Small crossover SUVs are among the most popular vehicles on the road today. Drivers in West Chester, Glen Mills, and Malvern love these vehicles for their versatility, performance, comfort, driving experience, and range of technology features. Since this class is so popular, however, competition is fierce to be the top dog.

Consistently, Ford and Chevy come out as high-level competitors for leader of the pack. Their entries, the Ford Escape and Chevy Equinox, are both solid vehicles that offer a great experience and myriad of features. Which one is better for you, though?

To help you figure it out, the team at Fred Beans Ford of West Chester has stepped in. Check out our detailed comparison between the 2020 Ford Escape vs. Chevy Equinox below and discover the better SUV for your unique needs.

2020 Ford Escape

2020 Chevy Equinox

Standard Horsepower



Max Torque

280 lb-ft

260 lb-ft

Hybrid Engine


Not Available

Trim Levels



Curve Control


Not Available

2020 Ford Escape vs 2020 Chevy Equinox: Model Overview

This year, both vehicles bring something new to the table. For the 2020 Escape, you get a new trim level-the Escape SE Hybrid-which gives you a laundry list of new features, including an unmatched hybrid performance that gets you farther on one tank of gas. You also get upgraded availability of safety and convenience features.

The Chevy Equinox, on the other hand, hits showroom floors after a redesign a few years ago. While that meant a lot of new and reshuffled features, it also means this model will offer a similar performance and features as last year. Though it has settled into a single, concise vehicle, advancements may be limiting. Of course, there's only one way to find out.

2020 Escape vs 2020 Equinox: Tech & Trim Comparison

Fortunately, both the 2020 Escape and 2020 Equinox are quite versatile as they each offer multiple trim levels.

With the Chevy Equinox, you'll have four trim levels to choose from: L, LS, LT, and Premier. As for the Ford Escape, it offers five trims: S, SE, SE Sport Hybrid, SEL, and Titanium-giving you slightly more options.

At the base level, the Ford Escape gives you advanced technology like the Ford MyKey® parental control functions to set speed limits, geofencing, sound limits, and the like for teen drivers. Not only that, but you also receive a Rear View Camera, AdvanceTrac® with Roll Stability Control™, Ford Co-Pilot360™ driving aids, Bluetooth® connectivity, SOS Post-Crash Alert System™, and Remote Keyless-Entry System at the base S trim.

The Chevy Equinox has comparable standard features, such as StabiliTrak, an electronic stability control system. However, that system doesn't have Curve Control, which slows the vehicle down when it senses it's going too fast around a curve. On the other hand, the Ford Escape does have Curve Control.

The SE trim of the Ford Escape, which is comparable to the base trim of the Equinox, adds soundproofing, Electronic Automatic Climate Control, and SiriusXM® Satellite Radio. It also adds the high-tech SYNC® 3 infotainment system, along with a wealth of other options. Some of these options include an auto-dimming rearview mirror, more USB ports, and a hands-free, foot-activated liftgate.

The Equinox, while well-appointed and including many of these features, doesn't add nearly the full range of options and customizability that you get with the Ford. In fact, there are no base-level feature packages for the Equinox. It also doesn't have a towing package at all nor can you upgrade its stereo system to the 10 speakers that Ford offers.

Ford Escape vs Chevrolet Equinox: Engine Lineup

Performance is key when looking for a new crossover, and both Ford and Chevy know this. That's why two traditional engines are available for both models, allowing you to have the perfect amount of power for your daily duties.

The 2020 Escape comes standard with a 1.5L EcoBoost® powertrain. This generates up to 181 horsepower and is paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive. However, Intelligent All-Wheel Drive is available for all trims.

The 2020 Equinox is also powered by a 1.5L engine. However, it only boasts 170 horsepower, giving you a little less oomph behind the wheel. Additionally, with this model, you'll receive a 6-speed automatic transmission, offering fewer gears to play with.

When we look at upgraded engines, the theme continues. Available for the Ford Escape is the elevated 2.0L EcoBoost®, which rules the roads with an impressive 280 lb-ft of torque. The Chevy Equinox is also available with a 2.0L turbo engine. However, it lacks in extra power, offering a torque of only 260 lb-ft.

This isn't considering the two hybrid engines available for the 2020 Escape. To elevate fuel economy, you have your choice of engine for the hybrid trim. This really lets you find a powertrain that's perfect for your travels…

  • 2.5L Atkinson Cycle Hybrid engine: 200 horsepower
  • 2.5L Atkinson Cycle Plug-In Hybrid engine: 221 horsepower

2020 Ford Escape vs Chevy Equinox: The Choice Is Yours

It's clear that both crossovers bring a lot to the table. However, we think the choices you get with the Ford Escape when it comes to technology, trims, and engines make this model worth checking out. You can easily do this by scheduling a test drive at Fred Beans Ford of West Chester today.

We proudly welcome all drivers in the Glen Mills, West Chester, and Malvern areas to get behind the wheel and see what else this remarkable vehicle has to offer. Schedule your appointment soon, and we'll see you on the lot!

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