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2020 Ford Escape

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2020 S 4dr Front-Wheel Drive
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Price:   -  From $24,885
2020 S 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $26,385
2020 SE 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $27,105
2020 SE Sport Hybrid 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $28,265
2020 SE 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $28,605
2020 SEL 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $29,265
2020 SE Sport Hybrid 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $29,765
2020 SEL 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $30,765
2020 SE PHEV 4dr Front-wheel Drive Price:   -  From $33,040
2020 Titanium Hybrid 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $33,550
2020 Titanium Hybrid 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $35,050
2020 SEL PHEV 4dr Front-wheel Drive Price:   -  From $35,620
2020 Titanium 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $36,835
2020 Titanium PHEV 4dr Front-wheel Drive Price:   -  From $38,835
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3.4 (Good)

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What's New

In response to the market's preference for SUVs over sedans, Ford has recently taken the dramatic step to deep-six its entire car lineup. It's a bold decision and one that will likely alienate a not-immaterial number of loyal buyers. Take one look at the new 2020 Ford Escape, though, and you get the sense that Ford has hedged its bets on its car-pocalypse predictions.

That this small crossover looks more like a stilted hatchback rather than a chunky little SUV is likely no coincidence. Regardless of our tinfoil-hat conspiracy theories, the new Escape is a welcome step forward for the nameplate.

It weighs less and is more aerodynamic. There's plenty of active safety and connectivity features that come standard. And there's now two hybrid powertrains to pick from along with the gas engines. Car-like or not, Ford's newest crossover looks ready to take on the competition.

Choosing Your Ford Escape

The newest Escape is divvied up into five trim levels: S, SE, SE Sport Hybrid, SEL, and Titanium. Pricing starts at $26,725 including destination for the S and rises to $35,240 for the Titanium.

Engine Choices

A 1.5-liter turbocharged three-cylinder powers the S, SE, and SEL, while the SE Sport Hybrid and Titanium come standard with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder hybrid powertrain. A 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder is available on the SEL for $3,385 and on the Titanium for $2,885. Still on its way is a plug-in hybrid powertrain that'll offer full-electric capability; look for it to arrive in showrooms late in the 2020 model year.

Engine TypeHorsepowerTorqueFuel Economy (Combined)
1.5L Turbo 3-Cylinder180 hp177 lb-ft30 mpg
2.0L Turbo 4-Cylinder250 hp275 lb-ft26 mpg
2.5L 4-Cylinder Hybrid198 hpN/A41 mpg
2.5L 4-Cylinder Plug-In Hybrid209 hpN/ANot Yet Rated

An eight-speed automatic transmission is paired with the gas engines, while the hybrid and plug-in hybrid use an electronic continuously variable transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard on the three-cylinder and hybrid, but all-wheel drive is a $1,500 option. AWD is standard with the turbo four-cylinder.

Ford says you might be able to wring out 550 miles from a single fill-up with the hybrid powertrain, which would make the Escape the range champion of its class.

In terms of towing, hybrids are rated for 1,500 pounds and the three-cylinder can pull 2,000 pounds. If you're looking to lug anything more than a utility trailer, we'd recommend stepping up to the 2.0-liter turbo-four. Besides offering the most power by far, it also comes standard with a Trailer Tow Package; any Escape so equipped is able to pull up to 3,500 pounds.

Passenger and Cargo Capacity

All Escapes are four-door crossovers with seating for five. New for 2020 are rear seats that slide fore and aft; shove them into their most rearward position, and long-legged riders will enjoy best-in-class leg room. Space up front is right on par with the competition.

For the gas-only models, cargo space behind the rear seats comes out to 33.5 cubic feet, which is a bit better than the Chevrolet Equinox but doesn't quite measure up to the 37.5 cubes found in the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4. A hybrid Escape sacrifices another 3 cubic feet of space due to the battery.

Fold the rear seats down, and a standard Escape will tote 65 cubes worth of paraphernalia while a hybrid will do 61. Again, this isn't quite as much as the Japanese competitors but is on par with the Chevy.

Ford Escape

Safety Features

Every 2020 Escape comes standard with Ford's Co-Pilot360 bundle of driver assist safety technology. This suite includes automatic high beams, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, lane keeping assist, forward collision warning, and automatic emergency braking.

