2016 Kia Sportage vs. 2016 Ford Escape
Manufactured by Kia since 1993, the Sportage is a compact SUV that is renowned for its outstanding reliability, durability, and comfort. Currently in its fourth generation, Kia has introduced the 2016 model for the Sportage. The vehicle tends to be one of the most feature-rich and stylish compact SUVs in the segment that successfully manages to tackle the Mazda CX-5, Honda CR-V and even the Hyundai Tucson.
Sold by Ford Since 2000, the Escape is also a compact SUV. The vehicle has long served as a pioneer in the compact sport-utility-segment and is currently in its third-generation. The 2016 model is renowned for its interior space, but falls short on delivering distinctiveness to the drivers. It does, however, come equipped with an interesting array of features and technologies.
The 2016 Kia Sportage is available with a choice of two engines. The LX and EX models come equipped with a 2.4-Liter, 16-Valve, Inline-4 engine that uses Gasoline Direct Injection to deliver 21 MPG in the city and 28 on the highway, while producing an impressive 182 horsepower and 177 lb-ft of torque. The SX models feature a larger and more powerful 2.0-Liter, Inline-4, Turbocharged engine that gives you the power of a V6 engine, producing 260 horsepower and 269 lb-ft of torque. Both engines are paired to a six-speed manual or automatic transmission.
2016 Ford Escape buyers have the ability of choosing from three different engines. Base models feature a 2.5-Liter, Inline-4 engine that only produces 168 horsepower and 170 lb-ft of torque (which is quite less as compared to the base “2.4-Liter” engine of the Sportage). Second is a 1.6-Liter, Inline-4 Turbocharged engine, produces 178 horsepower (still quite less as compared to the base engine of the Sportage). Buyers looking for power will only find value with the 2.0-Liter Turbocharged engine, but even that produces 240 horsepower (20 HP less than the Turbocharged engine of the Sportage).
The 2016 Kia Sportage boasts a quiet, comfortable, and luxurious interior. The simple controls, comfortable seating, and intuitive interface makes the vehicle incredibly easy to drive around the city or when travelling at long distances. Large knobs and buttons make controls accessible. Boasting a modest 54.6 cubic-foot of cargo space, you have lots of room for storing essentials for road trips. EX and SX models boast leather seating, which further adds to the style and support.
The 2016 Ford Escape’s interior is busy with its array of buttons, lines, colors and textures. It takes time getting used to the style. From an ergonomic standpoint though, you may find it to be a little confusing. Front seats are comfortable but on the narrow side. Rear seat and cargo area are both notably lacking as compared to the Kia Sportage. However, in terms of ride quality, the compact SUV doesn’t fail to impress.
The 2016 Kia Sportage boasts exceptional exterior styling. The appeal of its looks is splendor and Kia has added plenty of new changes to differentiate it from its counterparts. Boasting a new signature grille “tiger nose” design, the car gives off a rugged appeal. Sweptback headlights flank a distinctive look. Narrow sides and sharp lines have boosted the overall aerodynamics. Since the vehicle is an all-wheel-drive, the seven inches of ground clearance also transforms it into an incredibly capable compact SUV.
The original Ford Escape boasted quite the boxy shape when it first arrived in the marketplace. The vehicle has come a long way from that. Now it is easily one of the most stylish compact SUVs in the marketplace. Boasting big 19-inch wheels, HID headlights, and dual-chrome exhaust tips, the car is famous for its style. However, some details still require polishing and rework. The mail-slot grille looks like an odd, cut-and-paste. Sides still need to be feature sharp lines to improve aerodynamics.
The base LX model of the 2016 Kia Sportage comes standard with steering-wheel-mounted cruise, audio, and phone controls, satellite radio, USB port Bluetooth connectivity, and a six-speaker audio system. Rear passengers get their own air-conditioning duct. In addition, an Active ECO system helps drivers in saving fuel. SX trim levels get KIA’s famous turbocharged engine, a UVO infotainment system, 18-inch alloy wheels, high-intensity headlights, automatic climate control, ventilated front seats, navigation, and Infinity Premium Audio system with a subwoofer.
The Base S model of the 2016 Ford Escape comes equipped with the Sync Infotainment system, steering-wheel-mounted cruise and audio controls, six-speaker audio system with an auxiliary input. It also includes the parent-friendly MyKey system, along with plenty of electronic safety features. Higher trim levels get all-wheel-drive powertrain, aluminum-alloy wheels, and body-color exterior accents and trim panels. Optional features add HID headlights, no-touch liftgate, and a panoramic Moonroof.
The Sportage earns top “Good” ratings from the IIHS in almost all crash tests, except for the newer small overlap front test. The NHTSA has give the Sportage an overall score of four starts with all-wheel-drive models earning a five-star safety score in all categories, including rollover, side crash, and front crash. The vehicle also comes equipped with a healthy list of safety features, which include downhill brake assist, hill-start assist, stability control, anti-lock brakes, and six airbags. Optional safety features include adaptive cruise control, rearview camera, and rearview parking sensors.
The Ford Escape has also scored “Good” ratings in all tests performed by IIHS, except for the small overlap front-impact test. NHTSA has given the vehicle an overall four-star rating, with a five star rating for side-protection. Safety equipment added to the 2016 Ford Escape includes the new MyKey system, stability control, traction control, anti-lock brakes, and six air bags. Optional features include blind spot monitors, a rearview camera, and front and rear parking sensors.
Which car should you buy? Based on the comparative analysis above, the 2016 Kia Sportage offers more value to buyers than the 2016 Ford Escape. You can visit Allentown Kia to purchase the vehicle today!