Compare 2009 Ford Escape vs 2009 Kia Sportage vs 2009 Saturn VUE

2009 Ford Escape
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2009 Kia Sportage
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2009 Saturn VUE
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4WD 4-Door I4 Automatic Limited
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Escape 4WD 4-Door I4 Automatic Limited 19 25 $24,715 $26,670
Escape 4WD 4-Door I4 Automatic XLS 19 25 $21,969 $23,395
Escape 4WD 4-Door I4 Automatic XLT 19 25 $23,381 $25,205
Escape 4WD 4-Door I4 CVT Hybrid 29 27 $29,015 $31,395
Escape 4WD 4-Door I4 CVT Hybrid Limited 29 27 $31,135 $33,725
Escape 4WD 4-Door V6 Automatic Limited 17 24 $25,625 $27,670
Escape 4WD 4-Door V6 Automatic XLT 17 24 $24,300 $26,215
Escape FWD 4-Door I4 Automatic Limited 20 28 $23,123 $24,920
Escape FWD 4-Door I4 Automatic XLS 20 28 $20,358 $21,645
Escape FWD 4-Door I4 Automatic XLT 20 28 $21,789 $23,455
Escape FWD 4-Door I4 CVT Hybrid 34 31 $27,422 $29,645
Escape FWD 4-Door I4 CVT Hybrid Limited 34 31 $29,542 $31,975
Escape FWD 4-Door I4 Manual XLS 20 28 $19,245 $20,435
Escape FWD 4-Door V6 Automatic Limited 18 26 $24,033 $25,920
Escape FWD 4-Door V6 Automatic XLT 18 26 $22,708 $24,465
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2WD 4-Door I4 Automatic LX
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Sportage 2WD 4-Door I4 Automatic LX 20 25 $18,735 $19,695
Sportage 2WD 4-Door I4 Manual LX 20 25 $15,895 $16,695
Sportage 2WD 4-Door V6 Automatic EX 18 23 $20,480 $21,900
Sportage 2WD 4-Door V6 Automatic LX 18 23 $19,560 $20,695
Sportage 4WD 4-Door I4 Manual LX 19 24 $19,225 $20,195
Sportage 4WD 4-Door V6 Automatic EX 18 23 $21,850 $23,400
Sportage 4WD 4-Door V6 Automatic LX 18 23 $20,750 $21,995
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AWD 4-Door V6 Red Line
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
VUE AWD 4-Door V6 Red Line 16 23 $28,924 $30,935
VUE AWD 4-Door V6 XE 16 23 $24,657 $25,955
VUE AWD 4-Door V6 XR 16 23 $26,586 $28,435
VUE FWD 4-Door I4 XE 19 26 $22,116 $23,280
VUE FWD 4-Door I4 XR 19 26 $23,744 $25,395
VUE FWD 4-Door V6 Red Line 17 24 $27,054 $28,935
VUE FWD 4-Door V6 XR 17 24 $24,716 $26,435
VUE Hybrid FWD 4-Door I4 25 32 $26,329 $28,160
Pricing
Invoice Price
$24,715
$18,735
$28,924
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$26,670
$19,695
$30,935
Monthly Payment Estimate
$445 / month
$328 / month
$516 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.4
6.6
8.0
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2009 Ford Escape Hybrid is a viable and sturdy contender in the family crossover arena. Gas mileage is excellent for a compact SUV, and optional mechanical all-wheel drive sets it apart from softer competitors. If you can live without top-level refinement and the latest technology, 2009 Kia Sportage is a fine little SUV and, considering its price, a genuine value. The 2009 Saturn Vue Hybrid isn't fun to drive, but it will ease your reliance on fossil fuels.
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Fuel Economy
City
19 mpg 20 mpg 16 mpg
Highway
25 mpg 25 mpg 23 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
4WD Sport Utility Vehicles 2WD Sport Utility Vehicle 4WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Interior Dimensions
Second Shoulder Room (in)
55.9 56.3 55.9
Front Leg Room (in)
41.6 42.1 40.7
Passenger Volume (ft³)
99.5 103.9 - TBD -
Front Hip Room (in)
53.3 54.6 52.6
Second Leg Room (in)
35.6 37.2 36.9
Front Head Room (in)
40.4 40.7 40.2
Passenger Capacity
5 5 5
Second Hip Room (in)
49.1 54.6 52.9
Front Shoulder Room (in)
56.6 56.7 56.0
Second Head Room (in)
39.2 39.4 39.3
Exterior Dimensions
Rear Door Opening Width (in)
43.2 - TBD - - TBD -
Height, Overall (in)
67.8 66.7 66.2
Liftover Height (in)
29.4 - TBD - - TBD -
Track Width, Rear (in)
60.2 60.6 61.8
Wheelbase (in)
103.1 103.5 106.6
Rear Door Opening Height (in)
33.3 - TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
71.1 70.9 72.8
Track Width, Front (in)
60.7 60.6 61.4
Min Ground Clearance (in)
8.4 7.7 7.8
Length, Overall (in)
174.7 171.3 180.1
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
40.7 - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
34.7 - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
29.2 23.6 29.2
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
37.3 - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
66.7 - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
66.3 66.6 56.4
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)
NA NA NA
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
NA NA NA
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
NA 10.3 x - TBD - 11.9 x .78
Brake Type
Power Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
10.0 x 1.65 NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.9 x 0.4 11.0 x - TBD - 11.7 x 1.14
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
Yes NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
NA Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
16.5 15.3 17
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
36.7 35.4 40.0
Steering Type
Pwr Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- TBD - 3.1 2.7
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
40.1 - TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
17.5 - TBD - 15.5
Tires
Spare Tire Size
Compact NA T155/90D16
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA QDP
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA - TBD -
Rear Tire Size
P235/70R16 P215/65R16 P235/55R18
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA QDP
Front Tire Size
P235/70R16 P215/65R16 P235/55R18
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
150 100 NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1500 1000 NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
4600 3254 4093
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Alloy Alloy
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 x 7 16 x 6.5 18 x 7.0
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Alloy Alloy
Spare Wheel Material
- TBD - NA Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 x 7 16 x 6.5 18 x 7.0
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact NA 16 x 4.0
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - 7.3 11.5
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
110 - TBD - - TBD -
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
590 - TBD - - TBD -
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
171 @ 4500 136 @ 4500 248 @ 2100
Engine Order Code
997 NA LY7
Displacement
2.5L/152 2.0L/121 3.6L/217
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
171 @ 6000 140 @ 6000 257 @ 6500
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas I4 Gas V6
Fuel System
SMPI NA SFI
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
25 25 23
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
19 20 16
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
21 22 18
Transmission
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.75 NA 0.74
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.58 2.84 4.48
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.91 1.00 1.84
Trans Type
6 4 6
Drivetrain
4-Wheel Drive 2 Wheel Drive All-Wheel Drive
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
1.0 NA -
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 NA 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.31 2.48 2.88
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.96 1.53 2.87
Trans Order Code
NA NA MX0-6
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.51 4.63 2.77
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.45 0.71 1.41
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Automatic Automatic w/OD
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low
- TBD - NA -
Summary
Vehicle Name
Ford Escape Kia Sportage Saturn VUE
Body Style
4 Door 4 Door 4 Door SUV
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA Dual-Link w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut Independent Independent Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA MacPherson Strut w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-link Independent 3-Link
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
5 6 4

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