Family-friendly, value-oriented, spacious - crossovers have a number of characteristics that make them an appealing vehicle for those with children. As one of the more competitive segments in the automotive industry, it can be difficult to choose which crossover is right for you, though. Here, we compare two of the most popular options - the 2019 Ford Escape and 2019 Chevrolet Equinox - to determine why the Escape should be your next family-hauler.


Both the 2019 Escape and the 2019 Equinox offer three engine options. While the Equinox lineup has slightly more horsepower, the Escape beats out its Chevy competitor where it matters - with torque. The Escape offers a maximum torque of 275 lb-ft when it's equipped with its 2.0-liter Twin Scroll EcoBoost® engine with Auto Start-Stop. Compared to the Chevy's highest torque of 260 lb-ft, which it offers with its 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder engine, the Ford just offers more oomph in its acceleration.

In terms of capability, these two crossovers are equally matched. Both offer a maximum towing capacity rating of 3,500 pounds.

Interior Space

If your crossover will become your go-to family hauler, then it's important that you have plenty of space. This is one area that the Equinox can't beat the Escape. In the Ford Escape, you will find 34 cubic feet behind the second-row seats. This number expands to 68 cubic feet when you fold these rear seats downstairs. The Equinox only offers 29.9 cubic feet behind its second row and 63.9 cubic feet of total cargo space - significantly less than the Escape. So, if you want enough storage space for all your children's sport equipment and musical instruments, the Escape is the crossover for you.


One advantage that Ford offers that the Equinox doesn't is its ability to give you access to the abilities of Amazon Alexa in your Escape. Through the available Ford+Alexa app, you can access over 50,000 Alexa skills and control your Smart Home devices - directly from your vehicle. You can also shop Amazon Prime, enabling you to get what you want when you're thinking about it - no need to stop your vehicle to write it down.

Test-drive the 2019 Escape for yourself when you stop by Rudig Jensen Ford Chrysler Dodge Jeep® Ram.


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