Since the very beginning the Kia Sportage has been at the forefront of the small SUV segment. As more and more automakers turn towards this area of the market, the Kia Sportage remains a strong competitor after having dug long-term roots in the segment. One of the top competitors for the Sportage comes from the truck-focused Ford brand and that competitor is the Ford Escape.
Both the Sportage and Escape are strong members of the small SUV market, but why are so many shoppers choosing the Sportage as their vehicle of choice? Let’s find out in this 2020 Kia Sportage vs 2020 Ford Escape comparison from Friendly Kia in New Port Richey, FL. If you’re in the Tampa Bay area and are looking to get behind the wheel of a new Kia, click the link below to view the full lineup of Sportage vehicles in the Friendly Kia showroom.
2020 Kia Sportage
2020 Ford Escape
|2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine (181)||Base Engine (horsepower)||1.5-liter EcoBoost® engine (181)|
|6-speed automatic transmission with Sportmatic®||Transmission||8-speed automatic|
|8.0-inch touchscreen display||Infotainment Center||4.2-inch color SYNC® display|
|Standard||Apple CarPlay® | Android Auto™||Available|
The 2020 Kia Sportage sits a little shorter and a little narrower than the 2020 Ford Escape, making it a perfect match for tight city roads and winding country drives. The small stature of the Sportage offers nimble handling for traveling through all kinds of areas and its 30.7 cubic feet of standard cargo space offers plenty of room for weekend bags. When the rear seats are not occupied drivers can transform their everyday small SUV into a complete cargo hauler and open the rear cargo area up to 60.1 cubic feet.
This adventure-set 2020 Kia comes fitted with a 181-horsepower 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission with Sportmatic®. The competing 2020 Escape offers a similar amount of power on the road but falls short of the Sportage in terms of affordability, technology, and safety features.
Inside the cabin of the 2020 Sportage is a standard 8.0-inch touchscreen display that comes fully loaded with the latest apps and systems, including Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™. The 2020 Ford Escape limits shoppers to a much smaller 4.2-inch color display that lacks touchscreen capabilities and Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ connectivity. These additional features are available in higher Escape trim grades but come at an additional cost.
For more information on the 2020 Kia Sportage or available models at Friendly Kia in New Port Richey, contact a member of our team today.