Pecheles Automotive Compares 2018 Hyundai TUCSON VS 2018 Ford Escape Near Washington, NC

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2018 Hyundai TUCSON

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2018 Hyundai TUCSON

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2018 Ford Escape

Safety Comparison

The Tucson has standard Active Head Restraints, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Active Head Restraints system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Escape doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The Tucson Limited offers optional Automatic Emergency 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 Escape offers an available collision warning system without the automated brake feature that would prevent or reduce the collision if the driver fails to react.

Both the Tucson and the Escape 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, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, rear parking sensors 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 Hyundai Tucson is safer than the Ford Escape:

 

Tucson

Escape

 

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

172

243

Neck Injury Risk

21%

43%

Neck Stress

219 lbs.

396 lbs.

Neck Compression

97 lbs.

112 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

64/54 lbs.

233/311 lbs.

 

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

226

2417

Neck Injury Risk

37%

47%

Neck Stress

162 lbs.

175 lbs.

Neck Compression

50 lbs.

106 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

45/43 lbs.

453/192 lbs.

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

A significantly tougher test than their original offset frontal crash test, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety does 40 MPH small overlap frontal offset crash tests. In this test, where only 25% of the total width of the vehicle is struck, results indicate that the Hyundai Tucson is safer than the Escape:

 

Tucson

Escape

Overall Evaluation

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Restraints

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Head Neck Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Peak Head Forces

0 G’s

0 G’s

Steering Column Movement Rearward

2 cm

2 cm

Chest Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Max Chest Compression

23 cm

26 cm

Hip & Thigh Evaluation

GOOD

POOR

Hip & Thigh Injury Risk R/L

0%/0%

0%/0%

Lower Leg Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

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, results indicate that the Hyundai Tucson is safer than the Ford Escape:

 

Tucson

Escape

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

94

110

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

241

290

Hip Force

482 lbs.

649 lbs.

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

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, with its optional front crash prevention system, and its available headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Tucson the rating of “Top Pick” for 2018, a rating granted to only 87 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Escape was not even a standard “Top Pick” for 2018.

Warranty Comparison

The Tucson comes with a full 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Escape’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 2 years and 24,000 miles sooner.

Hyundai’s powertrain warranty covers the Tucson 5 years and 40,000 miles longer than Ford covers the Escape. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the Escape ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.

The Tucson’s corrosion warranty is 2 years longer than the Escape’s (7 vs. 5 years).

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Hyundai vehicles are more reliable than Ford vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Hyundai 19th in reliability. With 46 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ford is ranked 31st.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ April 2017 Auto Issue reports that Hyundai vehicles are more reliable than Ford vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Hyundai 11 places higher in reliability than Ford.

Engine Comparison

As tested in Motor Trend the Tucson 1.6T is faster than the Ford Escape 1.5 Turbo 4 cyl.:

 

Tucson

Escape

Zero to 60 MPH

7.9 sec

9.6 sec

Quarter Mile

16.2 sec

17.1 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

85.5 MPH

78.6 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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

 

 

Tucson

Escape

 

2WD

2.0 4 cyl./Auto

23 city/30 hwy

21 city/29 hwy

2.5 4 cyl./Auto

 

1.6T/Auto

25 city/30 hwy

23 city/30 hwy

1.5 Turbo/Auto

 

 

n/a

21 city/28 hwy

2.0 Turbo/Auto

4WD

1.6T/Auto

24 city/28 hwy

22 city/28 hwy

1.5 Turbo/Auto

 

 

n/a

20 city/27 hwy

2.0 Turbo/Auto

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Hyundai Tucson uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Escape with the 1.5 turbo 4 cyl. engine requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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

 

Tucson

Escape

Front Rotors

12 inches

11.8 inches

Rear Rotors

11.9 inches

11 inches

The Tucson stops shorter than the Escape:

 

Tucson

Escape

 

60 to 0 MPH

118 feet

126 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

140 feet

147 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Tucson Value/Limited’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Escape (245/45R19 vs. 235/55R17).

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Tucson is 1.7 inches wider in the front and 2.1 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Escape.

The Tucson SE handles at .82 G’s, while the Escape Titanium AWD pulls only .80 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Tucson Limited AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.2 seconds quicker than the Escape SE (27.1 seconds @ .64 average G’s vs. 28.3 seconds @ .55 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Tucson’s turning circle is 3.8 feet tighter than the Escape’s (34.9 feet vs. 38.7 feet).

Chassis Comparison

The Hyundai Tucson may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 200 to 250 pounds less than the Ford Escape.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Tucson has 3.5 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Escape (102.2 vs. 98.7).

The Tucson has 1.1 inches more front hip room, 1.2 inches more front shoulder room, .2 inches more rear headroom, .9 inches more rear legroom and 2.1 inches more rear hip room than the Escape.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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

 

Tucson

Escape

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

34.3”/69.5”

33.6”/67”

Max Width

53”

45.6”

Min Width

40.7”

40.4”

Height

35.2”

34.5”

Ergonomics Comparison

The Tucson has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The Escape doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the Tucson Limited offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Escape doesn’t offer cornering lights.

The Tucson’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Heated mirrors cost extra on the Escape and aren’t offered on the Escape S.

Both the Tucson and the Escape offer available heated front seats. The Tucson Limited also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the Escape.

Optional air-conditioned seats in the Tucson Limited keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The Escape doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Tucson is less expensive to operate than the Escape because typical repairs cost much less on the Tucson than the Escape, including $17 less for front brake pads, $33 less for a fuel pump, $255 less for a timing belt/chain and $377 less for a power steering pump.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Hyundai Tucson will be $1412 to $1966 less than for the Ford Escape.

Recommendations Comparison

Motor Trend performed a comparison test in its December 2016 issue and they ranked the Hyundai Tucson Limited AWD three places higher than the Ford Escape SE AWD.

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