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Features Comparison: Ford Escape vs. Chevrolet Equinox

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Model Year 2015 2015 2015 2015 2015 2015
Model Escape Escape Escape Equinox Equinox Equinox
Trim S SE Titanium LS LT 2LT
Engines (show)  
2.5L I4
168 hp@6000
170 lb-ft@4500
1.6L I4
178 hp@5700
184 lb-ft@2500
2.0L I4
240 hp@5500
270 lb-ft@3000
2.4L I4
182 hp@6700
172 lb-ft@4900
3.6L V6
301 hp@6500
272 lb-ft@4800
Transmissions (show)  
6-speed manually-shiftable automatic
Drivetrains (show)  
Tires (show)  
235/55HR17 tires      
235/50HR18 tires        
235/45HR19 tires        
225/65R17 tires      
235/55R18 tires        
Audio Systems (show)  
Unbranded, 60W, 6 speakers        
Unbranded, 9 speakers          
Sony, 355W, 10 speakers (with subwoofer)          
Unbranded, 80W, 6 speakers        
Pioneer, 250W, 8 speakers (with subwoofer)        
Accessories (show)  
AC power outletPowers devices with a regular home electrical outlet. Limited wattage: forget about using it to power a blow drier.        
Active noise reductionCancels out interior noise by playing the opposite noise through the vehicle's speakers.      
Cruise control
Hands-free trunk or liftgateRelease latch by waving a foot beneath the bumper.          
Keyless entry keypadUnlock the car by entering a code on a door-mounted keypad.        
Parking guidance system - activeParks the vehicle with minimal input from the driver.          
Power front side windowsOften must be ordered with power rear side windows, if these are available.
Power liftgateLiftgate can be opened and closed using buttons inside the vehicle and on the keyfob.      
Power locks
Power rear side windows
Proximity keyEnter and start the vehicle without removing the key from your pocket.          
Remote appCheck on car and remotely control various functions (remote start, locks, lights, and/or HVAC) from a telephone or computer. Usually requires a monthly fee, though often as part of a package of telematics services.      
Remote keyless entryUnlock and lock the car using buttons on the keyfob.
Remote startStart the car using a button on the keyfob. Interior can be a comfortable temperature as soon as you get in.  
Tilt/telescoping steering wheel, manual
Universal garage door openerHomelink.        
Brakes, Airbags, and Other Safety (show)  
4-wheel disc brakesRear disc brakes.
911 assistAutomatically contacts 911 through a linked cell phone in the event of a severe collision.      
AlarmOnly listed when pricing a single model because insufficient data for all cars.  
Antilock brakes (ABS)Automatically pulse the brakes in hard stops to prevent wheels from locking up, making it possible to brake and steer at the same time.
Blind spot warning systemMirror-mounted lights indicate when another vehicle is in a blind spot.          
Brake assistWhen a panic stop is sensed, fully applies the brakes.
Curve controlSlows vehicle down when it senses that the vehicle is going too fast for a curve.      
Forward collision alertAlerts driver when approaching the preceding car too quickly.          
Front airbagsMandatory, in all cars.
Hill start assistApplies the brakes to hold the vehicle in place on an incline. Incomplete data, so only displayed when pricing a single vehicle.      
Knee airbag, driver      
Lane departure warning systemAlerts driver when the vehicle seems to be wandering out of the lane.          
Obstacle detection, frontBeeps signal distance to object in front of vehicle. Parking aid.          
Obstacle detection, rearBeeps signal distance to object behind vehicle. Parking aid.      
Post-crash alert systemSounds horn and flashes hazad lights if airbags or seatbelt pretensioners have been activated.      
Rear cross-traffic detectionWarns of traffic coming from either direction when vehicle is in reverse, to prevent accidents when backing out of parking spaces.          
Rearview cameraRearview camera connected to display screen on the instrument panel. Often requires navigation system.  
Rollover sensorDeploys extended duration side curtain airbags when the vehicle rolls over. Usually included on tall vehicles. Rare on others.
Safety keyIndividual keys can be coded to enforce specific driving restrictions, such as maximum speed and audio volume.      
Side curtain airbagsAirbags contained just above the window level. Except in cars without a rear seat usually cover first and second row.
Stability controlSelectively applies the brakes to prevent excessive understeer or oversteer (spinning).
Termporary spare tire
Tire-pressure monitorTwo types: a warning light when a tire is low on air and a pressure readout for each tire.
Torque vectoring / active trace controlUses the brakes to channel torque to the outside wheels and counteract understeer. Similar to stability control, but proactive, and acting to improve cornering performance rather than prevent loss of control.      
Traction controlWhen a drive wheel slips, it is braked and/or engine power is reduced, restoring traction.
Trailer sway controlAutomatically applies a front brake to counteract sway induced by a trailer.        
Vehicle health reportsPeriodically uploads and emails a vehicle diagnostic check.
Cargo Management (show)  
Cargo cover    
Cargo mat      
Cargo net        
Cargo tray      
Class II trailer hitchHitch rated for up to 3,500 pounds. Capacity of the vehicle could be lower.  
Console with shifter
Overhead sunglass holderUsually part of an overhead console.      
Roof rack crossbarsRequires roof rails. Together constitute a roof rack.    
Roof railsNo crossbars.    
Second-row under-floor storage      
Storage beneath cargo floorLarge storage area beneath the load floor, often compartmentalized.      
Trailering equipment (4 wire)Includes four-wire harness, limited to relatively small trailers.  
Climate Control and Infotainment (show)  
4G LTE connectivityHigher speed Internet connection. Monthly fee after trial period.      
A/V input jacksJacks for a video camera, game console, or other device with A/V output.        
Air conditioning
App supportTouchscreen and/or voice control over apps that can include online search, Facebook, Twitter, Pandora, OpenTable, and MovieTickets.com. Requires connected compatible phone. Fees may apply after first three years.    
Audio controls on steering wheel
Automatic climate control, frontMaintains set temperature in front row. Requires air conditioning and does not include its value.      
Aux inputJack for an iPod or similar device. No value because of incomplete data. Will soon be standard on nearly every car.
Bluetooth audio streamingUses Bluetooth rather than a cable to integrate audio device. Requires compatible audio device and/or phone.  
Bluetooth cell phone linkEnables hands-free communication by wirelessly connecting a cell phone to a microphone and the vehicle's stereo speakers.
CD player
Dual-zone climate controlTemperature can be separately set for left and right sides of the passenger compartment. Requires air conditioning and does not include its value.        
HD radioHigh-definition radio, which broadcasts a digital signal. Free, no subscription fees.          
In-vehicle Internet capabilityConnects car to the Internet to update systems, download information, and/or browse. Requires mobile modem and non-dedicated broadband service.        
