North Georgia Ford Compares 2017 Ford Escape VS 2017 Volvo V60 Near Calhoun, GA

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2017 Ford Escape

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2017 Volvo V60

Safety Comparison

Both the Escape and the V60 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, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, available crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, front and rear parking sensors, rear cross-path warning and driver alert monitors.

Warranty Comparison

Ford’s powertrain warranty covers the Escape 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Volvo covers the V60. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the V60 ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are over 11 times as many Ford dealers as there are Volvo dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Escape’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without their vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports predicts that the Escape’s reliability will be 13% better than the V60.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Escape third among compact suvs in their 2016 Initial Quality Study. The V60 isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Ford vehicles are better in initial quality than Volvo vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 11th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 50 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volvo is ranked 30th, below the industry average.

Engine Comparison

As tested in Motor Trend the Ford Escape turbo 4 cyl. is faster than the V60 T5:




Zero to 60 MPH

6.8 sec

6.9 sec

Quarter Mile

15.2 sec

15.3 sec

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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 V60 doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Escape stops shorter than the V60:





60 to 0 MPH

116 feet

125 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Escape has larger tires than the V60 (235/55R17 vs. 215/50R17).

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Escape has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The V60’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 V60 doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

The Escape’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (57.8% to 42.2%) than the V60’s (60.4% to 39.6%). This gives the Escape more stable handling and braking.

The Escape Titanium AWD handles at .85 G’s, while the V60 T5 pulls only .84 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

Chassis Comparison

The Escape is 4.4 inches shorter than the V60, 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 V60 doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Escape has 1.2 inches more front headroom, 1.2 inches more front legroom, 1.4 inches more rear headroom and 3.8 inches more rear legroom than the V60.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Escape SE/Titanium’s rear seats recline. The V60’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Escape has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the V60 with its rear seat up (34 vs. 28 cubic feet). The Escape has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the V60 with its rear seat folded (68 vs. 43.8 cubic feet).

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Escape’s cargo door can be opened just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The Escape also (except S) offers an optional power cargo door, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button or just by kicking your foot under the back bumper. The V60 doesn’t offer a power or hands-free opening trunk.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Escape Titanium’s standard easy entry system glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The V60 doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

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/Titanium’s exterior keypad. The V60 doesn’t offer an exterior keypad entry system.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Escape has standard extendable sun visors. The V60 doesn’t offer extendable visors.

The Escape (except S) offers an optional 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The V60 doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Escape owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Escape will cost $925 to $4255 less than the V60 over a five-year period.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Escape is less expensive to operate than the V60 because it costs $261 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Escape than the V60, including $237 less for a water pump, $359 less for an alternator, $48 less for front brake pads, $225 less for a starter, $271 less for fuel injection, $423 less for a fuel pump and $91 less for front struts.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Ford Escape will be $8496 to $26884 less than for the Volvo V60.

Recommendations Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Escape second among compact suvs in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The V60 isn’t in the top three.

The Ford Escape outsold the Volvo 60 Series by over ten to one during the 2016 model year.

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