower)|
|1,650 lbs.||Standard towing capacity||1,500 lbs.|
|38.2 inches||Second-row legroom||37.3 inches|
|8-inch, full-color touchscreen||Base infotainment system||4.2-inch LCD screen|
|Standard||Apple CarPlay/Android Auto integration||Available|
|Standard||Active safety features||Available|
|10 years/100,000 miles||Engine/powertrain warranty||5 years/60,000 miles|
|$22,170 – Best Friendly Kia VIP price*||Starts at||$24,105|
Comparing the two models, the refreshed 2020 Kia Sportage has a lot of strong reasons to consider it over the tired Ford Escape. From the base model up, you’re getting more horsepower, a higher towing capacity, more room for feet for second-row passengers, better infotainment and the reliability of a warranty that offers nearly double the coverage of Ford’s.
You’re also getting all of these features at a price which allows you to consider upgrading to a model that includes even more like all-wheel drive, a sunroof, heated/cooled seats and a premium sound system.
Best of all, when you buy your Kia Sportage from Friendly Kia in New Port Richey, you’re getting the assurance that comes from purchasing from the only Kia dealership in Tampa Bay that was welcomed into the Kia Motors America President’s Club this year.
If you’re ready to start experiencing the fun and functionality of an industry-leading compact SUV, it’s ready for you. Contact us today to schedule a test drive with the 2020 Kia Sportage!