Everyone knows that Ford makes the best selling pickup trucks in America. They also make the Ford Escape, a compact SUV that's a lot like a truck. And we mean that in a good way. To see what we're talking about, we'll pit the 2018 Escape against the Hyundai Tucson. You'll see how good it is to get the best of both worlds.
Cargo Space: 2018 Ford Escape
The 2018 Ford Escape has a heck of a lot of cargo space. We're looking at 34.3 cubic feet behind the back seat and a whopping 67.8 cubes when all the seats are folded down. That's close to the most cargo space on any compact SUV on the market. Why let truck drivers have all the space? Just because you drive small doesn't mean you can't help a friend move.
By comparison, the 2018 Hyundai Tucson has 31 cubic feet of cargo space with the seats up and 61.9 with them down. That's not bad, by any means, but we guarantee there will be times when you'll be glad to have a little more room.
Towing: 2018 Ford Escape
It's always a fun surprise that your tiny compact SUV can tow. And the 2018 Ford Escape might tow more than you expect. That's because it's slated to tow up to 1,500 pounds when properly equipped. Hello utility trailer or lightweight watercraft!
To its credit, the Hyundai Tucson is also able to tow, but a third less. The Tucson is slated to tow up to 1,000 pounds, when properly configured. In our opinion, that's low enough that we start wondering what exactly is towable and whether it's worth hitching something up for so little weight.
Horsepower and Torque: 2018 Ford Escape
By the numbers, the 2018 Ford Escape is a more powerful vehicle. That's not surprising, given its towing prowess. The base engine generates 168 horsepower and 170 pounds per foot of torque. But it gets as good as 245 horsepower and 275 pounds per foot of torque. For a vehicle this small, that are some serious numbers.
Again, the Hyundai Tucson comes up a bit short. The Tucson offers one of two engine options. The base engine is a 164-horsepower 2.0-liter inline-4, producing 151 pounds per foot of torque. The other is a turbocharged 1.6-liter inline-4, generating 175 horses and 195 pounds per foot of torque. That's a difference you'll be able to feel. The 2018 Ford Escape gives you the best of both worlds, in all the right ways.