2018 Ford Escape vs. 2018 Chevy Equinox

The crossover SUV market is a crowded one, so making a decision on which make and model suits you best can be difficult. To help make the decision easier, our experts at Zeigler Ford of North Riverside, IL, created a comparison between two of the top crossover models; the 2018 Ford Escape SE and 2018 Chevy Equinox LS. Read through our Ford SUV vs. Chevy SUV comparison to discover how the 2018 Escape beats out the best competition, and then check out our Escape inventory to find the right trim for you. If you have any questions, please call us at (888) 904-1108.


A 1.5L engine powers both the 2018 Escape SE and the Equinox LS, but that's where the similarities stop. The Escape provides much greater capability in its engine's performance when compared to the Equinox. View the table below for details on both vehicles.

2018 Ford Escape SE


2018 Chevy Equinox LS

1.5L EcoBoost I4


1.5L turbo I4

6-speed SelectShift automatic



179 HP

Max. Horsepower

170 HP

2000 lbs.*

Max. Towing

1500 lbs.*

*When properly equipped

2018 Ford Escape vs. 2018 Chevy Equinox Interior Comparison


Both the 2018 Ford Escape and 2018 Equinox are safety-conscious, family SUVs. Each are equipped with modern safety features, but the Escape offers several more high-tech measures than the Equinox. These features include:

  • Reverse Sensing System
  • BLIS® w/ Cross-Traffic Alert
  • Rear Collision Warning
  • Active Parking Assist w/ Parallel Park Assist, Reverse Perpendicular Parking and Forward & Side Sensing Systems


With 34.3 cu.-ft. of cargo space behind the rear seat and a long list of interior configurations, the 2018 Escape certainly beats out the Equinox in terms of both interior form and function. The following features come standard on the Escape SE, but can't be found on the Equinox LS:

  • 8-way Power Driver Seat
  • Driver and Passenger Heated Seats
  • Automatic Dual-Zone Temperature Control
  • Premium Cloth Upholstery
  • Leather-Wrapped Shift Knob
  • 67.8 cu.-ft. Maximum Cargo Space


Both the Escape and the Equinox offer tech features you've come to expect from a modern vehicle, but the Escape goes above and beyond. Available features like a 10-speaker Sony® audio system and an 8-in. LCD touchscreen give the Escape an upper hand over the Equinox. Standard tech features for the Escape SE include:

  • SiriusXM® Satellite Radio
  • SYNC© Advanced Voice Recognition Infotainment System
  • AppLink Smart Device Integration
  • SecuriCode™ keyless-entry keypad

Schedule a Test Drive | Zeigler Ford of North Riverside, IL

If the 2018 Ford Escape has you interested, head over to our Escape inventory to view our selection. After you've found a model that fits your needs, take this safe and reliable SUV for a test drive at our North Riverside, IL, dealership. To schedule a test drive, either complete our online form or call us at (888) 904-1108. We hope this Ford vs. Chevy comparison was helpful in determining which crossover SUV is right for you!

2018 Ford Escape vs. 2018 Chevy Equinox Comparison