2021 Ford Escape vs Chevy Equinox

Ford Escape

In a midsize SUV, like the Ford Escape or the Chevy Equinox, you can comfortably navigate Wilmington, New Castle, and Newark, DE, year-round. But how do you know which one has the performance, technology, and safety features you want in your next ride?

Our team at Sheridan Ford wants to help you decide. After you find out how these two fierce competitors match up head to head, feel free to contact us today!

Ford Escape vs Chevy Equinox: Interior Dimensions & Cargo

Ford Escape Interior Ford Escape Interior Dimensions

At first glance, these SUVs appear quite similar. They both offer comfortable seating for up to five passengers. In the Ford Escape, though, you’ll have over an inch of additional front legroom, which can be especially helpful when it comes to stretching out on longer drives:

2021 Ford Escape

2021 Chevy Equinox

Front Headroom

40 inches

40 inches

Front Legroom

42.4 inches

40.9 inches

Max Cargo Volume

65.4 cubic feet

63.9 cubic feet

The Ford Escape also offers a bit more cargo room behind the first row than its Chevy competitor. In the 2021 Ford Escape, you’ll find a maximum cargo volume of 65.4 cubic feet, and in the 2021 Chevy Equinox, you’ll find a maximum cargo volume of 63.9 cubic feet.

2021 Ford Escape vs 2021 Chevy Equinox: Efficiency, Power, & Towing

Ford Escape Towing

2021 Ford Escape vs Chevy Equinox: Engine Comparison

2021 Ford Escape

2021 Chevy Equinox

EPA-estimated 28 city/34 highway MPG

EPA-estimated 26 city/31 highway MPG

250 max horsepower

170 max horsepower

3,500-lb. max towing capacity

1,500-lb. max towing capacity

Along with having a comfortable cabin, efficiency likely sits high on your list of priorities. The Chevy Equinox offers an available EPA-estimated 26 city/31 highway MPG. However, the Ford Escape delivers extra cruising miles with an available EPA-estimated 28 city/34 highway MPG.

Ford Escape Engine SpecsIf you want optimal fuel economy, you can also choose either a hybrid or a plug-in hybrid 2021 Ford Escape model. Over in the 2021 Chevy Equinox, you won’t have the option to choose a hybrid or a plug-in hybrid model.

Under the hood of the Chevy Equinox, a 170-horsepower engine—the only option—puts some pep in your step. Once again, though, the Ford Escape comes out on top with its optional 250-horsepower engine that delivers quicker acceleration and responsiveness.

When properly equipped, the 2021 Ford Escape can also tow up to 3,500 pounds. That means you can easily upgrade weekend getaways and family vacations by bringing along over-sized outdoor toys, like a small recreational boat or a camping trailer. Drivers may find the 2021 Chevy Equinox more limiting since it offers a maximum towing capacity of just 1,500 pounds.

Ford Escape vs Chevy Equinox: Safety & Driver Assistance

Ford Escape Safety FeaturesTo help keep you and your loved ones safe on the open road, both SUVs come with a variety of driver-assist features. In the 2021 Ford Escape, you’ll find:

  • Pre-Collision Assist with Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB)
  • Auto High-Beam Headlamps
  • Lane-Keeping System

Although the 2021 Chevy Equinox comes standard with features like these, only the Ford Escape comes standard with the BLIS® (Blind Spot Information System) with Cross-Traffic Alert. It warns you with an audible and visual alert if it detects a fellow driver in your blind spot or behind your vehicle while you’re backing up.

Additionally, the 2021 Ford Escape offers an available intelligent Active Park Assist 2.0 system. When you park in a parallel or perpendicular spot, this system streamlines the process by handling the steering. Simply stop, shift into Neutral, and hold down the Active Park Assist button. Unfortunately, the Chevy Equinox does not offer a comparable feature to this one.

Final Call: 2021 Ford Escape or 2021 Chevy Equinox?

Although the Chevy Equinox offers some similar features, in the end the Ford Escape is more efficient, has a larger towing capacity, and offers exclusive amenities. Contact us at Sheridan Ford to get behind the wheel of the 2021 Ford Escape near Wilmington, New Castle, and Newark, DE, today!

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