Jones Auto Centers Compares 2022 Ford Escape VS 2022 Chevrolet Equinox Near Buckeye, AZ

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2022 Ford Escape

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2022 Ford Escape

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2022 Chevrolet Equinox

Safety Comparison

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For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Ford Escape have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The Chevrolet Equinox doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Ford Escape are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Chevrolet Equinox doesn’t offer height-adjustable front seat belts.

The Ford Escape has a standard driver’s side knee airbag mounted low on the dashboard. The knee airbag helps prevent the driver from sliding under the seatbelts or the main frontal airbag; this keeps the driver better positioned during a collision for maximum protection. A knee airbag also helps keep the legs from striking the dashboard, preventing knee and leg injuries in the case of a serious frontal collision. The Equinox doesn’t offer knee airbags.

The Escape has standard Post Collision Braking, which automatically apply the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The Equinox doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Escape Titanium has a standard backup collision prevention system that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The Equinox doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

The Escape has a standard blind spot warning system which uses sensors to alert the driver to objects in the vehicle’s blind spots where the side view mirrors don’t reveal them. A system to reveal vehicles in the Equinox’s blind spot costs extra.

To help make backing out of a parking space safer, the Escape has a standard rear cross-path warning system, which uses sensors in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. Rear cross-path warning costs extra on the Equinox.

The Escape’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Equinox doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Escape and the Equinox have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front wheel drive, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive and front and rear parking sensors.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Ford Escape is safer than the Chevrolet Equinox:

Escape

Equinox

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

143

159

Neck Stress

185 lbs.

190 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

188/315 lbs.

363/349 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

102

376

Chest Compression

.5 inches

.6 inches

Leg Forces (l/r)

220/169 lbs.

264/236 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Ford Escape is safer than the Chevrolet Equinox:

Escape

Equinox

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest Movement

.9 inches

1.1 inches

Abdominal Force

191 G’s

195 G’s

Hip Force

240 lbs.

357 lbs.

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

97

288

Spine Acceleration

43 G’s

55 G’s

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

11 inches

13 inches

HIC

344

377

Spine Acceleration

32 G’s

40 G’s

Hip Force

462 lbs.

730 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Warranty Comparison

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The Escape’s corrosion warranty is unlimited miles longer than the Equinox’s (unlimited vs. 100,000 miles).

Reliability Comparison

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The Escape has a standard “limp home system” to keep drivers from being stranded if most or all of the engine’s coolant is lost. The engine will run on only half of its cylinders at a time, reduce its power and light a warning lamp on the dashboard so the driver can get to a service station for repairs. The Equinox doesn’t offer a lost coolant limp home mode, so a coolant leak could strand you or seriously damage the truck’s engine.

Engine Comparison

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The Escape’s standard 1.5 turbo 3-cylinder produces 11 more horsepower (181 vs. 170) than the Equinox’s 1.5 turbo 4-cylinder. The Escape’s optional 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder produces 80 more horsepower (250 vs. 170) and 77 lbs.-ft. more torque (280 vs. 203) than the Equinox’s 1.5 turbo 4-cylinder.

As tested in Car and Driver the Ford Escape turbo 3 cyl. is faster than the Chevrolet Equinox:

Escape

Equinox

Zero to 60 MPH

7.7 sec

8.9 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

23.5 sec

26.8 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

8.3 sec

9.6 sec

Quarter Mile

15.9 sec

16.9 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

87 MPH

83 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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On the EPA test cycle the Escape gets better mileage than the Equinox:

MPG

Escape

FWD

1.5 turbo 3-cyl.

28 city/34 hwy

AWD

1.5 turbo 3-cyl.

26 city/31 hwy

Equinox

FWD

1.5 turbo 4-cyl.

26 city/31 hwy

AWD

1.5 turbo 4-cyl.

25 city/30 hwy

An engine control system that can shut down some of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Escape 1.5 Turbo’s fuel efficiency. The Equinox doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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For better stopping power the Escape’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Equinox:

Escape

Equinox

Front Rotors

13 inches

11.8 inches

Rear Rotors

11.9 inches

11.3 inches

The Escape stops much shorter than the Equinox:

Escape

Equinox

70 to 0 MPH

161 feet

182 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

128 feet

135 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

137 feet

145 feet

Consumer Reports

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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The Escape has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Escape flat and controlled during cornering. The Equinox’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

The Escape has variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Equinox doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

The Escape SE AWD handles at .87 G’s, while the Equinox LT AWD pulls only .77 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Escape Titanium AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Equinox LT AWD (27.7 seconds @ .64 average G’s vs. 28.1 seconds @ .59 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Escape’s turning circle is .2 feet tighter than the Equinox’s (37.2 feet vs. 37.4 feet). The Escape’s turning circle is 4.4 feet tighter than the Equinox RS’ (37.2 feet vs. 41.6 feet).

Passenger Space Comparison

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The Escape has 1.5 inches more front legroom, 1 inch more front hip room, .4 inches more front shoulder room, .8 inches more rear headroom, .8 inches more rear legroom, 1.6 inches more rear hip room and .5 inches more rear shoulder room than the Equinox.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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The Escape has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Equinox with its rear seat up (37.5 vs. 29.9 cubic feet). The Escape has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Equinox with its rear seat folded (65.4 vs. 63.9 cubic feet).

The Escape’s cargo area is larger than the Equinox’s in every dimension:

Escape

Equinox

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

37.8”/68.5”

34.9”/67.4”

Max Width

57.3”

53.7”

Min Width

41.4”

40.7”

Height

34.8”

31”

Ergonomics Comparison

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The Escape Titanium offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed and navigation instruction readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Equinox doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The Escape SEL/Titanium’s front and rear power windows all open or close with one touch of the switches. The Equinox’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully.

The Escape’s standard speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The Equinox’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted. The Escape Titanium’s standard wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield.

The Escape Titanium’s optional Active Park Assist 2.0 can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, starting, stopping and changing direction automatically. The Equinox Premier’s automatic parking system requires operating the brakes and transmission to safely park.

Economic Advantages Comparison

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Insurance will cost less for the Escape owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Escape with a number “5” insurance rate while the Equinox is rated higher at a number “8” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Escape is less expensive to operate than the Equinox because it costs $527 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Escape than the Equinox, including $161 less for a water pump, $139 less for front brake pads, $40 less for a starter, $281 less for fuel injection and $373 less for a fuel pump.

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