Compare Chevrolet Equinox vs. Ford Escape

Compare the Chevrolet Equinox against the Ford Escape. Use this tool to compare rankings and see how the Equinox stacks up against the Escape in terms of performance, features, safety, prices and more. Then use our Best Price Program by selecting the trims you are interested in to see local prices and get a great deal on a new Equinox or Escape. If you are interested in used cars you can also search used listings in your area.

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2012 Chevrolet Equinox 2013 Ford Escape
2012 Chevrolet Equinox 2013 Ford Escape
  • FWD LS
  • FWD 1LT
  • AWD LS
  • AWD 1LT
  • FWD 2LT
  • AWD 2LT
  • AWD 2LT
FWD 4dr S
  • FWD 4dr S
  • FWD 4dr SE
  • 4WD 4dr SE
  • FWD 4dr SEL
  • 4WD 4dr SEL
  • FWD 4dr Titanium
  • 4WD 4dr Titanium


MSRP $23,530 $22,470  
Invoice $22,354 $21,178
Avg. Paid $16,162 $15,809

U.S. News Scores

Overall 8.7 7.8  
Critics' Rating 9.2 8.0
Performance 7.5 8.0
Interior 8.7 7.2
Cost to Own 9.1 9.0
Safety 9.3 8.5
Reliability 4.0 3.0

Pros & Cons

  • Excellent fuel economy
  • Spacious, versatile sliding rear seat
  • Powerful V6 engine option
  • Nimble handling
  • Good fuel economy
  • Uninspired driving dynamics
  • Some cheap interior materials
  • Confusing infotainment system
  • Low reliability rating

General Specs

Transmission Automatic Automatic  
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fuel/Engine Gas/Ethanol I4 2.4/147 Gas I4 2.5L/152
MPG 22 City / 32 Hwy 22 City / 31 Hwy



Body Style 4 Door Sport Utility Vehicle  


Wheelbase(in) 112.5 105.900  
Length, Overall (in) 187.8 178.100
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 72.5 72.400
Height, Overall (in) 66.3 66.300

Doors & Windows

Rear Defrost Standard Standard  
Power Windows Standard Standard

Exterior Features

Rear Spoiler Standard  


Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3777 3598  

Tires & Wheels

Tires - Front All-Season Standard  
Tires - Front Performance Standard
Tires - Rear All-Season Standard
Tires - Rear Performance Standard
Compact Spare Tire Standard Standard
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Standard Standard
Aluminum Wheels Standard
Steel Wheels Standard
Wheel Covers Standard


Trailer Hitch Receiver Optional  


Convenience & Comfort

Alarm Standard  
Auxiliary Pwr Outlet Standard Standard
Cruise Control Standard Standard
Vehicle Anti-Theft System Standard Standard
Auto-Off Headlights Standard
Front Reading Lamps Standard Standard
Adjustable Steering Wheel Standard Standard
Steering Wheel Controls Standard Standard
Navigation from Telematics Standard
Trip Computer Standard
Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard
Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard
Front Floor Mats Standard Standard
Keyless Entry Standard Standard
Power Door Locks Standard Standard
Power Driver Mirror Standard Standard
Driver Vanity Mirror Standard Standard
Driver Illuminated Vanity Mirror Standard
Passenger Vanity Mirror Standard Standard
Passenger Illuminated Visor Mirror Standard
Power Steering Standard Standard


Passenger Capacity 5 5  
Passenger Volume (cu. ft.) 99.7 98.100
Front Head Room (in) 40.9 39.900
Front Leg Room (in) 41.2 40.400
Front Shoulder Room (in) 55.8 56.000
Front Hip Room (in) 54.6 54.800
Second Head Room (in) 39.2 39.000
Second Leg Room (in) 39.9 36.800
Second Shoulder Room (in) 55.3 55.300
Second Hip Room (in) 51.1 52.400
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (cu. ft.) 63.7 68.100
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (cu. ft.) 31.5 34.300
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (cu. ft.)


AM/FM Stereo Standard Standard  
Auxiliary Audio Input Standard Standard
CD Player Standard Standard
MP3 Player Standard Standard
Satellite Radio Standard

Heating & Cooling

A/C Standard Standard  

Navigation & Communication

Onboard Hands-Free Communications System Standard Optional  
Wireless Cell Phone Hookup Standard Optional


Cloth Seats Standard Standard  
Driver Lumbar Standard
Pass-Through Rear Seat Standard Standard
2nd Row Bench Seat Standard Standard
Bucket Seats Standard Standard



Driver Air Bag Standard Standard  
Passenger Air Bag Standard Standard
Side Head Air Bag Standard Standard
Rear Head Air Bag Standard Standard
Side Air Bag Standard Standard


4-Wheel ABS Standard Standard  
4-Wheel Disc Brakes Standard Standard

Safety Features

Brake Assist Standard  
Electronic Stability Control Standard Standard
Daytime Running Lights Standard
Child Safety Locks Standard Standard
Traction Control Standard Standard


Engine & Performance

Front Wheel Drive Standard Standard  
4 Cylinder Engine Standard Standard
Engine Type Gas/Ethanol I4 Gas I4
Displacement 2.4/147 2.5L/152
Horsepower (Net @ RPM) 182 @ 6700 168 @ 6000
Torque (Net @ RPM) 172 @ 4900 170 @ 4500
Transmission Automatic Automatic w/Manual Shift
Turning diameter 40.0 37.000


Flexible Fuel Capability Optional  
Gasoline Fuel Standard Standard
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 22 22
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 32 31
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 18.8 15.100


Suspension Type - Front MacPherson strut MacPherson Strut  
Suspension Type - Rear Multi link Semi-Trailing Arm
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)


Automatic Standard Standard  
Automatic Transmission w/Manual Mode Standard
6-Speed Automatic Standard Standard

Safety scores should only be compared between vehicles of similar size and weight. Larger, heavier vehicles generally provide more protection than smaller, lighter ones.