2019 Ford Escape vs. 2019 Chevrolet Blazer

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

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 Blazer doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Escape and the Blazer have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee 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

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

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Escape second among compact SUVs in their 2018 Initial Quality Study. The Blazer isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 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 fifth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 1 more problems per 100 vehicles, Chevrolet is ranked 6th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Ford vehicles are more reliable than Chevrolet vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Ford 5 places higher in reliability than Chevrolet.

Engine

The Escape Titanium’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 6 lbs.-ft. more torque (275 vs. 269) than the Blazer’s optional 3.6 DOHC V6.

Fuel Economy and Range

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

 

 

Escape

Blazer

 

2WD

2.5 4 cyl./Auto

21 city/29 hwy

22 city/27 hwy

 

 

1.5 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

23 city/30 hwy

n/a

 

 

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

22 city/28 hwy

20 city/26 hwy

V6/Auto

4WD

1.5 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

22 city/28 hwy

n/a

 

 

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

21 city/27 hwy

18 city/25 hwy

V6/Auto

Tires and Wheels

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 Blazer’s standard 65 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

The Escape has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Blazer’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

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 Blazer doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

Chassis

The Ford Escape may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 300 to 550 pounds less than the Chevrolet Blazer.

The Escape is 1 foot, 1.3 inches shorter than the Blazer, making the Escape easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

The Escape has .1 inches more front headroom, 2.1 inches more front legroom and .4 inches more rear headroom than the Blazer.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Escape’s rear seats recline. The Blazer’s rear seats don’t recline.

The front step up height for the Escape is 1.7 inches lower than the Blazer (16.8” vs. 18.5”). The Escape’s rear step up height is 1.9 inches lower than the Blazer’s (17.5” vs. 19.4”).

Cargo Capacity

The Escape has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Blazer with its rear seat up (34 vs. 30.5 cubic feet). The Escape has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Blazer with its rear seat folded (68 vs. 64.2 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 Blazer’s liftover is 30.4 inches.

Ergonomics

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

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 Blazer 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.

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 Blazer’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.

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 Blazer doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

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