2018 Kia Sportage vs. 2018 Ford Escape

Compact crossover SUVs like the current Kia Sportage available at the Spitzer Kia of Mansfield showroom are among the most popular vehicles in the country for several reasons. At the top of that list for many buyers is some combination of capability, standard equipment and overall affordability. That certainly holds true today. However, it can be difficult for people to parse this particularly dense class of the automotive industry. In order to help customers get a better idea of what they're looking for, the product experts at Spitzer Kia of Mansfield have done a head-to-head comparison of the 2018 Kia Sportage vs. 2018 Ford Escape. For another model year, the Sportage continues to offer a stronger list standard equipment and stronger performance scores on entry-level trims when compared with this year's Ford Escape.

The ability to integrate other technology into a vehicle's systems is becoming more important to buyers than ever before. Shoppers choosing the 2018 Kia Sportage over the 2018 Ford Escape will have an infotainment system that is smartphone-compatible on every trim grade. All three of the Sportage's models, LX, EX and SX Turbo, will allow for a driver or passenger to connect their Android- or Apple-based smartphone into the infotainment system's head unit. This system also includes the Kia eServices remote and emergency services feature. The 2018 Ford Escape also has Android/Apple compatibility, but only as an add-on option on the SE trim or as standard equipment on the higher trims. Both crossover SUVs have space for up to five passengers, but the 2018 Sportage can offer more available legroom in the backseat.


2018 Kia Sportage


2018 Ford Escape

2.4-L, 4-Cyl. Engine 2.5-L, 4-Cyl.
Six-speed automatic Transmission Six-speed automatic
181/175 Horsepower/Torque 168/170
38.2 in. Rear Legroom 73.3 in.


Performance Specs

Keeping with the theme of offering more at lower trims levels, the standard powertrain of the 2018 Kia Sportage starts out with better performance scores than the 2018 Ford Escape. Entry-level trims of the Kia crossover SUV are equipped with a naturally aspirated 2.4-liter, four-cylinder engine making 181 horsepower and 175 pound-feet of torque. Front-wheel-drive is standard as is the Kia vehicle's six-speed automatic transmission. For the sake of comparison, the standard powertrain setup for the 2018 Ford Escape is a non-turbocharged, 2.5-liter, four-cylinder engine making 168 horsepower and 170 pound-feet of torque.



A close up photo of the Sportage badge on the back of the 2018 Kia Sportage.
An interior photo of the driver's cockpit in the 2018 Kia Sportage.
An interior photo showing the maximum cargo space configuration for the 2018 Sportage.
A photo showing the driver's perspective inside of the 2018 Kia Sportage.