2020 Ford Escape FHEV vs. 2020 Hyundai Venue

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Ford Escape FHEV have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The Hyundai Venue doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

The Escape FHEV has standard Post Collision Braking, which automatically apply the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The Venue doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Escape FHEV offers an optional backup collision prevention system that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The Venue doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

The Escape FHEV offers all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The Venue doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.

Both the Escape FHEV and the Venue have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras, driver alert monitors and available rear parking sensors.

The Ford Escape FHEV weighs 816 to 1149 pounds more than the Hyundai Venue. The NHTSA advises that heavier vehicles are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts. Crosswinds also affect lighter cars more.

For its top level performance in IIHS driver and passenger-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, roof strength and head restraint tests, its standard vehicle-to-vehicle front crash prevention system, its standard vehicle-to-pedestrian front crash prevention system, and its available headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Escape FHEV the rating of “Top Pick” for 2020, a rating granted to only 30 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Venue has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

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There are almost 4 times as many Ford dealers as there are Hyundai dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Escape FHEV’s warranty.

Reliability

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The Escape FHEV has a standard “limp home system” to keep drivers from being stranded if most or all of the engine’s coolant is lost. The engine will run on only half of its cylinders at a time, reduce its power and light a warning lamp on the dashboard so the driver can get to a service station for repairs. The Venue doesn’t offer a lost coolant limp home mode, so a coolant leak could strand you or seriously damage the truck’s engine.

Engine

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The Escape FHEV’s 2.5 DOHC 4-cylinder hybrid produces 79 more horsepower (200 vs. 121) than the Venue’s 1.6 DOHC 4-cylinder.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Escape FHEV gets better mileage than the Venue:

MPG

Escape FHEV

FWD

Auto

2.5 4-cyl. Hybrid

44 city/37 hwy

AWD

Auto

2.5 4-cyl. Hybrid

43 city/37 hwy

Venue

FWD

Manual

2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

27 city/35 hwy

Auto

2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

30 city/34 hwy

Regenerative brakes improve the Escape FHEV’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Venue doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Escape FHEV’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Venue doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The Escape FHEV has 2.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the Venue (14.2 vs. 11.9 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

The Escape FHEV 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 Venue doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Transmission

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The Ford Escape FHEV comes standard with an automatic transmission, for driver comfort, especially in the city. Automatic costs extra on the Venue.

Brakes and Stopping

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The Ford Escape FHEV has standard four-wheel disc brakes for better stopping power and improved directional control in poor weather. Rear drums are standard on the Venue. Drums can heat up and make stops longer, especially with antilock brakes that work much harder than conventional brakes.

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Escape FHEV has larger tires than the Venue (225/65R17 vs. 185/65R15). The Escape FHEV’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Venue (225/65R17 vs. 205/55R17).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Escape FHEV has standard 17-inch wheels. Smaller 15-inch wheels are standard on the Venue. The Escape FHEV’s optional 19-inch wheels are larger than the 17-inch wheels optional on the Venue.

Suspension and Handling

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For superior ride and handling, the Ford Escape FHEV has fully independent front and rear suspensions. An independent suspension allows the wheels to follow the road at the best angle for gripping the pavement, without compromising ride comfort. The Hyundai Venue has a rear torsion beam axle, with a semi-independent rear suspension.

The Escape FHEV has variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Venue doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Escape FHEV’s wheelbase is 7.5 inches longer than on the Venue (106.7 inches vs. 99.2 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Escape FHEV is 1.6 inches wider in the front and .5 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the Venue.

Passenger Space

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The Escape FHEV has 12.1 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Venue (104 vs. 91.9).

The Escape FHEV has .6 inches more front headroom, 1.1 inches more front legroom, 1.9 inches more front hip room, 3.7 inches more front shoulder room, .7 inches more rear headroom, 4.6 inches more rear legroom, 1.1 inches more rear hip room and 2.3 inches more rear shoulder room than the Venue.

Cargo Capacity

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The Escape FHEV has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Venue with its rear seat up (34.4 vs. 18.7 cubic feet). The Escape FHEV has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Venue with its rear seat folded (60.8 vs. 31.9 cubic feet).

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Escape FHEV Titanium’s liftgate can be opened and closed just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The Venue doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its cargo door, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Ergonomics

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When three different drivers share the Escape FHEV Titanium, the memory seats and mirrors make it convenient for all three. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position and outside mirror angle. The Venue doesn’t offer a memory system.

The Escape FHEV Titanium offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed and navigation instruction readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Venue doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The Escape FHEV 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 Venue SEL/Denim’s passenger windows don’t open or close automatically.

The Escape FHEV’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 Venue’s fixed intermittent wipers only have one fixed delay setting, so the driver will have to manually switch them between slow and intermittent. The Escape FHEV Titanium’s standard wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield.

The Escape FHEV’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Heated mirrors cost extra on the Venue and aren’t offered on the Venue SE.

The Escape FHEV Titanium’s standard rear view mirror has an automatic dimming feature. This mirror can be set to automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on it, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Venue doesn’t offer the luxury of an automatic dimming rear view mirror.

The Escape FHEV has a standard center folding armrest for the rear passengers. A center armrest helps make rear passengers more comfortable. The Venue doesn’t offer a rear seat center armrest.

The Escape FHEV Titanium’s 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. The Venue doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Escape FHEV offers an optional Adaptive Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The Venue doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

The Escape FHEV 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 Venue doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

The Escape FHEV Titanium’s Active Park Assist 2.0 can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, starting, stopping and changing direction automatically. The Venue doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

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The Ford Escape outsold the Hyundai Venue by over 224 to one during 2019.

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