Automakers across the industry are developing their own version of the compact SUV, and at the front of the pack is Ford. Ford has been in the SUV game since the beginning, developing vehicles that master utility and power. The compact SUV is a different beast entirely, hoping to combine the fuel conserving benefits and ease of handling like a compact car, with the performance prowess and plentiful interior space of an SUV. Ford has managed to find this intricate balance with the release of the 2020 Ford Escape, a compact SUV that does an excellent job of delivering a driving experience that is simply remarkable inside and out. Although it wouldn’t be fair to examine the Ford Escape in a vacuum, and so we’ve put the industry’s favorite compact SUV against its leading competitor the 2020 Chevy Equinox. Both the 2020 Ford Escape vs 2020 Chevy Equinox are incredible vehicles, but only one is going to provide the kind of stellar power, fuel economy, and utility that makes for a great compact SUV.