Jones Ford Wickenburg Compares 2011 Ford Escape VS 2011 Chevrolet Equinox Near Wickenburg, AZ

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2011 Ford Escape

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2011 Chevrolet Equinox

Safety Comparison

The Escape’s blind spot mirrors use wide-angle convex mirrors mounted in the corner of each side view mirror to reveal objects that may be in the driver's blind spots. The Equinox doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver's blind spots.

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

Warranty Comparison

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

Reliability Comparison

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Escape has a 550-amp battery. The Equinox only offers a standard 525-amp battery.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2010 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Ford vehicles are better in initial quality than Chevrolet vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford fifth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 18 more problems per 100 vehicles, Chevrolet is ranked 12th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ surveys of the owners of three-year-old cars provide 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 35 more problems per 100 vehicles, Chevrolet is ranked 24th.

Engine Comparison

As tested in Consumer Reports the Ford Escape 4 cyl. is faster than the Chevrolet Equinox 4 cyl. (automatics tested):



Zero to 30 MPH

3.3 sec

3.8 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

10 sec

10.7 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

6.4 sec

7.3 sec

Quarter Mile

17.5 sec

18 sec

For more instantaneous acceleration and better engine flexibility in any gear, the Escape’s engines produce their peak horsepower at lower RPM’s than the Equinox:


Escape 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

6000 RPM

Escape Hybrid 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid

5000 RPM

Escape 3.0 DOHC V6

6550 RPM

Equinox 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

6700 RPM

Equinox 3.0 DOHC V6

6950 RPM

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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




2.5 4 cyl. hybrid/Auto

34 city/31 hwy

22 city/32 hwy

2.4 4 cyl./Auto


2.5 4 cyl. hybrid/Auto

30 city/27 hwy

20 city/29 hwy

2.4 4 cyl./Auto

On the EPA test cycle the Escape FWD V6 gets better fuel mileage than the Equinox FWD V6 (19 city/25 hwy vs. 17 city/25 hwy).

The Escape has a standard capless 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 capless fueling system.

Tires and Wheels Comparison

The Escape XLT/Limited offers an optional full size spare tire so your trip isn’t interrupted by a flat. A full size spare isn’t available on the Equinox, it requires you to depend on a temporary spare, which limits mileage and speed before replacement.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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 3.3 feet tighter than the Equinox’s (36.7 feet vs. 40 feet). The Escape’s turning circle is 5.9 feet tighter than the Equinox’s (36.7 feet vs. 42.6 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Escape has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Equinox (8.4 vs. 7.8 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 150 to 550 pounds less than the Chevrolet Equinox.

The Escape is 1 foot, 1.1 inches shorter than the Equinox, making the Escape easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Escape has .4 inches more front legroom, 2.2 inches more front hip room, .8 inches more front shoulder room and .6 inches more rear shoulder room than the Equinox.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Escape has a larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the Equinox with its rear seat folded (67.2 vs. 63.9 cubic feet).

The Escape’s rear cargo window opens separately from the rest of the liftgate door to allow quicker loading of small packages. The Equinox’s rear cargo window doesn’t open.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Escape’s driver’s power window opens or closes with one touch of the window control, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths. The Equinox’s power windows’ switch has to be held the entire time to close it fully.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the standard exterior keypad (not available on Escape XLS). 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.

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.

The Escape Hybrid has a 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 Limited’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.

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Escape is less expensive to operate than the Equinox because typical repairs cost much less on the Escape than the Equinox, including $250 less for a water pump, $704 less for an alternator, $16 less for front brake pads, $142 less for a starter, $348 less for fuel injection, $318 less for a fuel pump, $524 less for front struts, $128 less for a timing belt/chain and $226 less for a power steering pump.

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