2010 Ford Escape vs. Its Competition

2010 Ford Escape
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

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.

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Quick Specs
Don’t let the 2010 Ford Escape’s boxy, old-school appearance turn you off; the Escape is a solid, fuel-efficient choice for city-dwelling families.
With mediocre handling and fuel economy, the 2009 Chevrolet Equinox isn’t that appealing, but it still offers superior cabin space.
It’s significantly improved this year, but the 2009 Subaru Forester remains a unique all-wheel-drive crossover with less power and fewer features, but better carlike handling, than its competition.
The 2008 Honda CR-V doesn't have hip style or performance on tap, but it has the security, utility, and frugality that many sensible moms want.
The 2008 Hyundai Tucson no longer stands out in its class for performance or safety, but it’s still a great value.
With the 2009 Nissan Rogue, the crossover market gets another right-sized entry that’s just a little tighter inside than the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4.
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Gas Mileage     
20 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy
Gas I4Gas V6Gas Flat 4-CylGas I4Gas I4Gas I4
EPA Class     
2WD Sport Utility Vehicles2WD Sport Utility Vehicle4WD Sport Utility2WD Sport Utility2WD Sport UtilityFWD Sport Utility
Style Name     
FWD 4-Door XLSFWD 4-Door LS4-Door Manual X2WD 5-Door LXFWD 4-Door I4 Manual GLS *Ltd Avail*FWD 4-Door S w/CA Emissions
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
Passenger Doors     
Body Style     
4 Door4 Door4 Door5 Door4 Door Sport Utility4 Door
Manual w/ODAutomaticManual w/ODAutomaticManual w/ODContinuously Variable
Detailed Spec Comparison
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