2018 Ford Escape vs. Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain - Brownsville, TX

The 2018 Ford Escape is one of the leading vehicles in the crowded compact crossover market. Here's a look at how the Ford Escape stacks up against two of its main competitors: the 2018 Chevrolet Equinox and the 2018 GMC Terrain.

Cargo space

Compact crossovers aren't as big as their full-size siblings, but they should still offer plenty of cargo space. In this area, the Ford Escape leads both its rivals, offering more than 34 cubic feet of cargo space behind the second row. When the second row is folded down, cargo capacity increases to more than 67 feet. Meanwhile, the Chevy Equinox and the GMC Terrain only offer about 29 cubic feet of cargo space behind the second row, or about 63 cubic feet with the second row down. The Terrain does offer a fold-flat front passenger seat that allows for increased cargo capacity, but that feature is only convenient if no passengers are along for the ride.

Front leg room

A compact crossover should also provide comfortable leg room. By this measure, the Ford Escape is superior to the GMC Terrain and the Chevy Equinox. While the Escape provides front-seat occupants with a maximum of 43.1 inches of leg room, the Terrain and the Equinox lag more than 2 inches behind with 40.9 inches of front leg room apiece.

Ride and handling

With their unique size - small, yet larger than a sedan - compact crossovers ought to provide nimble handling and a comfortable ride. According to assessments by U.S. News & World Report, the Ford Escape does exactly this. It has a finely tuned suspension that allows it to smoothly navigate rough conditions, along with athletic handling that allows for easy maneuverability on curves and turns. The Chevy Equinox and the GMC Terrain are comfortable, too, but U.S. News rates them lower than the Escape in this category.

With its roomier cargo space, more generous front leg room, and better handling, the 2018 Ford Escape tops both the 2018 GMC Terrain and the 2018 Chevy Equinox. To learn more about the Ford Escape's features and performance, stop by Tipton Ford for a test drive.

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