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Ford Escape vs. Kia Sportage
Ford Escape
Kia Sportage
At a Glance: Escape vs. Sportage
Ford Escape

Want all the versatility and practicality that comes from midsize SUVs while enjoying the compact capabilities of a crossover? Then you’ve come to the right place. At Byers Ford, we’ve pinned two top contenders together in this head-to-head competition.

After reading through our Ford Escape vs. Kia Sportage comparison, you’ll know which model is better suited for your Delaware, Marion, or Sunbury, OH, travels. Let’s get started!

See Which Ford Escape is Right for You Based on Your Dream Vacation


250 HP | 187 HP
Escape vs Sportage


10 | 8
Escape vs Sportage


Standard | Optional
Escape vs Sportage
See the Difference for Yourself
Select a category below to learn more about how the Ford Escape compares to the Kia Sportage.
Ford Escape

Every day is a new adventure. You need an SUV that adjusts to your ever-changing lifestyle. Will that be the Escape or the Sportage? Let’s explore!

Powerful Performance

Driving a Ford Escape or a Kia Sportage means you’re in for an enjoyable, lively driving experience. While comfortable enough for casual commutes, these SUVs are sprightly and engaging companions that will help add a dose of thrills to your travels.

While the standard engines of these models are comparable, offering at least 180 horsepower, the optional 2.0L EcoBoost® engine of the Escape puts this SUV ahead of the Sportage. This configuration can deliver up to 250 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque.

Unfortunately, there’s only one standard engine with the Sportage.

Go the Extra Mile

Beyond potent engines, the Escape and the Sportage make it easy to travel long distances with minimal trips made at the gas station thanks to their impressive MPG ratings. You’ll find the standard EPA-estimated ratings and fuel tanks are nearly identical.

However, the Ford Escape can be outfitted in either a hybrid or plug-in hybrid configuration, something that can’t be said about the Sportage. Choosing either of these options boosts your fuel economy:

  • Escape Hybrid: EPA-estimated 42 city/36 highway MPG
  • Escape Plug-in Hybrid: EPA-estimated 101 combined MPGe

Drivers looking for the fewest trips to the gas station should turn to the Escape.




Ford Escape

Your SUV says a lot about your personality. Luckily, the Escape and the Sportage can both be customized to fit your aesthetic.

Personalize Your Crossover

From the roof to the wheels, nearly every inch of the Escape and the Sportage can be customized to your liking. For example, both SUVs are offered in a variety of timeless and vibrant hues, and you can select a regular roof or an optional panoramic Vista Roof ® to let the cabin fill with natural light.

The Escape provides five different wheel options, giving you the freedom to select the size, color, and design you love most. Kia Sportage drivers will also have a selection of wheel designs, making it easy to personalize either of these SUVs.

How Will You Drive?

Customizing your SUV goes beyond its appearance. It also means adapting to your ever-changing driving needs. This is easy since both the Escape and the Sportage come standard with selectable drive modes. With the Escape, you can expect to find the popular drive modes historically offered by this brand:

  • Eco
  • Sport
  • Normal
  • Slippery
  • Deep Snow/Sand

However, with the Kia Sportage only offering three modes—Norma, Eco, and Sport—you’ll have fewer ways to fine-tune how your SUV performs.

Ford Escape

Having access to modern technology is a must. Not only does it help you stay connected while on the go, but it will help provide an extra layer of confidence thanks to driver-assist technology.

Stay Connected

Both the Escape and the Sportage have a range of entertainment features that allow you to sync your smartphone with ease. Similarities between these systems include:

  • 8-inch touchscreen display
  • Apple CarPlay®/Android Auto™ compatibility
  • 6 speakers
  • SiriusXM® satellite radio

Sadly for Sportage drivers, this is where the similarities end. The Escape continues to impress with available features like a 10-speaker B&O® Sound System by Bang & Olufsen® and a 13.2-inch display screen.

Enjoy Added Confidence

Get from Point A to Point B as safely as possible thanks to the incorporation of driver-assist features. Each crossover boosts your awareness on the road and provides mild-autonomous assistance if necessary. Pre-Collision Assist with Automatic Emergency Braking and a Lane-Keeping System are standard with both the Escape and the Sportage.

An extra standard feature offered by the Escape is BLIS® (Blind Spot Information System), a feature that uses specially placed sensors to indicate when it detects a vehicle in your blind spot. While this feature is offered by the Sportage, you’ll have to upgrade to a higher trim level before you can access it.

Which Crossover Is Your Pick?
Ford Escape

Though the Kia Sportage offers some similar features to the Ford Escape, it ultimately falls short when it comes to performance, customization, and innovative features. That's why our team here at Byers Ford thinks you'll love driving the Ford Escape.

Now the only thing left to do is to experience this fun Ford crossover firsthand. Contact us to schedule your test drive near Delaware, Marion, and Sunbury, OH, today!

All of the tools you need to move forward with experiencing a new Escape for yourself are conveniently available right here online.

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