2023 FIAT 500X vs. 2023 Ford Escape Review

Picture of the 2023 FIAT 500X

2023 FIAT
500X

MSRP*: $30,245 to $33,275
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2023 Ford
Escape

MSRP*: $28,000 to $39,460
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MPG - City 24 MPG 26 - 42 MPG
MPG - Hwy 30 MPG 32 - 36 MPG
Seating Capacity 5 seats 5 seats
Cargo Space 39.8 ft3 60.8 - 65.4 ft3
Engine
  • 177-hp, 1.3-liter, 4 Cylinder Engine (Gasoline Fuel)
  • 163-hp, 2.5-liter, 4 Cylinder Engine (Gas/Electric Hybrid)
  • 180-hp, 1.5-liter, 3 Cylinder Engine (Gasoline Fuel)
  • 192-hp, 2.5-liter, 4 Cylinder Engine (Gas/Electric Hybrid)
  • 250-hp, 2.0-liter, 4 Cylinder Engine (Gasoline Fuel)
Transmission Automatic Automatic, Continuously Variable
Drivetrain All Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive, Front Wheel Drive
Horsepower 177 hp 180 - 192 hp
Towing Capacity 2,000 lbs 1,500 - 2,000 lbs
Exterior Length 167.2 in 180.5 - 181.2 in
Exterior Width 70.7 in 74.1 in
Leg Room Front 41.4 in
Rear 34.8 in
Front 42.4 in
Rear 38.9 - 40.7 in
Head Room Front 39.1 in
Rear 37.8 in
Front 40.0 in
Rear 39.3 in

*MSRP and Invoice prices displayed are for educational purposes only, do not reflect the actual selling price of a particular vehicle, and do not include applicable gas taxes or destination charges.

Comparison Review

Comfort
Passengers in the backseat will be able to stretch out a lot more in the Ford Escape than in the FIAT 500X, due to its greater head- and legroom. The Ford Escape will be a hit with tall drivers and their front seat passengers, since it has greater front head- and legroom than the FIAT 500X.

Convenience
With the Ford Escape, you will definitely be making fewer stops at the gas station than with the FIAT 500X, due to its tank size and fuel economy.

Cost
There are a lot of factors to consider when calculating the overall cost of a vehicle. The main consideration is Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). When looking only at MSRP, the FIAT 500X will have less of an impact on your bank account than the Ford Escape.

Dimensions
Since the FIAT 500X is much slimmer than the Ford Escape, it'll be much easier to find a wide enough space in a crowded parking lot. If you go with the FIAT 500X, you'll have a much easier time finding a large enough space to park than you will with the Ford Escape.

Handling
The FIAT 500X has a smaller turning radius than the Ford Escape, allowing you to more easily maneuver in and out of tight spots.

Performance
If you've got something you need to pull, the FIAT 500X will do just as well as the Ford Escape, since they have about the same towing capacity. In terms of horsepower, it's a virtual tie between the FIAT 500X and the Ford Escape.

Powertrain
With somewhat higher torque, the FIAT 500X transmits power to its wheels a bit more effectively than the Ford Escape.

Utility
In terms of seating, you'll be able to fit about the same number of people in both the FIAT 500X and the Ford Escape. The FIAT 500X has significantly less cargo capacity than the Ford Escape.