A side-by-side comparison of the 2018 Kia Sportage vs. 2018 Ford Escape

2018 Kia Sportage vs. 2018 Ford Escape

Any comparison shopping that needs to be done inside of the compact crossover category can frustrate even the savviest of buyers. Even a brief glance at a pair like the 2018 Kia Sportage vs. 2018 Ford Escape can be confusing. However, the 2018 Sportage has picked up some new features and the automaker has continued to refine the existing options to make it better than competitive against top-flight rivals like the 2018 Escape. The new Sportage, which is widely available at the Spitzer Kia Cleveland showroom, offers new stain-resistant upholstery on the base model and a wider range of optional equipment to choose from across the entire trim ladder. Contact the Spitzer Kia Cleveland showroom today if you'd like to schedule a test drive.

Among the elements that have not changed in the 2018 Kia Sportage include the crossover SUV's high level of technology, which also takes some of the automaker's latest connectivity options into account. Just like many other options in its class, the 2018 Sportage has a cutting-edge infotainment system that can be paired with some of the most popular applications available for Android- or Apple-based smartphones. This means that drivers and passengers will be able to stay connected to just about anything they want to be while on the road and while staying within the limits of local driving laws. Finally, for as many areas where the latest Sportage and Escape models are equally matched, the Kia vehicle has a lower overall starting manufacturer's suggested retail price.

 

 

 

2018 Kia Sportage Vs. 2018 Ford Escape
2.4-L, 4-Cyl. Engine 2.5-L, 4-Cyl.
181/175 Horsepower/Torque 168/170
Six-speed Auto Transmission Six-speed Auto
$23,500 Starting MSRP $23,850

 

Performance specifications

The 2018 Kia Sportage is available with two different powertrains, depending on which trim model a prospective buyer chooses to take home. Entry-level LX and EX trim grades use a naturally aspirated 2.4-liter, four-cylinder engine with a top output of 181 horsepower and 175 pound-feet of torque. Power is routed to the front wheels via a precise and efficient six-speed automatic transmission. Additionally, all-wheel-drive is an available option for most trims. The 2018 Ford Escape starts off with a 2.5-liter, four-cylinder engine making 168 horsepower as well as the manufacturer's own take on a six-speed automatic transmission. Both crossover SUVs offers an available engine upgrade. For Spitzer Kia Cleveland customers this means a turbocharged 2.0-liter, four-cylinder that makes up to 240 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque.

A right profile view of a brown 2018 Kia Sportage
A photo illustration of a 2018 Kia Sportage showing off its active safety features like blind spot monitoring

A photo illustration of the rear half of the 2018 Sportage and its lift gate working without the user's hands
A view in the back of the 2018 Kia Sportage with the rear seat folded down showing how much room in available for cargo

A left profile view of a Kia Sedona available for sale at Spitzer Kia Cleveland
A left profile view of a red five-door version of the Kia Rio