2017 Ford Escape vs 2017 Chevy Equinox

The small crossover class has become one of the most popular vehicle segments. This popularity has led to a great amount of competition within this class. It is only fair that two of the of the companies with the longest rivalry with bring their battle into this segment. The 2017 Ford Escape vs the 2017 Chevy Equinox looks at the two most recent entries these iconic companies have made in the compact crossover class.

The competition begins under the hood. Both crossovers offer base four-cylinder engines, a 2.4-liter on the Equinox and a turbocharged 1.5-liter on the Escape. The engines offer similar horsepower ratings, but by turbocharging a smaller engine, the Escape is able to take a distinct edge when comparing fuel economy ratings. The Escape earned an estimated 23 city/30 highway miles per gallon while the Equinox checked in at 20 city/28 highway.

Storage space is an important factor most crossover shoppers consider when determining which model to buy. The 2017 Ford Escape is able outperform the 2017 Chevy Equinox in this comparison. With the rear seats folded down, the Escape offers a maximum storage capacity of 67.8 cubic feet. This number is over five cubic feet larger than what is offered on the Equinox.

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2017 Ford Escape VS 2017 Chevy Equinox
179-hp 1.5-liter four-cylinder Base Engine 182-hp 2.4-liter four-cylinder
23 city/30 highway Fuel Economy 20 city/28 highway
67.8 cubic feet Storage Space 63.7 cubic feet
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2017 Ford Escape Interior and Trim Levels

The interior on the Escape is capable of more than just hauling cargo. Ford has equipped the crossover with a long list of great features, spread out over three trim levels. Base S Escape models come equipped with automatic headlights, LED taillights, a rearview camera, MyKey parental controls and Bluetooth, USB and auxiliary connectivity.

Moving up to the SE trim sees the addition of dual-zone climate control, rear air vents, upgraded upholstery, a rear center armrest, satellite radio, a rear privacy glass and steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters. Several available packages pack on even more features, including LED daytime running lights, rear parking sensors, a 110-volt power outlet, the Sync 3 infotainment system, dual USB ports, leather upholstery and a blind spot monitoring system with rear cross traffic alerts.

Finally, sitting at the top of the trim levels is the Escape Titanium. This luxury-oriented trim adds a foot sensor for the power liftgate, keyless entry and ignition, and a 10-speaker Sony sound system with HD radio.

With its long list of standard features, powerful and efficient engine and ample storage space, the 2017 Ford Escape is set to change the expectations placed on the small crossover class.

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2017 Ford Escape dash and display