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2021 Ford Escape vs. 2020 Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid Review

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2021 Ford
Escape

MSRP*: $25,555 to $36,455
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2020 Kia
Niro Plug-In Hybrid

MSRP*: $29,490 to $36,390
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Invoice* $24,788 to $34,997 $28,604 to $35,299
MPG - City 23 - 44 MPG Info not available
MPG - Hwy 31 - 37 MPG Info not available
Seating Capacity 5 seats 5 seats
Cargo Space 60.8 - 65.4 ft3 54.5 ft3
Engine I-3, Inline-4 Inline-4
Transmission Automatic, Continuously Variable Manual
Drivetrain All-wheel, Front-wheel Front-wheel
Horsepower 165 - 250 hp 104 hp
Towing Capacity 1,500 - 3,500 lbs Info not available
Exterior Length 180.5 - 181.3 in 171.5 in
Exterior Width 74.1 in 71.1 in
Leg Room Front 42.4 in
Rear 38.9 - 40.7 in
Front 41.7 in
Rear 37.4 in
Head Room Front 40.0 in
Rear 39.3 in
Front 40.1 in
Rear 39.1 in
Basic Warranty 3 years/36,000 miles 5 years/60,000 miles
Overall Safety Rating** ***** Info not available
Frontal Crash Rating** ***** Info not available
Side Crash Rating** ***** Info not available

**Vehicle crash and safety data is provided by NHTSA, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The NHTSA testing was established by Congress to reduce highway deaths and injuries.

*MSRP and Invoice prices displayed are for educational purposes only, do not reflect the actual selling price of a particular vehicle, and do not include applicable gas taxes or destination charges.

Comparison Review

Comfort
Rear passengers will be able to stretch out a lot more in the Ford Escape than in the Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid. As far as headroom and legroom go, there's not much difference between front seat comfort in the Ford Escape and the Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid.

Cost
There are a lot of factors to consider when calculating the overall cost of a vehicle. The main consideration is Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). When looking only at MSRP, the Ford Escape will have less of an impact on your bank account than the Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid. Another consideration is the Destination Charge, which is a standard charge for transporting the vehicle to the dealer from where it's built. The Ford Escape will cost more in terms of transportation costs than the Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid.

Dimensions
Since the Ford Escape is much wider than the Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid, finding a wide enough spot in a parking lot may be a bit more challenging. For some people, bigger is better. If that's the case for you, then you'll be happier with the Ford Escape, which is slightly longer than the Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid.

Handling
The Ford Escape has a larger turning radius than the Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid, making it slightly more difficult to maneuver in and out of tight spots.

Performance
When it comes to horsepower, the Ford Escape greatly out-muscles the Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid.

Powertrain
Due to its much higher torque, the Ford Escape does a much better job of transmitting its engine's horsepower to its wheels than the Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid.

Utility
In terms of seating, you'll be able to fit about the same number of people in both the Ford Escape and the Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid. The Ford Escape has a roomier cargo area for putting your bags or other items than the Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid.

Warranty
The basic warranty of the Ford Escape is not as nearly as extensive as that of the Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid.