2020 Ford Escape vs Chevy Equinox

Compact SUV drivers in Mechanicsburg, Harrisburg, and Carlisle need a vehicle they can count on, but also a set of wheels they'll feel proud to drive. Both the 2020 Ford Escape and the 2020 Chevy Equinox offer reliability and more capabilities than you can imagine, plus a suite of features that make hitting the streets fun and rewarding.

In this 2020 Ford Escape vs Chevy Equinox comparison, the team at Fred Beans Ford of Mechanicsburg will walk you through some of these capabilities as well as what sets these two vehicles apart. This will help you decide which model to make your next addition to the family. Let's get started on looking at what each offers under the hood!

2020 Ford Escape

2020 Chevy Equinox

Maximum Torque

280 lb-ft

260 lb-ft

Hybrid Options

Two, Including Plug-In Model

Not Available

Standard Horsepower



Max Cargo Space

65.4 cubic feet

63.9 cubic feet

Front Legroom

42.4 inches

40.9 inches

Escape vs Equinox: Mechanical Lineups

As competitively capable compact SUVs, the 2020 Ford Escape and the 2020 Chevrolet Equinox don't have a lot in common when it comes to performance. For example, the Ford Escape offers drivers a choice of four engines while the Chevy Equinox only offers two. However, both offer two separate transmissions to choose from.

Ford Escape Trim Levels

When comparing standard engines, one of these SUVs clearly operates on more power. Under the hood of the 2020 Ford Escape, you'll find the 1.5L EcoBoost® engine. This generates up to 181 horsepower, whereas the Equinox model's 1.5L Turbo only supplies a max of 170 horsepower. If we take a look at the upgraded engines available, the theme continues. The 2.0L EcoBoost® in the Escape puts off 280 lb-ft of torque while the 2.0L Turbo found in the Equinox generates less with 260 lb-ft of torque.

There's another thing that sets the Escape and the Equinox powertrains apart: Auto Stop-Start technology you'll be able to enjoy in the 2020 Escape. This feature helps to boost efficiency in the Escape model's EcoBoost® engines. It does this by shutting the engine off when you come to a stop and automatically starting back up when you're ready to move.

Additionally, the 2020 Ford Escape also offers two hybrid engine options, a traditional Atkinson Cycle hybrid as well as a plug-in model. This helps you achieve a max horsepower of 200 with its electronic continuously variable transmission. The result? An EPA-estimated fuel economy of 44 city/37 highway/41 combined MPG. Since there are no hybrid engines available for the 2020 Chevrolet Equinox, the highest estimated MPG you'll receive comes in at 26 city/31 highway.

Ford Escape Gas Mileage

2020 Escape vs 2020 Equinox: Interior & Cargo Space

2020 Ford Escape Front Interior 2020 Ford Escape Seating

Even when you're searching for an SUV that's compact, you still want to prioritize cargo space for those weekend trips with the family or for your exciting home improvement projects. When it comes to cargo, the 2020 Ford Escape delivers.

In the Ford Escape, you'll have five spacious seats and 37.5 cubic feet of cargo space with all five seats in use. Make the most of your packing capabilities by utilizing the 60/40 split-folding rear seat. Put one, two, or all three of these seats down to have up to your 65.4 cubic feet of maximum cargo space.

Unfortunately, you won't have quite as much room in the 2020 Chevy Equinox. With all five seats in use in this model, you'll only have 29.9 cubic feet of cargo space. You'll have more if you put the rear seats down but the 63.9 cubic feet of maximum cargo room pales in comparison to the Escape.

Ford Escape Interior Review

Plus, when it comes to personal space, the Ford Escape also proves to be more accommodating. There's 104 cubic feet of passenger space in the Ford Escape compared to the smaller 103.5 cubic feet in the Chevy Equinox. Additionally, both front and back legroom is greater in the Escape, allowing everyone on board to cozy up for the ride ahead.

                                    Escape              Equinox           

Front Headroom:          40 in.                40 in.   

Front Legroom:             42.4 in.             40.9 in.

Rear Headroom:           39.3 in.             38.5 in.

Rear Legroom:              40.7 in.             39.9 in.

Ford Escape Dimensions Review

Ford Escape vs Chevrolet Equinox: Safety Features

No matter what you're carting around, you want to know you have the best safety features on your side. Luckily enough, both models offer advanced driving aids to give you the confidence you need.

In the 2020 Ford Escape, every trim comes standard with the innovative Ford Co-Pilot360™ Technology suite. These intuitive systems help keep you safe on the road, helping you when you need them the most:

  • Pre-Collision Assist with Automatic Emergency Braking
  • BLIS® (Blind Spot Information System) with Cross-Traffic Alert
  • Rearview Camera
  • Evasive Steering Assist
  • Lane Keeping System
  • Voice-Activated Navigation System
  • Automatic High-Beam Headlamps

You can also opt for advanced available features like Active Park Assist 2.0, which makes parking a breeze even when parallel parking. It helps locate a potential spot and when you brake and activate the system, it does the hard work for you. Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop-and-Go is also available, which helps make highway driving safer.

As for the 2020 Chevy Equinox, you'll find a handful of similar standard features like forward collision alert, automatic high beams, and a rear vision camera. However, blind-spot awareness, lane changing assistance, and parking aids are not standard and are only found on the higher trim levels. 

Ford Escape Safety Features

2020 Ford Escape vs 2020 Chevy Equinox: The Verdict

As you can see, there's plenty to be excited about in the 2020 Ford Escape and the 2020 Chevy Equinox. However, we at Fred Beans Ford of Mechanicsburg believe that drivers in Mechanicsburg, Harrisburg, and Carlisle will appreciate the Escape model's extra efficiency features, extensive cargo space, and impressive safety features.

Get behind the wheel of the Escape and decide for yourself. Contact us today and we'd be happy to schedule you for a test drive!

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