2017 Ford Escape vs 2017 Kia Sportage

Very few vehicle classes has become as popular as the compact crossover. These versatile vehicles are able to offer great fuel economy ratings along with ample storage space and a fun-to-drive nature. Looking at the 2017 Ford Fusion vs the 2017 Kia Sportage compares two of the best new vehicles in this great class.

Both crossovers begin by offering base four-cylinder engines. Standard Escape models come equipped with a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine, while the Kia offers a 2.4-liter four-cylinder. Both engines offers similar power numbers and earn identical fuel economy ratings at 23 city/30 highway miles per gallon.

Both crossovers offer an additional engine option that increases the power ratings on higher trim levels. The Kia Sportage can be equipped with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that offers 240 horsepower and earns an estimated 21 city/26 highway miles per gallon. The upgraded engine offered on the Escape is able to outperform the Sportage engine in both major categories. Using a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, the Escape is able to offer 245 horsepower and earns an estimated 22 city/29 highway miles per gallon.

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2017 Ford Escape VS 2017 Kia Sportage
1.5-liter four-cylinder Base Engine 2.4-liter four-cylinder
245 Max Horsepower 240
23 city/30 highway Fuel Economy 23 city/30 highway
67.8 cubic feet Max Storage Space 60.1 cubic feet

2017 Ford Escape Interior Space

One of the key benefits of a compact crossover is the added amount of storage space the body style provides. This is a significant reason car-shoppers choose a crossover over compact or midsize sedans. The 2017 Ford Escape is able to offer more storage space than the 2017 Kia Sportage. With the rear seats folded down, the Escape offers a maximum cargo capacity of 67.8 cubic feet. This is nearly eight cubic feet more than the Sportage.

The 2017 Ford Escape spreads its features out over three trim levels: S, SE and Titanium. Base S models offer a great number of standard features, including automatic headlights, LED taillights, MyKey Parental controls, a rearview camera and connectivity via Bluetooth, USB and auxiliary. Additional available safety features include a blind-spot warning system with cross-traffic alerts, a lane-departure warning and forward collision mitigation systems.

With its powerful and fuel-efficient engine options, ample storage space and long list of technology and safety features, very few crossovers can match the capabilities of the 2017 Ford Escape.

2017 Ford Escape steering wheel and dash
2017 Ford Escape interior
2017 Ford Escape wheel
2017 Ford Escape side