Compare 2008 Kia Sportage vs 2009 Ford Escape

2008 Kia Sportage
2009 Ford Escape
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2WD 4-Door I4 Manual LX
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2WD 4-Door I4 Manual LX 20 25 $15,270 $16,050
2WD 4-Door I4 Automatic LX 19 25 $18,110 $19,045
4WD 4-Door I4 Manual LX 19 24 $18,600 $19,545
2WD 4-Door V6 Automatic LX 17 23 $18,940 $20,045
4WD 4-Door V6 Automatic LX 17 21 $20,130 $21,345
2WD 4-Door V6 Automatic EX 17 23 $20,000 $21,395
4WD 4-Door V6 Automatic EX 17 21 $21,370 $22,895
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FWD 4-Door I4 Manual XLS
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
FWD 4-Door I4 Manual XLS 20 28 $19,245 $20,435
FWD 4-Door I4 Automatic XLS 20 28 $20,358 $21,645
4WD 4-Door I4 Automatic XLS 19 25 $21,969 $23,395
FWD 4-Door I4 Automatic XLT 20 28 $21,789 $23,455
FWD 4-Door V6 Automatic XLT 18 26 $22,708 $24,465
FWD 4-Door I4 Automatic Limited 20 28 $23,123 $24,920
4WD 4-Door I4 Automatic XLT 19 25 $23,381 $25,205
FWD 4-Door V6 Automatic Limited 18 26 $24,033 $25,920
4WD 4-Door V6 Automatic XLT 17 24 $24,300 $26,215
4WD 4-Door I4 Automatic Limited 19 25 $24,715 $26,670
4WD 4-Door V6 Automatic Limited 17 24 $25,625 $27,670
FWD 4-Door I4 CVT Hybrid 34 31 $27,422 $29,645
4WD 4-Door I4 CVT Hybrid 29 27 $29,015 $31,395
FWD 4-Door I4 CVT Hybrid Limited 34 31 $29,542 $31,975
4WD 4-Door I4 CVT Hybrid Limited 29 27 $31,135 $33,725
Pricing
Invoice Price
$15,270
$19,245
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$16,050
$20,435
Monthly Payment Estimate
$268 / month
$341 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
6.8
7.4
TCC’s Bottom Line
If you can live without top-level refinement and the absolutely latest technology, 2008 Kia Sportage is a fine little SUV, and considering its price, a genuine value. Though it looks decidedly old-school, the Ford Escape is a solid and stylish five-passenger, compact SUV that has been kept up-to-date.
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Fuel Economy
City
20 mpg 20 mpg
Highway
25 mpg 28 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
2WD Sport Utility Vehicle 2WD Sport Utility Vehicles
Interior Dimensions
Second Shoulder Room (in)
56.3 55.9
Front Leg Room (in)
42.1 41.6
Front Hip Room (in)
54.6 53.3
Passenger Volume (ft³)
103.9 99.5
Second Leg Room (in)
37.2 35.6
Front Head Room (in)
40.7 40.4
Second Hip Room (in)
54.6 49.1
Front Shoulder Room (in)
56.7 56.6
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Head Room (in)
39.4 39.2
Exterior Dimensions
Rear Door Opening Width (in)
- TBD - 43.2
Height, Overall (in)
66.7 67.9
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - 29.4
Track Width, Rear (in)
60.6 60.2
Wheelbase (in)
103.5 103.1
Rear Door Opening Height (in)
- TBD - 33.3
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
70.9 71.1
Track Width, Front (in)
60.6 60.7
Min Ground Clearance (in)
7.7 8.4
Length, Overall (in)
171.3 174.7
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
NA NA
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
- TBD - 40.7
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
- TBD - 34.7
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
23.6 29.2
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
- TBD - 37.3
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
- TBD - 66.7
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
66.6 66.3
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)
NA NA
Brakes
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes NA
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.3 x - TBD - NA
Brake Type
Pwr Power
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA 10.0 x 1.65
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.0 x - TBD - 11.9 x 0.4
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA Yes
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
15.3 16.5
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
35.4 36.7
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.06 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - 40.1
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
- TBD - 17.5
Tires
Spare Tire Size
NA Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P215/65R16 P235/70R16
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P215/65R16 P235/70R16
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
150 150
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1500 1500
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3230 4320
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material
Alloy Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 x 6.5 16 x 7
Front Wheel Material
Alloy Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
NA - TBD -
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 x 6.5 16 x 7
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA Compact
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
7.3 5.3
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - 110
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - 550
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
136 @ 4500 171 @ 4500
Engine Order Code
NA 997
Displacement
2.0L/121 2.5L/152
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
140 @ 6000 171 @ 6000
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas I4
Fuel System
NA SMPI
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
25 28
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
20 20
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
- 24
Transmission
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low
NA NA
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.64 3.5
Clutch Size (in)
NA 8.86
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.33 1.26
Trans Type
5 5
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
NA NA
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.82 0.81
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Drivetrain
2 Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.46 3.37
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.06 1.94
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.53 4.13
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.06 0.95
Trans Description Cont.
Manual Manual w/OD
Summary
Body Style
4 Door 4 Door
Vehicle Name
Kia Sportage Ford Escape
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear
Dual-link Multi-link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/stabilizer bar NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson strut MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
- 6

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