For the interior space and all-wheel drive option of an SUV, and the easy to park, easy on gas size of a compact car, it’s hard to beat the 2015 Kia Sportage compact crossover. Plaza Kia in Brooklyn has the Sportage, plus its bigger and smaller siblings, and we’re ready to make deals with all the fine residents of Queens and the other boroughs of the city.
The Ford Escape offers similar benefits to the Sportage, but at a higher price. So let’s see how they compare.
The base motor in both of these compact SUVs is a 4-cylinder of about 2.5 liters, but the Kia gives you 12 extra horsepower and 7 more lb-ft of torque. The Sportage even makes more horsepower, and nearly the same torque as the optional 1.6-liter turbo motor Ford offers. The Sportage is lighter too, so that means it ought to be quicker in day to day traffic. Top of the line in both of these vehicles is a 2.0-liter turbo 4-cylinder, and this time Kia out does Ford by 20 horses, and a .5 seconds in 0-60 mph contests.
It’s only logical to be worried about crash test results when you are driving a smaller vehicle out on the road with trucks and buses. The Kia Sportage gets a 5 star overall rating from the NHTSA after crash testing. The Ford Escape can only manage 4 stars overall due to a poor showing in both driver and passenger front crash tests.
There is no way to argue it; Kia offers some of the best warranty coverage on the market. In the Sportage, you are covered for nearly everything for the first 5 years or 60k miles, and the motor, etc. in the powertrain are covered for a full 10 years/100k miles. Ford only covers the Escape bumper to bumper for the first 3 years or 36k miles, and powertrain for 5 years or 60k miles.
For a go-anywhere, do-anything mini SUV the 2015 Kia Sportage should be at the top of your shopping list. Come down to Plaza Kia in Brooklyn and let us show you just how great this little crossover is; perfect for the potholed wilderness of New York City.View Inventory