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2018 Kia Sportage vs 2018 Ford Escape

The field of compact crossovers keeps getting larger every year making the vehicle selection process more and more confusing for shoppers. To aid in the research process, we pit popular Kia models up against rivals from other brands to see what each is made of. Today, we're looking at the 2018 Kia Sportage and the 2018 Ford Escape.

Let's start in the same place as most consumers – with price. The starting MSRP of the 2018 Sportage is about $300 less than the starting MSRP on the 2018 Ford Escape meaning depending on dealership pricing and final costs crossover shoppers could save a few hundred dollars right off the bat with the 2018 Sportage. The 2018 Sportage also has a slight advantage in fuel ratings too, so savings could also be had each time you fill up at the pump. Find additional specs and a standard feature comparison of the 2018 Kia Sportage and the 2018 Ford Escape below.

2018 Kia Sportage


2018 Ford Escape

$23,600 Starting MSRP $23,940
23/30 Fuel Economy 21/29
181 Base Horsepower 168
LX, EX, SX Turbo Trim Levels S, SE, SEL, Titanium

What comes standard on each model?

Standard Features on the 2018 Kia Sportage:

  • LED Running Lights
  • Bluetooth Compatibility
  • Selectable Drive Modes
  • Split-Folding Rear Seats
  • Rearview Camera Available
  • Popular Package with Apple CarPlay
  • And More

Standard Features on the 2018 Ford Escape:

  • Split-Folding Rear Seats
  • Rearview Camera 
  • Bluetooth Compatibility
  • A USB Port
  • Ford MyKey
  • And More

While both the 2018 Kia Sportage and the 2018 Ford Escape offer a fairly bare-bones base model in their lineup for car shoppers most focused on the bottom line, the 2018 Sportage's base model offers a more robust set of features which holds true for most trims in the lineup when compared with the 2018 Escape's offerings. In terms of overall value, we think the clear winner here is the 2018 Kia Sportage. Looking for a 2018 Kia Sportage in the Racine, WI area? The Frank Boucher Kia of Racine dealership has what you need. Visit during normal business hours or connect with a representative online via the pop-up form below.