Jones Ford Buckeye Compares 2017 Ford Escape VS 2017 GMC Terrain Near Surprise, AZ

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2017 Ford Escape

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2017 GMC Terrain

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 Terrain 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 Terrain 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 Terrain doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Escape and the Terrain have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact 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 GMC Terrain:

 

Escape

Terrain

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

 

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Leg Forces (l/r)

233/311 lbs.

593/626 lbs.

 

Passenger

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

Chest Compression

.4 inches

.4 inches

Neck Injury Risk

47%

60%

Neck Stress

175 lbs.

195 lbs.

Neck Compression

106 lbs.

209 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

453/192 lbs.

520/267 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 GMC Terrain:

 

Escape

Terrain

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Chest Movement

.4 inches

1.4 inches

Abdominal Force

96 G’s

180 G’s

Hip Force

351 lbs.

547 lbs.

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

44 G’s

63 G’s

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 Terrain’s (unlimited vs. 100,000 miles).

There are over 74 percent more Ford dealers than there are GMC dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Escape’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Ford vehicles are better in initial quality than GMC vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 11th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 1 more problems per 100 vehicles, GMC is ranked 12th.

Engine Comparison

As tested in Motor Trend the Ford Escape turbo 4 cyl. is faster than the GMC Terrain 4 cyl.:

 

Escape

Terrain

Zero to 60 MPH

8.9 sec

9.2 sec

Quarter Mile

16.7 sec

16.9 sec

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Escape gets better fuel mileage than the Terrain:

 

 

Escape

Terrain

 

2WD

1.5 turbo 4 cyl./6-spd. Auto

23 city/30 hwy

17 city/24 hwy

3.6 V6/Auto

 

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./6-spd. Auto

22 city/29 hwy

n/a

 

4WD

 

n/a

20 city/28 hwy

2.4 4 cyl./Auto

 

1.5 turbo 4 cyl./6-spd. Auto

22 city/28 hwy

16 city/23 hwy

3.6 V6/Auto

 

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./6-spd. Auto

20 city/27 hwy

n/a

 

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 Terrain doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

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 Terrain doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Escape stops much shorter than the Terrain:

 

Escape

Terrain

 

60 to 0 MPH

116 feet

127 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

The Escape’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Terrain’s 55 series tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Escape has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Terrain’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The Escape’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Terrain doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

The Escape Titanium AWD handles at .85 G’s, while the Terrain SLE pulls only .78 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Escape Titanium AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.7 seconds quicker than the Terrain SLE (27.3 seconds @ .6 average G’s vs. 29 seconds @ .56 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Escape’s turning circle is 1.3 feet tighter than the Terrain’s (38.7 feet vs. 40 feet). The Escape’s turning circle is 3.9 feet tighter than the Terrain w/19" wheels’ (38.7 feet vs. 42.6 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Escape has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Terrain (7.8 vs. 6.9 inches), allowing the Escape to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis Comparison

The Ford Escape may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 250 to 500 pounds less than the GMC Terrain.

The Escape is 7.4 inches shorter than the Terrain, making the Escape easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

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 Terrain doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

As tested by Car and Driver while under full throttle, the interior of the Escape Titanium is quieter than the Terrain Denali 4x4 (75 vs. 78 dB).

Passenger Space Comparison

The Escape has .1 inches more front headroom, 1.9 inches more front legroom, .2 inches more front shoulder room and 1.1 inches more rear hip room than the Terrain.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Escape has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the Terrain with its rear seat up (34 vs. 31.6 cubic feet). The Escape has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the Terrain with its rear seat folded (68 vs. 63.9 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 Terrain’s liftover is 28.8 inches.

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Escape Titanium’s cargo door can be opened and closed just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The Terrain doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its cargo door, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Escape’s standard driver’s power window opens or closes with one touch of the switch, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths. The Terrain’s power window switch has to be held the entire time to close it fully. The Escape’s optional front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches.

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 Terrain 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.

Intelligent Access standard on the Escape Titanium allows you to unlock the driver’s door, cargo door and start the engine all without removing a key from pocket or purse. This eliminates searching for keys before loading groceries, getting in the vehicle in bad weather or making a hurried start to your trip. The GMC Terrain doesn’t offer an advanced key system.

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 Terrain’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 Terrain doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

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 Terrain 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 Terrain doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

Both the Escape and the Terrain 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 Terrain doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

A built-in pollen filter removes pollen, exhaust fumes and other pollutants from the Escape’s passenger compartment. This helps prevent lung and/or sinus irritation, which can trigger allergies or asthma. The Terrain doesn’t offer a filtration system.

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 Terrain doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

The Escape (except S) offers an optional 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The Terrain doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

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 Terrain doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Escape is less expensive to operate than the Terrain because it costs $423 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Escape than the Terrain, including $409 less for a water pump, $324 less for an alternator, $147 less for front brake pads, $145 less for a starter, $234 less for fuel injection, $501 less for a fuel pump and $22 less for front struts.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Ford Escape will be $50 to $4211 less than for the GMC Terrain.

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 Terrain isn’t in the top three.

The Ford Escape outsold the GMC Terrain by over three to one during the 2016 model year.

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