Ford Escape vs. Ford Bronco Sport

By

Automotive Editor

Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

Follow On: Twitter

, Automotive Editor - December 9, 2020

The all-new Ford Bronco Sport shares the same overall design and off-road-first mentality as the larger Ford Bronco. The Bronco Sport is meant to be an affordable, easy-to-drive compact crossover for consumers that expect to go off the beaten path regularly. While the Bronco Sport is meant for exploring, it shares the same platform and standard powertrain as the Ford Escape. It’s also similar in size.

While the Bronco Sport and Escape share a few major components, they’re two very different vehicles. Below, we’ll compare the two to see which one is the better choice for the majority of consumers.

See a side-by-side comparison of the Ford Escape & the Ford Bronco Sport »

What the Escape Gets Right

Right away, the Escape gets a major edge when it comes to pricing. It starts at $26,130 including destination, which is $2,025 less than the Bronco Sport. That’s a large difference for vehicles that compete in the same class. It’s not like the Escape comes with less features, either, as both share a lot of the same standard equipment.

In addition to being more affordable, the Escape is also more efficient. With its standard engine, the Escape gets an EPA-estimated 30 miles per gallon combined; the best the Bronco Sport gets is 26 mpg combined.

When it comes to cargo capacity, the Escape leads the Bronco Sport by a small margin. With the rear seats in place, the Escape can hold up to 34.4 cubic feet of cargo. That expands to 65.4 behind the front seats. The Bronco Sport isn’t far behind, with 32 and 65.2 cubic feet, respectively.

What the Bronco Sport Gets Right

Make no mistake, the Ford Bronco Sport is a capable off-roader. It comes with Ford’s G.O.A.T. Terrain modes, up to 8.8 inches of ground clearance, large 29-inch all-terrain tires, an off-roading cruise control system, standard all-wheel drive, and an available high-performance suspension to tackle rough terrain. If you plan to do any kind of off-roading, the Bronco Sport is the obvious choice.

On the inside, the Bronco Sport has more space where it counts. It offers more front and rear head room than the Escape, which is due to its boxier design. The Bronco Sport’s cabin also houses goodies that consumers can enjoy when exploring the great outdoors. Washable, rubberized seats and flooring, a storage bin under the rear seats, a built-in bottle opener in the rear liftgate, and a glass hatch in the liftgate give it an extra touch of usability.

Plan to Go Off-Road?

If you want to go off-roading, the Ford Bronco Sport is the clear winner. It was designed for adventures, and while that may result in a slightly harsher ride, worse fuel economy, and a higher price tag than the Ford Escape, it’s worth the extra cost for some consumers.

Our Verdict: Ford Escape

For the majority of consumers, the Ford Escape is the better option. Few drivers actually require the off-roading components that separate the Ford Bronco Sport. With a more affordable price tag, better fuel economy, and a larger cargo area, the Escape is the better choice for consumers with little intent on driving on gravel roads.

Take a closer look at the Ford Escape »

Take a closer look at the Ford Bronco Sport »

Side-by-side comparison of features, pricing, photos and more!

, Automotive Editor

Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

Follow On: Twitter

Privacy Policy|Do Not Sell My Personal Information|Terms of Use|Cookie Policy|Disclaimer|
COPYRIGHT 1999-2021 MH Sub I, LLC dba CarsDirect.com