2017 Kia Sportage vs 2017 Ford Escape

Compact SUVs are some of the most popular vehicles available on the market today because they’re fuel efficient, versatile and offer plenty of room for both passengers and cargo. Our team here at Carolina Kia has already highlighted some of the features available on the all-new 2017 Kia Sportage, so now we’re going to compare it to its competition. Another new-year vehicle in the same segment is the 2017 Ford Escape, so we’re going to put it up against the Kia Sportage to see how they compare.

We’re going to focus on the base models for each vehicle, so the 2017 Kia Sportage LX and the 2017 Ford Escape S. It’s important to keep in mind there are other models and trims available to choose from that include more features and improved performance capabilities. The base models are equipped with similar size engines, but the 2017 Kia Sportage comes out on top with more horsepower. The 2017 Kia Sportage gets an estimated 22 mpg in the city, and the 2017 Ford Escape gets 22 mpg.  Both vehicles get an estimated 29 mpg on the highway.

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2017 Kia Sportage LX 2017 Ford Escape S
2.4-liter I-4 Engine 2.5-liter I-4
181 Horsepower 168
98.6 cu. Ft. Passenger Volume 98.1 cu. Ft.
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When it comes to safety, both the 2017 Kia Sportage and the 2017 Ford Escape are yet to be rated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. For this reason, we cannot provide you with too much information on safety ratings. However, we do know which safety features will be standard on both models, and they’re each designed to keep drivers, passengers and pedestrians safe. Both will come set with brake assist systems, child safety locks, traction control systems, electronic stability control and hill assist control. The 2017 Kia Sportage slips ahead of the Ford Escape with standard front active headrests that are not offered in the Escape.

Looking further into standard features, both vehicles offer automatic headlights and a rearview camera for additional safety. The Kia Sportage and the Ford Escape both have standard power adjustable rearview mirrors for convenience. However, the 2017 Sportage also offers standard power heated exterior mirrors that are not available with the Ford Escape S. Other features only available on the 2017 Kia Sportage LX include optional heated front seats and a multi-adjustable driver’s seat as well as dual zone temperature control, dual illuminated vanity mirrors and an auto-dimming rearview mirror.

Those interested in learning more about what the 2017 Kia Sportage has to offer are encouraged to contact our team here at Carolina Kia for more information. Drivers looking to get behind the wheel can do so by scheduling a test drive online today.

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