2017 Kia Sorento vs Ford Escape

A third-row seat can be a very attractive option, even if you don't need it regularly. But is it worth it--and is it even the right choice? Let's take a look at how the three-row 2017 Kia Sorento compares to the two-row Ford Escape to see which of these two represents the best buy.

2017 Kia Sorento vs Ford Escape

Styling: Kia Sorento

At first glance the Sorento isn't obviously a sporty SUV, but look a little closer and for a little longer and you'll see the sporty flair in this recently redesigned crossover. It's not the most original design on the market, with a lot of its styling cues borrowed from rivals, but Kia has been clever by only adopting the best bits and making them their own.

If you like sporty, and a crossover can't be too sporty for you, you'll love the Ford Escape. The problem is that the Escape is a bit of a one trick pony, so if you want something more like an SUV and less like a training shoe on wheels, you're probably going to need to look elsewhere. The Escape is a good-looking vehicle, but as it's more of a tall car than an SUV we'll give the Kia the nod here.

Power and Performance: Kia Sorento

The engines in the Sorento are strong, refined, and up to the job. A 2.4-liter inline-four and a 3.3-liter V-6 carry over from the previous model, but there's also a very good turbo-four now too. The base engine produces 185 horsepower, the turbo-four gets you 240 horsepower, and the V-6 can boast a rating of 290 horsepower. With the option of all-wheel drive, the Sorento can handle most things that buyers in this segment are likely to throw at it.

You'll also find a trio of engines available for the Escape, which this time are a 2.5-liter four-cylinder, a 1.5-liter EcoBoost and a 2.0-liter EcoBoost, which produce 168, 179, and 245 horsepower respectively. They're all very good engines, but they're down on power compared to those in the Kia.

Interior: Kia Sorento

With an available third-row seat and a power folding second row in the top SX-L version of the Sorento, the Kia has an inherent practicality advantage over the Escape. It's not all about space, though, as the quality of the seats and interior trim is every bit as good as models costing much more. It's not a true luxury model by any means, but seriously impressive for the price all the same.

The swoopy, plasticky interior treatment inside the Escape robs the interior of some valuable space, and that will be a turn off for some buyers. While the style of the interior won't be to everyone's taste, the quality and comfort is on a par with anything in the Ford's class. Even so, the larger, more flexible interior of the Sorento has to take the honors again.

Fuel Economy: Ford Escape

Even with no advanced fuel-saving features such as stop/start technology, the Kia Sorento still manages some pretty reasonable fuel economy ratings. The best numbers the Kia can offer are 21 mpg in the city, 28 mpg on the highway and 24 mpg combined, although even the all-wheel drive V-6 models manage 17/23/19 mpg.

With the 1.5-liter EcoBoost four cylinder engine and front-wheel drive, the Escape is rated by the EPA at as good as 23 mpg in the city, 30 mpg on the highway and 26 mpg combined.

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The Ford Escape is a great compact crossover if you're looking for fun and sporty over practicality. Otherwise, for only a little more money, you can have the bigger, more powerful, and more versatile 2017 Kia Sorento. This is an easy pick for us--the Kia Sorento is the clear winner here.

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