2019 Ford Escape vs Chevrolet Equinox
In the compact crossover segment, the 2019 Ford Escape and Chevrolet Equinox have the home-team advantage, appealing to American drivers with their fuel-efficient power and plush comfort. Which of these sporty crossovers is right for your daily drive? Our comparison guide will help you make the right choice.
Comfiest Road Trip: 2019 Ford Escape
In the Escape, comfort abounds. The seats are supportive, the climate control creates that just-right temperature, and road and wind noise is always at a minimum. On higher trims, you'll even find downright luxury, compliments of the soft leather upholstery and cozy seat heaters.
The Chevrolet Equinox definitely has its comfortable points. For starters, seating is roomy and supportive. However, up front, the air conditioning vents are in an odd spot, making it hard to get a good angle when you need a blast of cool air. If you live in a hot climate, you may feel a little letdown by the leather upholstery, which can be stifling.
Safest Commute: It's a Tie!
These crossovers deliver the goods. In government crash tests, both the Ford Escape and the Chevrolet Equinox earned perfect five-star ratings for overall protection. And, with their high-tech driver aids - like forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking - you'll enjoy peace of mind, even on fast-moving, jam-packed highways.
Peak Fuel Economy: 2019 Chevrolet Equinox
Here, the Equinox's diesel powertrain gives it the edge. This 1.6-liter four-cylinder diesel engine achieves up to 28 city/39 highway mpg. It also provides a nimble performance, thanks to its 137 horses and 240 pound-feet of torque. In the 2019 Escape, you can earn up to 23/30 mpg, depending on which powertrain you select.
Sportiest Utility: 2019 Ford Escape
Both the Escape and the Equinox offer all-wheel drive to help drivers maintain composure on icy streets and light off-road trails. Both crossovers also provide roof rails to help you transport your favorite gear, even kayaks and surfboards.
However, the Escape is our pick for utility. The Escape has more cargo space than the Equinox, with 34 cubic feet behind the rear seats and 68 cubes with the seats folded down. By comparison, the Equinox has 29.9 cubic feet behind the rear seats and 63.9 cubic feet of maximum cargo space.
In the end, the 2019 Ford Escape is our first choice. We think you'll agree that it's the best crossover for your daily drive. Inside, you'll find rich comfort and generous passenger space. It also combines sporty utility - such as all-wheel drive - with impressive cargo space.