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Chevrolet Equinox vs. Ford Escape

Compare repair costs, reliability, and owner reviews

Chevrolet Equinox

2016 Chevrolet Equinox
$495
Annual Repair Cost
on average

Ford Escape

2016 Ford Escape
$569
Annual Repair Cost
on average

Overall Reliability Rating

Above Average

The Chevrolet Equinox Reliability Rating is 4.0 out of 5.0, which ranks it 21st out of 26 for compact SUVs. The average annual repair cost is $495 which means it has lower than average ownership costs. The frequency of repairs is average, but when issues do arise, they have a higher chance of being severe than with other models.

Above Average

The Ford Escape Reliability Rating is 4.0 out of 5.0, which ranks it 18th out of 26 for compact SUVs. The average annual repair cost is $569 which means it has average ownership costs. The frequency and severity of repairs are both fairly average when compared with all other vehicles.

Reliability Rating Breakdown

Cost
Average annual repairs total
$495
inexpensive
very expensive
$569
inexpensive
very expensive
Frequency
Average annual repair shop visits
0.4
not often
way too often
0.4
not often
way too often
Severity
Percentage of annual repairs that are urgent
15%
minor issues
major issues
10%
minor issues
major issues

Overall Car Ratings & Details

(37 Reviews)
(69 Reviews)
Rating Details
5 star
(3)
4 star
(15)
3 star
(13)
2 star
(5)
1 star
(1)

The Chevrolet Equinox ranks highest in exhaust and ranks lowest in heating.

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“Don’t buy an equinox. Our problems started 1 year after we bought it. In and out of the shop constantly for engine problems after 10,000 miles...had to have the engine replaced at 50,000. Also h...”

Rating Details
5 star
(11)
4 star
(25)
3 star
(12)
2 star
(14)
1 star
(6)

The Ford Escape ranks highest in heating and ranks lowest in drive train.

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“2005 Ford Escape.....Biggest P.O.S. vehicle I have ever owned. YOU SUCK FORD AS USUAL. Didn't want to purchase vehicle, but I was in a pinch and needed one asap. Having to put a couple courts of o...”

Vehicle Comparison Rundown

The Chevrolet Equinox and the Ford Escape are both compact, two-row SUVs. They both seat five, and they both come with front-wheel drive as standard and all-wheel drive as an option.

These two compact SUVs have similar standard and optional engines. The Chevrolet Equinox has a standard engine with 170 horsepower, and an optional engine with 252 horsepower. The Ford Escape has a standard engine with 168 horsepower, and an optional engine with 245 horsepower. Pretty close. One interesting difference here is that the Equinox also offers a diesel engine option, unusual for an SUV in this size class.

Cargo space is also fairly close. With the rear seats folded, the Equinox offers 63.5 cubic feet. The Escape bumps that up to 66.4 cubic feet. Total interior passenger volume is 90 cubic feet for the Equinox and 99.5 cubic feet for the Escape, which gives the Escape a slight advantage.

These two compact SUVs come out pretty even on standard and optional power, but the Escape has a slight edge in cargo and passenger space. Try them both and see which one you prefer.

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