Interior air filterFilters exterior air before it enters the passenger compartment. No default value because most cars have them, even in cases where they're not in the official list of features.      
MP3-compatible playerAudio system capable of playing discs with MP3 files.
Navigation systemScreen-based navigation system.      
Navigation, turn-by-turnSimple directions displayed on rudimentary screen and/or spoken over audio system. Fee after first 3-12 months.        
Rain-sensing wipersWipers automatically turn on and adjust their speed based on input from a rain sensor.          
Rear air ventsVents at aft end of center console, in B-pillars, and/or in ceiling.        
Rear defrost
Rear heat ductsDucts under front seats direct heated air to the second row.
Rear wiper
Satellite radioXM or Sirius. Includes a subscription for three to six months, after which monthly fees apply.  
SD Card slotSD, CF, PCMCIA, or other digital media reader.      
Siri Eyes Free supportActivate Siri using button on steering wheel. Make calls, hear and dictate texts and email, manage calendar, turn-by-turn nav. Requires iPhone 4S or higher.        
SMS text-to-speech readerConverts text messages to speech.  
Telematics service, such as OnStar, with navigationIn-vehicle security, communications, and diagnostics system plus turn-by-turn navigation (no map display). For 2011 and newer cars often includes a remote app. Monthly fee after the first 6-12 months.      
Traffic + travel informationInformation about traffic plus weather, gas prices, sports news, and/or movie times. Monthly fee after first 3-12 months.        
USB portOften permits an iPod or phone to be integrated into the vehicle's entertainment system and controls.  
Variable intermittent wipersTime between wipes can be precisely adjusted.  
Voice control for audio system  
Voice control for external devicesGenerally works for some devices but not others.  
Voice control for nav and audioSometimes also includes voice control over climate control system.      
Weatherband radioIncludes frequencies for weather channels. Only listed when pricing a single model because incomplete data for all model.      
Wi-Fi hotspotProvides Wi-Fi within the car. Includes internal modem, usually requires car-specific broadband service with monthly fee.      
Wi-Fi hotspot capabilityProvides Wi-Fi within the car. Requires mobile modem and non-dedicated broadband service.        
Exterior (show)  
Active grille shuttersClose grille openings when not needed to reduce aerodynamic drag.        
Additional chrome trimOnly listed if not standard on all trims. No value because no way to compare across models.          
Bodyside cladding (gray/black)Protective cladding extending partly onto the doors.
Bright-finished exhaust tip(s)Chrome or polished metal exhaust tip.    
Bright-finished mirror housings (optional)Chrome or aluminum mirrors. Only listed if optional or not standard on the base trim.        
Deep-tinted rear windows    
Laminated front side windowsReduces interior noise, prevents side windows from shattering.      
Mud guardsFlaps mounted behind two to four wheels, to protect the body from mud and rocks.
Paint, special black        
Paint, special green        
Paint, special red    
Paint, special white    
Panoramic sunroofFront glass panel retracts over a fixed glass roof panel. Entire unit covers nearly the entire roof.        
Rear bumper protector      
Rear spoilerCan be small lip spoiler or a larger raised spoiler.
Wheel-lip moldingsExtensions to the wheel opening, both decorative and protective.      
Instruments, Lights, and Mirrors (show)  
Auto-dimming rearview mirrorInterior rearview mirror automatically dims when hit by headlights of following vehicle.        
Automatic headlightsHeadlights automatically turn on and off. Includes value of automatic-off headlights.  
CompassWe haven't given this feature a value because it's hard to tell which cars have it.  
Fog lightsLight wide area close in front of the vehicle.      
Heated mirrorsClears ice and fog from mirrors.    
Illuminated visor mirror, driverIncludes value of non-illuminated vanity mirror.  
Illuminated visor mirror, passengerIncludes value of non-illuminated vanity mirror.  
Interior ambient lightingLEDs cast a soft glow over and/or highlight parts of the interior.        
Interior ambient lighting, configurableLEDs cast a soft glow over and/or highlight parts of the interior. Can change the colors of the lights.          
Map lightsFront row reading lights.
Outside temperature display  
Perimeter approach lightingArea around the vehicle is illuminated when the vehicle is remotely unlocked.      
Power mirrorsIncludes value of manual remote mirrors.
Rear reading lights          
Speed limit informationDisplays the current speed limit. Included with nav on an increasing number of cars. No feature value here because incomplete info on availability.          
Spotter mirror(s)Auxiliary convex lens in the corner of the outside mirror that improves view of the driver's blind spot.      
TachometerReports engine speed.
Trip computerReports average fuel economy, and perhaps also instantaneous fuel economy, distance to empty, average speed, and other stats.
Turn signals on or near mirrors          
Visor mirror, driver          
Visor mirror, passenger          
Xenon HID headlightsProvide a brighter, whiter light than halogen headlights.          
Powertrain (show)  
Engine-block heaterPlugs into electrical outlet to warm up the engine. Facilitates starting in extreme cold.      
Oil coolerOnly listed if not standard on all trims. No value because no way to compare across models.        
Seats and Interior Trim (show)  
Front buckets
Second-row 2-section 3-person split bench
All-weather floor matsAll-weather floormats.
Center armrest(s), front row
Center armrest(s), second row  
Floor mats
Folding second row seatsSeat folds to enlarge cargo area. Unless the seat is also removable, it usually folds flat or nearly flat.
Heated front seats      
Leather seating surfacesSeating surfaces are trimmed in leather; other upholstery tends to be leatherette.      
Leather-wrapped steering wheel    
Manual fore-aft adjuster, second row seatsSeat adjusts back and forth to vary the split between the second row and the third row or cargo area.      
Manual height adjuster, driver seat          
Manual recliner, second row seats  
Memory system, driver seat          
Power fore-aft adjuster, driver seat    
Power fore-aft adjuster, passenger seat        
Power height adjuster, driver seat  
Power height adjuster, passenger seat        
Power lumbar adjuster, driver seatPower-adjustable lower back support.  
Power lumbar adjuster, passenger seatPower-adjustable lower back support.          
Power recliner, driver seat    
Power recliner, passenger seat        
Power tilt adjuster, driver seatPower tilting seat cushion; can take the form of a second height adjustment.    
Power tilt adjuster, passenger seatPower tilting seat cushion; can take the form of a second height adjustment.        
Suspension, Wheels, and Tires (show)  
Alloy wheels      
Chrome-clad alloy wheelsAlloy wheels with a chromed plastic veneer. Replace and include value of regular alloy wheels.        
Chrome-coated alloy wheelsChrome finish applied in a multi-layer powder coating process. More durable and lighter than chrome-plating.          

