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Crossovers have seen huge spikes in popularity since they first hit the market, and for good reason––they're versatile machines particularly well-suited for families thanks to the comfort, safety, and fuel efficiency they offer. As the number of crossovers on our streets has multiplied, vehicle manufacturers have honed in on these vehicles, giving them unique attributes to help theirs stand out. Two such crossovers that are worth comparing are the 2022 Buick Envision vs 2022 Ford Escape. While the Envision has a higher-end luxury feel, the Escape takes up space in the economy segment of the market. While these vehicles will appeal to different consumers, in a matchup between Ford and Buick's compact models, the Envision comes out on top in several categories.
As far as value goes, it's easy to assume the Escape has the upper hand, considering it has a lower MSRP. However, when engine options and power are factored in, the Envision becomes a powerhouse of performance value. Additionally, the Envision has a swankier interior and wins lots of points in the comfort department––even the base model has an expensive feel. Finally, when it comes to design, the Envision once again goes for gold, thanks to its tenacious aesthetic and sophisticated style.
The 2022 Buick Envision comes with only one engine option, but that option packs a punch. It's a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-4 that comes with a 9-speed automatic transmission. The turbocharged inline-4 is both powerful and efficient, cranking out a zippy 228 hp while maintaining decent fuel economy––24 MPG in the city and 31 MPG on the highway. The Envision's suspension with continuous damping control is designed to make the ride as smooth as possible.
All-wheel drive (AWD) is an available add-on for any trim level, a convenient option for drivers who may need to travel in inclement weather, like snow or rain. The Envision even has different driving modes, so the drive can be catered to whatever suits your fancy. For Front-wheel drive (FWD) Envisions, driving mode options include:
As for Envisions equipped with AWD, the Snow/Ice mode is replaced with the following:
The Envision is also safe, scoring 5 out of 5 stars for overall safety from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Not to mention the fact that all three trim levels come standard with the Buick Driver Confidence suite, which includes an HD rear vision camera and HD surround vision, adaptive cruise control, enhanced automatic parking assist, and enhanced automatic emergency braking.
The 2022 Ford Escape has two engine options, a turbocharged 1.5-liter EcoBoost inline-3 and a turbocharged 2.0-liter EcoBoost inline-4. Both have automatic start and stop technology, a plus for those trying to minimize emissions. The Escape's base engine is a turbocharged 1.5-liter EcoBoost inline-3 that gets 181 hp and 190 lb-ft of torque. Its maximum towing capacity is 2,000 lbs. The turbocharged 2.0 liter EcoBoost inline-4 gets up to 250 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque for a maximum towing capacity of 3,500 lbs.
However, outfitting your Escape with the larger engine requires upgrading to the more premium trims: the Escape SEL or the Escape Titanium. Of those two trims, only the Titanium includes the 2.0 liter inline-4 as a standard feature. As for the maximum towing capacity, those numbers are reached with the assistance of Ford's Class II Trailer Tow package, which will further increase the price. Both engine options are paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission.
Buick is a luxury brand, and that means a nice interior and premium feel regardless of trim level. The driver-centric interior has screens and controls angled towards the driver for seamless access, a design theme not often found in production vehicles. The base Preferred trim is the least expensive option in the Envision lineup, but it still has a high-end feel. The standard Buick infotainment system, for instance, includes an 8-inch color touchscreen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility. An HD rear vision camera is also standard, as well as an auto-dimming rearview mirror. Microfilter technology is included across all trim levels, which will improve air quality within the cabin of the vehicle.
For pure exorbitance, consumers can upgrade to the top-tier Avenir trim. It has diamond-quilted leather seats, with the option of transforming the driver's seat into a massage chair. Who doesn't want to get some spa time during their commute to work? Real wood accents in the Avenir add to the luxury feel, while wireless charging and a 110-volt power outlet maximize convenience. The Envision Avenir adds an 8-inch color driver information display, as well as a 10.2-inch color touchscreen infotainment system and nine premium Bose speakers. Safety is elevated as well, thanks to the inclusion of HD Surround Vision and Front Park Assist, which alerts drivers to objects near the front of the vehicle when traveling at low speeds.
While the Ford Escape's interior is spacious, it won't have the same snazzy feel that the Envision offers. Unless you're opting for the costliest top trims, the Escape's cabin will have the plastic paneling and cloth materials often found in economy vehicles to cut down on production costs. The Ford Escape does have its own suite of safety features, dubbed Ford Co-pilot 360 Assist+, which includes adaptive cruise control, lane centering, and speed sign recognition. However, while Ford's SYNC 3 infotainment system is available, the Escape comes standard with a simple 4.2-inch radio screen that lacks modern connectivity. The same is true of other high-end features, like remote start, automatic climate control, and wireless charging.
Bold looks driven by a strong design are a part of Buick's legacy, and the Buick Envision keeps the tradition going with the 2022 model. When looking at the front end of an Envision, the first thing you're likely to notice is the grille. It has an intricacy of design that creates an overall impression of quality, and the sharp headlights add just the right touch of dramatic flair. Chrome accents found on the front end and beyond make the Envision shine.
The available LED headlamps with welcoming lights will greet the approaching driver with a friendly flicker. Wheels are either 18 inches or 20 inches if you favor a sportier look. The low profile of the vehicle paired with the elegant strength of the body gives the Envision a particularly aggressive look more akin to sports cars than crossovers. Customers have the option of adding on a special power liftgate, which projects the Buick logo onto the ground, marking the area where users need to simply wave their foot to open the liftgate, hands-free.
The thoughtfulness of design doesn't stop at the exterior. The unique center console is dual-winged, giving both passenger and driver convenient access. Finally, the Envision has an ample palette of color options with metallic finishes that add sophistication. Its color options include Ebony Twilight Metallic, Summit White, Cinnabar Metallic, Satin Steel Metallic, Burnished Bronze Metallic, and the new-for-2022 Sapphire Metallic. The interior either comes in a striking Ebony or bright Whisper Beige.
The Ford Escape's exterior has a simple, no-frills design. It has five standard color options: Atlas Blue Metallic, Iced Blue Silver, Iconic Silver, Carbonized Gray, and Agate Black. At an extra cost, buyers can also opt for Star White Metallic, Rapid Red Metallic, or Stone Blue. One of the more unique features of the Ford Escape is its rotary gear shift dial in lieu of a traditional gearshift. Buyers can opt for a panoramic roof for an additional cost, available on the SE, SEL, and Titanium trims.
Although the Escape has four different trim levels, only subtle differences distinguish each Escape trim from one another. The base-level S trim has the simplest looks of the bunch, with 17-inch wheels and black mirror caps and door handles. The Escape SE also has 17-inch wheels but comes with body-matched door handles, as well as chrome trim around the grille and chrome molding above the windows. The Escape SEL gets 18-inch wheels and glossy, body-matched mirror caps, while the Escape Titanium has 19-inch wheels, plus the addition of black roof racks.