With similar sizes, it is common for Virginia drivers to wonder whether the 2016 Ford Escape or the Hyundai Tucson will be right for their needs. These small SUVs have a similar starting price and are close in size. To figure out which one is right for you, you will have to take a closer look.
Despite being slightly smaller on the outside, the Ford Escape manages to offer much more cargo space than the Hyundai Tucson. The Tucson has a respectable 31 cubic feet behind the second row of seats, but the Escape has 3.3 cubes more, giving you 34.3 cubic feet with all seats filled. Folding down the rear seats in the Tucson increases the capacity to 61.9 cubic feet. The Escape has an even greater advantage in this area, with 67.8 cubic feet for cargo when the rear seats are folded.
Both the Escape and Tucson offer multiple engine choices depending on your trim level. The base Tucson model comes standard with a 164-horsepower, 2-liter 4-cylinder while the higher trims have a 175-horsepower, 1.6-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder. The base engine in the Escape, a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder, is slightly more powerful than the Tucson’s base option with 168 horsepower. The higher trim levels on the Escape have a standard 178-horsepower, 1.6-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder, once again narrowly beating the Tucson in terms of power. The Ford Escape has a clear advantage in terms of engine output, however, when you consider its third engine. This available 2-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder generates 240 horsepower. No matter the engine you want, the Ford Escape will clearly give you more power.
Since the Ford Escape is more powerful than the Tucson, it should come as no surprise that it also has a better towing capacity. The Tucson is only rated to tow up to 1,500 pounds. Meanwhile, the Escape can handle 3,500 pounds when configured correctly.
Whether you need help comparing the 2016 Ford Escape to the competition or are ready to buy your own model, the team at Berglund Ford in Salem, Virginia, will gladly assist you.