You're ready for a new compact SUV, but there are so many available today. How can you know which is right for you? The friendly team at Maguire Chevrolet Cadillac of Ithaca have put two titans in the market through the gauntlet to help you decide which is best for you: the 2021 Chevy Equinox or the Ford Escape.

Come one, come all, friends in the Cortland, Elmira, and Ithaca, New York, areas. See these two compact powerhouses compete for the honor of gracing your driveway.

2021 Chevy Equinox vs. Ford Escape Quick Facts


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2021 Chevy Equinox vs. Ford Escape: Combat of Comfort

Both of these compact SUVs are masterclasses in interior comfort. Comparable in size, these cabins are ready to ferry you and your friends and family wherever you need to go. When it comes to temperature customization, both have available dual-zone automatic climate control for you and your passengers' comfort.

The 2021 Chevy Equinox and Ford Escape also have available heated driver and front-passenger seats, each with power-adjustability. However, if that chilly New York morning has the kids reluctant to get in the back for the ride to school, the Equinox has available heated rear outboard seats as well.

Is that summer heatwave bearing down on the city? The Equinox also has available ventilated seats to keep you cool. The Escape doesn't offer this extra feature, so you'll be waiting for the A/C to kick in to chill the cabin.

2021 Chevy Equinox vs. Ford Escape: Sense of Safety

When it comes to picking out your next vehicle, safety for you, your passengers, and everyone else on the road is at the forefront of your mind. The 2021 Chevy Equinox and Ford Escape both come available with comprehensive safety suites-Chevy Safety Assist and Ford Co-Pilot360™, respectively. Both systems come with similar features, such as:

  • Automatic Emergency Braking
  • Lanekeeping assist systems
  • Rear-view cameras
  • Auto high beams

However, the Chevy Equinox has features not available on the Ford Escape, such as their exclusive Teen Driver mode. Simply access the Teen Driver settings through the MyLink menu and register a key fob. In doing so you can set restrictions on speed, limit the audio volume, and mute the radio until the driver and passenger have put on their seatbelts.

Using this, you can instill good driving habits without even having to be in the car, giving your young driver freedom and safety.

2021 Chevy Equinox vs. Ford Escape: Trial of Technology

With sizable infotainment displays and impressive connectivity, these compact SUVs are ready to keep you entertained on the road. Both have the following features available:

  • Amazon Alexa integration
  • Apple CarPlay® compatibility
  • Android Auto™ compatibility
  • Wi-Fi® hotspot capability

However, if you need to see everything that's happening around you, you'll want Chevy's available HD Surround Vision. This system of cameras gives you several viewing options, such as:

  • Front or Rear Top-Down View-This view is a top-down view of the area around the front or rear of the vehicle.
  • Front Side or Rear Side View-This focuses on obstacles next to the front or rear sides of the vehicle.
  • Surround View-This is a unique perspective that shows a top-down bird's-eye view of the vehicle's surroundings.

Though the Escape does have a rear camera view, only the Equinox has this comprehensive all-around view. This means, while you can be confident with a rear view with the Escape, you'll feel secure from every angle with the Equinox.

2021 Chevy Equinox vs. Ford Escape: Put Them to the Test for Yourself

You've seen these competitors clash, but nothing can replace getting behind the wheel yourself. Test drive both the 2021 Chevy Equinox and the Ford Escape to see which fits you best.

When you're in the Ithaca, Cortland, or Elmira, NY, areas, contact us or stop in to Maguire Chevrolet Cadillac of Ithaca to see the extra comfort, safety, and technology the 2021 Chevy Equinox has to offer.

These two warriors have battled it out-only you can choose the victor.

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