Jones Ford Verde Valley Compares 2014 Ford Escape VS 2013 Volvo XC70 Near Verde Valley, AZ

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2014 Ford Escape

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2013 Volvo XC70

Safety Comparison

To help make backing safer, the Escape Titanium’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The XC70 doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

The Escape offers optional SYNC ®, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to get turn-by-turn driving directions or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The XC70 doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the Escape and the XC70 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

For its top level performance in frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rates the Escape as a “Top Pick,” a rating only granted to 161 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The XC70 has not been tested, yet.

Warranty Comparison

Ford’s powertrain warranty covers the Escape 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Volvo covers the XC70. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the XC70 ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

The Escape’s corrosion warranty is unlimited miles longer than the XC70’s (unlimited vs. 100,000 miles).

There are over 11 times as many Ford dealers as there are Volvo dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Escape’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2012 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Ford vehicles are more reliable than Volvo vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 8th in reliability, above the industry average. With 19 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volvo is ranked 14th.

Engine Comparison

As tested in Motor Trend the Ford Escape 2.0 ECOBoost is faster than the XC70 3.2:



Zero to 60 MPH

6.8 sec

8.9 sec

Quarter Mile

15.2 sec

16.7 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

88.8 MPH

87.9 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Escape gets better fuel mileage than the XC70:




2.5 4 cyl./Auto

22 city/31 hwy


1.6 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

23 city/32 hwy


2.0 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

22 city/30 hwy

19 city/25 hwy

6 cyl.


1.6 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

22 city/30 hwy


2.0 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

21 city/28 hwy

18 city/24 hwy

6 cyl.

The Escape has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The XC70 doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Escape’s optional front brake rotors are larger than those on the XC70:



Front Rotors

12.6 inches

12.4 inches

The Escape stops shorter than the XC70:



60 to 0 MPH

116 feet

121 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

139 feet

140 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Escape has larger tires than the XC70 (235/55R17 vs. 215/65R16).

The Escape’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the XC70 3.2’s standard 65 series tires. The Escape Titanium’s tires have a lower 45 series profile than the XC70’s optional 50 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Escape has standard 17-inch wheels. Smaller 16-inch wheels are standard on the XC70 3.2. The Escape Titanium’s 19-inch wheels are larger than the 18-inch wheels optional on the XC70.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Escape has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The XC70’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The Escape has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The XC70 doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

The Escape’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The XC70 doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

The Escape Titanium AWD handles at .85 G’s, while the XC70 AWD pulls only .80 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Escape Titanium AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.2 seconds quicker than the XC70 AWD (27.3 seconds @ .6 average G’s vs. 28.5 seconds @ .58 average G’s).

Chassis Comparison

The Ford Escape may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 400 to 1550 pounds less than the Volvo XC70.

The Escape is 1 foot shorter than the XC70, making the Escape easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The front grille of the Escape (except 2.0L ECOBoost) uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The XC70 doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Escape has 1.1 inches more front headroom, 1.2 inches more front legroom, .4 inches more rear headroom and 2.2 inches more rear legroom than the XC70.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Escape SE/Titanium’s rear seats recline. The XC70’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Escape has a larger cargo area than the XC70 with its rear seat up (34.3 vs. 33.3 cubic feet).

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Escape Titanium’s liftgate can be opened just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The XC70 doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its liftgate, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Escape offers a remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The driver can also remotely turn on the heater or air conditioner. The XC70 doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The Escape Titanium’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The XC70’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them fully.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Escape SE/Titanium’s exterior keypad. The XC70 doesn’t offer an exterior keypad entry system.

The Escape SE/Titanium has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. When the ignition turns off, the headlights turn off after a delay timed to allow you to securely get to your front door. The XC70 doesn’t offer automatic headlights.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Escape has standard extendable sun visors. The XC70 doesn’t offer extendable visors.

Optional SYNC for the Escape allows the driver and passengers access to select programs on their smartphones, including reading text messages aloud, tagging songs to buy them later, searching the internet and other online activities without taking their eyes off the road or their hands from the wheel. The XC70 doesn’t offer factory integrated smartphone program access.

The Escape (except S) offers an optional 115 volt a/c outlet in the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters which can break or get misplaced. The XC70 doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

The Escape Titanium’s optional Active Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The XC70 doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Escape owner. Kiplinger’s estimates that insurance for the Escape will cost $61 to $358 less than the XC70 each year.

Intellichoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Ford Escape will be $6365 to $7897 less than for the Volvo XC70.

Recommendations Comparison

The Ford Escape has won recognition from these important consumer publications:



Car Book “Best Bet”



Kiplinger’s Awards



The Ford Escape outsold the Volvo XC70 by almost 24 to one during 2011.

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