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Ford Escape vs. Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid

When comparing the Ford Escape to the Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid, the Ford Escape has the advantage in the areas of new vehicle base pricing, typical lower range of pricing for one- to five-year-old used cars, interior volume, overall quality score and base engine power. The Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid has the advantage in the area of fuel efficiency. Based on this comparison of the Ford Escape versus the Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid, the Ford Escape is a better car than the Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid.

Ford Escape versus Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid Pricing

A one- to five-year-old used Ford Escape ranges from $22,861 to $33,995 while a used Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid from the same model year range is priced between $26,081 to $37,000. For a new model, the Ford Escape's price is between $26,080 and $38,465, with the Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid priced between $30,762 and $38,426.

Ford Escape versus Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid Quality Rating

The iSeeCars Overall Quality rating for the Ford Escape is 7.8 out of 10 while the Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid's quality rating is 7.3 out of 10. This results in the Ford Escape being ranked 13 out of 24 Best Small SUVs and the Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid being ranked 4 out of 10 Best Plug-in Hybrid SUVs.

Engine Power and Fuel Efficiency Comparison

For engine performance, the Ford Escape’s base engine makes 181 horsepower, and the Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid base engine makes 139 horsepower. The Escape is rated to deliver an average of 30 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 503 miles. The Niro Plug-In Hybrid is rated to deliver an average of 46 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 528 miles. The Escape uses regular unleaded, and the Niro Plug-In Hybrid uses electricity, regular unleaded.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Ford Escape, a crossover/compact SUV, has the advantage of offering more interior volume, reflected in more front shoulder room, front leg room, rear head room, rear shoulder room, rear leg room, and trunk space. The Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid, a hybrid SUV, has the advantage in the area of front head room.

Hauling, Towing, and Off-Road Capabilities Comparison

The Ford Escape has the advantage of offering higher ground clearance, while the Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid has the advantage of offering higher payload capacity.

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2022 Ford Escape

2022 Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid

Pricing

New Asking Price:

$26,080 - $38,465

Used Asking Price:

$22,861 - $33,995

5-Year Depreciation (lower is better):

49.7%

Pricing

New Asking Price:

$30,762 - $38,426

Used Asking Price:

$26,081 - $37,000

5-Year Depreciation (lower is better):

48.6%

iSeeCars Scores & Rankings

Overall Score:

7.8 / 10

Reliability:

8.0 / 10

Retained Value:

6.5 / 10

Safety:

9.0 / 10

iSeeCars Scores & Rankings

Overall Score:

7.3 / 10

Reliability:

7.1 / 10

Retained Value:

7.6 / 10

Safety:

Not available

iSeeCars Rankings

6 / 24
6 / 24
13 / 24
14 / 61
15 / 61
25 / 61
38 / 61

iSeeCars Rankings

1 / 21
3 / 10
4 / 21
4 / 10
6 / 21

Summary Review

The Ford Escape is a compact five-person SUV with a smooth ride and efficient engine options. The current Escape was redesigned for the 2020 model year, with new models costing an average of $29,828 and 3-year-old models averaging $20,407.

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Summary Review

Not yet available

Pros and Cons

  • Roomy interior
  • Sharp handling with a smooth ride
  • Wide range of powertrains

  • Cheap interior materials
  • Top trims are too pricey
  • Small front seat cushions

Pros and Cons

Not yet available

Available Body Styles

SUV

Available Body Styles

SUV

Available Drivetrain Options

Gasoline

Available Drivetrain Options

Plug-In Hybrid

Trim Levels

Titanium, S, SEL, SE

Trim Levels

EX, LXS, EX Premium

Warranty Information

Warranty, Bumper-to-Bumper:

3 years / 36000 miles

Warranty, Powertrain

5 years / 60000 miles

Warranty, Roadside Assistance:

5 years / 60000 miles

Warranty Information

Warranty, Bumper-to-Bumper:

5 years / 60000 miles

Warranty, Powertrain

10 years / 100000 miles

Warranty, Roadside Assistance:

5 years / 60000 miles

Safety Ratings

NHTSA Safety Rating (last 5 year average):

5 out of 5 Stars

IIHS Safety Rating:

TOP SAFETY PICK

Safety Ratings

NHTSA Safety Rating (last 5 year average):

Not yet available

IIHS Safety Rating:

Not yet available

Base Drivetrain Specifications

Horsepower:

181 hp @ 6000 rpm

Torque:

