2020 Ford Escape

2020 Ford Escape vs Chevrolet Equinox

Savvy car-buyers are comparing their options for their next compact SUV. Two models that continually go head-to-head are the 2020 Ford Escape and the 2020 Chevrolet Equinox.

The all-new, redesigned Ford Escape includes a fresh lineup of engines with added horsepower, more standard safety technology, and a new hybrid model. The Chevrolet Equinox was redesigned in 2018 but the 2020 model year does add some additional safety technology features. Overall, many consumers opt for the Ford Escape thanks to its strong yet fuel efficient engines, roomy interior, standard safety features, and cargo space.

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2020 Ford Escape vs Chevrolet Equinox Performance

The Escape's new powertrain lineup features an eight-speed automatic transmission. The EcoBoost technology utilizes a deactivation feature to improve fuel efficiency by shutting down one cylinder when prudent. This allows the Escape to achieve one of the highest fuel economy ratings in its class. Further, if you're looking for a hybrid, your only option is the Ford Escape. The Equinox comes standard with a six-speed transmission with a pricey upgrade to nine speeds. However, at the end of the day, both vehicle's top engines can tow the same amount.

2020 Ford Escape vs Chevrolet Equinox Performance
Ford Escape
Chevrolet Equinox
Base 180 hpBase 170 hp
Top 250 hpTop 252 hp
Towing capacity: 3,500 lbsTowing capacity: 3,500 lbs
27 mpg city / 33 mpg highway 22-26 mpg city / 29-31 mpg highway
Hybrid available
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2020 Ford Escape vs Chevrolet Equinox Seating/Storage/Cargo

When it comes to cargo space, the Escape is the clear winner. Both vehicles seat five, but the Escape is noted for comfortably fitting tall adults in both front and back, with its rear bench sliding up to six inches for customized legroom. The Equinox's optional sunroof lowers the rear seat's headroom and has less cargo space than its Ford competitor.

Ford Escape
Chevrolet Equinox
Seats fiveSeats five
33.5 cubic feet behind rear seat29.9 cubic feet behind rear seat
65.4 cubic feet with rear seat folded63.9 cubic feet with rear seat folded
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2020 Ford Escape vs Chevrolet Equinox Technology Features

The total technology options on these two SUVS is similar. You'll notice a difference in standard vs available features, but generally all of the expected technology can be configured on each model. The usability is a key distinction, as the Equinox's screens are thought to have glare from the driver's viewing angle and too many menus for simple adjustments, making it less user-friendly.

2020 Ford Escape vs Chevrolet Equinox Technology Features
Ford Escape
Chevrolet Equinox
SYNC 3 systemInfotainment 3
8" touchscreen display8" touchscreen
NavigationNavigation
Android AutoAndroid Auto
Apple CarPlayApple CarPlay
10-speaker premium audioSeven speaker premium audio
Satellite radioSatellite Radio
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2020 Ford Escape vs Chevrolet Equinox Safety Features

Ford's 2020 lineup is perhaps best known for its CoPilot360, a suite of advanced safety technology that comes standard on all its vehicles. The Equinox's standard features are more limited. Additionally, the Ford Escape has available features not found on the Chevrolet model, including heads-up display, parallel parking assist, and evasive steering assist.

Ford Escape
Chevrolet Equinox
Rear view cameraRear view camera
Blind spot monitoringLane departure warning
Rear cross traffic alertForward collision warning
Lane keep assistForward automatic emergency braking
Curve controlLane keep assist
Driver drowsiness monitoringPedestrian detection
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2020 Ford Escape vs Chevrolet Equinox Safety Features

2020 Ford Escape vs Chevrolet Equinox Interior

While the interior features between both of these SUV models are similar, third party reviews consistently place the quality of the 2020 Ford Escape's interior above that of the 2020 Chevrolet Equinox. A few negative remarks point out the Equinox's extensive hard plastic finishing with inconsistent textures throughout the cabin. The Escape has more soft-touch surfaces for a higher-end look on the dashboard and doors.

2020 Ford Escape vs Chevrolet Equinox Interior
Ford Escape
Chevrolet Equinox
Standard cloth seatsStandard cloth seats
Sliding rear seatsOptional leather upholstery
Optional synthetic or genuine leather upholsteryOptional power-adjustable front seats
Optional power-adjustable front seats Optional heated front and rear seats
Optional heated front seatsOptional heated steering wheel
Optional heated steering wheelOptional sunroof
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Why Buy From Heritage Ford near Louisville, KY?

Heritage Ford is the number one destination for budget-conscious car shoppers who need a reliable vehicle. Aside from our popular 2020 Ford Escape model, we also carry a wide variety of sedans, SUVs, pickup trucks, and sports cars designed with the latest technology for powerful, efficient engines and comfortable, tech-integrated interiors.

Our team is experienced in working with all budget and credit situations and can get you an unbeatable deal on down payments and interest rates. Our Service Center is standing by to keep your new or used Ford vehicle in tip-top shape for the longevity and dependability you expect from your vehicle.

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