2018 Chevrolet Equinox vs. Ford Escape Crossover Comparison

Which is Best for You, the 2018 Chevrolet Equinox or the 2018 Ford Escape?

Looking to buy a crossover SUV? Chevrolet and Ford have one of the oldest rivalries in the automotive world, and both automakers have compact SUVs with similar characteristics. At first glance, they seem almost the same in size and style, but when you take an in-depth look, there are differences. We're not looking to sell you on one over the other. Rather, it's our goal to give you objective information about both vehicles so you can make an informed decision about which SUV is best for you.

Compare the 2018 Chevy Equinox with the 2018 Ford Escape

  • Price: The 2018 Chevrolet Equinox is slightly more affordable than the Ford Escape. When you compare base prices, the Equinox costs $23,580, while the Escape comes in at $23,850 for its standard trim. The Equinox also gives you a little more for the money in terms of engine power. The Ford Escape makes do with an underpowered 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, while the Equinox's base engine is a turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder, equivalent to the midlevel engine in the Escape.
  • Interior Comfort: Both vehicles have comfortable, well-finished interiors. The new Chevy Equinox has a little more legroom in the back seat than the new Ford Escape, but reviewers found the Escape's front seats more comfortable. There have been some complaints that the seats in the new Equinox were not as comfortable as those in the old model, so the Escape gets the edge in this category.
  • Interior technology: Both the 2018 Escape and the 2018 Equinox have modern, up-to-date infotainment systems that can easily interface with your cellphone using Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. However, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto come standard in the Equinox, while they are optional in the Escape. Ford's SYNC 3 system is user-friendly and responsive, while the MyLink System in the Equinox has physical buttons to control volume and climate controls. One big advantage of the SYNC 3 package is the ability to show multiple functions on the screen simultaneously. Since the Escape's infotainment system is slightly more intuitive, it may have a slight edge over the Equinox in technology.
  • Cargo Space: When you match the two head-to-head on cargo space, the Ford Escape comes out on top, both for the 34.3 cubic feet of space it has behind the rear seats and the 67.8 cubic feet it offers when you fold the rear seats down. The cargo space inside the Chevy Equinox isn't as tall, so its total cargo volume is smaller, as well. The Equinox has 29.9 cubic feet of space behind the back seat, and only 63.5 when you fold it down.
  • Gas Mileage: The Chevy Equinox gets the better of the Ford Escape in fuel economy. First, its base engine is a tiny turbocharged 1.5-liter, good for an EPA-estimated 26 mpg in the city and 32 on the highway. The Escape gets 23 mpg city and 30 mpg highway with its similar 1.5-liter turbo. Plus, that 1.5-liter turbocharged engine is standard in the Equinox and an extra-cost option in the Escape.Both models offer more powerful turbocharged 2.0-liter engines for those who want better power or towing capability. The Equinox also offers an even more efficient 1.6-liter turbodiesel rated at 28 mpg city and 39 mpg highway.
  • Power and Acceleration: Comparing the 1.5-liter turbocharged engines that most buyers will get with both cars, the 2018 Ford Escape has slightly more horsepower than the 2018 Chevrolet Equinox: 179 to 170, though most reviews show the Equinox is fractionally quicker in accelerating from zero to 60 mph. The Equinox's top engine delivers 252 horsepower, versus 245 for the Escape. The real difference comes down to the transmission. The Equinox's transmission seems to blunt its engine's power, no matter which engine they tested. The Escape's shifting and power delivery is a little more responsive, so it fared a little better than the Equinox.
  • Ride and Handling: The Ford Escape is one of the most athletic compact SUVs you can buy, and it can handle turns almost like a European luxury car. The Chevrolet Equinox rides equally comfortably and responds quickly to steering inputs, but it doesn't handle tight corners quite as well as the Escape.

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While the Ford Escape came out a bit ahead in most of the comparisons, both the Escape and the Chevy Equinox are quality compact SUVs. To really judge for yourself, we invite you to visit one of our three locations: 21111 Cedar Avenue in Lakeville, MN, 1185 280th Street West in New Prague, MN, or 939 280th Street in New Prague, MN and test drive the 2018 Ford Escape and 2018 Chevrolet Equinox.

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