Greene Ford Compares 2018 Ford Escape VS 2018 Chevrolet Equinox Near Buford, GA

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2018 Ford Escape

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2018 Chevrolet Equinox

Safety Comparison

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Ford Escape are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Chevrolet Equinox doesn’t offer height-adjustable front seat belts.

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 Equinox doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Escape and the Equinox have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras, available collision warning systems, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, front and rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty Comparison

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

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Escape second among compact SUVs in their 2017 Initial Quality Study. The Equinox isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2017 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Ford vehicles are better in initial quality than Chevrolet vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford fourth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 2 more problems per 100 vehicles, Chevrolet is ranked 6th.

Engine Comparison

The Escape has more powerful engines than the Equinox:

 

Torque

Escape 1.5 turbo 4 cyl.

177 lbs.-ft.

Escape Titanium 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

275 lbs.-ft.

Equinox 1.5 turbo 4 cyl.

203 lbs.-ft.

Equinox 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

260 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Motor Trend the Ford Escape 4 cyl. is faster than the Chevrolet Equinox 1.5 turbo 4 cyl.:

 

Escape

Equinox

Zero to 60 MPH

9.1 sec

9.2 sec

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

The Escape has almost a gallon more fuel capacity than the Equinox FWD’s standard fuel tank (15.7 vs. 14.8 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 Equinox doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Escape stops shorter than the Equinox:

 

Escape

Equinox

 

60 to 0 MPH

112 feet

119 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

139 feet

145 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Escape has larger tires than the Equinox (235/55R17 vs. 225/65R17).

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 Equinox’s standard 65 series tires. The Escape’s optional tires have a lower 45 series profile than the Equinox Premier’s optional 50 series tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Escape has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Escape flat and controlled during cornering. The Equinox’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 Equinox doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

The Escape Titanium AWD handles at .85 G’s, while the Equinox Premier pulls only .83 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Escape Titanium AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Equinox Premier (27.3 seconds @ .6 average G’s vs. 27.7 seconds @ .61 average G’s).

Chassis Comparison

The Escape is 5 inches shorter than the Equinox, making the Escape easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Escape has 2.2 inches more front legroom, .3 inches more front hip room, .5 inches more rear headroom and .7 inches more rear hip room than the Equinox.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Escape has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the Equinox with its rear seat up (34 vs. 29.9 cubic feet). The Escape has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the Equinox with its rear seat folded (68 vs. 63.5 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 Equinox’s liftover is 28.6 inches.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Escape SE/SEL/Titanium’s front and rear power windows all open or close with one touch of the switches. The Equinox’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully.

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 Equinox’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.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Escape SE/SEL/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 Equinox doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

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 Equinox doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Escape is less expensive to operate than the Equinox because it costs $423 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Escape than the Equinox, including $406 less for a water pump, $323 less for an alternator, $146 less for front brake pads, $146 less for a starter, $191 less for fuel injection, $501 less for a fuel pump and $23 less for front struts.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Ford Escape will be $583 to $1703 less than for the Chevrolet Equinox.

Recommendations Comparison

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

 

Escape

Equinox

Consumer Reports® Recommends

TRUE

TRUE

Car Book “Best Bet”

TRUE

FALSE

The Ford Escape outsold the Chevrolet Equinox by 30% during the 2016 model year.

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