It's a fairly comprehensive list, with the only major omission being adaptive cruise control. That's not to say it isn't available, though. It's offered on the SE, SE Sport Hybrid, and SEL trims as part of the $695 Ford Co-Pilot360 Assist package. Besides adaptive cruise, the package also includes evasive steering assist and a voice-activated navigation system. All this is standard on the Titanium.


Base models make do with a 4.2-inch no-touch infotainment screen and run the more basic iteration of Sync software. All other trims use an 8-inch touchscreen housing the Sync 3 operating system with SiriusXM radio along with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The base model has to make do with traditional AM and FM.

Two up-front USB ports and wi-fi capability are standard equipment across the range. Navigation is optional on most trims; order it and you'll also enjoy SiriusXM Traffic functionality.

A 12.3-inch fully digital gauge cluster can be found on the top three trim levels. A head-up display is an option exclusive to the Titanium.

Ford Escape

S - From $26,725

The lowliest Escape S wears the usual steel wheels and base-spec black trim and grille. Its standard features include LED taillights, a six-way manually adjustable driver's seat, cloth upholstery, an alarm, and three 12-volt power outlets. A six-speaker audio system, remote keyless entry, and automatic headlights are all standard as well.

SE - From $28,935

Moving up to the SE brings chrome trim and 17-inch wheels, as well as automatic climate control, heated front seats, a 10-way power driver's seat, and heated side mirrors. The 8-inch touchscreen with Sync 3 software replaces the base setup.

A panoramic vista roof is available for $1,495.

SE Sport Hybrid - From $30,095

The SE Sport Hybrid model ditches the three-cylinder in favor of the 2.5-liter hybrid. Along with the upgraded powertrain, there's also a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a 12.3-inch fully digital touchscreen, pedestrian alert, and unique 17-inch wheels.

The $3,395 SE Sport Premium Package bundles numerous amenities, including a power liftgate, upgraded upholstery, the panoramic roof, Ford Co-Pilot360 Assist, and remote start.

SEL - From $31,095

Additional standard features on the SEL include much of what is found in the Sport Hybrid's Premium Package, though the panoramic roof and the Co-Pilot360 Assist remain optional. Other upgrades include a memory function for the driver's seat, 18-inch wheels, and a heated steering wheel.

Titanium - From $35,240

The top-trim Titanium includes plenty of luxuries not found elsewhere in the lineup. There's front and rear parking sensors, leather upholstery, dual-zone climate control, full LED exterior lighting, 19-inch wheels, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. The contents of the Co-Pilot360 Assist are standard, as is a Bang and Olufsen audio system.

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CarsDirect Tip

Of the 2020 Ford Escape lineup, we like the SE Sport Hybrid. Besides its enticing list of standard features, the hybrid powertrain should help save some serious money at the pump if its estimated 550 miles of range holds true.

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Expert Review

  • Multiple powertrain options
  • Stylish exterior
  • Strong safety features
  • Well-priced hybrid
  • Unsupportive seats
  • Pricey top trim
  • Lackluster interior
Expert Rating
3.4 (Good)

Our expert ratings are based on seven comprehensive criteria: quality, safety, comfort, performance, fuel economy, reliability history and value.

You can interpret our ratings in the following way:

: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.

: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.

: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.

: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.

: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.

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Fresh European design. The 2020 Ford Escape is all-new for the model year. The most obvious tell that the Escape is new from the ground up is its exterior design, which is now more car-like than before.

Instead of opting to make a rugged SUV, Ford has embraced the crossover aspect with a soft, handsome design that’s more indicative of a European car. For the compact segment, the Escape is one of the more stylish options on the market.

The interior of the Escape has been overhauled, too. The new design brings a more simplistic blueprint that puts usability first. Once again, we think it’s clearly a design that's more European, as it combines sweeping lines with soft edges for an upscale look. If there’s one gripe, it’s that the all-black interior can make things a little somber.

Interior space is up from before and the rear seats offer loads of flexibility thanks to their ability to slide fore and aft roughly 6 inches. The Escape also has an impressive 33.5 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats and 65.4 total. While down on options like the Honda CR-V, the Escape has more space than a lot of other competitors.

Multiple powertrain configurations. At the time of writing, the Escape is offered with three powertrains, though a fourth – a plug-in hybrid – is coming soon.

