Chevrolet Equinox vs. Ford Escape

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, Automotive Editor - November 13, 2013

In yet another case of Chevy versus Ford, the Equinox and Escape duke it out to impressive the same class of buyer: folks looking for SUV-like utility and car-like drivability in a reasonably efficient package.

The Chevrolet woos them with its grown-up comfort and style, while the Ford impresses with technology and agility.

See a side-by-side comparison of the Equinox & Escape >>

Which attempt at compact crossover perfection works better for us?

What's to Like About the Equinox

The Equinox is styled along the lines of larger models in the Chevrolet family, but its substantial appearance is more than just clever design. It's large for this class and weighs more than most competitors. The result is a smooth, hushed ride and solid feel that will remind you of more expensive vehicles, especially when it's equipped with the newly available 301-horsepower 3.6-liter V6. Even so, the base four-cylinder features active noise cancellation, so all examples cruise quietly.

The Chevy's wide stance produces commendable hip and shoulder room for all passengers. The rear seat can slide forward to increase cargo space or back to provide more legroom. That feature alone could make buyers think twice about the need for a larger crossover.

What's to Like About the Escape

The current Escape started gaining praise from the moment it debuted last year. Along with expressive styling inside and out, the Ford boasts responsive handling and overall nimbleness that make it a very satisfying daily driver. High-quality materials are deployed throughout the cabin, and the sweeping dashboard is exceptionally attractive and functional. The Escape is the only compact crossover to offer active parking assist and a foot-activated power tailgate.

Fuel economy is quite good with any of the three available four-cylinder engines. The top choice, a 240-horsepower
2-liter turbo, effectively replaces the need for a thirstier V6.

Luxury or Sport?

If we had to pick just one thing to like about each of these crossovers, we'd point to the Equinox's passenger-pleasing comfort and the Escape's energetic performance. Buyers should sample both virtues before deciding which is more important to them.

Our Verdict: Ford Escape

Refined and athletic, the Escape is a product of fresher thinking.

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, Automotive Editor

John has been a professional writer, editor, and producer for more than 15 years. His work can be found on TV, radio, web, and various publications throughout the world. He is a graduate of Northwestern University and lives in Cincinnati, Ohio. Most important, he boasts a loaded 1992 Cadillac Brougham d’Elegance in his garage.

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