2018 Kia Sportage vs 2018 Ford Escape

White 2018 Kia Sportage and red 2018 Ford Escape

Are you looking for the perfect compact SUV that can take on your active lifestyle? The 2018 Kia Sportage is the ultimate travel partner when it comes to road trips, camping trips, and more. Built with the most reliable materials, this vehicle can take on any adventure you throw its way. Powered by a standard 2.4-liter DOHC 16-valve I-4 engine, the 2018 Kia Sportage is designed with performance in mind. Learn all about the features of the new Sportage and see how it stacks up against the competition with this 2018 Kia Sportage and 2018 Ford Escape comparison.

The affordable starting price of the 2018 Kia Sportage makes choosing your next vehicle a breeze. Starting at $23,600, the 2018 Kia Sportage is available in three trims styles – LX, EX, SX Turbo – with front-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive offerings in each trim to perfectly fit your lifestyle and environment.

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2018 Kia Sportage vs 2018 Ford Escape
2.4-liter DOHC 16-valve I-4 engine Engine 2.5-liter iVCT I-4 engine
181 horsepower at 6,000 rpm Horsepower 168 horsepower at 6,000 rpm
6-Speed Automatic Overdrive with Sportmatic® Transmission 6-Speed SelectShift® Automatic
3 trims - LX, EX, SX Turbo Trim Options 4 trims - S, SE, SEL, Titanium

What are the differences between the 2018 Kia Sportage and the 2018 Ford Escape?

The Kia Sportage offers drivers a 6-speed Automatic Overdrive with Sportmatic® mode that puts the gear control back in your hands. You can enjoy the ease of an automatic transmission or switch over to Sportmatic® mode and take control of shifting gears with this auto-manual shifting option. Drivers looking at the 2018 Kia Sportage SX Turbo will find a Turbocharged 2.0-liter DOHC 16-valved I-4 engine under the hood of their Kia that will get them 237 horsepower with 260 pounds-foot of torque. The 2018 Ford Escape S offers only 168 horsepower with its 2.5-liter iVCT I-4 engine and only 170 pounds per foot of torque.

There is enough room for all the cargo for a weekend getaway in the back of the 2018 Kia Sportage thanks to the 30.7 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats. The 60/40 split-capable rear seats can be folded down to expand the cargo area to a spacious 60.1 cubic feet of storage area. Drivers can stow away smaller items under the floor of the cargo area to leave more room for bulkier items.

The $23,940 2018 Ford Escape can hardly compete with the full-featured 2018 Kia Sportage. Both compact vehicles offer seating for five passengers, however, the Sportage offers drivers a sleeker, more comfortable drive with more versatility than what is offered in the Ford Escape.


Exterior view of gold 2018 Kia Sportage
Interior view of cargo area in 2018 Kia Sportage
Interior seating in 2018 Ford Escape
2018 Ford Escape SE driving