The base powertrain is a 1.5-liter turbocharged three-cylinder engine that makes 181 horsepower. Despite being a three-cylinder engine, it has a good amount of power for daily use, though it can feel a little lackluster on the highway. Still, the engine makes up for that with fuel economy ratings that are among the best in the class.

A more powerful 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder that produces 250 hp is available, which gives the Escape much more thrilling acceleration. It also matches its smooth and planted feel around corners better. The trade-off for the extra performance is poorer fuel efficiency.

The hybrid version of the Escape, which has a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine paired with an electric motor puts out a total of 200 hp. Fuel economy is rated at an EPA-estimated 41 miles per gallon combined, making it the class leader.

Ford Escape

Packed with safety. In IIHS testing, the Escape did well enough to be named a Top Safety Pick. It missed out on the "Plus" designation because of its headlights.

Furthermore, Ford offers the Escape with the Ford Co-Pilot360 suite as standard. It brings blind-spot monitoring, automatic emergency braking, lane keeping assist, and more. Ford Co-Pilot360 Assist Plus is standard on the range-topping Titanium trim, which also includes adaptive cruise control.

Much improved technology. Toward the higher end of the lineup, the Escape comes with more tech than before. The base Escape comes with a 4.2-inch LCD screen, two USB ports, and Ford’s SYNC infotainment system, which are all par for the segment.

Higher trims come with SYNC 3, an 8-inch touchscreen, a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, wi-fi hot spot capability, and navigation.

Final thoughts. The 2020 Ford Escape offers consumers in the market for a compact crossover everything they could want. It’s spacious, comfortable, fuel-efficient, and packed with tech features. It’s even available in hybrid and (soon enough) plug-in hybrid variants.

The main let down with the new Escape is the interior. The cabin is filled with low-rent trim pieces and unsupportive seats. While it has a good design, we were hoping to see nicer materials, especially on high-end trims.

There are numerous options in the compact crossover segment. The aforementioned CR-V continues to be the perennial leader, offering more cargo space and a more spacious cabin.

The Toyota RAV4 is available as a plug-in hybrid, has an off-road Adventure trim, similar standard safety features, and a larger cargo area. The major downside with the RAV4 is its radical styling.

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Specs & Features

Overall Crash Safety Rating
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
1.5L I-3 / 181 HP / 190 ft.lbs.
8-spd auto w/OD
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
27 / 33 / 30 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
1.5L I-3 / 181 HP / 190 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
27 / 33 / 30 Mpg
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Rear Suspension
Independent Short And Long Arm
Spare Tire And Wheel
Compact Aluminum
Fuel Tank
14.8 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Premium Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
65.4 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
104 Cu.ft.
Exterior Length
180.5 "
Exterior Width
74.1 "
Exterior Height
66.1 "
Front Headroom
40.0 "
Rear Headroom
39.3 "
Front Legroom
42.4 "
Rear Legroom
40.7 "
Front Shoulder Room
57.6 "
Rear Shoulder Room
56.0 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
3,298 Lbs.
Wheel Base
107 "
Turning Radius
19.2 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
17.0 " Steel / 17.0 " Silver Aluminum
Clearcoat Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote
Front Body-colored With Black Insert
Grille Moldings
Rear Spoiler
Stainless Steel With Chrome Tailpipe Finish
Interior Features
Passenger Capacity
Seat Trim
Front Seat Type
Heated Front Seats
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
Front Armrests
Rear Armrests
Rear Seats
60-40 Split-bench
Radio & Infotainment
Am/fm, Clock, Seek-scan
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Telescopic Tilt
Climate Control
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Rearview Mirror
One Touch Open Window
Tinted Windows
Light / Deep
Vanity Mirrors
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Ford Co-pilot360 - Automatic Emergency Braking (aeb) Forward Collision Mitigation
Blind Spot Sensor
Ford Co-pilot360 - Blind Spot Information System (blis) Blind Spot
Lane Departure Warning
Lane Keeping Alert Lane Departure
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Ford Co-pilot360 - Pre-collision Assist With Pedestrian Detection Front Pedestrian Detection Prevention
Driver Attention Alert
Driver Alert Driver Attention
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Ford Co-pilot360 - Auto High Beam Auto High-beam
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Reverse Sensing System Rear
Security Systems
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Major Components Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
Roadside Assistance Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Corrosion Perforation
60 Months / Unlimited Miles
Accessories Months

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