2019 Ford Escape vs. 2019 Infiniti QX30

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

To help make backing safer, the Escape (except S)’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The QX30 doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

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 QX30 doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Compared to metal, the Escape’s plastic fuel tank can withstand harder, more intrusive impacts without leaking; this decreases the possibility of fire. The Infiniti QX30 has a metal gas tank.

Both the Escape and the QX30 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 collision warning systems, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and front and rear parking sensors.

Warranty

There are over 14 times as many Ford dealers as there are Infiniti dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Escape’s warranty.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Escape second among compact SUVs in their 2018 Initial Quality Study. The QX30 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 Infiniti vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford fifth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 11 more problems per 100 vehicles, Infiniti is ranked 14th.

Engine

The Escape Titanium’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 37 more horsepower (245 vs. 208) and 17 lbs.-ft. more torque (275 vs. 258) than the QX30’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Ford Escape uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended with the 1.5 turbo 4 cyl. engine for maximum performance). The QX30 requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Escape has 2.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the QX30 FWD’s standard fuel tank (15.7 vs. 13.2 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Escape has almost a gallon more fuel capacity than the QX30 AWD’s standard fuel tank (15.7 vs. 14.8 gallons).

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 QX30 doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Tires and Wheels

The Escape has a standard space-saver spare tire so you can replace a flat tire and drive to have the flat repaired or replaced. A spare tire isn’t available on the QX30; it requires you to depend on its run-flat tires, which limits mileage and speed before they are repaired. If a run-flat is damaged beyond repair by a road hazard your vehicle will have to be towed.

Suspension and Handling

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 QX30 doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

The Escape Titanium AWD handles at .85 G’s, while the QX30 Essential AWD pulls only .83 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

Chassis

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 QX30 doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

As tested by Car and Driver while at idle, the interior of the Escape Titanium is quieter than the QX30 Essential AWD (39 vs. 41 dB).

Passenger Space

The Escape has 9.9 cubic feet more passenger volume than the QX30 (98.7 vs. 88.8).

The Escape has 1.5 inches more front headroom, 1.8 inches more front legroom, 2.4 inches more front hip room, 1.1 inches more front shoulder room, 1.5 inches more rear headroom, 3.8 inches more rear legroom, 3.4 inches more rear hip room and 2.1 inches more rear shoulder room than the QX30.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Escape’s rear seats recline. The QX30’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

The Escape has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the QX30 with its rear seat up (34 vs. 19.2 cubic feet). The Escape has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the QX30 with its rear seat folded (68 vs. 34 cubic feet).

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for short adults, the Escape SEL/Titanium has a standard power liftgate, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button, or on the Escape Titanium, by just kicking your foot under the back bumper, completely leaving your hands free. The QX30 doesn’t offer a power liftgate.

Towing

The Escape has a 1500 lbs. towing capacity. The QX30 has no towing capacity.

Ergonomics

The Escape offers a remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The QX30 doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The power windows standard on both the Escape and the QX30 have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Escape is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The QX30 prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

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 QX30’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or 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 QX30 doesn’t offer an exterior keypad entry system, and its extra cost InTouch Services™ 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 QX30’s standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Escape has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the QX30 only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Escape has standard extendable sun visors. The QX30 doesn’t offer extendable visors.

On extremely cold winter days, the Escape Titanium’s standard heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The QX30 doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

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 QX30 doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the Escape owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Escape will cost $1455 to $3205 less than the QX30 over a five-year period.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Escape is less expensive to operate than the QX30 because typical repairs cost much less on the Escape than the QX30, including $523 less for a water pump, $378 less for a muffler, $25 less for front brake pads, $206 less for a starter, $277 less for fuel injection, $94 less for a fuel pump, $125 less for front struts, $88 less for a timing belt/chain and $651 less for a power steering pump.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Ford Escape will be $4053 to $4738 less than for the Infiniti QX30.

Recommendations

The Ford Escape outsold the Infiniti QX30 by almost 34 to one during 2018.

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