The Kia Sportage and Ford Escape are two SUVs that are built to appeal to everyone. They offer the kind of safety features that you can trust to keep your family and friends safe, plus technology that'll help you enjoy the ride.

So, which one is right for you? To help drivers in Ithaca, Corning, and Cortland decide, Maguire Kia put this 2020 Kia Sportage vs. Ford Escape comparison together.


The Kia Sportage was built to help keep you safe. Both commuters and families can count on it to protect you during an accident. It was built with a reinforced steel body cage that features side-impact door beams. The front and back of your SUV also feature crumple zones. These are designed to absorb the force from a collision and direct it away from the interior.

If a collision does take place, you'll also be protected by front, front-seat mounted, and full-length side curtain airbags. To help prevent accidents, though, you'll have lots of smart driver-assistance features. They'll provide you with more awareness during your drive.

Some of the standard features in the Sportage include:

  • Forward Collision Avoidance-Assist with Pedestrian Detection
  • Lane Keeping Assist
  • Driver Attention Warning

The Ford Escape also comes with several driver-assistance features and has an advanced airbag system. However, it doesn't offer anything like Driver Attention Warning. Plus, its frame doesn't feature crumple zones to minimize the impact from a collision.

Infotainment System

In addition to providing you with peace of mind, the Kia Sportage delivers a fun and convenient drive. The dashboard is home to an 8-inch touchscreen that's Bluetooth®-compatible and works with both Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™.

Voice Recognition is also standard. So, whether you're switching between smartphone apps, changing songs, or need to make a phone call, you can control everything without taking your hands off the wheel.

The Ford Escape also offers a Bluetooth®-compatible touchscreen, Apple CarPlay™, and Android Auto™. However, the standard Ford SYNC® system only gives you a small 4.2-inch LCD screen. Plus, while Bluetooth® is standard, Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ aren't offered until the higher trim levels.

Style & Design

The 2020 Sportage features a stylish design both inside and out. Its exterior has a balanced look with a round body and accent lines running up the hood and along the doors. The cabin has both a sporty and modern feel to it with a flat-bottomed steering wheel and an infotainment screen that's located in the center of the dashboard.

The 2020 Escape was recently redesigned, but it doesn't have the same sleek look as the Kia. With its long, awkward hood, it looks more like a station wagon than an SUV. Up front, it features a large black mesh grille that looks more like a muscle car. Inside, rather than blending in, the infotainment system stands out with a screen on top of the dashboard.

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Contact Maguire Kia to learn more about this 2020 Kia Sportage vs. Ford Escape comparison and take a test drive. The Kia Sportage offers a stylish ride, lots of standard features, and a safe, solid design to drivers in Ithaca, Corning, and Cortland.

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