2021 Chevy Equinox vs 2021 Ford Escape | Comparing Small Crossover SUVs

March 6th, 2021 by

The 2021 Chevrolet Equinox and the 2021 Ford Escape are two of the most appealing entries in the compact SUV segment. They’re both well-made vehicles that offer reliable performance, good ride quality, and plenty of safety features. If you’re having trouble choosing between these two SUVs, you can figure out which one is more suitable for you by comparing their specifications and features. Below is a look at how the 2021 Chevy Equinox stacks up against the 2021 Ford Escape:


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Both the Chevrolet Equinox and Ford Escape are good-looking in their own ways. If you prefer a bolder and more masculine styling, the Equinox is a better option. It features a wide stance, well-proportioned body, and sweeping curves that contribute to a stately and imposing appearance. Additionally, it looks decidedly modern with its downward-sloping roof and wrap-around rear window.

The Ford Escape, on the other hand, appears sleeker with its more tapered nose, low and wide grille, steeply raked windshield, and arching roof. It’s also somewhat rugged-looking with its muscular curves, pronounced rear haunches, and fender flares.


The 2021 Chevy Equinox and the 2021 Ford Escape are almost similar in terms of power. The Chevy comes standard with a 1.5-liter turbo-four engine that produces 170 horsepower and 203 pound-feet of torque and pairs with a six-speed automatic transmission. It also has an optional 2.0-liter turbo-four that’s rated at 252 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. Mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission, this engine is one of the most powerful in the segment.

The base engine of the Ford is a 1.5-liter turbo-three that generates 181 horsepower and 190 pound-feet of torque. There’s also an available 2.0-liter turbo-four that makes 250 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. An eight-speed automatic is the only transmission available. With proper equipment, both of these SUVs have a tow rating of 3,500 pounds.

Fuel Economy

The Chevy Equinox has slightly lower fuel-efficiency ratings than the Ford Escape. When equipped with the base engine, it returns 26/31 mpg (city/highway) with front-wheel drive and 25/30 mpg with all-wheel drive. If you opt for the larger engine, you’ll get 22/29 mpg with front-wheel drive and 22/28 with all-wheel drive. The Ford Escape has 28/34 mpg with the standard engine and 23/31 mpg with the turbo-four engine.


The Chevrolet Equinox rides smoothly under most circumstances. It does a good job of remaining stable on wet and slippery roads and absorbing uneven surfaces, such as bumps and potholes. In addition, it shows great composure when making sharp turns and traveling along twisty roads, thanks to its precise steering.

The ride quality of the Ford Escape is also impressive. Similar to the Equinox, this SUV is designed to deliver a comfortable ride rather than an engaging driving experience. Its well-tuned suspension enables it to smooth out most blemishes in the road, while its good body control makes it feel planted around corners. It also has light steering that makes it easy to drive in confined spaces.


2021 chevy equinox interior seating

If you’re wondering how many seats are in a Chevy Equinox, the answer is five. Unlike most other compact SUVs that have cramped rear seats, this crossover offers plenty of legroom and headroom in both rows of seats. Even tall adults can stretch out in the back seats. The front seats are specially shaped to provide enhanced support and comfort on long drives. Overall, the interior of the Equinox is solidly built, well-designed, and quiet. There are also some soft-touch accents that add a touch of refinement.

The Ford Escape also has a seating capacity of five, but its rear seats aren’t as spacious as those of its rival. While they’re well-cushioned, the front seats have a short, rounded bottom cushion and narrow side bolsters, which make them better suited for small- and medium-sized adults. The cabin features an attractive design and some nice materials, but hard plastics in several areas drag down its appeal.

Cargo Space

The Chevrolet Equinox has a slightly smaller cargo area than the Ford Escape. It gives you 30 cubic feet of storage space with the rear seats upright and about 64 cubic feet with those seats folded. In the Escape, there’s up to 37.5 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats and 65.4 cubic feet behind the front seats.

Tech Features

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If you want to have great infotainment features in your vehicle, you’ll be better off choosing the Chevy Equinox. This SUV comes standard with the intuitive Chevrolet Infotainment 3 system, a 7-inch touch-screen display, voice recognition, Bluetooth, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, a Wi-Fi hotspot, four USB ports, and a six-speaker audio system. You can upgrade your experience with a wide array of features, including an 8-inch touch-screen display, a rear-seat entertainment system, navigation, HD radio, satellite radio, wireless device charging, two additional USB ports, and a seven-speaker Bose sound system.

The Ford Escape offers only an infotainment system with a 4.2-inch display, Bluetooth, a USB port, and six speakers as standard equipment. Optional features include an 8-inch touch-screen display, satellite radio, navigation, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and a 10-speaker Bang & Olufsen audio system.

Safety Features

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The Chevy Equinox also takes the cake in the safety department. It offers a generous list of standard driver-assistance features, such as automatic high-beam headlamps, pedestrian detection, following-distance indicator, forward-collision alert, automatic emergency braking, a rearview camera, lane-departure alert, lane-keeping assist, rear-seat reminder, and teen-driver monitoring. To enhance your safety on the road, you can opt for additional features such as blind-spot detection, rear cross-traffic warning, adaptive cruise control, a surround-view parking system, rear parking sensors, and a safety alert seat.

There are only seven standard active safety features in the Ford Escape, including automatic high-beams, forward-collision alert, blind-spot monitors, automatic emergency braking, lane-keeping assist, a rearview camera, and rear cross-traffic warning. The SUV also has extra safety features, such as a head-up display, traffic-jam assistance, lane centering, stop-and-go adaptive cruise control, rear parking sensors, and parking assistance.

If you want to find out if the 2021 Chevrolet Equinox is right for you, consider stopping by Sweeney Chevrolet for a test drive. Contact us today to make an appointment.

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