North Georgia Ford Compares 2018 Ford Escape VS 2018 Kia Soul Near Chatsworth, GA

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2018 Ford Escape

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2018 Kia Soul

Safety Comparison

The Escape offers all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The Soul doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.

The Escape SE/SEL/Titanium’s optional driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Soul doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Compared to metal, the Escape’s plastic fuel tank can withstand harder, more intrusive impacts without leaking; this decreases the possibility of fire. The Kia Soul has a metal gas tank.

Both the Escape and the Soul 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, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, available collision warning systems, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

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 Soul:

 

Escape

Soul

 

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

 

Passenger

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

Chest Compression

.4 inches

.4 inches

Neck Compression

106 lbs.

172 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, results indicate that the Ford Escape is safer than the Kia Soul:

 

Escape

Soul

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest Movement

.4 inches

.8 inches

Abdominal Force

96 G’s

190 G’s

Hip Force

351 lbs.

377 lbs.

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

54 G’s

79 G’s

Hip Force

649 lbs.

727 lbs.

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

The Ford Escape has a better fatality history. The Escape was involved in fatal accidents at a rate 56.8% lower per vehicle registered than the Soul, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Warranty Comparison

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

There are almost 4 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.

Engine Comparison

The Escape has more powerful engines than the Soul:

 

Horsepower

Torque

Escape 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

168 HP

170 lbs.-ft.

Escape 1.5 turbo 4 cyl.

179 HP

177 lbs.-ft.

Escape Titanium 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

245 HP

275 lbs.-ft.

Soul 1.6 DOHC 4 cyl.

130 HP

118 lbs.-ft.

Soul + 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

161 HP

150 lbs.-ft.

Soul ! 1.6 turbo 4 cyl.

201 HP

195 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Motor Trend the Escape 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. is faster than the Soul + 2.0 4 cyl. (automatics tested):

 

Escape

Soul

Zero to 60 MPH

6.8 sec

8.6 sec

Quarter Mile

15.2 sec

16.6 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

88.8 MPH

84.3 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

The Escape has 1.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the Soul (15.7 vs. 14.2 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

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 Soul doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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

 

Escape

Escape EcoBoost

Soul

Soul !

Front Rotors

11.8 inches

12.6 inches

11 inches

12 inches

Rear Rotors

11 inches

11 inches

10.3 inches

10.3 inches

The Escape stops shorter than the Soul:

 

Escape

Soul

 

60 to 0 MPH

112 feet

116 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Escape has larger tires than the Soul (235/55R17 vs. 205/60R16).

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 Soul’s standard 60 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Escape has standard 17-inch wheels. Smaller 16-inch wheels are standard on the Soul. The Escape’s optional 19-inch wheels are larger than the 18-inch wheels on the Soul !.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For superior ride and handling, the Ford Escape has fully independent front and rear suspensions. An independent suspension allows the wheels to follow the road at the best angle for gripping the pavement, without compromising ride comfort. The Kia Soul has a rear torsion beam axle, with a semi-independent rear suspension.

The Escape has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Escape flat and controlled during cornering. The Soul’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

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 Soul doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Escape’s wheelbase is 4.7 inches longer than on the Soul (105.9 inches vs. 101.2 inches).

The Escape Titanium AWD handles at .85 G’s, while the Soul + pulls only .78 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Escape Titanium AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Soul ! (27.3 seconds @ .6 average G’s vs. 28.1 seconds @ .62 average G’s).

Chassis Comparison

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 Soul doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

As tested by Car and Driver while under full throttle, the interior of the Escape Titanium is quieter than the Soul ! (75 vs. 77 dB).

Passenger Space Comparison

The Escape has .3 inches more front headroom, 2.2 inches more front legroom, 1.3 inches more front hip room, .4 inches more front shoulder room, 3.1 inches more rear hip room and .5 inches more rear shoulder room than the Soul.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Escape’s rear seats recline. The Soul’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Escape has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the Soul with its rear seat up (34 vs. 24.2 cubic feet). The Escape has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the Soul with its rear seat folded (68 vs. 61.3 cubic feet).

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 Soul’s liftover is 31.1 inches.

The Escape’s cargo area is larger than the Soul’s in almost every dimension:

 

Escape

Soul

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

33.6”/67”

25”/58.3”

Max Width

45.6”

50”

Min Width

40.4”

40.5”

Height

34.5”

31.5”

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for short adults, the Escape SEL/Titanium has a standard power cargo door, 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 Soul doesn’t offer a power cargo door.

Ergonomics Comparison

When three different drivers share the Escape (except S), the optional memory seats and mirrors make it convenient for all three. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position and outside mirror angle. The Soul doesn’t offer a memory system.

The Escape (except S)’s optional easy entry system glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Soul doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The Escape SE/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 Soul +/!’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them fully.

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 Soul 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 Soul’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted. The Escape SE/SEL/Titanium’s optional wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield.

The Escape has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. When the ignition turns off, the headlights turn off after a delay timed to allow you to securely get to your front door. The Soul only offers an automatic headlight on/off feature as an extra cost option.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the Escape SE/SEL/Titanium detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Soul doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

The Escape SE/SEL/Titanium’s standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. The Soul doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

Both the Escape and the Soul offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the Escape has standard rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The Soul doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

The Escape Titanium has a 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The Soul doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

The Escape Titanium’s 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 Soul doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Escape owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Escape will cost $30 to $1015 less than the Soul over a five-year period.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Escape is less expensive to operate than the Soul because it costs $99 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Escape than the Soul, including $92 less for a water pump, $125 less for an alternator, $202 less for a starter, $119 less for fuel injection, $94 less for front struts and $67 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations Comparison

The Ford Escape has won recognition from these important consumer publications:

 

Escape

Soul

Consumer Reports® Recommends

TRUE

TRUE

Car Book “Best Bet”

TRUE

TRUE

The Ford Escape outsold the Kia Soul by over two to one during the 2016 model year.

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