North Georgia Ford Compares 2013 Ford Escape VS 2013 Chevrolet Equinox Near Ellijay, GA

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2013 Ford Escape

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2013 Chevrolet Equinox

Safety Comparison

The Escape (except S/SE) offers optional Reverse/Forward Sensing System to help warn the driver about vehicles, pedestrians or other obstacles behind or, optionally, in front of the vehicle. The Equinox doesn’t offer a front parking aid.

To help make backing safer, the Escape SEL/Titanium’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The Equinox doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the Escape and the Equinox have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front-wheel drive, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

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:





4 Stars

4 Stars

Chest Compression

.4 inches

.4 inches

Neck Injury Risk



Neck Compression

126 lbs.

209 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

403/116 lbs.

520/267 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:



Front Seat


5 Stars

4 Stars

Chest Movement

.4 inches

1.4 inches

Abdominal Force

96 G’s

180 G’s

Hip Force

351 lbs.

547 lbs.

Into Pole


5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

44 G’s

63 G’s

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

Warranty Comparison

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

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2012 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Ford vehicles are more reliable than Chevrolet vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 8th in reliability, above the industry average. With 11 more problems per 100 vehicles, Chevrolet is ranked 13th.

Engine Comparison

As tested in Consumer Reports the Ford Escape 1.6 ECOBoost is faster than the Chevrolet Equinox 4 cyl.:



Zero to 30 MPH

3.4 sec

3.8 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

9.9 sec

10.7 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

6.5 sec

7.3 sec

Quarter Mile

17.5 sec

18 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

80.5 MPH

79.8 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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




1.6 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

23 city/33 hwy

22 city/32 hwy

2.4 4 cyl.

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

22 city/30 hwy

17 city/24 hwy



1.6 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

22 city/30 hwy

20 city/29 hwy

2.4 4 cyl.

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

21 city/28 hwy

16 city/23 hwy


The Escape has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Equinox doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Escape stops shorter than the Equinox:



60 to 0 MPH

133 feet

138 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

139 feet

154 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Escape has larger tires than the Equinox (235/55R17 vs. 225/65R17).

The Escape’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Equinox’s standard 65 series tires. The Escape Titanium’s tires have a lower 45 series profile than the Equinox’s optional 55 series tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Escape has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Equinox’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The Escape’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions, which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Equinox doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For better maneuverability, the Escape’s turning circle is 1.3 feet tighter than the Equinox w/standard wheels’ (38.7 feet vs. 40 feet). The Escape’s turning circle is 3.9 feet tighter than the Equinox w/19" wheels’ (38.7 feet vs. 42.6 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Escape has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Equinox (7.9 vs. 6.9 inches), allowing the Escape to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis Comparison

The Ford Escape may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 300 to 400 pounds less than the Chevrolet Equinox.

The Escape is 9.7 inches shorter than the Equinox, making the Escape easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The front grille of the Escape (except 2.0L ECOBoost) uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Equinox doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Escape has 1.9 inches more front legroom, .2 inches more front hip room, .2 inches more front shoulder room and 1.3 inches more rear hip room than the Equinox.

The front step up height for the Escape is 1.2 inches lower than the Equinox (16.8” vs. 18”). The Escape’s rear step up height is .8 inches lower than the Equinox’s (17.5” vs. 18.25”).

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Escape has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the Equinox with its rear seat up (34.3 vs. 31.5 cubic feet). The Escape has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the Equinox with its rear seat folded (67.8 vs. 63.7 cubic feet).

A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the Escape easier. The Escape’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 27.3 inches, while the Equinox’s liftover is 28.8 inches.

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Escape Titanium’s liftgate can be opened just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The Equinox doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its liftgate, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Ergonomics Comparison

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

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Escape SE/SEL/Titanium’s exterior keypad. The Equinox doesn’t offer an exterior keypad entry system, and its OnStar ® can’t unlock the doors if the vehicle doesn’t have cell phone reception or the driver can’t contact the service.

Advanced Key System optional on the Escape (except S/SE) allows the driver to unlock the doors, cargo door and start the engine all without removing a key from pocket or purse. This eliminates searching for keys before loading groceries, getting in the car in bad weather or making a hurried start to your trip. The Chevrolet Equinox doesn’t offer an advanced key system.

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 SEL/Titanium’s optional wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield.

Consumer Reports rated the Escape’s headlight performance “Good,” a higher rating than the Equinox’s headlights, which were rated “Fair.”

The Escape’s optional dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. The Equinox doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

Both the Escape and the Equinox offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the Escape has standard rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The Equinox doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

A built-in pollen filter removes pollen, exhaust fumes and other pollutants from the Escape’s passenger compartment. This helps prevent lung and/or sinus irritation, which can trigger allergies or asthma. The Equinox doesn’t offer a filtration system.

The Escape (except S) offers an optional 115-volt a/c outlet in the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters, which can break or get misplaced. The Equinox doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

The Escape SEL/Titanium’s optional Active Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Equinox doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Recommendations Comparison

The Ford Escape outsold the Chevrolet Equinox by 24% during the 2012 model year.

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