2017 Chevy Equinox vs. 2017 Ford Escape

2017 Chevrolet Equinox

2017 Chevrolet Equinox

2017 Ford Escape

2017 Ford Escape

A small SUV is an excellent option for many drivers. You get the maneuverability of a sedan, the performance of an SUV, and the capacity of a minivan. Pair those benefits with a sleek body style and you get a seriously crave-worthy vehicle. We’ve taken two of the most popular sporty small SUVs and compared them on the elements that matter most. We’ve put the safety, warranty, powertrain, and capacity of the 2017 Chevy Equinox and the 2017 Ford Escape head-to-head to help you determine the right choice for you.


Many SUV drivers spend time commuting with loved ones, so smart safety is clearly a top priority for most buyers. Both the Equinox and Escape come equipped with essentials like full airbag systems, front seatbelt pretensioners, Front-Wheel Drive, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, rearview cameras, traction and electronic stability control, anti-lock brakes, available All-Wheel Drive and advanced warning systems. However, the Equinox offers a few more key features.

In terms of industry safety ratings, the Equinox was named a Top Safety Pick for 2016 by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, which is a distinction the Escape did not receive. The IIHS also gave the optional front crash prevention system in the Equinox a score of 1 point, rating it as “Basic,” while the Escape got a score of 0, being rated as having no effective front crash prevention.

The IIHS further administers 40 mph small overlap frontal offset crash tests in which the Equinox received an overall rating of “Good” while the Escape was given a “Poor” overall rating.


Solid warranties can save you a lot of headaches through the life of your vehicle. The Equinox edges out the Escape with a one additional year of coverage in its corrosion warranty. Chevy also includes two years of free scheduled maintenance, while Ford does not offer this benefit.

Power and Performance

When stacking up comparable engine options available in the Equinox and the Escape, it’s easy to see that the Equinox’s drivetrain has more power. The Equinox is available in two options, the 2.4L DOHC 4-cylinder and the 3.6L DOHC V6, which produce 182 hp and 301 hp respectively. The Escape offers three options, all of which are only 4-cylinder engines. The Escape’s 2.5L DOHC engine generates 168 hp, the 1.5L turbo engine produces 179 hp, and the 2.0L turbo engine produces 245 hp.

The Equinox’s 4-cylinder engine also provides faster speeds than the Escape’s 4-cylinder turbo engine, accelerating from 0 to 60 mph in 8.9 seconds while the Escape goes from 0 to 60 mph in 9.1 seconds. The Equinox 4-cylinder also delivers 0 to 100 mph acceleration in 28.4 seconds while the Escape 4-cylinder turbo engine goes from 0 to 100 mph in 31.4 seconds.

The Equinox 3.6L V6 is additionally faster than the Escape’s 2.0L turbo engine, delivering 0 to 30 mph speed in 2.5 seconds compared to 2.9 seconds in the Escape, and achieving 0 to 60 mph acceleration in 7.1 seconds contrasted with 8.2 seconds in the Escape.

Passenger and Cargo Capacity

If you’re looking for a cabin that’s roomy for both passengers and cargo, then the Equinox might just be your best bet. Passengers enjoy more space where it counts, like a full inch of added headroom, 0.1 inches more front hip room, 0.2 inches more rear headroom, 2.6 inches of additional rear legroom, and 0.1 inches more rear shoulder room. The cargo area in the Equinox is also larger, with a full seven inches of additional cargo area width, 6.9 inches more cargo space to the second-row seats, and 3 inches more space to the first-row seats.

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