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2020 Chevy Equinox vs 2020 Ford Escape – Albany, NY

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  • 2020 Chevy Equinox

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    Starting at

    $23,800

    2020 Ford Escape

    A grey 2020 Ford Escape is facing right.

    Starting at

    $24,885

    170 - 252 HPHorsepower180 - 250 HP
    3,500 LBSTowing Capacity3,500 LBS
    63.9 CU. FT.Cargo Volume60.8 CU. FT.

    Compact crossover SUVs come in every shape and size. Two of the most popular SUVs currently for sale are the 2020 Chevy Equinox and the 2020 Ford Escape. While you can find the latest Equinox at DePaula Chevy, you'll first need to decide which of the two is right for you. Here is a complete 2020 Chevy Equinox vs 2020 Ford Escape rundown, comparing the specs, performance, and everything else you should know before buying a new vehicle.

    When comparing the 2020 Chevy Equinox with the 2020 Ford Escape, you'll begin at the price point. The entry-level Chevy Equinox has an initial MSRP of $23,800 for the "L" trim with front-wheel drive. The top-tier trim is the Premier with front-wheel drive option that has an entry MSRP of $31,400.

    As for the 2020 Ford Escape, the initial MSRP for the "S," which is the base trim, comes in at $24,885, or about a full $1,000 more than the Chevy. The top-tier trim is the Titanium, which has an initial MSRP of $33,400, which again is $2,000 more than the 2020 Chevy Equinox Premier model.

    Both the Equinox and the Escape are fierce contenders with many similar features and attributes. What your choice ultimately comes down to is value. With the Chevy Equinox, you get more starting safety features and a lower price point, starting with the base model and going all the way to the top. 

  • Performance

    A blue 2020 Chevy Equinox, which wins when comparing the 2020 Chevy Equinox vs 2020 Ford Escape, is parked in a garage parking lot near Albany, NY.

    Engine Performance and Fuel Economy

    Both the 2020 Chevy Equinox and the 2020 Ford Escape have two primary engine options. The Equinox in other markets does have a diesel engine option, which will likely make its way to the U.S. market later in 2020 (so keep an eye out for that) while the Ford Escape has a plug-in hybrid engine. However, it's not possible to compare either the foreign market diesel or the hybrid plug-in, so when considering the standard engine options, it is important to keep it to these two offerings.

    Standard Engines

    On the base 2020 Chevy Equinox, the SUV comes with a turbocharged 1.5L 4-cylinder engine that produces 170 horsepower and 203 lb-ft of torque. This model uses a 14.9-gallon fuel tank and will receive an estimated 26 miles per gallon in the city and 31 miles per gallon on the highway. As for the Ford Escape, the base trim uses an Intercooled Turbo Premium 1.5L I3 engine that is estimated to produce 180 horsepower and 177 lb-ft of torque. It also has a 14.7-gallon fuel tank and the fuel economy is around 27 miles per gallon in the city and 33 miles per gallon on the highway. For the extra $1,000 the Ford Escape does offer slightly improved fuel economy, but the torque falls behind, which does influence the amount of overall towing potential.

    Top Level Engines

    As for the top-tier trim, on the Equinox Premier, the SUV uses a turbocharged 2.0L turbo 4-cylinder engine that produces 252 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. It also comes with a larger fuel tank of around 15.6 gallons that can produce 22 miles per gallon in the city and 28 miles per gallon on the highway. The 2020 Ford Escape Titanium trim uses an Intercooled Turbo Premium 2.0L I4 engine that is targeted to produce 250 horsepower and 275 lb-ft of torque. It also comes with a slightly larger fuel tank at 15.8 gallons with an estimated fuel economy of around 23 miles per gallon in the city and 31 miles per gallon on the highway. While both engines are fierce contenders, you'll get a little more horsepower with the Equinox's 2.0L engine. 

    Towing Capacity

    Whenever looking for an SUV, regardless of the size, the towing capacity and cargo space are important. In terms of the potential towing capacity, both vehicles can be maxed out at 3,500 pounds when using the upgraded 2.0L I4 engines. In this regard, both models are equally matched. 

  • Convenience and Entertainment

    A close up of the black leather steering wheel and the infotainment system inside of a 2020 Chevy Equinox is shown.

    Entertainment

    If you're looking for entertainment features on your 2020 Equinox, you won't need to splurge. There are several standard features, including AM/FM stereo, AUX input, MP3 player, smart device integration via Bluetooth, and WiFi hotspot, all running through the Chevrolet Infotainment 3 System and a 7-inch diagonal color touch-screen. The base 2020 Ford Escape also comes with all of the same standard features. However, it doesn't feature the new Ford SYNC 3 but instead only comes with the base SYNC and only a 4.2-inch multi-color instrument cluster.

    Top-Level Features

    On the top-level trim, the 2020 Chevy Equinox comes with all the same standard features, plus satellite radio. It also has the option to add on HD radio, an entertainment system, a premium sound system, and a navigation system. The tech runs through a larger 8-inch HD color touch-screen that offers Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, with an option to upgrade to a 7-speaker Bose audio system. The Titanium Ford Escape features all the same standard features. The Titanium also uses the Ford SYNC 3 instead of the base SYNC, which is found on the entry-level trim packages. The upgraded sound system on the Titanium package is a B&O Sound System by Bang & Olufsen, which is a 10-speaker system plus a subwoofer.

    Cargo Capacity

    As for internal cargo space, the 2020 Chevy Equinox allows for 29.9 cubic feet of cargo volume when all seats are up. By folding down the rear set of seats, you have access to 63.9 cubic feet of cargo space. With the 2020 Ford Escape, there are 37.5 cubic feet of cargo space with all of the seats up. Should you fold down the rear seat, you will increase the cargo space to 65.4 cubic feet. 

  • Safety

    A grey 2020 Chevy Equinox is driving past blurred buildings near Albany, NY, during the daytime.

    Safety Features 

    When considering an SUV, you will also want to check out the offered safety features that come not only standard but also are optional. On the base 2020 Chevy Equinox, the crossover SUV comes standard with a driver, front head, passenger, rear head, and front side airbags. It also features 4-wheel ABS and disc brakes. Other standard features include brake assist, electronic stability control, child safety locks, lane-keep assist, traction control, lane departure warning, teen driver, and daytime running lights.

    As for the base 2020 Ford Escape, it comes with a driver, front head, passenger, rear head, and front side airbags, plus 4-wheel ABS and disc brakes. The other standard safety features are brake assist, electronic stability control, daytime running lights, child safety locks, blind-spot monitoring, lane-keeping assist, traction control, cross-traffic alert, and lane departure warning.

    Top Level Safety

    Interested in one of the top-trim packages? The 2020 Chevy Equinox comes with all the same standard features as the base package. It also features integrated turn signal mirrors, cross-traffic alert, and blind-spot monitoring. As for the 2020 Ford Escape, it also comes with the same standard safety features in its Titanium edition as the top-tier Chevy.

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