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Compare 2012 Ford Escape vs 2012 Hyundai Tucson vs 2012 Kia Sportage

2012 Ford Escape
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2012 Hyundai Tucson
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2012 Kia Sportage
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Select style
4WD 4-Door Hybrid
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Escape 4WD 4-Door Hybrid 30 27 $30,002 $32,320
Escape 4WD 4-Door Hybrid Limited 30 27 $32,285 $34,830
Escape 4WD 4-Door Limited 20 27 $26,180 $28,120
Escape 4WD 4-Door XLT 20 27 $24,815 $26,620
Escape FWD 4-Door Hybrid 34 31 $28,409 $30,570
Escape FWD 4-Door Hybrid Limited 34 31 $30,692 $33,080
Escape FWD 4-Door Limited 21 28 $24,587 $26,370
Escape FWD 4-Door XLS 23 28 $20,315 $21,440
Escape FWD 4-Door XLT 21 28 $23,222 $24,870
Select style
AWD 4-Door Automatic GLS
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Tucson AWD 4-Door Automatic GLS 20 27 $23,012 $23,945
Tucson AWD 4-Door Automatic GLS PZEV 20 27 $23,012 $23,945
Tucson AWD 4-Door Automatic Limited 20 27 $25,170 $26,495
Tucson AWD 4-Door Automatic Limited PZEV 20 27 $25,170 $26,495
Tucson FWD 4-Door Automatic GL 22 29 $19,402 $20,145
Tucson FWD 4-Door Automatic GLS 21 30 $21,445 $22,295
Tucson FWD 4-Door Automatic GLS PZEV 21 30 $21,445 $22,295
Tucson FWD 4-Door Automatic Limited 21 30 $23,760 $24,995
Tucson FWD 4-Door Automatic Limited PZEV 21 30 $23,760 $24,995
Tucson FWD 4-Door Manual GL 20 26 $18,452 $19,145
Select style
2WD 4-Door Base
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Sportage 2WD 4-Door Base 20 27 $18,135 $18,500
Sportage 2WD 4-Door EX 21 30 $22,440 $23,900
Sportage 2WD 4-Door LX 21 30 $20,095 $20,800
Sportage 2WD 4-Door SX 21 28 $25,095 $26,900
Sportage AWD 4-Door EX 20 27 $23,850 $25,400
Sportage AWD 4-Door LX 20 27 $21,545 $22,300
Sportage AWD 4-Door SX 20 25 $26,495 $28,400
Pricing
Invoice Price
$30,002
$23,012
$18,135
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$32,320
$23,945
$18,500
Monthly Payment Estimate
$539 / month
$399 / month
$308 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.2
8.0
8.0
TCC’s Bottom Line
If you're keen on green in crossover form, the 2012 Ford Escape Hybrid earns good gas-mileage ratings, but its styling and handling are showing their age. One of the most improved crossovers, the 2012 Hyundai Tucson has size and value in its corner. The Kia Sportage cuts a rakish new figure and spins out 260 turbocharged horsepower for a total image reboot--watch the options, though.
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Fuel Economy
City
30 mpg 20 mpg 20 mpg
Highway
27 mpg 27 mpg 27 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
4WD Sport Utility Vehicles AWD Sport Utility 2WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in)
35.6 38.7 37.9
Front Head Room (in)
40.4 39.4 39.1
Passenger Volume (ft³)
99.5 101.9 100.0
Second Hip Room (in)
49.1 53.4 49.1
Front Shoulder Room (in)
56.6 57.1 56.7
Second Head Room (in)
39.2 39.1 38.5
Passenger Capacity
5 5 5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
55.9 55.1 55.1
Front Leg Room (in)
41.6 42.1 41.4
Front Hip Room (in)
53.3 55.5 53.7
Exterior Dimensions
Rear Door Opening Height (in)
33.2 - TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
71.1 71.7 73.0
Track Width, Front (in)
60.7 - TBD - 63.5
Min Ground Clearance (in)
8.3 6.7 6.8
Length, Overall (in)
174.7 173.2 174.8
Rear Door Opening Width (in)
43.4 - TBD - - TBD -
Height, Overall (in)
67.7 66.3 64.4
Liftover Height (in)
29.4 - TBD - - TBD -
Track Width, Rear (in)
60.2 - TBD - 63.6
Wheelbase (in)
103.1 103.9 103.9
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
30.9 25.7 26.1
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
37.2 - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
66.7 - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
66.4 55.8 54.6
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)
NA - TBD - NA
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
NA NA NA
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
40.7 - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
34.7 - TBD - - TBD -
Brakes
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 0.35 11.81 x 1.10 11.0 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
Yes NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
NA Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
NA 11.18 x 0.39 10.3 x - TBD -
Brake Type
Power Pwr Pwr
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
15.1 14.5 14.5
Steering
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- TBD - 3.0 2.96
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
40.1 - TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
17.5 15.9 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
36.7 34.7 34.7
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Tires
Rear Tire Size
P235/70R16 P225/55R18 P215/70R16
Rear Tire Order Code
T53 NA NA
Front Tire Size
P235/70R16 P225/55R18 P215/70R16
Spare Tire Size
Compact Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code
T53 NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
100 200 200
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
150 NA 300
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1000 2000 2000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1000 NA 2000
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3663 3382 3157
Wheels
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
- TBD - Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 x 7 18 x 6.5 16 x - TBD -
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact Compact Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 x 7 18 x 6.5 16 x - TBD -
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
11.6 8.2 7.5
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
550 - TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - 110 110
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
136 @ 5500 168 @ 4000 168 @ 4000
Engine Order Code
993 NA NA
Displacement
2.5L/152 2.4L/144 2.4L/144
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
177 @ 6000 176 @ 6000 176 @ 6000
Engine Type
Gas/Electric I4 Gas I4 Gas I4
Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection MPI NA
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
29 23 (Est) 23
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
27 27 (Est) 27
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
30 20 (Est) 20
Transmission
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low
- TBD - - NA
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 0.77 0.83
First Gear Ratio (:1)
- TBD - 4.21 3.27
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 1.80 1.54
Trans Type
1 6 6
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
- TBD - - NA
Drivetrain
4-Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 1.00 0.97
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
- TBD - 3.39 3.42
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 2.64 1.79
Trans Order Code
- TBD - NA Direct Injection
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.04 3.20 5.07, 3.74
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 1.39 1.18
Trans Description Cont.
Continuously Variable Ratio Automatic w/Manual Shift Manual
Summary
Vehicle Name
Ford Escape Hyundai Tucson Kia Sportage
Body Style
4 Door 4 Door Sport Utility 4 Door
Suspension
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut Independent MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - 0.71 - 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 - 0.98 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-link Independent Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA Multi-Link NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
6.5 - TBD - 8.0
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
7 7 -
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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