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Option Package Contents

Chrome Package

Additional chrome trim
Chrome-coated alloy wheels
235/45HR19 tires

Convenience Package

Automatic climate control, front
Roof rails
Obstacle detection, rear
Dual-zone climate control
AC power outlet
Rear air vents

MyFord Touch w/SYNC

A/V input jacks
SD Card slot
In-vehicle Internet capability
Wi-Fi hotspot capability

Leather Comfort Package

Leather seating surfaces
Heated mirrors
Heated front seats
Illuminated visor mirror, driver
Illuminated visor mirror, passenger
Leather-wrapped steering wheel

Technology Package

Rain-sensing wipers
Xenon HID headlights
Obstacle detection, front
Blind spot warning system
Parking guidance system - active
Rear cross-traffic detection

Pioneer audio system

Pioneer, 250W, 8 speakers (with subwoofer)

Driver Convenience Package

Power fore-aft adjuster, driver seat
Power tilt adjuster, driver seat
Power recliner, driver seat
Remote start

Chrome and Convenience Package

Bright-finished mirror housings (optional)
Chrome-clad alloy wheels

Power Convenience Package

Power recliner, passenger seat
Power fore-aft adjuster, passenger seat
Universal garage door opener
Power height adjuster, passenger seat
Power tilt adjuster, passenger seat

Safety Package

Obstacle detection, rear
Lane departure warning system
Forward collision alert

Navigation system

Navigation system
SD Card slot

Chrome and Convenience Package

Bright-finished mirror housings (optional)
Chrome-clad alloy wheels

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