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Kia Sportage vs. Ford Escape

Compare repair costs, reliability, and owner reviews

Kia Sportage

2016 Kia Sportage
$450
Annual Repair Cost
on average

Ford Escape

2016 Ford Escape
$569
Annual Repair Cost
on average

Overall Reliability Rating

Excellent

The Kia Sportage Reliability Rating is 4.5 out of 5.0, which ranks it 4th out of 26 for compact SUVs. The average annual repair cost is $450 which means it has lower than average ownership costs. The severity of repairs is average and the frequency of those issues is low, so major repairs are uncommon for the Sportage.

Above Average

The Ford Escape Reliability Rating is 4.0 out of 5.0, which ranks it 18th out of 26 for compact SUVs. The average annual repair cost is $569 which means it has average ownership costs. The frequency and severity of repairs are both fairly average when compared with all other vehicles.

Reliability Rating Breakdown

Cost
Average annual repairs total
$450
inexpensive
very expensive
$569
inexpensive
very expensive
Frequency
Average annual repair shop visits
0.2
not often
way too often
0.4
not often
way too often
Severity
Percentage of annual repairs that are urgent
10%
minor issues
major issues
10%
minor issues
major issues

Overall Car Ratings & Details

(40 Reviews)
(69 Reviews)
Rating Details
5 star
(3)
4 star
(21)
3 star
(8)
2 star
(7)
1 star
(0)

The Kia Sportage ranks highest in heating and ranks lowest in brakes.

Read more detailed reviews here.

“. wowo so the car fell apart at not even 40000miles had to get thw ehile engine done and air conditioned compressor had to get a new one at not even 60000 miles . i go no where with this car please...”

Rating Details
5 star
(11)
4 star
(25)
3 star
(12)
2 star
(14)
1 star
(6)

The Ford Escape ranks highest in heating and ranks lowest in drive train.

Read more detailed reviews here.

“2005 Ford Escape.....Biggest P.O.S. vehicle I have ever owned. YOU SUCK FORD AS USUAL. Didn't want to purchase vehicle, but I was in a pinch and needed one asap. Having to put a couple courts of o...”

Vehicle Comparison Rundown

The Kia Sportage and the Ford Escape are two compact two-row SUVs. Both of these vehicles come with front-wheel drive or optional all-wheel drive.

Power ratings on their standard and optional engines are competitive. Comparing standard engines, the Kia Sportage has 181 horsepower, while the Ford Escape has 168 horsepower. If you’d like a power upgrade, the Sportage’s optional engine puts out 240 horsepower, while the Escape’s top engine has 245 horsepower.  

The Kia Sportage and the Ford Escape are also pretty close in their cargo capacities. The Sportage supplies 60.1 cubic feet when the rear seat is folded down. The Escape has a total of 66.4 cubic feet of space behind the front seats, which is 10% more capacity than the Sportage.

These two compact SUVs are close enough to justify an up-close look and a test drive in each. Your choice here boils down to a matter of personal preference, so check them both out, and then decide.


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