|2018 Chevrolet Equinox||VS||2018 Ford Escape|
|252 hp||Horsepower||245 hp|
|3,500 lbs||Tow Capacity||2,000 lbs|
What do you value in a crossover SUV? This is an important question for any prospective buyer to ask themselves since, without it, the offerings within the segment can be largely difficult to discern from one another. This is largely due to the over-saturation of the market with automakers competing to address a wider range of expectations than any other segment needs to answer for.
All-too-often it feels like a ‘kitchen-sink’ mentality is applied, with the understanding that a large portion of SUV customers are families. Despite its sport utility pedigree, growing demands of comfort and technology redistribute the priorities, while challenging designers and engineers to create an offering which is still price competitive, while retaining a compelling aesthetic.
With this in mind, the crossover SUV segment is one are where the likes of Toyota, Honda, and Mazda seem to excel with ease. So how do purely domestic offerings measure up? In comparing the 2018 Chevy Equinox vs 2018 Ford Escape in Cincinnati, OH, we gain plenty of assurance. Both Chevy and Ford navigate the inundated segment with ease, but one stands head and shoulders above the other. Let’s take a closer look.
Kicking things off, the 2018 Chevy Equinox is offered up in four trim levels: (base) L, LS, LT and top-of-the-line Premier. At the base level it is priced to start at $23,580 MSRP, but regardless of trim level, you gain the assurance of the Equinox standing as J.D. Power and Associates’ “Most Dependable Compact SUV.”
The Ford Escape is also served up in four trim levels: (base) S, SE, SEL, and Titanium. Falling in line with the Equinox, it is priced to start around $23,940 MSRP giving this comparison of the two compact crossovers a fair, and evenly-matched start.