Kemna Automotive Group Compares 2018 Chevrolet EQUINOX VS 2018 Ford Escape In IA

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2018 Chevrolet EQUINOX

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2018 Chevrolet EQUINOX

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2018 Ford Escape

Safety Comparison

For enhanced safety, the Chevrolet Equinox’s 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 doesn’t offer comfort guides on its rear 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 Equinox 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 Equinox Premier offers optional Low Speed Automatic 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 Equinox Premier offers an optional 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 Equinox and the Escape have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front-wheel drive, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras, available all-wheel drive, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty Comparison

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

Chevrolet pays for scheduled maintenance on the Equinox for 2 years and 24,000 miles. Chevrolet will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance (up to 2 oil changes). Ford doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Escape.

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 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 6th in reliability, above the industry average. With 79 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ford is ranked 31st.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ April 2017 Auto Issue reports that Chevrolet vehicles are more reliable than Ford vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Chevrolet 3 places higher in reliability than Ford.

Engine Comparison

The Equinox has more powerful engines than the Escape:

 

Horsepower

Torque

Equinox 1.5 turbo 4 cyl.

170 HP

203 lbs.-ft.

Equinox 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

252 HP

260 lbs.-ft.

Escape 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

168 HP

170 lbs.-ft.

Escape 1.5 turbo 4 cyl.

179 HP

177 lbs.-ft.

Escape Titanium 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

245 HP

275 lbs.-ft.

The Equinox’s 1.6 turbo diesel produces 70 lbs.-ft. more torque (240 vs. 170) than the Escape’s standard 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. The Equinox’s 1.6 turbo diesel produces 63 lbs.-ft. more torque (240 vs. 177) than the Escape’s optional 1.5 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Consumer Reports the Chevrolet Equinox 1.5 turbo 4 cyl. is faster than the Ford Escape turbo 4 cyl.:

 

Equinox

Escape

Zero to 60 MPH

9.6 sec

10.1 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

6.2 sec

6.3 sec

Quarter Mile

17.5 sec

17.8 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

82 MPH

80 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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

 

 

Equinox

Escape

 

FWD

1.6 turbo 4 cyl./6-spd. Auto

28 city/39 hwy

21 city/29 hwy

2.5 4 cyl./Auto

AWD

1.6 turbo 4 cyl./6-spd. Auto

28 city/38 hwy

22 city/28 hwy

2.5 4 cyl./Auto

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

 

 

Equinox

Escape

 

2WD

 

n/a

21 city/29 hwy

2.5 4 cyl./Auto

 

1.5 turbo 4 cyl./6-spd. Auto

26 city/32 hwy

23 city/30 hwy

1.5 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

 

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./9-spd. Auto

22 city/29 hwy

21 city/28 hwy

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

4WD

1.5 turbo 4 cyl./6-spd. Auto

24 city/30 hwy

22 city/28 hwy

2.5 4 cyl./Auto

 

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./9-spd. Auto

22 city/28 hwy

20 city/27 hwy

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

Regardless of its engine, the Equinox’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.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Equinox stops much shorter than the Escape:

 

Equinox

Escape

 

70 to 0 MPH

161 feet

184 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

119 feet

126 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

145 feet

147 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

The Equinox 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 Comparison

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Equinox’s wheelbase is 1.4 inches longer than on the Escape (107.3 inches vs. 105.9 inches).

The Equinox Premier AWD handles at .86 G’s, while the Escape Titanium AWD pulls only .85 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Equinox Premier executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Escape SE (27.7 seconds @ .61 average G’s vs. 28.3 seconds @ .55 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Equinox’s turning circle is 1.3 feet tighter than the Escape’s (37.4 feet vs. 38.7 feet).

Chassis Comparison

The Equinox 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.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Equinox has 4.5 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Escape (103.2 vs. 98.7).

The Equinox has .1 inches more front headroom, 1.3 inches more front shoulder room, 2.4 inches more rear legroom and .3 inches more rear shoulder room than the Escape.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Equinox’s cargo area is larger than the Escape’s in almost every dimension:

 

Equinox

Escape

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

34.9”/67.4”

33.6”/67”

Max Width

53.7”

45.6”

Min Width

40.7”

40.4”

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

Ergonomics Comparison

The Equinox’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 Equinox’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 Equinox’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.

The Equinox’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 Equinox Premier 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 Equinox Premier has standard 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 Equinox and the Escape offer available heated front seats. The Equinox Premier 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 Equinox Premier 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.

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Equinox is less expensive to operate than the Escape because typical repairs cost less on the Equinox than the Escape, including $169 less for a timing belt/chain and $33 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations Comparison

Consumer Reports® recommends both the Chevrolet Equinox and the Ford Escape, based on reliability, safety and performance.

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