WARRANTY & RELIABILITY
The Equinox’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the Escape’s (6 vs. 5 years).
J.D. Power and Associates rated the Equinox first among compact suvs in their 2019 Initial Quality Study. The Escape isn’t in the top three in its category. J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are more reliable than Ford vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet fourth in reliability, above the industry average. With 31 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ford is ranked 16th.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
The 2020 Chevrolet Equinox standard 1.5 turbo 4 cyl. produces 26 lbs.-ft. more torque (203 vs. 177) than the Escape’s standard 1.5 turbo 3 cyl. A nine-speed automatic is standard on the Chevrolet Equinox 2.0 turbo 4 cyl., for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only an eight-speed automatic is available for the Escape.
TIRES, WHEELS & CHASSIS
For better traction, the Equinox Premier’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Escape (235/50R19 vs. 225/65R17).
The Equinox Premier’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Escape’s optional 55 series tires. The Equinox has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The Escape doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.
The Equinox uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Escape doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.
PASSENGER & CARGO CAPACITY
For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Equinox’s rear seats recline. The Escape rear seats don’t recline. Pressing a switch automatically lowers the Equinox LT/Premier’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The Escape doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.
The 2020 Chevrolet Equinox can be flat towed on all four wheels (dinghy towed), allowing recreational vehicle owners to bring it with them on the road. When they reach their destination, the Equinox can be unhitched and driven around locally. The Escape can’t be towed flat on the ground.
The Equinox’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge - which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The Escape does not have an oil pressure gauge.
The Equinox’s front and rear power windows all open fully with one touch of the switches and its driver’s window also automatically closes, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Escape’s standard power window switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully. Only its front windows open automatically.
On a hot day the Equinox’s driver can lower all the windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Escape can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.
The Equinox’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Ford only offers heated mirrors on the Escape SE/SEL/Titanium.
When the Equinox with available tilt-down mirrors is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The Escape’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.
The Equinox offers optional automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Escape offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.
Both the Equinox and the Escape offer available heated front seats. The Equinox Premier also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the Escape.
Optional air-conditioned seats in the Equinox Premier keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The Escape doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.
To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Chevrolet Equinox Premier has a standard wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. The Escape doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.
According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Equinox is less expensive to operate than the Escape because typical repairs cost much less on the Equinox than the Escape, including $601 less for a muffler, $58 less for front struts, $259 less for a timing belt/chain and $117 less for a power steering pump.
The Chevrolet Equinox outsold the Ford Escape by 38% during the 2019 model year.