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 Envision doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.
Both the Escape and the Envision 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, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, front and rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.
There are over 40 percent more Ford dealers than there are Buick dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the Escape’s warranty.
J.D. Power and Associates rated the Escape third among compact suvs in their 2016 Initial Quality Study. The Envision isn’t in the top three in its category.
The Escape’s optional 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 15 lbs.-ft. more torque (275 vs. 260) than the Envision Premium’s optional 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.
On the EPA test cycle the Escape AWD 1.5 turbo 4 cyl. gets better fuel mileage than the Envision Premium 4x4 turbo 4 cyl. (22 city/28 hwy vs. 20 city/26 hwy).
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 Envision doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.
For better traction, the Escape has larger tires than the Envision (235/55R17 vs. 225/60R18).
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 Envision’s standard 60 series tires. The Escape’s optional tires have a lower 45 series profile than the Envision Premium’s 50 series tires.
The Escape has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Envision doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.
The Ford Escape may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 250 to 300 pounds less than the Buick Envision.
The Escape is 5.6 inches shorter than the Envision, making the Escape easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.
The Escape has 2.2 inches more front legroom, .1 inches more front hip room and .5 inches more rear headroom than the Envision.
The Escape has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the Envision with its rear seat up (34 vs. 26.9 cubic feet). The Escape has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the Envision with its rear seat folded (68 vs. 57.3 cubic feet).
The Escape’s optional front and rear power windows all open or close with one touch of the switches. The Envision ’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 Envision 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 Envision’s standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.
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 Envision isn’t in the top three.