2020 Ford Escape vs. 2020 Toyota C-HR

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Safety

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The Escape 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 C-HR 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 offers an optional backup collision prevention system that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The C-HR doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

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

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

For its top level performance in IIHS driver-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, rear impact and roof-crush tests, its standard front crash prevention system, its “Good” rating in the new passenger-side small overlap crash test, and its available headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Escape the rating of “Top Pick” for 2019, a rating granted to only 119 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The C-HR was last qualified as a “Top Pick” in 2017.

Warranty

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There are over 2 times as many Ford dealers as there are Toyota dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Escape’s warranty.

Reliability

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The Escape 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 C-HR doesn’t offer a lost coolant limp home mode, so a coolant leak could strand you or seriously damage the truck’s engine.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Ford vehicles are better in initial quality than Toyota vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford fourth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 7 more problems per 100 vehicles, Toyota is ranked 8th.

Engine

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The Escape’s standard 1.5 turbo 3-cylinder produces 37 more horsepower (181 vs. 144) and 51 lbs.-ft. more torque (190 vs. 139) than the C-HR’s 2.0 DOHC 4-cylinder. The Escape’s optional 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder produces 106 more horsepower (250 vs. 144) and 141 lbs.-ft. more torque (280 vs. 139) than the C-HR’s 2.0 DOHC 4-cylinder.

As tested in Car and Driver the Ford Escape (base engine) is faster than the Toyota C-HR:

Escape

C-HR

Zero to 60 MPH

7.7 sec

11 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

23.5 sec

33.8 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

8.3 sec

11.8 sec

Quarter Mile

15.9 sec

18.4 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

87 MPH

79 MPH

Top Speed

122 MPH

115 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Escape FWD gets better fuel mileage than the C-HR (27 city/33 hwy vs. 27 city/31 hwy).

An engine control system that can shut down some of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Escape 1.5 Turbo’s fuel efficiency. The C-HR doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Escape’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 C-HR doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The Escape FWD’s standard fuel tank has 1.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the C-HR (14.8 vs. 13.2 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Escape AWD’s standard fuel tank has 2.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the C-HR (15.7 vs. 13.2 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 C-HR doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping

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

Escape

C-HR

Front Rotors

13 inches

11.7 inches

Rear Rotors

11.9 inches

11.1 inches

The Escape stops much shorter than the C-HR:

Escape

C-HR

70 to 0 MPH

162 feet

174 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

123 feet

137 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

137 feet

147 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Escape has larger tires than the C-HR (225/65R17 vs. 215/60R17).

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

Suspension and Handling

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The Escape has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The C-HR’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The Escape 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 C-HR doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Escape’s wheelbase is 2.8 inches longer than on the C-HR (106.7 inches vs. 103.9 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Escape is 1.6 inches wider in the front and 1 inch wider in the rear than the average track on the C-HR.

The Escape SE AWD handles at .84 G’s, while the C-HR Limited pulls only .81 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Escape Titanium AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the C-HR XLE (27.7 seconds @ .64 average G’s vs. 28.3 seconds @ .59 average G’s).

Chassis

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The front grille of the Escape uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The C-HR doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space

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The Escape has 18 cubic feet more passenger volume than the C-HR (104 vs. 86).

The Escape has 1.9 inches more front headroom, 2.2 inches more front hip room, 8.6 inches more front shoulder room, 1 inch more rear headroom, 9 inches more rear legroom, 5.3 inches more rear hip room and 3.5 inches more rear shoulder room than the C-HR.

Cargo Capacity

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The Escape has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the C-HR with its rear seat up (37.5 vs. 19.1 cubic feet). The Escape has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the C-HR with its rear seat folded (65.4 vs. 37 cubic feet).

A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the Escape easier. The Escape’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 28.1 inches, while the C-HR’s liftover is 31 inches.

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Escape SEL/Titanium’s power liftgate can be opened or closed just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The C-HR doesn’t offer a power or hands-free opening liftgate.

Towing

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The Escape has a 2000 lbs. towing capacity. The C-HR has no towing capacity.

Servicing Ease

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An Intelligent Oil Life Monitor is standard on the Escape to save the owner time and money by calculating maintenance intervals for oil changes based on actual driving conditions. This takes the guesswork out of keeping your vehicle in top condition and helps it last longer. Toyota doesn’t offer a maintenance reminder on the C-HR.

Ergonomics

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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 C-HR doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

When three different drivers share the Escape SEL/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 C-HR doesn’t offer a memory system.

The Escape SEL/Titanium’s standard easy entry system glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The C-HR doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The Escape 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 C-HR doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

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 PIN entry system. The C-HR doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system.

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 PIN entry system. The C-HR doesn’t offer an exterior PIN 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 C-HR’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted. The Escape Titanium’s standard wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) conducts detailed tests on headlights for their range both straight ahead and in curves and to be certain they don’t exceed acceptable amounts of glare to oncoming drivers. The Escape’s available headlights were rated “Acceptable” by the IIHS, while the C-HR’s headlights are rated “Poor.”

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

The Escape SE/SEL/Titanium has a standard center folding armrest for the rear passengers. A center armrest helps make rear passengers more comfortable. The C-HR doesn’t offer a rear seat center armrest.

Both the Escape and the C-HR offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the Escape SE/SEL/Titanium has standard rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The C-HR doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

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 C-HR doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

The Escape 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 C-HR doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Recommendations

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The Ford Escape outsold the Toyota C-HR by almost five to one during 2019.

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