Compare 2012 Ford Escape vs 2012 Kia Sportage

2012 Ford Escape
2012 Kia Sportage
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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
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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
$18,135
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$32,320
$18,500
Monthly Payment Estimate
$539 / month
$308 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.2
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. 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
Highway
27 mpg 27 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
4WD Sport Utility Vehicles 2WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Interior Dimensions
Second Hip Room (in)
49.1 49.1
Front Shoulder Room (in)
56.6 56.7
Second Head Room (in)
39.2 38.5
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
55.9 55.1
Front Leg Room (in)
41.6 41.4
Front Hip Room (in)
53.3 53.7
Second Leg Room (in)
35.6 37.9
Front Head Room (in)
40.4 39.1
Passenger Volume (ft³)
99.5 100.0
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in)
60.7 63.5
Min Ground Clearance (in)
8.3 6.8
Length, Overall (in)
174.7 174.8
Rear Door Opening Width (in)
43.4 - TBD -
Height, Overall (in)
67.7 64.4
Liftover Height (in)
29.4 - TBD -
Track Width, Rear (in)
60.2 63.6
Wheelbase (in)
103.1 103.9
Rear Door Opening Height (in)
33.2 - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
71.1 73.0
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
37.2 - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
66.7 - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
66.4 54.6
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)
NA NA
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
NA NA
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
40.7 - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
34.7 - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
30.9 26.1
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Brakes
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
Yes NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
NA Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
NA 10.3 x - TBD -
Brake Type
Power Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
10.0 x 1.65 NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.9 x 0.35 11.0 x - TBD -
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
15.1 14.5
Steering
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
40.1 - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
17.5 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
36.7 34.7
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- TBD - 2.96
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code
T53 NA
Front Tire Size
P235/70R16 P215/70R16
Spare Tire Size
Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code
T53 NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P235/70R16 P215/70R16
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
100 200
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
150 300
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1000 2000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1000 2000
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3663 3157
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material
- TBD - Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 x 7 16 x - TBD -
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 x 7 16 x - TBD -
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
11.6 7.5
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
550 - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - 110
Engine
Displacement
2.5L/152 2.4L/144
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
177 @ 6000 176 @ 6000
Engine Type
Gas/Electric I4 Gas I4
Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection NA
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
136 @ 5500 168 @ 4000
Engine Order Code
993 NA
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
30 20
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
29 23
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
27 27
Transmission
Clutch Size (in)
NA - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 1.54
Trans Type
1 6
Drivetrain
4-Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
- TBD - NA
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 0.97
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
- TBD - 3.42
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 1.79
Trans Order Code
- TBD - Direct Injection
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.04 5.07, 3.74
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 1.18
Trans Description Cont.
Continuously Variable Ratio Manual
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low
- TBD - NA
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 0.83
First Gear Ratio (:1)
- TBD - 3.27
Summary
Vehicle Name
Ford Escape Kia Sportage
Body Style
4 Door 4 Door
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.)
NA w/Coil Springs
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
7 -
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
6.5 8.0
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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