From the scenic Shawnee Hills Wine Trail to the Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge, natural beauty surrounds Marion, Herrin, and Carbondale, IL. Whether you want to ride solo or connect with your friends in the great outdoors, an SUV can take you there. But, how do you know which model best suits your lifestyle?

Our team at Watermark Ford of Marion wants to make finding your next set of wheels as simple as possible. Therefore, we created this head-to-head comparison between the 2021 Ford Escape and the 2021 Chevy Equinox. Don't hesitate to contact us with any questions as you find out how these two SUVs match up below!

How Efficient is the Ford Escape vs the Chevy Equinox?

When picking out your next set of wheels, efficiency likely sits high on your list of considerations. Though both models offer an impressive fuel economy, one takes it to the next level. The 2021 Chevy Equinox offers an available EPA-estimated 26 city and 31 highway MPG.

In the 2021 Ford Escape, however, you will find a few extra miles of stop-free cruising thanks to its standard EPA-estimated 28 city and 34 highway MPG. Those who want to go the extra distance can even choose a hybrid or a plug-in hybrid option in the Ford Escape.

When equipped with standard front-wheel drive, the available 2.5L Hybrid 4-cylinder engine offers an impressive EPA-estimated 44 city and 37 highway MPGe (miles per gallon of gasoline-equivalent). Meanwhile, the 2.5L Plug-in Hybrid delivers a whopping EPA-estimated 520 miles of range. Unfortunately, the Chevy Equinox does not offer a hybrid or plug-in hybrid option.

Can the Ford Escape or the Chevy Equinox Tow More?

Whether you want to cruise around Lake of Egypt or enjoy extra comforts while camping in Shawnee National Forest, you need a vehicle that can tow. When properly equipped, you can expect to tow up to 3,500 pounds with the 2021 Ford Escape. That means bringing along a pair of jet skis or a lightweight camper on your next day trip or weekend getaway.

In comparison, drivers may find the 1,500-pound maximum towing capacity offered by the 2021 Chevy Equinox more limiting.

Does the Ford Escape or the Chevy Equinox Have More Safety Features?

Both the 2021 Ford Escape and the Chevy Equinox offer similar driver-assistive features that boost your senses on the road. One of the most useful is Ford's BLIS® (Blind Spot Information System) with Cross-Traffic Alert.

It takes the guesswork out of changing lanes and maneuvering in a congested parking lot by providing an audio and visual alert when it detects a vehicle in your blind spot or behind you while backing up. Though the 2021 Chevy Equinox offers a similar feature to this one, it doesn't come standard like it does on the Escape.

Additionally, the 2021 Ford Escape offers an available intelligent Active Park Assist 2.0 system. Whether you need to pull into a parallel or perpendicular parking spot, this system has you covered. After you stop, shift into Neutral and hold down on the Active Park Assist button; it handles the steering.

Unfortunately, the Chevy Equinox does not offer a comparable safety feature.

Gear up for Your Next Adventure

Though the 2021 Chevy Equinox offers a handful of similar features, the Ford Escape is better equipped to support you on all your favorite outdoor excursions around Marion, Herrin, and Carbondale, Illinois. To experience the 2021 Ford Escape for yourself, contact us at Watermark Ford of Marion to schedule your test drive today!

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