2011 Mazda
Tribute i Grand Touring
vs. 2012 Ford
Escape XLT

2012 Ford Escape XLT

9.5

starting from

$25,495

Reasons to buy the Ford Escape XLT

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Less safe for the driver in side collisions
4 stars
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OK ground clearance for rough terrain
8.4"
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Good highway fuel efficiency
28 mpg
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Entertainment system
Optional
2011 Mazda Tribute i Grand Touring

8.4

starting from

$28,250

Reasons to buy the Mazda Tribute i Grand Touring

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Better drivetrain traction
four-wheel drive
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Power mirrors
Standard
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Moon roof
Standard
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Less safe for the front passenger in head-on collisions
4 stars
Crash Test Ratings 5.5 vs 10.0
2012 Ford Escape XLT Winner: Escape XLT
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  • The Escape XLT has 2.0x less risk of serious injury, 4 stars vs 3 stars
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 8.6
2011 Mazda Tribute i Grand Touring Winner: Tribute i Grand Touring
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  • Enjoy additional natural light with the Tribute i Grand Touring's standard sun roof
  • Leather-appointed interiors are available on both; but it comes standard with the Tribute i Grand Touring
Cost 9.7 vs 10.0
2012 Ford Escape XLT Winner: Escape XLT
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  • Gets around 10% more miles per gallon in the city, 21 mpg vs 20 mpg
  • The best price we've seen is $2,755 cheaper (around 10% less), $25,495 vs $28,250
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Safety Features 10.0 vs -
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  • Neither has the best brakes for high-performance use
Performance 10.0 vs -
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  • More gears
  • Both only offer an automatic transmission, unlike most in this class
  • Both Escape XLT and Tribute i Grand Touring are sluggish relative to their competitors
Practicality 10.0 vs -
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  • Neither offers a navigation system
Entertainment System 10.0 vs -
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Overall 8.4 vs 9.5

Crash Test Ratings

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Tribute i Grand Touring
2011 Mazda Tribute i Grand Touring
2012 Ford Escape XLT Ford
Escape XLT
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Rollover resistance 3 stars vs 3 stars Poor protection, 21% to 30% chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
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Front driver crash test 2 stars vs 2 stars Poor protection, 36% to 45% chance of serious head or chest injuries in a crash
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Driver side crash test 3 stars vs 4 stars Poor protection, 11% to 20% chance of serious chest injuries in a crash

Luxury Features

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Tribute i Grand Touring
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2012 Ford Escape XLT Ford
Escape XLT
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moon roof Standard vs Not Available Enjoy additional natural light with the Tribute i Grand Touring's standard sun roof
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power seats Standard vs Standard Both have power seats
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Standard vs Optional Leather-appointed interiors are available on both; but it comes standard with the Tribute i Grand Touring

Cost

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Tribute i Grand Touring
2011 Mazda Tribute i Grand Touring
2012 Ford Escape XLT Ford
Escape XLT
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MSRP $28,250 vs $25,495 The Escape XLT has a great price and the Tribute i Grand Touring is pretty reasonable
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In-city gas mileage 20 mpg vs 21 mpg The Escape XLT has great city mileage and the Tribute i Grand Touring is pretty reasonable
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basic warranty miles 36,000 mile vs 36,000 mile Shorter basic warranty
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basic warranty years 3 year vs 3 year Shorter-lasting basic warranty

Road Tests

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Tribute i Grand Touring
2011 Mazda Tribute i Grand Touring
2012 Ford Escape XLT Ford
Escape XLT
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0-60 mph Unknown vs 10.7 seconds
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Braking distance at 60mph Unknown vs 147 ft
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1/4 mile Unknown vs 18.1 s @ 81 mph
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Lateral acceleration Unknown vs Unknown
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Top speed Unknown vs Unknown

Safety Features

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Tribute i Grand Touring
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Escape XLT
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Yes vs Unknown
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Airbags 5 vs 5 OK number of airbags
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Rear brakes Drum vs Drum Neither has the best brakes for high-performance use
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child door locks Standard vs Standard Child door locks come standard
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Roadside assistance system None vs None

Performance

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Tribute i Grand Touring
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2012 Ford Escape XLT Ford
Escape XLT
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Horsepower 171 HP @ 6,000 RPM vs 171 HP @ 6,000 RPM Underpowered
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Number of gears 6 vs 6 More gears
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Transmission Automatic transmission vs Automatic transmission Both only offer an automatic transmission, unlike most in this class
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paddle shifters Not Available vs Unknown
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Air compressor None vs None Neither has an air compressor for increased power output
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Power-to-weight ratio 20.4 lb/hp vs 19.3 lb/hp Both Escape XLT and Tribute i Grand Touring are sluggish relative to their competitors
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Drivetrain type four-wheel drive vs two-wheel drive The Tribute i Grand Touring will handle off-road driving and poor weather much better than the Escape XLT
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 36.7 ft vs 36.7 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Practicality

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Tribute i Grand Touring
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2012 Ford Escape XLT Ford
Escape XLT
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Cargo space 67.1 ft3 vs 66.3 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 53.4 ft3 vs 55.0 ft3 Both average size front seats
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Base payload capacity 1099 lb vs Unknown
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folding rear seats Standard vs Standard Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
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power outlets Standard vs Standard Both have power outlets
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navigation system Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a navigation system
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Cupholders 6 vs Unknown
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Entertainment System

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Tribute i Grand Touring
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2012 Ford Escape XLT Ford
Escape XLT
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Number of speakers 7 vs Unknown
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Has speed sensitive volume Yes vs Unknown
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Not Available vs Optional Like your tunes? In the Escape XLT, you can upgrade to satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs Unknown
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Has subwoofer Yes vs Unknown
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entertainment system Not Available vs Optional It'll cost you to get an entertainment system on the Escape XLT; but it's not available at all on the Tribute i Grand Touring

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2012 Ford Escape Limited 2011 Ford Edge SE Escape Limited vs Edge SE
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