i like both, although the escape has dated looks its rarity contributes to its undying appeal [for me..] hence when i see a clean and well kept escape around i can't just help but admire its simple beauty.
the sportage on the other hand looks very good also, i havent seen how the lx looks like.. pero basing from a sportage ex white i can say that the sportage and escape can go heads-on together with one of them not being behind another.. equal lang
both cars has a unique [and sometimes acquired] appeal, pero if the escape can be delivered to me first.. then i'd get it, if it's the sportage then so be it. although at vs. mt might be a deciding-factor for others so think about it as well
to be frank, though.. i somehow prefer the escape on this because it has more features, good looks and it's an at.. and it doesnt really look bare vs the sportage lx