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2017 Kia Sportage vs Ford Escape

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The 2017 Kia Sportage and the Ford Escape are engineered to be more than an adventurous ride out of town - inside, you'll find ultimate passenger comfort and space. With their small footprint, compact SUvs like the Sportage and Escape blend into fast-paced downtown cityscapes while providing bold performance gear and a go-anywhere attitude. Which model is your cup of tea? Read our comparison guide to learn more.

2017 Kia Sportage vs Ford Escape

Style and Comfort

The 2017 Kia Sportage outpaces its compact SUV competitors with its rich comfort features and outstanding passenger space. When your tall friends settle into the backseat, they'll feel like they're in a mid-size model - that's how much head and leg room there is back there. The 2017 Kia Sportage is also nicely equipped with luxury items. You need only step up to the mid-grade EX (an affordable jump), and you can stay cozy with heated front seats. The Sportage EX's stylish leather upholstery and leather-wrapped steering wheel set it apart from the mid-range Escape SE, which only offers these as cost-extra options.

The Escape's family-friendly design has plenty of mass appeal. It's definitely your first stop for cargo space. You can flip down the rear seats to create 67.8 cubic feet of maximum space - more than enough to haul your skis and surfboards to the appropriate venues. The Sportage only offers 60.1 cubes of max cargo space, but it makes up for this slight discrepancy with all of that rear passenger space.

Technology

The Sportage's Uvo infotainment technology wins in our book, with a responsive touchscreen that delivers the app you need in a snap. It's also got Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which means you can use your smartphone's savvy voice controls to have the system read your texts to you. You can even project smartphone apps like Google Maps directly onto the central screen - so there's no need to upgrade to the navigation system.

The Escape's Sync 3 infotainment system is a close second. We like its 8-inch touchscreen, which offers crisp graphics and large buttons, so you can always find the feature you need. It also includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto for complete smartphone integration. There's just one issue - to get it, you have to pay extra for it with the mid-grade Escape SE or upgrade to the luxurious Escape Titanium. On the mid-range Sportage SE, Uvo with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto come standard.

Performance

The Ford Escape was built to deliver modern utility. It tows up to 3,500 pounds, so you can get your fishing boat to all the best spots. When you add all-wheel drive, your Escape can get a better grip on icy roads, which means less worrying for you. Then there's fuel mileage - of which the Escape delivers plenty. Depending on which powertrain you like, the Escape earns up to 23 city/30 highway mpg. (http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/PowerSearch.do?action=noform&path=1&year1=2017&year2=2017&make=Ford&baseModel=Escape&srchtyp=ymm)

The 2017 Kia Sportage is also big on fuel savings. It, too, can achieve up to 23/30 mpg. Additionally, you can add all-wheel drive to your ride for enhanced safety over slick pavement. However, the Sportage can't match the Escape in terms of towing - it's only rated to tow up to 2,000 pounds.

Safety

As cruise down stormy roads or up treacherous mountain paths, you'll be pleased to have the Sportage crash test scores at the back of your mind. In government crash tests, the Sportage earned a perfect five-star rating for overall protection. Its sophisticated driver aids also provide extra protection in a pinch, alerting you to an oncoming crash or accidental lane drift so you can react quickly. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Sportage's front crash prevention system a rare score of "Superior." (http://www.iihs.org/iihs/ratings/vehicle/v/kia/sportage-4-door-suv) You can count on it to automatically apply the brakes when it senses an upcoming crash, thereby mitigating or even warding off damages.

The Ford Escape also earned a five-star rating for overall protection. However, the IIHS only gave the Escape's front crash prevention system a score of "Basic" - a long cry from the Sportage's "Superior."

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The 2017 Kia Sportage is our all-around SUV pick - it's got everything you need to ferry people and their stuff wherever you need to go and no matter what the week throws at you. The Kia Sportage delivers in every area--tech features, luxury options, and safety equipment--and you'll love having one of the best midsize SUVs on the market in your driveway.