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2022 Kia Sportage vs 2021 Ford Escape

For many a year, Kia and Ford have engineered top-notch compact SUVs and carved a niche in the segment. When we talk about compact SUVs in general, the first names that cross most of our minds are Kia Sportage and Ford Escape. The latest renditions of these compact SUVs – the 2022 Kia Sportage and the 2021 Ford Escape - are nothing but sheer improvements on the shortcomings of their predecessors. The question that pops here is how are these SUVs different? While both have their pros and cons, we have charted out a brief comparison to help you identify the one that will improve your driving experience.

2022 Kia Sportage


2021 Ford Escape

2.4-Liter Inline 4-cylinder Engine Engine 1.5-Liter Ti-VCT GTDI I-3 Engine
Electronically Controlled 6-Speed Automatic w/ Sportmatic® Transmission 8-Speed Automatic Transmission
181 HP and 175 lb-ft Horsepower and Torque Ratings 181 HP and 190 lb-ft
26/23 FWD/AWD Combined Fuel Economy (MPG) 30/28 FWD/AWD
$24,090 Starting MSRP $25,555

Why go for the 2022 Kia Sportage?

One of the oldest Kia vehicles in the marketplace, the Kia Sportage has gained the trust of numerous customers. The 2022 Kia Sportage comes is better as it comes with several upgrades including an unusual exterior styling, 18-inch wheels, heated front seats, hands-free keyless access, and a sunroof, amongst others. But what differentiates the 2022 Kia Sportage from its competitors are its performance features and technology enhancements.

1. Performance – The 2022 Kia Sportage comes standard with a 2.4 Liter Inline 4-cylinder engine that can generate up to 181 HP and 175 lb-ft. Available in both AWD and FWD drivetrains, the SUV transmits engine power to the wheels through an Electronically Controlled 6-Speed Automatic transmission system w/ Sportmatic®. While the standard FWD version of the car offers a fuel economy of 23/30/26 MPG city/highway/combined, the AWD version offers 22/26/23 MPG city/highway/combined.

2. Technology – Standard technology features include an 8” touchscreen display, Bluetooth® Calling and Music Playback, integration with Siri® Eyes Free, Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™, a six-speaker audio system, rear-camera display, and trip computer, amongst others.