Jones Ford Buckeye Compares 2017 Ford Escape VS 2017 Chevrolet Trax Near Surprise, AZ

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2017 Ford Escape

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2017 Chevrolet Trax

Safety Comparison

The Escape Titanium offers optional Active Braking, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The Trax offers an available collision warning system without the automated brake feature that would prevent or reduce the collision if the driver fails to react.

The Escape (except S) offers optional parking sensors to help warn the driver about vehicles, pedestrians or other obstacles behind or, optionally, in front of the vehicle. The Trax doesn’t offer a front parking aid.

The Escape Titanium’s optional driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Trax doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Escape and the Trax have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front-wheel drive, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Ford Escape is safer than the Chevrolet Trax:

 

Escape

Trax

 

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Leg Forces (l/r)

233/311 lbs.

363/313 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Ford Escape is safer than the Chevrolet Trax:

 

Escape

Trax

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest Movement

.4 inches

.7 inches

Abdominal Force

96 G’s

120 G’s

Hip Force

351 lbs.

388 lbs.

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Hip Force

649 lbs.

672 lbs.

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

357

382

Spine Acceleration

44 G’s

46 G’s

Hip Force

707 lbs.

707 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Warranty Comparison

The Escape’s corrosion warranty is unlimited miles longer than the Trax’s (unlimited vs. 100,000 miles).

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Escape third among compact suvs in their 2016 Initial Quality Study. The Trax isn’t in the top three in its category.

Engine Comparison

The Escape’s standard 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 30 more horsepower (168 vs. 138) and 22 lbs.-ft. more torque (170 vs. 148) than the Trax’s 1.4 turbo 4 cyl. The Escape’s optional 1.5 turbo 4 cyl. produces 41 more horsepower (179 vs. 138) and 29 lbs.-ft. more torque (177 vs. 148) than the Trax’s 1.4 turbo 4 cyl. The Escape’s optional 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 107 more horsepower (245 vs. 138) and 127 lbs.-ft. more torque (275 vs. 148) than the Trax’s 1.4 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Ford Escape is faster than the Chevrolet Trax:

 

Escape 1.6

Escape 2.0

Trax

Zero to 30 MPH

2.6 sec

n/a

3.2 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

8.9 sec

6.8 sec

10.1 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

15.5 sec

n/a

18.5 sec

Passing 45 to 65 MPH

5.2 sec

n/a

5.8 sec

Quarter Mile

16.7 sec

15.2 sec

17.5 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

82.4 MPH

88.8 MPH

78.2 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Escape EcoBoost’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Trax doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The Escape has 1.7 gallons more fuel capacity than the Trax (15.7 vs. 14 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

The Escape has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Trax doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Escape EcoBoost’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Trax:

 

Escape EcoBoost

Trax

Front Rotors

12.6 inches

11.8 inches

Rear Rotors

11 inches

9” drums

Opt Rear Rotors

n/a

10.6 inches

The Ford Escape has standard four-wheel disc brakes for better stopping power and improved directional control in poor weather. Rear drums are standard on the Trax. Drums can heat up and make stops longer, especially with antilock brakes, which work much harder than conventional brakes.

The Escape stops shorter than the Trax:

 

Escape

Trax

 

60 to 0 MPH

116 feet

119 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

139 feet

141 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

The Escape Titanium AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.9 seconds quicker than the Trax LT AWD (27.3 seconds @ .6 average G’s vs. 29.2 seconds @ .56 average G’s).

For greater off-road capability the Escape has a 1.6 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Trax (7.8 vs. 6.2 inches), allowing the Escape to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis Comparison

The front grille of the Escape (except 2.0L ECOBoost) uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Trax doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Escape Titanium is quieter than the Trax LT AWD:

 

Escape

Trax

At idle

39 dB

42 dB

Full-Throttle

75 dB

78 dB

70 MPH Cruising

69 dB

71 dB

Passenger Space Comparison

The Escape has 5.9 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Trax (98.7 vs. 92.8).

The Escape has .3 inches more front headroom, 2.3 inches more front legroom, 2.8 inches more front hip room, 1.8 inches more front shoulder room, .2 inches more rear headroom, 1.6 inches more rear legroom, 1.7 inches more rear hip room and 2.4 inches more rear shoulder room than the Trax.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Escape SE/Titanium’s rear seats recline. The Trax’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Escape has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the Trax with its rear seat up (34 vs. 18.7 cubic feet). The Escape has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the Trax with its rear seat folded (68 vs. 48.4 cubic feet).

A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the Escape easier. The Escape’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 27.3 inches, while the Trax’s liftover is 28.8 inches.

The Escape’s cargo area is larger than the Trax’s in every dimension:

 

Escape

Trax

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

33.6”/67”

29.3”/57”

Max Width

45.6”

39.5”

Min Width

40.4”

36”

Height

34.5”

31.8”

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Escape’s cargo door can be opened just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The Escape also (except S) offers an optional power cargo door, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button or just by kicking your foot under the back bumper. The Trax doesn’t offer a power or hands-free opening cargo door.

Ergonomics Comparison

When three different drivers share the Escape Titanium, the memory seats and mirrors make it convenient for all three. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position and outside mirror angle. The Trax doesn’t offer a memory system.

The Escape Titanium’s standard easy entry system glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Trax doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The Escape’s optional front and rear power windows all open or close with one touch of the switches. The Trax ’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Escape SE/Titanium’s exterior keypad. The Trax doesn’t offer an exterior keypad entry system, and its OnStar® can’t unlock the doors if the vehicle doesn’t have cell phone reception or the driver can’t contact the service.

The Escape’s standard speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The Trax’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted. The Escape Titanium’s optional wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the Escape Titanium detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Trax doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Escape has standard extendable sun visors. The Trax doesn’t offer extendable visors.

On extremely cold Winter days, the Escape Titanium’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The Trax doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

The Escape SE/Titanium’s standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. The Trax doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

The Escape SE/Titanium’s standard automatic temperature control maintains the temperature you set, automatically controlling fan speed, vents and temperature to maintain a consistent, comfortable environment. The Trax doesn’t offer automatic air conditioning.

Both the Escape and the Trax offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the Escape has standard rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The Trax doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Escape Titanium offers an optional Adaptive Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The Trax doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

The Escape SE/Titanium’s available GPS navigation system has a real-time traffic update feature that plots alternative routes to automatically bypass traffic problems. (Service not available in all areas.) The Trax’s available navigation system doesn’t offer real-time traffic updates.

With standard voice command, the Escape offers the driver hands free control of the radio and the navigation computer by simply speaking. The Trax doesn’t offer a voice control system.

The Escape Titanium’s optional Active Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Trax doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Escape owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Escape will cost $445 less than the Trax over a five-year period.

The Escape will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Escape will retain 45.64% to 48.88% of its original price after five years, while the Trax only retains 43.27% to 43.8%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Escape is less expensive to operate than the Trax because typical repairs cost much less on the Escape than the Trax, including $283 less for a water pump, $311 less for an alternator, $151 less for front brake pads, $164 less for a starter, $264 less for fuel injection, $175 less for a fuel pump, $47 less for front struts, $482 less for a timing belt/chain and $82 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Escape second among compact suvs in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Trax isn’t in the top three.

The Ford Escape outsold the Chevrolet Trax by over four to one during the 2016 model year.

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