2018 Ford Escape vs Chevrolet Equinox

2018 Ford Escape vs Chevrolet Equinox

2018 Ford Escape vs Chevrolet Equinox

The midsize and compact SUV segments are getting incredibly crowded and competitive, which is good news for consumer choice but also makes it difficult to decide which one to buy. The 2018 Ford Escape and Chevy Equinox are two very popular models right now, so let's take a look at how they compare to each other.

Desirability

Both the Escape and Equinox are sporty, handsome and attractive crossovers and both sell in pretty big numbers. Ford does sell more Escapes than Chevy sells Equinoxes, so the Escape is a little more common on the roads, but the Chevy is only one place below the Ford in the 2017 sales rankings so we'll have to score this one as a tie.

Styling

Chevy has added a dose of Malibu and Cruze styling treatment to the exterior of the Equinox, and in doing so has delivered a much more aggressive and sporty model than it used to be. But if you like your crossover on the sporty side, the Escape is a clear winner. Although the Ford is clearly a high-riding crossover, there's more than a hint of Ford Focus about it these days. The Escape is now about as sporty as a crossover can get without resorting to a rear headroom-robbing sloping roofline or abandoning the high-riding blueprint that makes so many people love SUVs in the first place.

Performance

The styling of the Ford Escape is backed up by a trio of engines that deliver as much performance and efficiency as you could want in an SUV this size. The base 2.5-liter inline-four is a perfectly adequate unit that most buyers would be happy with, but the new 1.5-liter turbo-four is more powerful and efficient. But if power and performance is of greater concern than fuel economy, the 245 horsepower 2.0-liter turbo-four is simply excellent and still delivers more than acceptable efficiency.

Chevy has dropped its old 2.4-liter base engine in favor of a new 1.5-liter turbo and there's a 2.0-liter turbo-four if more power is on your agenda. Chevy will offer a diesel engine too, which the Ford will not, but it's hard to see how much appeal that will have in this segment. The Ford's gas engines are more fun and lively, and a choice of three gas units is the final element that gives the Escape the win here.

Interiors and Features

Chevy has upped its game inside the Equinox recently with some impressive base features, a plusher ride, plenty of optional extras and some comfy seats. The seats inside the Escape are a little thin for some tastes, but the cabin is a more modern, stylish and contemporary design and the seats are still supportive and comfortable. Most buyers will be very happy with the levels of equipment and features in the Equinox, but the Ford Escape sees it and raises it in this area. In fact, it's hard to think of another contender in this segment that offers so much in terms of features as the Ford does across its four trim levels of S, SE, SEL and Titanium.

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