Chevy Equinox Vs. Ford Escape: Compact Crossovers Battle it Out

By Justin Cupler | October 12th, 2018

The compact-crossover segment is booming, and Ford and Chevy have great offerings for new-car buyers in Midland, Freeland, or Bay City, Michigan in the Equinox and Escape. Both models offer great fuel economy to make the Wheaton to Lombard commute as thrifty as possible and plenty of room for passengers and cargo. But which is better for your family? Keep reading to find out.

Exterior

The Ford Escape went through its last redesign in 2013, dropping the blocky SUV look it previously had and bringing in a more crossover-like design. Since then, the Ford Escape went through a significant refresh in 2017 that brought in a bolder grille and larger headlights, and toned down the sportiness to bring in a more traditional appearance.

The Chevy Equinox went through a full redesign in 2018, giving it a smaller footprint and making it up to 400 pounds lighter. It also took on a brand-new look that included a swoopier silhouette, wider headlights, a bolder grille, and more.

Despite its smaller footprint that measures 183.1 inches long and 72.6 inches wide, the 2019 Equinox is larger than the Escape by 5 inches in length and 0.2 inches in width. The Escape’s smaller body makes it easier to park and zip in and out of traffic, but the Equinox’s larger body and longer wheelbase give it more room inside.

Advantage: 2019 Chevy Equinox

  • Larger footprint smooths out rough roads
  • More exciting styling

Advantage: 2018 Ford Escape

  • Smaller stature makes parking easier
  • Great for zipping through traffic

Interior

While the 2018 Ford Escape and 2019 Chevrolet Equinox feature stylish interiors, the Equinox boasts the latest and greatest in GM design. The Equinox’s cabin includes the newest Chevrolet 3 Infotainment system with a 7-inch touchscreen, a cleaner look thanks to its smoother buttons and knobs, and a sleeker-looking center console.

We’re not saying the 2018 Escape is not a good-looking crossover, but the 2019 Equinox boasts a more modern look thanks to its recent redesign.

The Equinox’s front seats offer 40 inches of headroom, 40.9 inches of legroom, 57.2 inches of shoulder room, and 54.2 inches of hip room. Compared to the 2018 Escape, the Ford has more legroom and hip room at 43.1 and 54.5 inches, respectively. But the Equinox beats the Escape’s 39.9 inches of headroom and 55.9 inches of shoulder room by 0.1 inches and 1.3 inches, respectively.

In the rear, the Escape’s 39 inches of headroom and 52.4 inches of hip room beat the Equinox by 0.5 inches and 0.7 inches, respectively. But the Equinox’s 39.9 inches of legroom and 55.5 inches of shoulder room best the Escape by 0.9 inches and 0.3 inches, respectively.

The Escape’s higher roofline gives the Escape a bit more cargo room than the Equinox at 34 cubic feet with the rear seats up and 68 cubes with the rear seats folded. But the Equinox’s wider body makes filling its 29.9-cubic-foot to 63.4 cubic-foot cargo hold easier.

Advantage: 2019 Chevy Equinox

  • More modern interior
  • Standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • More rear legroom and shoulder room

Advantage: 2018 Ford Escape

  • More front-seat legroom
  • Additional cargo room
  • More hip room in front and rear

Performance

The 2018 Ford Escape and 2019 Chevy Equinox feature 1.5- and 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline engines. The 2019 Equinox starts with a 1.5-liter four-cylinder that cranks out 170 horsepower and 203 pound-feet of torque, while the 2018 Escape’s 1.5-liter hits 179 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque.

While these engines are comparable, the big difference is the extra 26 pound-feet of torque will give the Equinox more pull off the line. Plus, the 1.5-liter turbo engine is standard in the Equinox, while the Escape comes standard with a 2.5-liter engine that produces 168 horsepower and 170 pound-feet of torque.

The 2.0-liter turbo engines flip-flop advantages as the Escape’s unit produces 245 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque to the Equinox’s 252 horsepower and 260 pound-feet.

Where the Equinox gets the drop on the Escape is its optional diesel powerplant. This 1.6-liter turbo-diesel four-cylinder engine injects 137 horsepower and 240 pound-feet of torque. This engine boosts the Equinox’s max fuel economy to 28 mpg city, 39 highway, and 32 combined, whereas the Escape maxes out at 23 mpg city, 30 highway, and 26 combined.

Towing is an even tie at 3,500 pounds,

Advantage: 2019 Chevy Equinox

  • More standard power and torque
  • Extra horsepower from 2.0-liter engine
  • Big fuel-economy boost from diesel option
  • Better fuel economy across the board

Advantage: 2018 Ford Escape

  • More 1.5-liter horsepower
  • 15 pound-feet of extra torque from 2.0-liter

Pricing and Features

The 2019 Chevy Equinox has a pile of trim levels, and they include: L 1.5L Turbo, LS 1.5L Turbo, LT 1.5L Turbo, LT 1.6L Turbo Diesel, LT 2.0L Turbo, Premier 1.5L Turbo, Premier 1.6L Turbo Diesel, Premier 2.0L Turbo. Prices start from $24,995 and rise to $34,995.

The 2018 Ford Escape’s lineup is simpler with just four trims: S, SE, SEL, Titanium.

