The Ford Escape Versus The Chevrolet Equinox

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Ford and Chevrolet have been going against each other for years and now, with the dawn of the compact SUV era, they are at it again, with the Escape versus the Equinox. Both of these compact SUVs offer comparable features, trim levels, and powertrains, so which one comes out the winner? The Ford Escape and here's why.

Interior Space

We all want more space, whether to stretch out our legs or arms or for you to be able to pack more stuff in the back. The Ford Escape contains more over-all space than the Chevy Equinox. You will find that the Escape is slightly taller than the Equinox which provides you with more head room, for both the front and rear passengers, as well as a larger cargo area.

Infotainment Technology

We all love to stay connected, but we also know that it isn't safe to use your phone and drive. Both the Chevy Equinox and the Ford Escape come with modern infotainment systems that utilize Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, but the Escape's SYNC 3 system outshines the Equinox's MyLink system by far. It not only moves faster, seems more responsive, and is easier to use, but it is also able to show different functions all at once on the screen.

Powertrain And Handling

Most people who drive both the Equinox and the Escape will agree that the ride is smoother and seems more controlled in the Ford model. As far as powertrains go, the engines in both models are quite similar, but the Escape produces slightly more horsepower than the Equinox.

Visit Art Hill Ford And Get Behind The Wheel Of The Ford Escape

Whether you live right here in Merrillville, IN, or you are visiting from Gary or Valparaiso, we encourage you to stop by our Art Hill Ford dealership to learn more about the Ford Escape. Let our associates introduce you to all of its stunning features, take it for a test drive around Crown Point or Schererville, and discover which trim level would work the best for you. Take your time and see for yourself why the Ford Escape is the better choice for a compact SUV.

The Ford Escape vs. A New Buick Encore

The Ford Escape is a great compact SUV. The simple fact that it was made by Ford should be enough to tell you that. Here's the thing, though. The auto market is a big place, and SUVs like the Escape are vying for attention with a slew of competitors that are excellent in their own right. The Buick Encore, for instance, is a great SUV that provides a solid alternative to vehicles like the Escape.

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The Ford Escape

The Ford Escape is a five-seat compact SUV with four trims and three powertrain options. Packed full of features and technology, it's also one of the most capable SUVs in the compact size class. Its 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 engine option has a 3,500-pound towing capacity; one of the best available for a vehicle of this size.

  • Performance: 2.5-liter inline-4 (168 horsepower, 170 pounds-feet torque, 21/29 miles per gallon), 1.5-liter turbocharged inline-4 (179 horsepower, 177 pounds-feet torque, 23/30 miles per gallon FWD, 22/28 miles per gallon AWD), 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 (245 horsepower, 275 pounds-feet torque, 21/28 miles per gallon FWD, 20/27 miles per gallon AWD)
  • Feature Options: Dual-Zone Climate Control, Sync 3 Infotainment, Wi-Fi Hotspot, Hands-Free Tailgate, Push-Button Start, Heated Steering Wheel, HD Radio
  • Safety: Adaptive Cruise Control, Blind-Spot Monitoring, Lane-Keep Assist, Forward-Collision Warning

A New Buick Encore

Attractively styled with options for luxury amenities, the Buick Encore provides an efficient option for drivers interested in a more efficient driving experience.

  • Performance: 1.4-liter turbocharged inline-4 (138 horsepower, 148 pounds-feet torque, 27/33 miles per gallon FWD, 26/31 miles per gallon AWD), 1.4-liter turbocharged inline-4 (153 horsepower, 177 pounds-feet torque, 25/33 miles per gallon FWD, 24/30 miles per gallon AWD)
  • Feature Options: Buick IntelliLink infotainment system, Wi-Fi Hotspot, Rearview Camera, Dual-Zone Climate Control, Heated Seating
  • Safety: Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Blind Zone Alert, Forward Collision Alert, Lane Departure Warning

While the Buick Encore has a slightly lower starting price and gets better fuel economy, the Ford Escape is the better vehicle for drivers intent on actually doing something with their compact SUV. While the Encore might be fine for more casual driving, its engine options lack the power you'll find in the Escape's powertrains. The Encore also has nearly 20 cubic feet less cargo space, making the Escape the better choice in that regard as well.

To learn more about everything the Ford Escape has to offer, get in touch with the sales team at Art Hill Ford. Our location in Merrillville, IN has a solid selection of new Ford cars, with options for the Escape available. We're proud to serve customers in Crown Point, Schererville, and more.