Jones Ford Casa Grande Compares 2018 Ford Escape VS 2018 GMC Terrain Near Casa Grande, AZ

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2018 Ford Escape

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2018 GMC Terrain

Safety Comparison

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Ford Escape are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The GMC Terrain doesn’t offer height-adjustable front seat belts.

The Escape SE/SEL/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, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras, available collision warning systems, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty Comparison

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

There are over 79 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 rated the Escape second among compact SUVs in their 2017 Initial Quality Study. The Terrain isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2017 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 fourth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 13 more problems per 100 vehicles, GMC is ranked 16th, below the industry average.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ April 2017 Auto Issue reports that Ford vehicles are more reliable than GMC vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Ford 6 places higher in reliability than GMC.

Engine Comparison

The Escape has more powerful engines than the Terrain:



Escape 1.5 turbo 4 cyl.

177 lbs.-ft.

Escape Titanium 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

275 lbs.-ft.

Terrain 1.5 turbo 4 cyl.

203 lbs.-ft.

Terrain 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

260 lbs.-ft.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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.

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Escape has larger tires than the Terrain (235/55R17 vs. 225/65R17).

The Escape’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Terrain’s standard 65 series tires. The Escape’s optional tires have a lower 45 series profile than the Terrain Denali’s 50 series tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Escape has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Escape flat and controlled during cornering. The Terrain’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

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.

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

Chassis Comparison

The Escape is 4.2 inches shorter than the Terrain, making the Escape easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Escape has 2.2 inches more front legroom, .1 inches more front hip room, .5 inches more rear headroom and .6 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. 29.6 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. 63.3 cubic feet).

Ergonomics Comparison

The Escape SE/SEL/Titanium’s front and rear power windows all open or close with one touch of the switches. The Terrain’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/SEL/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.

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 SE/SEL/Titanium’s optional wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Escape SE/SEL/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 SE/SEL/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 Terrain’s available navigation system doesn’t offer real-time traffic updates.

Recommendations Comparison

The Ford Escape has won recognition from these important consumer publications:




Consumer Reports® Recommends



Car Book “Best Bet”



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

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