The 2015 Ford Escape and the Chevrolet Equinox are two of the market's top crossover utility vehicles. Both offer an athletic ride, high-tech features, and a roomy cabin. If you're having trouble deciding between these two models, check out our side-by-side comparison to see which SUV is the best vehicle for you.
2015 Escape vs Chevrolet Equinox
Power and Performance
The 2015 Ford Escape is our pick for power and performance, thanks in part to its smooth ride, quick steering, and advanced all-wheel-drive system. Its base engine is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 168 horsepower and 170 pound-feet of torque. The SE and Titanium models come with a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that makes a substantial 178 horses and 184 pound-feet of torque. SE and Titanium shoppers can also choose to add a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that increases output to 240 horses and 270 pound-feet of torque. With the base engine, the Escape can tow up to 1,500 pounds. The 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine is capable of towing up to 2,000 pounds. With the Class II Trailer Tow package, the 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine can tow up to 3,500 pounds.
The 2015 Chevrolet Equinox also comes with a powerful engine lineup. The standard 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine makes 182 horses and 172 pound-feet of torque. For greater output, shoppers can choose the available 3.6-liter V6 that makes 301 horses and 272 pound-feet of torque. Four-cylinder models can tow up to 1,500 pounds. With the V6 engine, the Equinox can tow up to 3,500 pounds.
The 2015 Ford Escape takes the lead in this category. High-tech standard safety equipment includes a rearview camera, which helps drivers back up safely. The MyKey system sets speed and stereo volume limits for teens and valets. The top-trim Titanium can be equipped with safety systems that optimize driver vigilance, including blind-spot warning and cross-traffic alert.
The Chevy Equinox also offers safety perks. Standard OnStar telecommunications helps drivers out of sticky situations with features like remote door unlocking and an emergency assistance button. Like the Escape, it offers standard antilock disc brakes and traction and stability control to help guard against unnecessary accidents.
With its padded, supportive seating and excellent quality materials, the 2015 Ford Escape is the easy winner for passenger space. This crossover offers a competitive amount of legroom. The reclining rear seat increases passenger comfort during long trips. In back, drivers can fill 34.3 cubic feet of cargo space with groceries and other everyday items. With the rear seats folded, that space increases to 68.1 cubes.
The Chevy Equinox isn't far behind, thanks to its comfortable seating and stylish cabin. All passengers can expect a healthy dose of legroom. In back, the Equinox offers 31.5 cubic feet of cargo space. Folding down the rear seat creates 63.7 cubes.
It was a close call, but the 2015 Chevrolet Equinox has the edge in this category. The entry-level LS is packed with high-tech features. An in-car Wi-Fi connection lets passengers stay connected on the go. Bluetooth phone connectivity means drivers can make hands-free calls. Keyless entry saves time in the parking lot.
The 2015 Ford Escape also comes with a wide range of helpful standard features. The Sync voice command system lets drivers browse infotainment apps without taking their eyes from the road. As with the Equinox, drivers can enjoy standard keyless entry and Bluetooth technology.
Learn More about the Ford Escape
Although both models have much to offer the modern driver, the 2015 Ford Escape is the better crossover vehicle. Inside, passengers have plenty of room to spread out. Seating remains comfortable throughout long commutes. The entry-level model offers a wide range of features tailored to create a high-tech, modern ride. The engine lineup is powerful and fuel-efficient.