2020 Chevrolet Blazer vs. 2019 Ford Escape

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front shoulder belts of the Chevrolet Blazer 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 Blazer 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 Blazer RS/Premier offers optional Automatic Emergency 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.

The Blazer LT/RS/Premier offers an optional HD 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 Blazer 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, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras, available lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

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

Reliability

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J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are more reliable than Ford vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet fourth in reliability, above the industry average. With 31 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ford is ranked 16th.

Engine

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The Blazer has more powerful engines than the Escape:

Horsepower

Torque

Blazer 2.5 DOHC 4-cylinder

193 HP

188 lbs.-ft.

Blazer 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder

230 HP

258 lbs.-ft.

Blazer 3.6 DOHC V6

308 HP

270 lbs.-ft.

Escape 2.5 DOHC 4-cylinder

168 HP

170 lbs.-ft.

Escape 1.5 turbo 4-cylinder

179 HP

177 lbs.-ft.

Escape Titanium 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder

245 HP

275 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Car and Driver the Chevrolet Blazer 2.5 4-cylinder is faster than the Ford Escape 1.5 turbo 4-cylinder:

Blazer

Escape

Zero to 60 MPH

8.1 sec

9.2 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

24.2 sec

36.2 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

8.3 sec

9.7 sec

Quarter Mile

16.3 sec

16.9 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

85 MPH

81 MPH

Top Speed

120 MPH

114 MPH

As tested in Consumer Reports the Chevrolet Blazer V6 is faster than the Escape Titanium 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder:

Blazer

Escape

Zero to 30 MPH

2.7 sec

2.9 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

6.4 sec

8.2 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

3.1 sec

5.2 sec

Quarter Mile

15 sec

16.3 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

96 MPH

87.5 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Blazer V6’s fuel efficiency. The Escape doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

Regardless of its engine, the Blazer’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) Ford only offers an automatic engine start/stop system on the Escape EcoBoost.

The Blazer FWD’s standard fuel tank has 3.7 gallons more fuel capacity than the Escape (19.4 vs. 15.7 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Blazer AWD’s standard fuel tank has 6 gallons more fuel capacity than the Escape (21.7 vs. 15.7 gallons).

Transmission

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

Brakes and Stopping

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

Blazer

Escape

Escape EcoBoost

Front Rotors

12.64 inches

11.8 inches

12.6 inches

Rear Rotors

12.4 inches

11 inches

11 inches

The Blazer stops much shorter than the Escape:

Blazer

Escape

70 to 0 MPH

165 feet

184 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

130 feet

134 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

139 feet

147 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Blazer RS/Premier’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Escape (265/45R21 vs. 235/55R17).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Blazer has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Escape. The Blazer RS/Premier’s optional 21-inch wheels are larger than the 19-inch wheels optional on the Escape.

The Chevrolet Blazer’s wheels have 6 lugs for longer wheel bearing life, less chance of rotor warping and greater strength. The Ford Escape only has 5 wheel lugs per wheel.

The Blazer 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

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For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Blazer’s wheelbase is 6.8 inches longer than on the Escape (112.7 inches vs. 105.9 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Blazer is 4.9 inches wider in the front and 4.6 inches wider in the rear than on the Escape.

The Blazer RS 4x4 handles at .87 G’s, while the Escape Titanium AWD pulls only .85 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Blazer RS 4x4 executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.2 seconds quicker than the Escape SE (27.1 seconds @ .65 average G’s vs. 28.3 seconds @ .55 average G’s).

Chassis

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The Blazer 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 Blazer RS 4x4 is quieter than the Escape Titanium AWD:

Blazer

Escape

At idle

38 dB

42 dB

70 MPH Cruising

66 dB

70 dB

Passenger Space

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The Blazer has 9.1 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Escape (107.8 vs. 98.7).

The Blazer has 1.1 inches more front hip room, 3.2 inches more front shoulder room, 2.3 inches more rear legroom, 1.8 inches more rear hip room and 3.4 inches more rear shoulder room than the Escape.

Cargo Capacity

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Pressing a switch automatically lowers the Blazer’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The Escape doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

A standard locking glovebox (which can’t be accessed with the valet key) keeps your small valuables safer in the Blazer. The Escape doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Towing

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Maximum trailer towing in the Ford Escape is limited to 3500 pounds. The Blazer 4x4 offers up to a 4500 lbs. towing capacity.

Servicing Ease

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The Blazer 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.

Ergonomics

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The Blazer’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge - which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The Escape does not have an oil pressure gauge.

The Blazer’s front and rear power windows all open fully with one touch of the switches and its driver’s window also automatically closes, 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 Blazer’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.

Consumer Reports rated the Blazer’s headlight performance “Very Good,” a higher rating than the Escape’s headlights, which were rated “Fair” to “Good” (depending on model and options).

The Blazer’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 Blazer with available tilt-down mirrors 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 Blazer offers optional 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 Blazer and the Escape offer available heated front seats. The Blazer 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 Blazer (except L/LT) 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 Blazer 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.

Recommendations

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J.D. Power and Associates rated the Blazer first among midsize SUVs in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Escape isn’t in the top three in its category.

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