Compare 2008 Chevrolet Equinox vs 2009 Ford Escape

2008 Chevrolet Equinox
2009 Ford Escape
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AWD 4-Door LS
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Equinox AWD 4-Door LS 17 24 $23,057 $24,660
Equinox AWD 4-Door LT 17 24 $23,870 $25,530
Equinox AWD 4-Door LTZ 17 24 $27,521 $29,435
Equinox AWD 4-Door Sport 16 24 $27,806 $29,740
Equinox FWD 4-Door LS 17 24 $21,537 $23,035
Equinox FWD 4-Door LT 17 24 $22,351 $23,905
Equinox FWD 4-Door LTZ 17 24 $26,002 $27,810
Equinox FWD 4-Door Sport 16 24 $26,287 $28,115
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4WD 4-Door I4 Automatic Limited
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Escape 4WD 4-Door I4 Automatic Limited 19 25 $24,715 $26,670
Escape 4WD 4-Door I4 Automatic XLS 19 25 $21,969 $23,395
Escape 4WD 4-Door I4 Automatic XLT 19 25 $23,381 $25,205
Escape 4WD 4-Door I4 CVT Hybrid 29 27 $29,015 $31,395
Escape 4WD 4-Door I4 CVT Hybrid Limited 29 27 $31,135 $33,725
Escape 4WD 4-Door V6 Automatic Limited 17 24 $25,625 $27,670
Escape 4WD 4-Door V6 Automatic XLT 17 24 $24,300 $26,215
Escape FWD 4-Door I4 Automatic Limited 20 28 $23,123 $24,920
Escape FWD 4-Door I4 Automatic XLS 20 28 $20,358 $21,645
Escape FWD 4-Door I4 Automatic XLT 20 28 $21,789 $23,455
Escape FWD 4-Door I4 CVT Hybrid 34 31 $27,422 $29,645
Escape FWD 4-Door I4 CVT Hybrid Limited 34 31 $29,542 $31,975
Escape FWD 4-Door I4 Manual XLS 20 28 $19,245 $20,435
Escape FWD 4-Door V6 Automatic Limited 18 26 $24,033 $25,920
Escape FWD 4-Door V6 Automatic XLT 18 26 $22,708 $24,465
Pricing
Invoice Price
$23,057
$24,715
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$24,660
$26,670
Monthly Payment Estimate
$411 / month
$445 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.8
7.4
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2008 Chevrolet Equinox still sports great interior room, but it needs better handling and a better interior. The 2009 Ford Escape Hybrid is a viable and sturdy contender in the family crossover arena. Gas mileage is excellent for a compact SUV, and optional mechanical all-wheel drive sets it apart from softer competitors.
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Fuel Economy
City
17 mpg 19 mpg
Highway
24 mpg 25 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
4WD Sport Utility Vehicle 4WD Sport Utility Vehicles
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in)
40.2 35.6
Front Head Room (in)
40.9 40.4
Second Hip Room (in)
51.3 49.1
Front Shoulder Room (in)
55.7 56.6
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Head Room (in)
40.1 39.2
Second Shoulder Room (in)
55.9 55.9
Front Leg Room (in)
41.2 41.6
Front Hip Room (in)
51.1 53.3
Passenger Volume (ft³)
106.4 99.5
Exterior Dimensions
Rear Door Opening Height (in)
- TBD - 33.3
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
71.4 71.1
Track Width, Front (in)
61.6 60.7
Min Ground Clearance (in)
7.9 8.4
Length, Overall (in)
188.8 174.7
Rear Door Opening Width (in)
- TBD - 43.2
Height, Overall (in)
69.3 67.8
Liftover Height (in)
28.6 29.4
Track Width, Rear (in)
61.8 60.2
Wheelbase (in)
112.5 103.1
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
35.2 29.2
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
- TBD - 37.3
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
- TBD - 66.7
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
67.1 66.3
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)
NA NA
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
NA NA
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
- TBD - 40.7
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
- TBD - 34.7
Brakes
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.65 x 1.02 11.9 x 0.4
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA Yes
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes NA
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.93 x 0.79 NA
Brake Type
Power Power
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA 10.0 x 1.65
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
16.6 16.5
Steering
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.8 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - 40.1
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
19.4 17.5
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
41.8 36.7
Steering Type
Variable power assist Pwr
Tires
Rear Tire Size
P235/65R16 P235/70R16
Rear Tire Order Code
QKG NA
Front Tire Size
P235/65R16 P235/70R16
Spare Tire Size
- TBD - Compact
Front Tire Order Code
QKG NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
525 NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
3500 1500
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
3500 NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
350 150
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3776 4600
Wheels
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel - TBD -
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 x 6.5 16 x 7
Spare Wheel Size (in)
- TBD - Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 x 6.5 16 x 7
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
10.6 - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - 590
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - 110
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
185 @ 5200 171 @ 6000
Engine Type
Gas V6 Gas I4
Fuel System
SFI SMPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
210 @ 3800 171 @ 4500
Engine Order Code
LNJ 997
Displacement
3.4L/204 2.5L/152
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
17 19
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
24 25
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
- 21
Transmission
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
1.00 1.0
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Drivetrain
All Wheel Drive 4-Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1)
5.02 2.31
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.98 2.96
Trans Order Code
MX0 NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
2.48 3.51
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.32 1.45
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic Automatic w/OD
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low
- TBD - - TBD -
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 0.75
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.58 4.58
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.95 1.91
Trans Type
5 6
Summary
Vehicle Name
Chevrolet Equinox Ford Escape
Body Style
4 Door 4 Door
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Trailing arm Multi-link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Strut-type MacPherson Strut
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
- 5

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