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2011 Ford Escape vs. Its Competition

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2011 Ford Escape FWD 4-door XLT Angular Front Exterior View
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Don't get penned in by the Escape's conservative look; it competes head-on with a variety of compact crossovers, some of which are sleek and rakish.

One of those is the Nissan Rogue.

The Rogue doesn't even pretend to be tough or off-road-worthy; it's a tall wagon, with space for five, good ride quality, and a fuel-efficient four-cylinder powertrain.

The Hyundai Tucson looks a little more carlike than the Escape, but it's one of the least refined in the group; it's due for a complete redesign later this year.

The Honda CR-V is one of our all-time favorites, if you only look at the driving experience, but some people have a hard time getting past the SUV's styling and the lack of optional V-6 power.

Subaru's Forester became significantly larger for 2009, and it's now a roomier alternative to the Escape, with a nice, smooth ride and responsive handling.

Finally, the 2010 Chevrolet Equinox has been redesigned and is now a much better vehicle than before, with a vastly improved interior, plus a smooth, economical four-cylinder base engine and six-speed automatic transmission.

2011 Ford Escape FWD 4-door XLT Angular Front Exterior View2011 Ford Escape2011 Chevrolet Equinox FWD 4-door LT w/1LT Angular Front Exterior View2011 Chevrolet Equinox2011 Honda CR-V2011 Honda CR-V2010 Hyundai Tucson2011 Hyundai Tucson2011 Nissan Rogue FWD 4-door SV Angular Front Exterior View2011 Nissan Rogue2011 Subaru Forester2011 Subaru Forester
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The boxy, old-school appearance might turn you off, but the 2011 Ford Escape still delivers solid crossover and SUV bona fides.
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If you don’t need a third row, the 2011 Chevrolet Equinox is just right for small families; it’s refined, secure, and versatile, and gets very impressive fuel economy in four-cylinder form.
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The 2011 Honda CR-V is homely, as well as unexciting to drive; yet it's a great minivan alternative on many counts—appealing to practical shoppers with a roomy, versatile interior and top safety ratings.
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Much better than its predecessor, the 2011 Hyundai Tucson needs a touch more power and steering feel to top carlike utes like the Nissan Rogue.
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The 2011 Nissan Rogue has a good feature set and great packaging for small-family use, but its performance and details aren't always delightful.
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The roomy, versatile 2011 Subaru Forester handles better than just about any other small crossover, though the need for a more modern transmission and a little more cabin refinement keep it from greatness.
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Gas Mileage     
20 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy
Gas I4Gas I4 ECOTECGas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas Flat 4
EPA Class     
2WD Sport Utility Vehicles2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility2WD Sport UtilityFWD Sport Utility4WD Sport Utility
Style Name     
FWD 4-Door XLSFWD 4-Door LS2WD 5-Door LXFWD 4-Door Manual GLFWD 4-Door S4-Door Manual 2.5X
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveAll Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
Passenger Doors     
Body Style     
4 Door4 DoorSport Utility Vehicle4 Door Sport UtilitySport Utility4 Door Sport Utility
ManualAutomaticAutomaticManualContinuously variable ratioManual w/OD
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