Compare 2012 Kia Sportage vs 2012 Ford Escape

2012 Kia Sportage
2012 Ford Escape
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2WD 4-Door Base
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2WD 4-Door Base 20 27 $18,135 $18,500
2WD 4-Door LX 21 30 $20,095 $20,800
AWD 4-Door LX 20 27 $21,545 $22,300
2WD 4-Door EX 21 30 $22,440 $23,900
AWD 4-Door EX 20 27 $23,850 $25,400
2WD 4-Door SX 21 28 $25,095 $26,900
AWD 4-Door SX 20 25 $26,495 $28,400
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FWD 4-Door XLS
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
FWD 4-Door XLS 23 28 $20,315 $21,440
FWD 4-Door XLT 21 28 $23,222 $24,870
FWD 4-Door Limited 21 28 $24,587 $26,370
4WD 4-Door XLT 20 27 $24,815 $26,620
4WD 4-Door Limited 20 27 $26,180 $28,120
FWD 4-Door Hybrid 34 31 $28,409 $30,570
4WD 4-Door Hybrid 30 27 $30,002 $32,320
FWD 4-Door Hybrid Limited 34 31 $30,692 $33,080
4WD 4-Door Hybrid Limited 30 27 $32,285 $34,830
Pricing
Invoice Price
$18,135
$20,315
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$18,500
$21,440
Monthly Payment Estimate
$308 / month
$357 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.0
7.2
TCC’s Bottom Line
The Kia Sportage cuts a rakish new figure and spins out 260 turbocharged horsepower for a total image reboot--watch the options, though. The 2012 Ford Escape still antes up solid crossover bona fides, but its sluggish handling and plasticky interior are ready for retirement
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Fuel Economy
City
20 mpg 23 mpg
Highway
27 mpg 28 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
2WD Sport Utility Vehicle 2WD Sport Utility Vehicles
Interior Dimensions
Second Hip Room (in)
49.1 49.1
Front Shoulder Room (in)
56.7 56.6
Second Head Room (in)
38.5 39.2
Second Shoulder Room (in)
55.1 55.9
Front Leg Room (in)
41.4 41.6
Passenger Volume (ft³)
100.0 99.5
Front Hip Room (in)
53.7 53.3
Second Leg Room (in)
37.9 35.6
Front Head Room (in)
39.1 40.4
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in)
6.8 8.4
Length, Overall (in)
174.8 174.7
Rear Door Opening Width (in)
- TBD - 43.2
Height, Overall (in)
64.4 67.9
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - 29.6
Track Width, Rear (in)
63.6 60.2
Wheelbase (in)
103.9 103.1
Rear Door Opening Height (in)
- TBD - 33.5
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
73.0 71.1
Track Width, Front (in)
63.5 60.7
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
54.6 67.2
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)
NA NA
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 - 35.0
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
26.1 31.4
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
- TBD - 37.9
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
- TBD - 66.7
Brakes
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA Yes
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
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 0.5
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
14.5 16.5
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
- TBD - 17.5
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
34.7 36.7
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.96 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - 40.1
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code
NA T53
Front Tire Size
P215/70R16 P235/70R16
Spare Tire Size
Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA T53
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P215/70R16 P235/70R16
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
200 225
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
300 225
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
2000 1500
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
2000 1500
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3157 3268
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 x - TBD - 16 x 7
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel - TBD -
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 x - TBD - 16 x 7
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
7.5 5.3
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - 550
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
110 110
Engine
Displacement
2.4L/144 2.5L/152
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
176 @ 6000 171 @ 6000
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas I4
Fuel System
NA Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
168 @ 4000 171 @ 4500
Engine Order Code
NA 997
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
20 23
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
23 25
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
27 28
Transmission
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
NA - TBD -
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.97 0.80
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.42 3.37
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.79 1.94
Trans Order Code
Direct Injection 443
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
5.07, 3.74 4.13
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.18 0.94
Trans Description Cont.
Manual Manual
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low
NA - TBD -
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.83 NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.27 3.5
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - 8.86
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.54 1.25
Trans Type
6 5
Summary
Body Style
4 Door 4 Door
Vehicle Name
Kia Sportage Ford Escape
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Multi-link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA 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
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
8.0 7.5
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
- 6
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
Overall Side Crash Rating
Side Barrier Rating
Side Barrier Rating Driver
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
Rollover Rating

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