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Hyundai Tucson vs. Ford Escape in Evansville, IN

 

Ford Escape vs. Hyundai Tucson

Compact SUVs are in. Everywhere you turn, it seems like every auto brand on the market has at last one compact SUV option, if not more. So how does a buyer go about choosing the best one available? Well, we've narrowed the choices down for you. The 2016 Ford Escape, for example, is one of the best-selling vehicles in its segment, but as you know, sometimes the most popular thing isn't always the best. How does the Hyundai Tucson stand up against it?

The Ford Escape

The Escape's three engine options are a big draw -- the entry-level EcoBoost engine achieves up to 33 mpg on the highway, and even the available turbocharged 2.0-liter engine delivers 30 mpg on the highway while cranking out 240 horsepower. Additionally, the interior boasts a clean, driver-focused design and lots of legroom.

The Hyundai Tucson

Though the Escape has nice powertrain options and a well-designed interior, the Tucson has a sharper and more contemporary look, making it the more visually appealing of the two SUVs. Additionally, the two engine options can be paired with a choice of two different transmissions, including a dual-clutch unit and available all-wheel drive. The luxury of the interior ranges depending on which trim level you decide on, but with five different models to choose from, the Tucson has a variety of options.

The Verdict

With better fuel mileage than the Escape, a sport-tuned suspension that makes for a better driving experience overall, and a more roomy interior, the Hyundai Tucson is the obvious choice between the two. Plus, the Hyundai Tucson has all of those better features for a lower starting cost, so when you choose the Tucson over the Escape, you're getting more overall value.

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