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2020 Chevy Equinox vs. Ford Escape: Which SUV is Best?


Equinox Vs Escape

As far as small crossover SUVs go, Chevy’s Equinox and Ford’s Escape top the charts. They’re among the brands’ top-selling models, have favorable ratings, and put families first in terms of safety and altogether convenience. But when it comes to this 2020 Equinox vs. 2020 Escape debate, the devil is in the details. Here’s how the Ford Escape and new Chevrolet Equinox SUVs compare.

Standard Equipment Comparison

Standard onboard technology and equipment is not Ford Escape’s calling card. The base Escape S lacks several standard items that the new Chevrolet Equinox has.

Take touchscreen displays, for instance. Base Chevy Equinox trims come standard with a high-definition 7-inch diagonal color touchscreen and the Chevrolet Infotainment 3 system. The Ford Escape, try as it might, can’t compete with Equinox in this department; its 4.2-inch LCD screen, sans any touch features, is positioned at the top of its center stack. If you want a modern touchscreen, you’ll need to step up and into the Escape SE model.

The Equinox L model is also standard with Apple CarPlay®, Android Auto™, and Bluetooth® audio streaming for up to two smart devices. To receive Apple and Android’s audio-streaming tech, you’ll need to pay extra for the Escape SE.


Chevrolet’s exclusive Rear Seat Reminder and Teen Driver systems are standard on the Equinox L, too.

Size Comparison

Both 5-seaters, the 2020 Equinox and Escape offer comparable amounts of room for cargo and passengers. Front headroom for both SUVs is 40 inches, while the Equinox beats Escape in effective second-row legroom (39.9″ vs. 38.8″). Chevrolet Equinox is over 2 inches longer, 6 inches thinner, and 3 inches shorter than the Escape, which allows it to more easily fit into tighter parking spaces.

Engine Comparison

The Ford Escape is available with two gas engines. The new 2020 Equinox is available with two gas engines. But Chevy’s lineup of power trains puts the Equinox over the top.

New 2020 Equinox SUVs come fitted with a standard 1.5L turbo-four that makes 170 horsepower and an aggressive 203 lb.-ft. of torque, the latter of which is a major increase over the comparable 1.5L in the Escape (177 pound-foot of torque).

The available 2.0L turbocharged-four in the Equinox churns out 262 lb.-ft. of torque and makes 252 horsepower—slightly more than the Escape’s 250-hp 2.0-liter.

In all, they share the same towing capacity (3,500 pounds).

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Test Drive a 2020 Equinox at McCarthy Chevrolet Olathe

Before you decide on your family’s new crossover in Kansas City, consider spending an afternoon testing out one of our new Chevrolet Equinox SUVs in Olathe. We even have great deals on the Equinox, including Equinox lease offers and other Chevy financing specials. Visit our Olathe Chevy dealership at 675 N Rawhide to get started, or just reach out to our sales team at 913-324-7200 to make an appointment.

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