2019 Ford Escape vs. 2019 Lexus UX Series

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the Escape and the UX Series 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, 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, rear cross-path warning and driver alert monitors.

Warranty

There are almost 13 times as many Ford dealers as there are Lexus 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 UX Series 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 Lexus vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford fifth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 3 more problems per 100 vehicles, Lexus is ranked 8th.

Engine

The Escape has more powerful engines than the UX Series:

 

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.

UX 200 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

169 HP

151 lbs.-ft.

UX 250h 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid

181 HP

n/a

Fuel Economy and Range

The Escape has 5.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the UX Series Hybrid’s standard fuel tank (15.7 vs. 10.6 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Escape has 3.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the UX Series’ standard fuel tank (15.7 vs. 12.4 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 UX Series doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping

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

 

Escape EcoBoost

UX Series

Front Rotors

12.6 inches

12 inches

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Escape has larger tires than the UX Series (235/55R17 vs. 225/50R18).

The Escape’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the UX Series’ 50 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Escape offers optional 19-inch wheels. The UX Series’ largest wheels are only 18-inches.

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 UX Series; 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 has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The UX Series’ suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Escape’s wheelbase is 2 inches longer than on the UX Series (105.9 inches vs. 103.9 inches).

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 UX Series doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space

The Escape has 8.3 cubic feet more passenger volume than the UX Series (98.7 vs. 90.4).

The Escape has 2.7 inches more front headroom, 1 inch more front legroom, .7 inches more front hip room, .8 inches more front shoulder room, 2.7 inches more rear headroom, 4.2 inches more rear legroom, .1 inches more rear hip room and 2.3 inches more rear shoulder room than the UX Series.

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

Cargo Capacity

The Escape has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the UX Series (34 vs. 21.7 cubic feet).

Towing

The Escape has a 1500 lbs. towing capacity. The UX Series has no towing capacity.

Ergonomics

The power windows standard on both the Escape and the UX Series 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 UX Series prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

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 UX Series doesn’t offer an exterior keypad entry system.

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 UX Series’ standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

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 UX Series 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 UX Series doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Recommendations

The Ford Escape outsold the Lexus UX Series by almost 601 to one during 2018.

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