2022 Chevy Equinox vs Ford Escape

September 2nd, 2022 by

The Chevy Equinox and Ford Escape are two compact crossovers, great cars that have similar builds and function incredibly well. If you’re debating which car to purchase this comparison guide is here to help you settle on the one that’s best for you. The Chevy Equinox and Ford Escape both come packed with options so first we are going to explore all those options for you, from what is under the hood to how much space each car has. We will also discuss pricing overall and on the best trim level for your dollar. By the end of this article you will know all you need to know about both vehicles and feel comfortable purchasing one of the two.

Exterior and Appearance

Chevy Equinox Exterior

First, let’s look at the exterior of your new vehicle, the first thing that everyone sees when you pull up. Starting off with the Chevrolet Equinox, in 2022 Chevrolet decided to give the Equinox a facelift. Giving it a new grille, more headlights and an all around better look. The Chevy Equinox is one of the most popular crossovers for a reason, and its sporty looks is one of them.

The Ford Escape also shoots for a sporty look but comes across more as a family mover than a rugged crossover. It also has a little bit more of a sleek look with less length than the Chevy Equinox. It has a similar grille and front set up to the Equinox with just a little less headlight than its compatriot.

After seeing the two it’s pretty easy to tell why the Equinox is one of the most popular crossovers right from the get go. It has a rugged look while also staying classy at the same time. The 2022 Escape on the other hand has a solid exterior but seems to lack the sporty look that most crossover aficionados want.

Engine and Handling

Chevy Equinox Off Roading

What gets the Chevrolet Equinox moving on all its trim levels is a 1.5 liter turbocharged 4 cylinder engine with 170 horsepower. This engine also features a 6 speed automatic gearbox that shifts incredibly well. There are also two options for the drivetrain with a front wheel drive or an all wheel drive option. How does this engine do on the road? It actually handles quite remarkably in town or on the highway. The Chevy Equinox can tow up to 3,500 pounds when properly equipped. Making this a great family car that has the option of towing a trailer if need be.

The Ford Escape does have a few more options here than the Chevrolet Equinox. The Escape’s standard option starts off with a 3 cylinder, turbocharged 2.5 liter engine. This engine can be a little bit grumbly and take some time to get going which is why a lot of drivers may be forced to look at the higher priced trims from Ford for better a quicker acceleration. Now the Escape does not just stop with the 3 cylinder, there are other options that one can get, but there can be significant price hikes, especially with the hybrid options. The hybrid options are really where the rubber meets the road getting the car up to 221 horsepower. Again there are significant price hikes, if you want to upgrade the trim to a hybrid or plug in hybrid version the price can jump about $2,000 to $8,000 depending on if you want the regular hybrid or the plug in version.

Now if you are looking for a hybrid here the Ford Escape will be your best choice, as the Chevrolet Equinox simply does not have that option. If you are looking for just a normal gas engine the Chevrolet Equinox does a better job here, with just that one extra cylinder making all the difference. The 2022 Equinox seems to handle just a little bit better on the road and drives more comfortably as well.

Trims, Pricing and More

With a lot of different trim levels just buying one car and trying to find the right trim level can be difficult, add in another car and it just gets that much more complicated. The Base level Equinox starts at $27,445, and the highest trim level puts you at $32,645. There are additional options available on top of the trim level such as all wheel drive or a drivers assistance package. A great trim level to get is just a step up from the base option, the LT trim. This trim delivers extra comforts and luxuries while also not breaking the bank at $28,545.

The Ford Escape also has quite a few options, especially if we start talking about hybrids or plug in hybrids. The Escape starts at $28,520 and goes all the way up to $42,140 for their top tier plug-in hybrid. The best trim for the dollar value would be the SEL trim level at $32,230, if you want the hybrid version that sets you at $34,045.

The Equinox wins out again just due to the fact that you can get a nicer trim level for the base price on the 2022 Ford Escape. The money that you have is important, and we do not want to see you spending it on just any car. For your money you can get more options and safety features as opposed to the Ford Escape. This is why for the dollar value and the sporty, comfortable ride we choose the 2022 Chevrolet Equinox.

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