2019 Chevy Equinox Key Features and Pricing by Trim

L 1.5L Turbo: $24,995

  • 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine
  • Automatic start/stop
  • Six-speed automatic transmission
  • Acoustic front windshield
  • Halogen headlights
  • Heated power mirrors
  • Tire inflator kit
  • 17-inch aluminum wheels
  • Chevrolet 3 Infotainment system
  • Six-speaker audio system
  • Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
  • 7-inch touchscreen
  • Single-zone manual climate control
  • Flat-folding 60/40 split rear seats
  • Manual tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
  • Steering-wheel-mounted controls
  • Three-spoke deluxe steering wheel
  • 3.5-inch monochromatic driver information display
  • Front carpeted floor mats
  • Keyless entry
  • Built-in 4G LTE Wi-Fi
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Rear seat reminder
  • Rearview camera
  • Teen Driver

LS 1.5L Turbo: $26,995

  • All L 1.5L Turbo features, plus
  • 16-inch compact spare tire
  • Rear carpeted floor mats
  • Compass

LT 1.5L Turbo: $28,295

  • All LS 1.5L Turbo features, plus
  • SiriusXM radio
  • Deep-tinted rear glass
  • HID headlights
  • Roof-rack mounts
  • Eight-way power driver’s seat
  • Rear seat release levers
  • 4.2-inch multicolor driver information center

LT 1.6L Turbo Diesel: $30,695

  • All LT 1.5L Turbo features, plus
  • 1.6-liter turbo-diesel engine
  • Chrome roof-rack rails

LT 2.0L Turbo: $30,795

  • All LT 1.5L Turbo features, plus
  • 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine
  • Nine-speed automatic transmission
  • Chrome roof-rack rails
  • 18-inch bright machined aluminum wheels with Sparkle Silver pockets

Premier 1.5L Turbo: $32,195

  • All LT 1.5L Turbo features, plus
  • Fog lights
  • LED headlights
  • LED taillights
  • Auto-dimming side-view mirrors with integrated turn signals
  • Chrome roof-rack rails
  • 18-inch bright machined aluminum wheels with Sparkle Silver pockets
  • 8-inch HD touchscreen
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Heated front seats
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Wireless charging pad
  • Remote ignition
  • Universal home remote
  • HD rearview camera
  • Lane-change alert
  • Blind-zone alert
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Rear park assist

Premier 1.6L Turbo Diesel: $34,395

  • All Premier 1.5L Turbo features, plus
  • 1.6-liter turbo-diesel engine

Premier 2.0L Turbo: $34,995

  • All Premier 1.5L Turbo features, plus
  • 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine
  • Nine-speed automatic transmission
  • 19-inch Ultra-Bright machined aluminum wheels with Sparkle Silver pockets

2018 Ford Escape Key Features and Pricing by Trim

S: $23,940

  • 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine
  • Six-speed automatic transmission with SelectShift capability
  • Electric power steering
  • Blind-spot mirrors
  • 17-inch steel wheels with Sparkle Silver hubcaps
  • Halogen headlights
  • 60/40 flat-folding split rear seat
  • Single-zone manual climate control
  • Six-speaker audio system
  • Sync infotainment system
  • Carpeted front and rear floor mats
  • Urethane tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
  • Automatic on/off headlights
  • Black door handles
  • Black upper grille
  • Black lower grille
  • Black side-view mirrors
  • Black beltline molding
  • LED taillights
  • Rearview camera
  • Keyless entry
  • Ford MyKey

SE: $25,700

  • All S features, plus
  • 1.5-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder turbocharged engine
  • 17-inch Sparkle Silver-painted aluminum wheels
  • 10-way power driver’s seat
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • SiriusXM Satellite Radio and SiriusXM Traffic with Travel Link
  • Chrome inside door handles
  • Body-color door handles
  • Painted silver grille with chrome insert and surround
  • Gloss-black mirrors
  • Bright beltline molding
  • Fog lights
  • Chrome dual exhaust tips
  • Silver front and rear skid plates
  • Black roof-rack side rails
  • Tinted rear glass
  • Acoustic front glass
  • Keyless entry keypad
  • Perimeter alarm

SEL: $28,100

  • All SE features, plus
  • Reverse Sensing System
  • Leather front seats
  • Sync 3
  • Sync Connect
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Steering-wheel-mounted controls
  • Leather-wrapped shift knob
  • Heated side-view mirrors
  • Daytime running lights
  • LED signature lighting
  • Power liftgate

Titanium: $32,140

  • All SEL features, plus
  • 2.0-liter EcoBoost turbocharged four-cylinder engine
  • 18-inch Sparkle Silver-painted aluminum wheels
  • 10-way power passenger’s seat
  • Driver seat memory
  • 10-speaker Sony audio system
  • Voice activated navigation system
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • 110-volt power outlet
  • Ambient lighting
  • Push-button start
  • Enhanced Active PArking Assist
  • Remote start
  • Universal home remote
  • Silver-painted roof-rack rails
  • Hands-free power liftgate
  • Windshield wiper de-icer
  • Mirror-mounted puddle lights

Who Should Buy the 2019 Chevy Equinox?

The 2019 Chevy Equinox is for buyers looking for the latest in powertrain technology thanks to its standard 1.5-liter turbocharged engine. Its extra inch of rear legroom also work better for buyers who prioritize passenger space over cargo room.

Who Should Buy the 2018 Ford Escape?

For buyers more worried about cargo room, the extra height the Escape offers gives it a significant boost in this area. Also, buyers looking to save a little money will find the Escape’s lower base price pleasing.

Does the 2019 Chevy Equinox seem like the perfect fit for you and your family? Stop by our new-car showroom serving Wheaton, Illinois. If you can’t make it into our showroom, you can check out our online inventory to see if we have a 2019 Equinox that fits your needs in stock.

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