We recently took a hard look at the fact that the Chevy Camaro does not feature a split-folding rear seat, and compared it to the back seat of its rival, the Ford Mustang, which still features a split-folding rear seat. This time around, we’re looking into a seating discrepancy in a different Chevy-Ford rivalry: the Chevy Equinox and the Ford Escape. Notably, despite the current, third-generation Chevy Equinox having all kinds of useful features, it no longer features a sliding rear seat. Meanwhile, its crosstown rival – the all-new 2020 Ford Escape – does have a sliding rear seat. All that leads us to ask: has Chevy dropped the ball?
Just as the Ford Mustang offers a bit of functionality that the Chevy Camaro does not, so too does the new Ford Escape when compared to the Chevy Equinox. Hopefully this doesn’t become a pattern when cross-shopping Chevy products with those from Ford. Interestingly, the ability to slide the rear seats was something that the previous, second-generation Chevy Equinox did offer as a segment exclusive, so we have to wonder why the Bow Tie brand would opt to get rid of this convenience for the third-generation, which was introduced for the 2018 model year.
In short, this means that owners of the Ford Escape have more flexibility when it comes to their crossover: when necessary to accommodate taller passengers in the rear seat, they can slide the rear seat backward. Meanwhile, when more cargo room is necessary, they can simply slide the rear seat forward. And unlike the discussion about the rear seats in a Camaro, which some might consider irrelevant, the fact that the Chevy Equinox – a utility vehicle – doesn’t have sliding rear seats is a bit more noteworthy, since the entire purpose of such a vehicle is to provide a spacious, convenient, and comfortable mode of transportation.
Sure, there are those who buy an Equinox or Escape simply because they wanted something a bit more spacious and this just so happened to be sitting on the lot at the time. In these cases, the user is less likely to even notice such a difference, and would probably be satisfied with any vehicle that had four wheels, a raised seating position, and could move under its own power. On the other hand, there are those who spend frugally and live practically and make it a point to buy the best products. As such, anything that inhibits our ability to live efficiently is disregarded as inferior. From that perspective, it’s easy to see why one would opt for the 2020 Ford Escape over the current-generation Chevy Equinox.
Speaking of efficiency, another advantage of the 2020 Ford Escape over the Chevy Equinox is the fact that a hybrid model is available, and it is able to provide at least 30 all-electric miles of range. It’s worth noting that there is an Equinox diesel model while there isn’t an Escape diesel model, but one has to wonder in awe about GM’s decision not to offer the awesome hybrid system from the Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid in the Equinox.
So, now that we’ve gone over the two general perspectives on the matter, we ask: is the lack of a sliding rear seat in the third-gen Chevy Equinox an issue for you? Vote in our poll, and discuss (politely, please) in the comments section below.