190 foot-lbs @ 3000 rpm

Power-to-Weight Ratio (higher is better):

0.055 hp per pound

Towing Capacity:

Not yet available

Base Drivetrain Specifications

Horsepower:

139 hp @ 5700 rpm

Torque:

195 foot-lbs @ 4000 rpm

Power-to-Weight Ratio (higher is better):

0.041 hp per pound

Towing Capacity:

Not yet available

Engine Specifications

Engine Size:

1.5 liters

Engine Configuration:

Inline

Number of Cylinders:

3

Transmission:

Automatic

Standard/Optional Drivetrain Type:

FWD / AWD

EPA Fuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined MPG):

28 / 34 / 30

Range (city/hwy):

414 / 503 miles

Recommended Fuel Type:

Regular Unleaded

Engine Specifications

Engine Size:

1.6 liters

Engine Configuration:

Inline

Number of Cylinders:

4

Transmission:

Automatic

Standard/Optional Drivetrain Type:

FWD

EPA Fuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined MPG):

48 / 44 / 46

Range (city/hwy):

573 / 528 miles

Recommended Fuel Type:

Electricity, Regular Unleaded

Standard/Optional Features

Apple CarPlay:

Standard

Android Auto:

Standard

Wireless Smartphone Charging:

Available

Keyless Entry:

Standard

Keyless Ignition:

Standard

Adaptive Cruise Control:

Available

Heated Seats:

Available

Cooled/Ventilated Seats:

N/A

Leather Upholstery:

Available

Navigation System:

Available

Sunroof/Moonroof:

Available

Heated Steering Wheel:

Available

Standard/Optional Features

Apple CarPlay:

Standard

Android Auto:

Standard

Wireless Smartphone Charging:

Available

Keyless Entry:

Standard

Keyless Ignition:

Standard

Adaptive Cruise Control:

Available

Heated Seats:

Available

Cooled/Ventilated Seats:

Available

Leather Upholstery:

Available

Navigation System:

Available

Sunroof/Moonroof:

Available

Heated Steering Wheel:

Available

Safety Equipment

Forward Collision Warning:

Standard

Pedestrian Detection:

Standard

Lane Departure Warning:

Standard

Lane Keeping Assist:

Standard

Blind Spot Monitoring:

Standard

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert:

Standard

360-Degree Camera:

N/A

Rear Seat Reminder:

N/A

Driver Attention Monitoring:

Standard

Safety Equipment

Forward Collision Warning:

Standard

Pedestrian Detection:

Standard

Lane Departure Warning:

Standard

Lane Keeping Assist:

Standard

Blind Spot Monitoring:

Standard

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert:

Standard

360-Degree Camera:

N/A

Rear Seat Reminder:

Standard

Driver Attention Monitoring:

Standard

Interior Dimensions

Front Head Room:

40 inches

Front Leg Room:

42.4 inches

Front Shoulder Room:

57.6 inches

Rear Head Room:

39.3 inches

Rear Leg Room:

40.7 inches

Rear Shoulder Room:

56 inches

Cargo Space:

37.5 cubic feet

Cargo Space, 2nd-row seat folded down:

65.4 cubic feet

Overall Interior Volume:

141.5 cubic feet

Interior Dimensions

Front Head Room:

40.1 inches

Front Leg Room:

41.7 inches

Front Shoulder Room:

56 inches

Rear Head Room:

39.1 inches

Rear Leg Room:

37.4 inches

Rear Shoulder Room:

55.2 inches

Cargo Space:

19.4 cubic feet

Cargo Space, 2nd-row seat folded down:

54.5 cubic feet

Overall Interior Volume:

120.3 cubic feet

Exterior Dimensions

Curb Weight:

3302 lbs

Width:

85.6 inches

Height:

66.1 inches

Length:

180.5 inches

Wheelbase:

106.7 inches

Ground Clearance:

6.8 inches

Exterior Dimensions

Curb Weight:

3391 lbs

Width:

71.1 inches

Height:

60.8 inches

Length:

171.5 inches

Wheelbase:

106.3 inches

Ground Clearance:

6.3 inches

Standard Wheel/Tire Information

Wheel Size:

17.0 inches

Wheel Type:

steel

Tire Size:

225/65R17

Standard Wheel/Tire Information

Wheel Size:

16.0 x 6.5 inches

Wheel Type:

alloy

Tire Size:

P205/60R16