Greene Ford Compares 2017 Ford Escape VS 2016 Chevrolet Trax Near Cleveland, GA

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2017 Ford Escape

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2016 Chevrolet Trax

Safety Comparison

The Escape Titanium offers optional Active Braking, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The Trax doesn't offer collision warning or crash mitigation brakes.

The Escape Titanium’s optional lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane and gently nudges the vehicle back towards its lane. The Trax doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The Escape (except S) offers optional parking sensors to help warn the driver about vehicles, pedestrians or other obstacles behind or, optionally, in front of the vehicle. The Trax doesn’t offer a front parking aid.

The Escape (except S)’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 Trax doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

To help make backing safer, the Escape (except S)’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 Trax doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

The Escape 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 Trax doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Escape and the Trax have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee 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, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights and rearview cameras.

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 Chevrolet Trax:

Escape

Trax

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest Movement

.4 inches

.7 inches

Abdominal Force

96 G’s

120 G’s

Hip Force

351 lbs.

388 lbs.

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Hip Force

649 lbs.

672 lbs.

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

357

382

Spine Acceleration

44 G’s

46 G’s

Hip Force

707 lbs.

707 lbs.

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

Warranty Comparison

The Escape’s corrosion warranty is unlimited miles longer than the Trax’s (unlimited vs. 100,000 miles).

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Escape first among compact SUVs in their 2015 Initial Quality Study. The Trax isn’t in the top three in its category.

Engine Comparison

The Escape’s standard 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 30 more horsepower (168 vs. 138) and 22 lbs.-ft. more torque (170 vs. 148) than the Trax’s 1.4 turbo 4 cyl. The Escape’s optional 1.5 turbo 4 cyl. produces 41 more horsepower (179 vs. 138) and 29 lbs.-ft. more torque (177 vs. 148) than the Trax’s 1.4 turbo 4 cyl. The Escape’s optional 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 107 more horsepower (245 vs. 138) and 127 lbs.-ft. more torque (275 vs. 148) than the Trax’s 1.4 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Ford Escape EcoBoost is faster than the Chevrolet Trax:

Escape 1.6

Escape 2.0

Trax

Zero to 30 MPH

2.6 sec

n/a

3.2 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

8.9 sec

6.8 sec

10.1 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

15.5 sec

n/a

18.5 sec

Passing 45 to 65 MPH

5.2 sec

n/a

5.8 sec

Quarter Mile

16.7 sec

15.2 sec

17.5 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

82.4 MPH

88.8 MPH

78.2 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Escape EcoBoost’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Trax doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The Escape has 1.7 gallons more fuel capacity than the Trax (15.7 vs. 14 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 Trax doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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

Escape EcoBoost

Trax

Front Rotors

12.6 inches

11.8 inches

Rear Rotors

11 inches

9” drums

Opt Rear Rotors

 

10.6 inches

The Ford Escape has standard four-wheel disc brakes for better stopping power and improved directional control in poor weather. Rear drums are standard on the Trax. Drums can heat up and make stops longer, especially with antilock brakes which work much harder than conventional brakes.

The Escape stops shorter than the Trax:

Escape

Trax

60 to 0 MPH

116 feet

119 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

139 feet

141 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Escape has larger tires than the Trax (235/55R17 vs. 205/70R16). The Escape’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Trax (235/55R17 vs. 215/55R18).

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 Trax’s standard 70 series tires. The Escape’s optional tires have a lower 45 series profile than the Trax LTZ’s 55 series tires.

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

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 Chevrolet Trax 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 Trax’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 Trax doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Escape’s wheelbase is 5.3 inches longer than on the Trax (105.9 inches vs. 100.6 inches).

The Escape’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (57.5% to 42.5%) than the Trax’s (60.7% to 39.3%). This gives the Escape more stable handling and braking.

The Escape Titanium AWD handles at .81 G’s, while the Trax LT AWD pulls only .72 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Escape Titanium AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.9 seconds quicker than the Trax LT AWD (27.3 seconds @ .6 average G’s vs. 29.2 seconds @ .56 average G’s).

For greater off-road capability the Escape has a 1.6 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Trax (7.8 vs. 6.2 inches), allowing the Escape to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

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 Trax doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Escape Titanium AWD is quieter than the Trax LT AWD:

Escape

Trax

At idle

39 dB

42 dB

Full-Throttle

76 dB

78 dB

70 MPH Cruising

71 dB

71 dB

Passenger Space Comparison

The Escape has 5.9 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Trax (98.7 vs. 92.8).

The Escape has .3 inches more front headroom, 2.3 inches more front legroom, 2.8 inches more front hip room, 1.8 inches more front shoulder room, .2 inches more rear headroom, 1.6 inches more rear legroom, 1.7 inches more rear hip room and 2.4 inches more rear shoulder room than the Trax.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Escape SE/Titanium’s rear seats recline. The Trax’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Escape has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the Trax with its rear seat up (34 vs. 18.7 cubic feet). The Escape has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the Trax with its rear seat folded (68 vs. 48.4 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 Trax’s liftover is 28.8 inches.

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

Escape

Trax

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

33.6”/67”

29.3”/57”

Max Width

45.6”

39.5”

Min Width

40.4”

36”

Height

34.5”

31.8”

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Escape’s cargo door can be opened just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The Escape also (except S) offers an optional power cargo door, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button or just by kicking your foot under the back bumper. The Trax doesn’t offer a power or hands-free opening cargo door.

Ergonomics Comparison

When three different drivers share the Escape Titanium, the 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 Trax doesn’t offer a memory system.

The Escape Titanium’s standard 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 Trax doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The Escape’s optional 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 Trax’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/Titanium’s exterior keypad. The Trax doesn’t offer an exterior keypad entry system, and its OnStar ® can’t unlock the doors if the vehicle doesn’t have cell phone reception or the driver can’t contact the service.

Intelligent Access standard on the Escape Titanium allows you to unlock the driver’s door, cargo door and start the engine all without removing a key from pocket or purse. This eliminates searching for keys before loading groceries, getting in the vehicle in bad weather or making a hurried start to your trip. The Chevrolet Trax doesn’t offer an advanced key 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 Trax’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted. The Escape Titanium’s optional wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield.

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

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Escape has standard extendable sun visors. The Trax doesn’t offer extendable visors.

On extremely cold Winter days, the Escape Titanium’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The Trax doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

The Escape SE/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 Trax doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

The Escape SE/Titanium’s standard automatic temperature control maintains the temperature you set, automatically controlling fan speed, vents and temperature to maintain a consistent, comfortable environment. The Trax doesn’t offer automatic air conditioning.

Both the Escape and the Trax 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 Trax doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Escape Titanium offers an optional Adaptive Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The Trax doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

The Escape SE/Titanium’s available GPS navigation system has a real-time traffic update feature that plots alternative routes to automatically bypass traffic problems. (Service not available in all areas.) The Trax’s available navigation system doesn’t offer real-time traffic updates.

With standard voice command, the Escape offers the driver hands free control of the radio and the navigation computer by simply speaking. The Trax doesn’t offer a voice control system.

The Escape 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 Trax 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 $445 less than the Trax over a five-year period.

The Escape will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The Intellichoice estimates that the Escape will retain 45.64% to 48.88% of its original price after five years, while the Trax only retains 43.27% to 43.8%.

Recommendations Comparison

The Car Book by Jack Gillis recommends the Ford Escape, based on economy, maintenance, safety and complaint levels.

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