2019 Ford Escape vs 2019 Chevy Equinox

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  • 2019 Ford Escape

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    Starting at

    $24,105

    2019 Chevy Equinox

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    Starting at

    $23,800

    Up to 275 lb-ftTorqueUp to 260 lb-ft
    68 cu.ftCargo Space63.9 cu.ft
    3,500 LBSStandard Towing Capacity1,500 LBS

    Compact Comparison

    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.

  • Biographies

    A red 2019 Ford Escape is parked about a city at a time of day with low sun.
    The Ford Escape entered the market in 2000 as a different type of SUV. The compact SUV class was nascent, and most SUVs were still truck-based. Ford went with a unibody design instead, which in turn made the car handle and behave more like a sedan. Although not an off-road vehicle, the Escape still offered all-wheel drive and a locking center differential. Since its debut, the Escape has gone through three full designs, with the last coming in 2013. The 4th generation Escape is currently close to production and will be hitting dealer lots in the 3rd quarter of 2019 for the 2020 model year. With the 2019 model, potential customers have 4 trim levels to explore: S, SE, SEL, and Titanium. The Escape has been a winner since for 19 years – sales have passed the 100,000 bar every years since 2001 and haven’t dipped below 200,000 since 2010.

    The Equinox is a child of the 21st Century – it debuted in 2004 as a 2005 model. Since then, the car has gone through two full redesigns, the most recent of which came out in 2017. Throughout its life the Equinox has had multiple siblings among the GM brands; it currently shares an architecture with the GMC Terrain and Buick Envision. Prospective buyers have four trim levels to choose from: L, LS, LT, and Premier. The Equinox has been very successful as Chevy has sold 200,000 or more every year since 2012 and sold almost 350,000 in 2018.

  • Performance

    A white 2019 Ford Escape is driving away from a city at a darker hour. Compare the 2019 Ford Escape vs 2019 Chevy Equinox for performance.
    Although power isn’t as important for compact SUVs in that same way it is for full-size trucks or muscle cars, both of these vehicles manage to put a little pep in your step.

    Most Escape drivers will end up with the 1.5-liter EcoBoost 4-cylinder engine found in the SE and SEL trims. Good for 179 horsepower and paired with a six-speed automatic transmission, this engine provides the power of a large 4-cylinder with the fuel efficiency of a much smaller engine. Bargain shoppers will get the 2.5-liter I-4 engine found in the S. It offers 168 horsepower and is mated to the same six-speed found in the SE and SEL. The best engine of the bunch can be found in the Titanium. This 2.0-liter, 245 horsepower EcoBoost engine provides plenty of power for spirited driving. Both of the EcoBoost engines come with start/stop technology that turns the engine offer when at idle, which will save a little bit of gas in the long run.

    The backbone of the Equinox is its 1.5-liter turbo engine with start/stop technology. Good for 170 horsepower and paired with a six-speed automatic transmission, this engine is the perfect match for the majority of Equinox drivers. Those looking for more power and refinement should upgrade to the 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. It comes equipped with a 9-speed auto and 252 horsepower. Drivers with long commutes might choose to go with the 1.6-liter turbo-diesel with 137 horsepower and the same six-speed seen in the 1.5-liter turbo.

    The Chevy offers a diverse range of engines, especially with the hyper-efficient diesel, but can’t match the EcoBoost capabilities that Ford offers. EcoBoost engines are used throughout the Ford line-up, from the Mustang to F-150 and everywhere in between. There is not a better, more refined group of engines in the non-luxury market. This round goes to the Escape.

    Fuel efficiency is one of the areas where cars no longer enjoy the supremacy they once held over SUVs. Yes, most full-size SUVs will never get over 20 miles per gallon, but many small SUV’s now hover around or over 30 miles per gallon. The Escape and Equinox both achieve commendable fuel economy.

    Unsurprisingly, the two EcoBoost mills provide the best fuel economy in the Escape. The smaller 1.5-liter 4-cylinder will get 23 miles per gallon city and 30 miles per gallon highway. The larger, more powerful EcoBoost will hit spurts of 22 miles per gallon city and 29 miles per gallon highway. The S trim’s smallest engine is also the least thrifty, coming in at a combined 25 mpg.

    As one might expect, the 2.0-liter engine in the Equinox gets the lowest marks, as 25 combined miles per gallon. The 1.5-liter 4-cylinder settles in the middle, hitting 28 combined mpg. The diesel manages to shine in both city and highway conditions. It will achieve 28 miles per gallon city and an outstanding 39 miles per gallon on the highway.

    The Chevy definitely takes the win with the diesel engine, but Ford’s combined fuel economy from the two EcoBoost engines makes up the deficit. Unless you’re a diesel fan, it’s better to stick with the Escape.

  • Price and Warranty

    A blue 2019 Ford Escape is parked on a cobblestone street in front of shops.
    A base Equinox will set new owners back just under $24k, with a starting price of $23,800. The Escape squeaks in just above that, at $24,105. On the other end of the spectrum, a fully-loaded Equinox Premier with upgraded wheels will cost just over $42,000. An Escape Titanium with all of the boxes checked will come in a hair below $36,000. When taking all features into consideration, the Escape is the better buy. On the bottom end, the winner is murkier, with the Equinox earning a slight edge with its the Escape.

    The Equinox and Escape both come with 3 years/36,000 miles basic and 5 years/60,000 miles powertrain warranties, which is the standard nearly industry-wide. All things considered, the Escape is a better buy.

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