In the last five years, the most competitive vehicle class has switched from mid-sized sedans to compact SUVs. The mid-sized car category still remains hot and contains best sellers like the Toyota Camry, Honda Accord and Ford Taurus . However, they’ve been overtaken by their taller, bigger cousins. The compact class offers something for almost every buyer – from Kia to Mercedes and Mitsubishi to Porsche, every mainstream car manufacturer offers their take on the compact SUV. Some, like Jeep, even have a couple different compact SUVs for customers to check out. For a lot of buyers, however, the final decision will come down to 2019 Ford Escape vs 2019 Chevy Equinox. These two domestic manufacturers have been duking it out for over a century, and things aren’t likely to change now. While the Escape is more established, the Equinox is a strong seller, trailing only the Silverado in sales. Let’s take a look at the facts and figures to determine which SUV you should be taking home.
An SUV for Every Palate
It may have been said and discussed ad-nauseum but bears repeating here: Americans love SUVs. Automakers have noticed this adoration and responded accordingly. With SUVs expected to make up 50 percent of all US light vehicles sales by 2020, companies like Ford and Chevy are killing some of their sedans to further focus on SUV production. This trend was years in the making and part of a bloodless coup on the part of SUVs. With plenty of wide-open space and big garages, everyone is all-in on SUVs.
With the exception of sports-car style driving, where weight and center of gravity are most important, SUVs are simply better than sedans. While it sounds simple, it’s more than just a Ford Escape being larger than a Honda Civic – for every sedan, there’s now an SUV that accomplishes the same goal. Want an ultra-luxurious sedan like the Mercedes S-Class? Go with a Lincoln Navigator. You’ll get the same level or luxury with the added functionality of an SUV. The same goes for the compact class. Instead of shopping for a small sedan, go for a compact SUV like the Ford Escape. Although the compact car might get slightly better gas mileage, the added cargo room and space for back-seat passengers is worth the trade-off.