In a midsize SUV like the 2023 Ford Escape or the Chevy Equinox, you can comfortably navigate Huntsville, Birmingham, and Chattanooga year-round. How do you know which one has the performance, technology, and safety features you want in your next ride?
Our team at Harbin Ford Scottsboro wants to help you decide. After you find out how these two fierce competitors match head to head, feel free to contact us today!
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Along with having a comfortable cabin, it’s important to consider what lies under the hood. Both SUVs offer a blend of efficiency and power, two factors that likely sit high on your list of priorities.
Both the Ford Escape and the Chevy Equinox are fuel-efficient, which will prove helpful during your adventures. However, if you want optimal fuel economy, you can also choose either a hybrid or a plug-in hybrid 2023 Ford Escape model.
Over in the 2023 Chevy Equinox, you won’t have the option to choose a hybrid or a plug-in hybrid model.
Under the hood of the Chevy Equinox, a 175-horsepower engine—the only option—puts some pep in your step. Once again, though, the Ford Escape comes out on top with its optional 250-horsepower engine that delivers quicker acceleration and responsiveness.
When properly equipped, the 2023 Ford Escape can also tow up to 3,500 pounds. That means you can easily upgrade weekend getaways and family vacations by bringing along oversized outdoor toys, like a small recreational boat or a camping trailer.
Drivers may find the 2023 Chevy Equinox more limiting since it offers a maximum towing capacity of just 1,500 pounds.
Of course, another important reason to drive an SUV is to have sufficient space for the people you want to take along with you as well as all their gear. Even when you’re flying solo, cargo capacity can be important.
At first glance, these SUVs appear quite similar. They both offer comfortable seating for up to five passengers. In the Ford Escape, though, you’ll have over an inch of additional front legroom, which can be especially helpful when it comes to stretching out on longer drives:
2023 Ford Escape
2023 Chevy Equinox
|Front Headroom||40 inches||40 inches|
|Front Legroom||42.4 inches||40.9 inches|
|Max Cargo Volume||65.4 cubic feet||63.9 cubic feet|
The Ford Escape also offers a bit more cargo room behind the first row than its Chevy competitor. In the 2023 Ford Escape, you’ll find a maximum cargo volume of 65.4 cubic feet; meanwhile, in the 2023 Chevy Equinox, you’ll find a maximum cargo volume of 63.9 cubic feet.
Who doesn’t want a little extra space flexibility?
Undoubtedly, the most important aspect of any vehicle is its ability to help keep you and your loved ones safe on the road. This is a priority for both Ford and Chevy.
Both SUVs come with a variety of driver-assistive features. In the 2023 Ford Escape, you’ll find:
- Pre-Collision Assist with Automatic Emergency Braking
- Auto High-Beam Headlamps
- Lane-Keeping System
Although the 2023 Chevy Equinox comes standard with some similar features, only the Ford Escape comes standard with the BLIS® (Blind Spot Information System) with Cross-Traffic Alert. It warns you with an audible and visual alert if it detects a fellow driver in your blind spot or behind your vehicle while you’re backing up.
These features are available in the Equinox but only with an upgrade.
Additionally, the 2023 Ford Escape offers an available intelligent Active Park Assist 2.0 system. When you park in a parallel or perpendicular spot, this system streamlines the process by handling the steering. Simply stop, shift into Neutral, and hold down the Active Park Assist button. Unfortunately, the Chevy Equinox does not offer a comparable feature to this one.
Although the Chevy Equinox offers some similar features, in the end, the Ford Escape is more efficient, has a larger towing capacity, and offers exclusive amenities. Contact us at Harbin Ford Scottsboroto get behind the wheel of the 2023 Ford Escape near Huntsville, Birmingham, and Chattanooga today!
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