2018 Ford Escape vs Chevy Equinox

Small crossover SUVs are among the most popular vehicles on the roads today. Drivers in Newtown Square, 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 the Chevy Equinox, are both solid vehicles that offer a great experience and a myriad of features. However, which one is better for you? Check out our detailed comparison between the 2018 Ford Escape and the Chevy Equinox, and discover the better SUV.

Ford Escape vs Chevy Equinox

This year, both vehicles bring some new to the table. For the Ford Escape, you get a new trim level-the SEL-which gives you a laundry list of new features, including a power liftgate, the SYNC® 3 technology infotainment interface, and leather upholstery. You also get upgraded availability of safety and convenience features.

The Chevy Equinox, on the other hand, hits showroom floors completely redesigned this year. While that means lots of new and reshuffled features, it also means the beginning of a new cycle. With a largely redesigned car, there are usually bug fixes and options shuffling before it settles into a single, concise vehicle.

Tech and Trim Comparison

Fortunately, both the Ford Escape and the Chevy Equinox offer versatility as each car offers four trim levels. With the Chevy Equinox, you have the L, LS, LT, and Premier trims. As for the Ford Escape, it offers the S, SE, SEL, and Titanium trims.

At the base level, the Ford Edge 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 rearview camera, AdvanceTrac® with Roll Stability Control™, the SYNC® infotainment system, Bluetooth® connectivity, the SOS Post-Crash Alert System™, and the Remote Keyless-Entry System.

The Chevy Equinox has standard comparable features, such as its StabiliTrak® electronic stability control system. However, that system doesn't have Curve Control, which slows the vehicle down when it senses it's gong to fast around a curve-the Ford Escape does have Curve Control.

The SE trim, which is comparable to the base trim of the Equinox, adds soundproofing, fog lamps, Dual-Zone Electronic Automatic Climate Control, SiriusXM® Satellite Radio, heated seats, along with a wealth of options. Some of these options include the high-tech SYNC® 3 infotainment system, 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 you get with the Ford. In fact, there are no base level features packages for the Equinox, and it doesn't have a towing package at all, nor can it upgrade its stereo system to the nine speakers Ford offers.


The 1.5L turbo engine on the Chevy Equinox puts out 170 horsepower, while the equivalent 1.5L EcoBoost® engine on the Ford Escape produces179 horsepower, giving you more power under the hood to get you going.

The Winner: 2018 Ford Escape at Fred Beans Ford of West Chester

If you're in the Glen Mills, Newtown Square, or Malvern areas, there's only one choice for the best small crossover, and that's the 2018 Ford Escape. Stop into Fred Beans Ford of West Chester, and test drive one to see for yourself today!

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Fred Beans Ford of West Chester

1155 West Chester Pike
Directions West Chester, PA 19382

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