2012 Ford Escape vs. Its Competition

2012 Ford Escape 4WD 4-door XLT Side Exterior View
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

The Ford Escape may be aging, but its competition still hasn't caught up to it in sales.

Honda's CR-V comes close: it's new this year, and we'll hold judgement until we drive it.

The Nissan Rogue is smaller than the Escape, but has a good ride and good gas mileage to balance out its lackluster transmission (it's CVT-only). Hyundai's Tucson gained a swoopy new look in 2010 and better performance, but it's also small, and its steering needs a rethink.

The Tucson's cousin, the Kia Sportage, comes off as the more refined of the duo, and a new turbo SX version is truly quick and, at more than $30,000, expensive.

The Chevrolet Equinox is larger than the Escape, but offers 32-mpg EPA ratings in four-cylinder trim, and a really well-executed cabin with fine fit and finish, and a sliding second-row bench seat.

2012 Ford Escape 4WD 4-door XLT Side Exterior View2012 Ford Escape
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2012 Chevrolet Equinox FWD 4-door LT w/1LT Angular Front Exterior View2012 Chevrolet Equinox
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2012 Honda CR-V2012 Honda CR-V
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2012 Hyundai Tucson FWD 4-door Auto GLS Side Exterior View2012 Hyundai Tucson
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2012 Kia Sportage 2WD 4-door EX Angular Front Exterior View2012 Kia Sportage
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2011 Nissan Rogue FWD 4-door SV Angular Front Exterior View2012 Nissan Rogue
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Quick Specs
The 2012 Ford Escape still antes up solid crossover bona fides, but its sluggish handling and plasticky interior are ready for retirement
A versatile layout, impressive performance, good ride comfort, and reasonable pricing all add up to make the 2012 Chevrolet Equinox a strong value—and a good pick for small families.
The 2012 Honda CR-V is a great family vehicle, with a thoughtfully designed and comfortable interior, and improved refinement, but it lacks the confident, sprightly feel present in past CR-Vs.
One of the most improved crossovers, the 2012 Hyundai Tucson has size and value in its corner.
The Kia Sportage cuts a rakish new figure and spins out 260 turbocharged horsepower for a total image reboot--watch the options, though.
The 2012 Nissan Rogue's comfortable ride and versatile layout make it a good fit for a value-conscious small families--but it's far from exciting to drive.
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Gas Mileage     
20 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy
Gas I4Gas/Ethanol I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4
EPA Class     
2WD Sport Utility Vehicles2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility2WD Sport Utility2WD Sport Utility VehicleFWD Sport Utility
Style Name     
FWD 4-Door XLSFWD 4-Door LS2WD 5-Door LXFWD 4-Door Manual GL2WD 4-Door BaseFWD 4-Door S
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
Passenger Doors     
Body Style     
4 Door4 DoorSport Utility Vehicle4 Door Sport Utility4 DoorSport Utility
ManualAutomaticAutomaticManualManualContinuously variable ratio
Detailed Spec Comparison
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