2020 Chevrolet Trax vs. 2019 Ford Escape

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the Trax 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 all wheel drive, collision warning systems, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Chevrolet Trax is safer than the Ford Escape:

Trax

Escape

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

122

243

Neck Injury Risk

26%

43%

Neck Stress

298 lbs.

396 lbs.

Neck Compression

12 lbs.

112 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

207

2417

Chest Compression

.3 inches

.4 inches

Neck Injury Risk

38%

47%

Neck Stress

122 lbs.

175 lbs.

Neck Compression

104 lbs.

106 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

249/289 lbs.

453/192 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

A significantly tougher test than their original offset frontal crash test, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety does 40 MPH small overlap frontal offset crash tests. In this test, where only 25% of the total width of the vehicle is struck, results indicate that the Chevrolet Trax is safer than the Escape:

Trax

Escape

Overall Evaluation

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Restraints

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Head Neck Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Head injury index

107

113

Peak Head Forces

0 G’s

0 G’s

Chest Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Max Chest Compression

25 cm

26 cm

Hip & Thigh Evaluation

GOOD

POOR

Lower Leg Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Chevrolet Trax is safer than the Ford Escape:

Trax

Escape

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

73

110

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

100

290

Spine Acceleration

33 G’s

54 G’s

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

14 inches

18 inches

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Warranty

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

Reliability

The Chevrolet Trax’s engine uses a cast iron block for durability, while the Escape’s engines use an aluminum block. Aluminum engine blocks are much more prone to warp and crack at high temperatures than cast iron.

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

As tested in Motor Trend the Chevrolet Trax is faster than the Ford Escape 1.5 turbo 4-cylinder:

Trax

Escape

Zero to 60 MPH

9.3 sec

9.6 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

79 MPH

78.6 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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

MPG

Trax

FWD

1.4 turbo 4-cyl.

26 city/31 hwy

AWD

1.4 turbo 4-cyl.

24 city/29 hwy

Escape

FWD

2.5 DOHC 4-cyl.

21 city/29 hwy

1.5 turbo 4-cyl.

23 city/30 hwy

2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

22 city/28 hwy

AWD

1.5 turbo 4-cyl.

22 city/28 hwy

2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

21 city/27 hwy

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Chevrolet Trax uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Escape with the 1.5 turbo 4-cylinder engine requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Brakes and Stopping

The Trax stops much shorter than the Escape:

Trax

Escape

70 to 0 MPH

166 feet

184 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

113 feet

126 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

141 feet

147 feet

Consumer Reports

Suspension and Handling

For better maneuverability, the Trax’s turning circle is 2 feet tighter than the Escape’s (36.7 feet vs. 38.7 feet).

Chassis

The Chevrolet Trax may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 550 to 700 pounds less than the Ford Escape.

The Trax is 10.5 inches shorter than the Escape, making the Trax easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Ergonomics

The Trax’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.

Economic Advantages

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Trax is less expensive to operate than the Escape because typical repairs cost much less on the Trax than the Escape, including $757 less for a muffler, $79 less for a starter, $72 less for fuel injection and $15 less for a timing belt/chain.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Chevrolet Trax will be $2182 to $3435 less than for the Ford Escape.

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