Comparison: 2018 Hyundai Tucson vs 2018 Ford Escape

Comparison: 2018 Hyundai Tucson vs 2018 Ford Escape

Richmond area drivers who are comparing popular crossovers probably want to know, first and foremost, how well-equipped each model is for families. This entails looking at safety ratings, driver assistance technologies, and interior features to keep the whole crew happy and entertained.

In the showdown between the 2018 Hyundai Tucson and the 2018 Ford Escape, one compact SUV emerges as the winner. Find out below, then visit us in Chester to test drive the Tucson.

Safety Ratings and Technology

Hyundai Tucson

The 2018 Tucson was named a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The Hyundai crossover earned top scores in each crash test category and won a Superior rating for its front crash prevention technology.

The Tucson comes available with Blind Spot Detection with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Lane Change Assist, Lane Departure Warning, Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, rear parking sensors, and HID headlights with Dynamic Bending Light. All models feature Vehicle Stability Management, Traction Control, a compact spare tire, Hillstart Assist Control, and Downhill Brake Control – a necessary feature for hilly Virginia roads.

Ford Escape

The 2018 Escape earned Good marks in IIHS tests for moderate front overlap, side impact, roof strength, and head restraints, but the Ford crossover fell short in other areas. It earned Acceptable ratings for small overlap front impact and headlights, a Marginal rating for child seat anchors, and a Basic rating for front crash prevention.

Ford seems behind the times regarding driver assistance tech. Available features include a Blind Spot Information System with cross-traffic alert, Reverse Sensing System, adaptive cruise control with collision warning, Active Park Assist, a Lane-Keeping System, and Front and Side Sensing Systems. It does not include an autonomous braking system, pedestrian detection, or dynamic bending lights.

Entertainment and Convenience

Hyundai Tucson

The Tuscon SE is equipped with Sirius XM Radio, a 5-inch color touchscreen display, USB and auxiliary input, and three 12-volt outlets. The Sport trim adds a hands-free smart liftgate with adjustable settings, Proximity Key with push-button start, illuminated outside door handles, heated front seats, and a leather steering wheel and shift knob.

The Tucson Limited comes with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Infinity Premium Audio with 8 speakers, an 8-inch touchscreen navigation system, Blue Link Connected Car System, dual-zone automatic climate control with CleanAir ionizer, and auto-dimming rearview mirror with integrated HomeLink universal transceiver. Available features include heated front and rear seats, ventilated front seats, and a power panoramic sunroof.

Ford Escape

The 2018 Escape comes standard with AM/FM stereo, 6-speaker audio, Remote Keyless Entry, and SYNC infotainment with 4.2-inch display. The SE trim includes Sirius XM Radio and dual-zone climate control.

Upper trims come with the SYNC 3 infotainment system, leather steering wheel and shift knob, ambient lighting, and the option for a voice-activated navigation system. The Escape does not come available with heated rear seats, or ventilated front seats.

Pricing

Hyundai Tucson

Starting at $22,700 MSRP

Ford Escape

Starting at $23,750 MSRP

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