2020 Ford Escape Prices, Reviews, and Pictures


Ford’s bold move to remove sedans and hatchbacks is making the 2020 Ford Escape a huge success. It must appeal simultaneously to SUV and car buyers. The Escape has a more carlike, friendly appearance in 2020. There are four powertrain options, two of which are hybrid. Although the Escape is a strong choice in the compact SUV market, it has its faults. Although the interior is stylish, it uses too many hard plastics for the asking price. Low-priced Ford compact-car buyers are missing simple luxuries as well as highly sought-after features.

What’s new for 2020?

The 2020 Escape is completely new. The 2020 Escape is completely different from the previous generation. It shared the same mechanical underpinnings as the now-defunct Focus compact vehicle. The mid-range SEL trim, with front-wheel drive, is the best value in the lineup. The SEL trim is just over $30,000. It adds many niceties that compact SUV buyers will love, such as rear parking sensors, memory settings to the driver’s seat, exterior mirrors, faux leather upholstery, remote-start features, remote-start, remote-start, a heated leather-wrapped steering column, a hands free power liftgate, fog lights, and roof rack side rails.

Engine, Transmission, & Performance

There are many powertrain options for the 2020 Escape, including a turbocharged 1.5-liter three cylinder engine of 181 horsepower. This engine can be used with front- or all-wheel-drive. Although the turbo three is a little grumbly and unrefined it provides good acceleration. It was able to propel an all-wheel-drive Escape SE from 0 to 60 mph in 7.7 seconds on our track. The compelling option is to upgrade to the 250-hp turbocharged four-cylinder engine. It was powerful enough that it achieved a 5.7 second result in the same test of zero-to-60 mph. The gasoline engines can be paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. Ford will soon offer two Escape hybrids to combat the competition from the Honda CR-V and the upcoming Toyota RAV4 hybrid. One Escape hybrid is a plug-in, and it includes a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and two electric motors that combine to produce 221 horsepower.

Range, Charging, Battery Life

The plug-in hybrid will be equipped with a 14.4-kWh battery, which can provide 37 miles of electric-only driving. We will update this story when we get a chance test the plug in model and learn more about its capabilities.

Fuel Economy and Real World MPG

The 1.5-liter turbocharged three-cylinder model with front wheel drive is the most efficient among all non-hybrid Escape models. According to the EPA it will provide the best fuel economy. It is rated at 27 mpg in the city, 33 on the highway, and 30 combined. However, adding all-wheel drive reduces those numbers to 26 and 31 mpg respectively. On our 200-mile highway fuel economy route, we tested the all-wheel-drive turbo three-cylinder model and it achieved an impressive 35 mpg. The turbocharged 2.0-liter four cylinder with all-wheel-drive is rated at 23 mpg in the city, 31 highway mpg, and 26 combined mpg. However, our testing result was a staggering 32 mpg highway. The plug-in hybrid Escape is the best choice for those looking for the most efficient Escape. It earns fuel economy ratings of up to 44 mpg in city.

Interior, Comfort, & Cargo

Although the Escape’s cabin is elegantly designed and offers ample space for front- and back-seat passengers, it suffers from several low-rent panels, including those on doors and the lower console. Standard upholstery is made from highly textured cloth, while the higher trim levels get either faux leather or genuine leather in Titanium. The Escape’s rear seat has a large cargo hold, which can accommodate up to eight suitcases. This ties it to its crosstown counterpart, the Chevrolet Equinox. With the Escape’s rear seats folded down, we were able to fit 21 bags. The Equinox could hold two more.

Connectivity and Infotainment

Base S models have a 4.2 inch radio display and an AM/FM stereo as their only entertainment. SE trims and higher have an 8.0 inch touchscreen display with Ford’s latest Sync 3 infotainment interface, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto capabilities, and a larger 4.2-inch radio display. Remote access to vehicle telematics, remote start and remote start can be accessed via a smartphone app on all Escape models. However, the Titanium Escape model is the most connected and high-tech Escape, with its 10-speaker B&O Play stereo system, in-dash navigation and a 12.3 inch digital gauge display. An optional pop-up head up display is available.

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