Time and time again, we see buyers who need an affordable and refined crossover find their perfect match in the Ford Escape. The agile five-seater lands somewhere at the crossroads of cutting-edge connectivity, confidence-enhancing safety, and fuel efficiency fit for the 21st century.
Here we continue to test how the Ford favorite holds up in a market full of staunch competitors, this time pitting the 2021 Ford Escape against the rivaling 2021 Chevy Trailblazer crossover SUV.
2021 Ford Escape
2021 Chevy Trailblazer
|181-hp 1.5L EcoBoost® inline-3||Baseline Engine||137-hp 1.2L turbocharged inline-3|
|Up to 34 mpg highway||Fuel Economy (gas)||Up to 31 mpg highway|
|34.4 - 37.5 cubic feet||Cargo Volume||25.3 cubic feet|
Research reveals that the 2021 Ford Escape has a more powerful base engine, better highway fuel economy, and more interior space than the rivaling 2021 Chevy Trailblazer crossover SUV. A deeper dive into the Escape’s highlights makes its competitive edge even more evident. Even the base-level Escape comes loaded with selectable drive modes, voice recognition, an in-vehicle Wi-Fi hotspot, and a Ford Co-Pilot360 safety suite. That suite includes a blind-spot monitoring system, lane-keeping assistance, automatic high-beam headlights, and automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection.
The Escape’s spacious cargo hold is enhanced by a sliding rear seat that glides fore and aft to provide a flexible balance of storage and passenger space. With the bench pushed all the way forward, the 2021 Ford Escape offers 37.5 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats alone. Moving it back gives backseat occupants up to 40.7 inches of legroom. These numbers are competitive in the ranks for compact crossovers.
Escape fans near the Atlanta area can test drive the newest iteration of Ford’s flagship crossover firsthand when they visit the Akins Ford dealership in Winder, GA.