2019 Ford Escape vs. 2019 Chevrolet Equinox

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

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

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

Reliability

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the Escape’s reliability 25 points higher than the Equinox.

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

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’ April 2018 Auto Issue reports that Ford vehicles are more reliable than Chevrolet vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Ford 3 places higher in reliability than Chevrolet.

Engine

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

Brakes and Stopping

The Escape stops much shorter than the Equinox:

 

Escape

Equinox

 

70 to 0 MPH

173 feet

182 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

112 feet

127 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

139 feet

145 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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

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 LT AWD pulls only .77 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Escape Titanium AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Equinox LT AWD (27.3 seconds @ .6 average G’s vs. 28 seconds @ .61 average G’s).

Chassis

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

As tested by Car and Driver while at idle, the interior of the Escape Titanium is quieter than the Equinox LT AWD (39 vs. 43 dB).

Passenger Space

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

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

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.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) conducts detailed tests on headlights for their range both straight ahead and in curves and to be certain they don’t exceed acceptable amounts of glare to oncoming drivers. The Escape’s available headlights were rated “Acceptable” by the IIHS, while the Equinox’s headlights are rated “Marginal.”

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

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 Equinox 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 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 $256 less for a water pump, $708 less for a muffler, $159 less for front brake pads, $220 less for a starter, $364 less for fuel injection, $357 less for a fuel pump and $100 less for a timing belt/chain.

Recommendations

The Ford Escape outsold the Chevrolet Equinox by 6% during 2017.

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