2018 Kia Sportage vs 2018 Ford Escape

White 2018 Kia Sportage, VS Icon, and Blue 2018 Ford Escape

Are you on the hunt for a highly-capable, yet affordable compact crossover SUV? We encourage you to check out the 2018 Kia Sportage, with its smooth and quiet ride, comfortable and spacious interior, advanced technologies, and impressive driving characteristics. Take a look at this 2018 Kia Sportage vs 2018 Ford Escape comparison to see how the new Sportage surpasses the compact crossover competition.

The 2018 Sportage has a slightly lower starting price than the 2018 Escape ($23,500 vs $23,850 base MSRP) — and with a lengthy list of amenities, it is the better value choice. Standard and available features for the Sportage include the Dual-Zone Automatic Climate Control system, heated leather front and rear seats, ventilated front seats, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration, the Harman Kardon 320-watt sound system, a panoramic sunroof, and remote keyless entry. Also, along with a standard rearview camera, the 2018 Sportage offers many state-of-the-art driver assistance technologies, including the Blind Spot Detection System, Autonomous Emergency Braking, and Lane Change Assist.

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2018 Kia Sportage VS 2018 Ford Escape
$23,500 Base MSRP $23,850
181 Horsepower of Base Engine 168
175 Torque of Base Engine 170
23 city/30 hwy mpg Fuel Economy of Base Engine 21 city/29 hwy mpg

Advantages and Benefits of the 2018 Kia Sportage

Another strength of the 2018 Sportage is its sophisticated engine options. The base engine is the 2.4-liter GDI, which generates 181 horsepower and 175 lb-ft of torque. In comparison, the base engine for the 2018 Escape — the 2.5L I-4 — manages only 168 horsepower and 170 lb-ft of torque. If you demand a more robust driving experience, the Sportage's available 2.0L Turbocharged GDI engine delivers an impressive 240 horsepower and 260 lb-ft. The Sportage is efficient as well, with an estimated fuel economy of up to 23 city/30 hwy mpg, compared to 21 city/29 hwy mpg for the Escape. And if you're looking to head off-road or want the reassurance of optimum traction in adverse weather conditions, the Sportage offers an optional all-wheel drive system.

Do you live in Marin County or elsewhere in the San Francisco Bay Area? Would you like to get behind the wheel of the 2018 Sportage? Come visit us at Kia Marin!


Gold 2018 Kia Sportage Parked in Front of a Rock Wall
Man Loading Luggage in a Silver 2018 Kia Sportage
Dashboard and Black Front Seats of 2018 Kia Sportage
Cargo Area of 2018 Kia Sportage