A Quick Look At How the Chevrolet Equinox compares to the Ford Escape
Domestic automakers Ford and Chevrolet seem to be in perpetual competition for the attention of American drivers. It’s a battle that is especially easy to see in Equinox and the Escape.
The Chevrolet Equinox and the Ford Escape are the companies respective attempts to combine the utility and function of an SUV with the driving feel of a smaller vehicle.
So how do the two crossovers stack up against each other?
Consider the vehicles’ size for starters. The Escape is smaller and more compact. The Chevrolet Equinox is styled after some of the larger Chevrolet offerings, although that doesn’t mean it’s overly bulky. Chevy has engineered the interior to be one of the most passenger-friendly in the class. The Chevrolet Equinox has more interior space, which is cleverly complemented by a moveable backseat capable of sliding forward or back depending on where more space is needed.
The larger body style of the Chevy Equinox also equates to a quieter, more solid road feel.
When it comes to power, the Equinox still leads the way. Chevrolet’s Equinox is available with either a 4-cylinder or V-6. The 2.4-liter 4-cylinder can be expected to produce 182 horsepower. That is better than the Escape’s 168 hp from its thirstier 2.5-liter engine.
As would be expected, the Chevrolet ekes out slightly better gas mileage as a result. The Equinox is estimated to achieve 22 miles per gallon in the city and around 32 mpg on the highway. The Escape is estimated to get a comparable 22 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway.
Finally, in terms of cost, the two crossovers are almost equal. Both the Equinox and the Escape retail for somewhere in the mid-$20,000 range.
For most drivers, the real difference between these two high-quality U.S. crossovers can only be felt during a test drive. But on paper, the Chevrolet Equinox is a more versatile vehicle for the money.