Greene Ford Compares 2018 Ford Escape VS 2018 Hyundai Tucson Near Buford, GA

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2018 Ford Escape

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2018 Hyundai Tucson

Safety Comparison

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 Tucson doesn’t offer a front parking aid.

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 Tucson doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Escape and the Tucson 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, 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 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 Hyundai Tucson:

 

Escape

Tucson

 

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

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 and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Ford Escape is safer than the Hyundai Tucson:

 

Escape

Tucson

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest Movement

.4 inches

.8 inches

Abdominal Force

96 G’s

107 G’s

Hip Force

351 lbs.

356 lbs.

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

54 G’s

55 G’s

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Spine Acceleration

44 G’s

48 G’s

Hip Force

707 lbs.

1028 lbs.

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

Warranty Comparison

There are almost 4 times as many Ford dealers as there are Hyundai dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Escape’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Escape second among compact SUVs in their 2017 Initial Quality Study. The Tucson 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 Hyundai vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford fourth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 2 more problems per 100 vehicles, Hyundai is ranked 6th.

Engine Comparison

The Escape has more powerful engines than the Tucson:

 

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.

Tucson SE 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

164 HP

151 lbs.-ft.

Tucson Eco/Sport/Limited 1.6 turbo 4 cyl.

175 HP

195 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Motor Trend the Ford Escape 4 cyl. is faster than the Tucson SE:

 

Escape

Tucson

Zero to 60 MPH

9.1 sec

9.7 sec

Quarter Mile

16.9 sec

17.2 sec

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 Tucson doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

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

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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

 

Escape EcoBoost

Tucson

Front Rotors

12.6 inches

12 inches

The Escape stops much shorter than the Tucson:

 

Escape

Tucson

 

60 to 0 MPH

112 feet

128 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

139 feet

142 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Escape has larger tires than the Tucson (235/55R17 vs. 225/60R17).

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 Tucson SE/Eco’s standard 60 series tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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 Tucson doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

The Escape Titanium AWD handles at .85 G’s, while the Tucson Limited AWD pulls only .81 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 Tucson SE (27.3 seconds @ .6 average G’s vs. 27.9 seconds @ .6 average G’s).

For greater off-road capability the Escape has a 1.4 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Tucson (7.8 vs. 6.4 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 Tucson doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Escape has .3 inches more front headroom, 1.6 inches more front legroom and .1 inches more rear shoulder room than the Tucson.

The front step up height for the Escape is 2.2 inches lower than the Tucson (16.8” vs. 19”). The Escape’s rear step up height is 2.5 inches lower than the Tucson’s (17.5” vs. 20”).

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Escape has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the Tucson with its rear seat up (34 vs. 31 cubic feet). The Escape has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the Tucson with its rear seat folded (68 vs. 61.9 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 Tucson’s liftover is 29.3 inches.

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

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 Tucson’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.

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 Tucson doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

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

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 Tucson doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

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 Tucson 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 Tucson doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Escape owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Escape with a number “5” insurance rate while the Tucson is rated higher at a number “8” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Escape is less expensive to operate than the Tucson because it costs $117 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Escape than the Tucson, including $207 less for a water pump, $267 less for an alternator, $144 less for a starter, $49 less for fuel injection and $44 less for front struts.

Recommendations Comparison

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

 

Escape

Tucson

Consumer Reports® Recommends

TRUE

TRUE

Car Book “Best Bet”

TRUE

FALSE

The Ford Escape outsold the Hyundai Tucson by almost four to one during the 2016 model year.

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