2019 Cadillac XT4 vs. 2019 Ford Escape

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

For enhanced safety, the front shoulder belts of the Cadillac XT4 are height-adjustable, and the rear seat shoulder belts have child comfort guides to move the belt to properly fit children. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages children to buckle up. The Ford Escape has only front height-adjustable seat belts.

In the past twenty years hundreds of infants and young children have died after being left in vehicles, usually by accident. When turning the vehicle off, drivers of the XT4 are reminded to check the back seat if they opened the rear door before starting out. The Escape doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.

The XT4 Premium/Sport offers optional Forward Automatic 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 Escape offers an available collision warning system without the automated brake feature that would prevent or reduce the collision if the driver fails to react.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The XT4 Premium/Sport offers optional Reverse Automatic Braking that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The Escape doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

The XT4 Premium/Sport offers an optional Surround Vision to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Escape only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that flash a light and beep. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

Both the XT4 and the Escape 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, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

The XT4 comes with a full 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Escape’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.

Cadillac’s powertrain warranty covers the XT4 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Ford covers the Escape. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 6 years or 70,000 miles. Coverage on the Escape ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.

The XT4’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the Escape’s (6 vs. 5 years).

Cadillac pays for the first scheduled maintenance on the XT4. Cadillac will pay for an oil change, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Ford doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Escape.

Engine

The XT4’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 69 more horsepower (237 vs. 168) and 88 lbs.-ft. more torque (258 vs. 170) than the Escape’s standard 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. The XT4’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 58 more horsepower (237 vs. 179) and 81 lbs.-ft. more torque (258 vs. 177) than the Escape’s optional 1.5 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Cadillac XT4 is faster than the Ford Escape:

 

XT4

Escape 4 cyl.

Escape 1.5 turbo

Zero to 60 MPH

7.4 sec

9.1 sec

9.6 sec

Quarter Mile

15.7 sec

16.9 sec

17.1 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

89.8 MPH

80.9 MPH

78.6 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the XT4 gets better fuel mileage than the Escape:

 

 

 

MPG

XT4

 

FWD

2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

24 city/30 hwy

 

AWD

2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

22 city/29 hwy

Escape

 

FWD

2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

21 city/29 hwy

 

 

1.5 turbo 4 cyl.

23 city/30 hwy

 

 

2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

22 city/28 hwy

 

AWD

1.5 turbo 4 cyl.

22 city/28 hwy

 

 

2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

21 city/27 hwy

An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the XT4’s fuel efficiency. The Escape doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

Transmission

A nine-speed automatic is standard on the Cadillac XT4, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a six-speed automatic is available for the Escape.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the XT4’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Escape:

 

XT4

Escape

Front Rotors

12.6 inches

11.8 inches

Rear Rotors

12.4 inches

11 inches

The XT4’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Escape are solid, not vented.

The XT4 stops much shorter than the Escape:

 

XT4

Escape

 

70 to 0 MPH

172 feet

184 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

118 feet

126 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the XT4 Premium/Sport’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Escape (245/45R20 vs. 235/55R17).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the XT4 has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Escape. The XT4 Premium/Sport’s optional 20-inch wheels are larger than the 19-inch wheels optional on the Escape.

The XT4 has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The Escape doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling

The XT4 offers an available driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads or off-road. The Escape’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the XT4’s wheelbase is 3.5 inches longer than on the Escape (109.4 inches vs. 105.9 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the XT4 is 1.7 inches wider in the front and 1.5 inches wider in the rear than on the Escape.

The XT4 Sport AWD handles at .89 G’s, while the Escape Titanium AWD pulls only .85 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The XT4 Sport AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2 seconds quicker than the Escape SE (26.3 seconds @ .66 average G’s vs. 28.3 seconds @ .55 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the XT4’s turning circle is .7 feet tighter than the Escape’s (38 feet vs. 38.7 feet).

Chassis

The XT4 uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Escape doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the XT4 Sport AWD is quieter than the Escape Titanium AWD:

 

XT4

Escape

At idle

39 dB

42 dB

70 MPH Cruising

67 dB

70 dB

Passenger Space

The XT4 has 2.3 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Escape (101 vs. 98.7).

The XT4 has 1.1 inches more front shoulder room and 2.2 inches more rear legroom than the Escape.

Cargo Capacity

A standard locking glovebox keeps your small valuables safer in the XT4. The Escape doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Towing

The XT4’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Escape’s (2500 vs. 1500 pounds).

Servicing Ease

The XT4 uses gas struts to support the hood for easier service access. The Escape uses a prop rod to support its heavy hood. It takes two hands to open the hood and set the prop rod, the prop rod gets in the way during maintenance and service, and the prop rod could be knocked out, causing the heavy hood to fall on the person maintaining or servicing the car.

J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Cadillac service is better than Ford. J.D. Power ranks Cadillac third in service department satisfaction. With a 60% lower rating, Ford is ranked 24th.

Ergonomics

The XT4 Premium/Sport offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Escape doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The XT4’s front and rear power windows all open fully with one touch of the switches and its front windows also automatically close, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Escape’s standard power window switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully. Only its driver’s window opens automatically.

On a hot day the XT4’s driver can lower all the windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Escape can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the XT4 (except Luxury) offers optional cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The Escape doesn’t offer cornering lights.

The XT4’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Heated mirrors cost extra on the Escape and aren’t offered on the Escape S.

When the XT4 Premium/Sport is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The Escape’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

The XT4 Premium/Sport has standard automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Escape offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

Both the XT4 and the Escape offer available heated front seats. The XT4 also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the Escape.

Optional air-conditioned seats in the XT4 Premium/Sport keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The Escape doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

The XT4 has a 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. Dual zone air conditioning is only available on the Escape SE/SEL/Titanium.

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