2018 GMC Terrain vs. 2018 Ford Escape

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  • 2018 GMC Terrain

    2018 GMC Terrain

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    2018 Ford Escape

    2018 Ford Escape

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    28 / 39MPG23 / 30
    1,500 lbsTow Capacity1,500 lbs
    252 hpMax Horsepower245 hp
    203 lb-ftStandard Torque170 lb-ft

    The 2018 GMC Terrain is a popular choice for buyers looking for compact crossovers. It’s been popular now for quite some time, with GMC even selling 85,000 units of the 2016 model in the US and increasing in the sales of this vehicle since then. The reason being how highly the 2018 Terrain scores with critics, and how many great things they have to say about the newly renovated exterior, the spaciously-styled interior, the dynamic engines, and stellar infotainment options.

    The 2018 Ford Escape is the less stylish more athletic option, which has a uniquely sporty look in the compact crossover division. Ford is often a popular choice, but it isn’t much to look at unless you shell out for a ton of upgrades. For instance, its base engine is only a four cylinder, and it gets a meager 168 hp. Even with an upgrade to the turbo 4-cylinder engine it only gets up to 245 hp. Critics complain that the AWD is only available with an upgrade and that the steering of the vehicle feels far from smooth. It seems critics were much happier with the 2018 GMC Terrain which has many of the amenities that makes for a powerful yet comfortable ride readily available.

    Overall, drivers looking for the ultimate in interior and exterior design, premium convenience features, and impressive capability should look no further than the 2018 GMC Terrain. While the 2018 Ford Escape is far from disappointing, it does not provide the same versatility and lux features as the 2018 GMC Terrain. However, choosing which compact crossover SUV you’ll end up purchasing will truly come down your needs, budget, and overall preference. So, be sure to check out more details about how the 2018 GMC Terrain vs. the 2018 Ford Escape compare across several important categories including the exterior, interior, onboard entertainment technologies, and available engine options. Once you’ve completed your research, we’re sure you’ll agree that the 2018 GMC Terrain is your top-pick among 2018 compact crossover SUVs.

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  • Engines

    With a choice of three 4-cylinder engines, the 2018 GMC Terrain has turbocharged, powerful engines for a compact crossover SUV. The 2018 GMC Terrain also has the option to upgrade to even more powerful engines paired with a 9-speed automatic transmission. So, if you crave speed in an SUV, the Terrain is the way to go. Critics think that the best reason for this improvement to the engines is the incentive to go off-roading in this vehicle. This is why the Denali is such a popular trim, as it offers a class-leading AWD system. Getting up to an effervescent 252-hp, the 2 liter only takes 8.9 seconds to reach 60 mph. If you want a more fuel-efficient engine, however, critics suggest opting for the diesel engines.

    The 2018 Ford Escape has two engines to choose from, both turbocharged and paired with the standard 6-speed automatic transmission. If you opt to upgrade to the larger 2 liter EcoBoost, you may get more speed. You would have to since critics consider the 1.5-liter EcoBoost “lethargic” and say it under-delivers in fuel-efficiency. It seems that ultimately the Titanium model is the only 2018 Ford Escape model that could have a chance up against the 2018 GMC Terrain, although its 2-liter engine only gets up to 245 hp.

  • Infotainment

    Critics gave the 2018 GMC Terrain a high rating of 4.5 stars for its array of available infotainment. They commented especially on the ease of the operation and quick responsiveness. The graphics pop off the 7.0-inch touchscreen which comes standard with base models, and the intuitive menus have all of the features tech-savvy consumers are looking for. This includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. The only upgrades a buyer might find necessary is to get the Denali trim which provides another inch of screen space and enhanced navigation.

    Consumers can get excited about one aspect of the 2018 Ford Escape, the new Sync3 interface. It was a long time coming, as every other Ford model lacked some sort of intuitive system that exceeded that capabilities of MyFord Touch, which buyers found disappointing. Sync3 does provide more ease when operating functions such as climate control. But as to be expected, buyers will have to invest in the top-of-the-line Titanium trim in order to get their hands on the navigation and larger screen.

  • Interior

    The 2018 GMC Terrain has an interior that is both spacious and accommodating, according to critics, which is only enhanced by the comfort allowed to its driver and passengers. It is important to note that without upgrades to more expensive trims, buyers have access to a standard 60/40 split-folding bench seat that is accommodating to 3 passengers. The seating is also comfortable and supportive, and no one will be complaining of leg cramps.

    The 2018 Ford Escape’s standard interior is far from luxurious, and even with upgrades to more expensive models you only get hint of luxury. Critics were disappointed with an interior they call “plasticky,” the more leather-bound, plusher interior reserved only for their top trim, the Titanium model. Once again, buyers on a budget will have to do without some of the more accommodating roominess standard in other compact crossovers.

  • Exterior

    The 2018 GMC Terrain is what consumers are looking for when it comes to class-leading style. The dimensions aren’t anything to doubt either, with a 5.2 in shorter wheelbase than most compact crossovers. This makes it the perfect crossover size. Too often buyers and critics alike complain that while they claim to be compact crossovers, many are closer in size to midsize SUVs or are too large and boxy. Buyers often pass over other brands because they don’t meet this size mark. However, GMC designers took note and made sure that the new 2018 exterior was both eye-catching stylistically but also what buyers are looking for in size.

    Designers wanted the 2018 GMC Terrain to have a more modern look than its competitors, and now with an even more aggressive, chiseled look, it’s definitely set a new standard in style.

    The 2018 Ford Escape didn’t see many changes this year. Ford designers didn’t do any real tweaking to anything except the sheet metal which saw a slight revamping. Once again, customers are forced to upgrade to more expensive trims, such as the SE models in order to get the roof rails, liftgate and power mirrors that many compact crossovers have standard. They would have to upgrade to the even more expensive SEL and Titanium trims in order to have access to LED and HID headlights.

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