Jones Ford Wickenburg Compares 2013 Ford Escape VS 2013 Kia Sorento Near Wickenburg, AZ

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2013 Ford Escape

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2013 Kia Sorento

Safety Comparison

The Ford Escape Titanium has Daytime Running Lights to help keep it more visible under all conditions. Canadian government studies show that driving with lights during the day reduces accidents by 11% by making vehicles more conspicuous. The Sorento doesn’t offer Daytime Running Lights.

The Escape (except S/SE) offers optional Reverse/Forward Sensing System to help warn the driver about vehicles, pedestrians or other obstacles behind or, optionally, in front of the vehicle. The Sorento doesn’t offer a front parking aid.

The Escape SEL/Titanium’s optional blind spot warning system uses digital cameras monitored by computer to alert the driver to moving objects in the vehicle’s blind spots where the side view mirrors don’t reveal them. The Sorento doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

To help make backing safer, the Escape SEL/Titanium’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The Sorento doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

The Escape offers optional SYNC, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to get turn-by-turn driving directions or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Sorento doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the Escape and the Sorento have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front-wheel drive, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Ford Escape is safer than the Kia Sorento:





4 Stars

4 Stars




Chest Compression

.4 inches

.5 inches

Leg Forces (l/r)

403/116 lbs.

441/344 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Ford Escape is safer than the Kia Sorento:



Front Seat


5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest Movement

.4 inches

.9 inches

Abdominal Force

96 G’s

177 G’s

Rear Seat


5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

54 G’s

59 G’s

Hip Force

649 lbs.

944 lbs.

Into Pole


5 Stars

5 Stars

Hip Force

707 lbs.

871 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Warranty Comparison

The Escape’s 5 year corrosion warranty has no mileage limitations, but the corrosion warranty on the Sorento runs out after 100,000 miles.

There are over 6 times as many Ford dealers as there are Kia dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Escape’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2012 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Ford vehicles are more reliable than Kia vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 8th in reliability, above the industry average. With 45 more problems per 100 vehicles, Kia is ranked 25th.

Engine Comparison

The Escape has more powerful engines than the Sorento:


Escape 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

170 lbs.-ft.

Escape 1.6 turbo 4 cyl.

184 lbs.-ft.

Escape 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

270 lbs.-ft.

Sorento 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

169 lbs.-ft.

Sorento 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

181 lbs.-ft.

Sorento 3.5 DOHC V6

248 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Motor Trend the Ford Escape 2.0 ECOBoost is faster than the Kia Sorento V6:



Zero to 60 MPH

6.8 sec

7.3 sec

Quarter Mile

15.2 sec

15.6 sec

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Escape gets better fuel mileage than the Sorento:




2.5 4 cyl./Auto

22 city/31 hwy

21 city/29 hwy

2.4 4 cyl.

1.6 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

23 city/33 hwy

21 city/30 hwy

2.4 Direct Injection

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

22 city/30 hwy

20 city/26 hwy



2.4 4 cyl./Auto


20 city/26 hwy

1.6 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

22 city/30 hwy

20 city/27 hwy

2.4 Direct Injection

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

21 city/28 hwy

18 city/24 hwy


The Escape has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Sorento doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Escape’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Sorento:



Front Rotors

12.6 inches

11.8 inches

The Escape stops shorter than the Sorento:



60 to 0 MPH

116 feet

125 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

139 feet

140 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

The Escape’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Sorento LX’s 65 series tires. The Escape Titanium’s tires have a lower 45 series profile than the Sorento EX/SX’s 60 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Escape Titanium has standard 19-inch wheels. The Sorento’s largest wheels are only 18-inches.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Escape has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Sorento’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The Escape’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions, which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Sorento doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

The Escape Titanium AWD handles at .85 G’s, while the Sorento EX AWD pulls only .78 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Escape Titanium AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Sorento EX AWD (27.3 seconds @ .6 average G’s vs. 28.1 seconds @ .6 average G’s).

For greater off-road capability the Escape has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Sorento SX (7.9 vs. 7.1 inches), allowing the Escape to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The Escape’s minimum ground clearance is .4 inch higher than on the Sorento (7.9 vs. 7.5 inches).

Chassis Comparison

The Ford Escape may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 350 to 400 pounds less than the Kia Sorento.

The Escape is 5.4 inches shorter than the Sorento, making the Escape easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The front grille of the Escape (except 2.0L ECOBoost) uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Sorento doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Escape has .7 inches more front headroom and 1.8 inches more front legroom than the Sorento.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the Escape easier. The Escape’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 27.3 inches, while the Sorento’s liftover is 29.9 inches.

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for short adults or children, the Escape (except S) offers an optional power rear liftgate, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button, or on the Escape Titanium, by just kicking your foot under the back bumper, completely leaving your hands free. The Sorento doesn’t offer a power liftgate.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Escape offers a remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The driver can also remotely turn on the heater or air conditioner. The Sorento doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The power windows standard on both the Escape and the Sorento have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Escape is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The Sorento prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

The Escape SEL/Titanium’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Sorento’s passenger windows don’t open or close automatically.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Escape SE/SEL/Titanium’s exterior keypad. The Sorento doesn’t offer an exterior keypad entry system.

The Escape’s standard speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The Sorento’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted. The Escape SEL/Titanium’s optional wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield.

For greater rear passenger comfort, the Escape has standard rear a/c vents to keep rear occupants more comfortable. The Sorento LX doesn’t offer rear vents.

The Escape (except S) offers an optional 115-volt a/c outlet in the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters, which can break or get misplaced. The Sorento doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

The Escape SEL/Titanium’s optional Active Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Sorento doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Economic Advantages Comparison

The Escape will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. Kiplinger’s estimates that the Escape will retain a greater percentage of its original price after two and four years than the Sorento.



Four Year


32% to 34%

Two Year


47% to 50%

Recommendations Comparison

The Ford Escape outsold the Kia Sorento by over two to one during the 2012 model year.

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