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2021 Ford Escape

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2021 S 4dr Front-Wheel Drive
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Price:   -  From $25,555
2021 SE 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $27,035
2021 S 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $27,055
2021 SE Hybrid 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $28,030
2021 SE 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $28,535
2021 SEL 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $29,505
2021 SE Hybrid 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $29,530
2021 SEL Hybrid 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $30,500
2021 SEL Hybrid 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $32,000
2021 SE PHEV 4dr Front-wheel Drive Price:   -  From $33,075
2021 SEL 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $33,205
2021 Titanium Hybrid 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $33,600
2021 Titanium Hybrid 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $35,100
2021 SEL PHEV 4dr Front-wheel Drive Price:   -  From $35,815
2021 Titanium 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $36,455
2021 Titanium PHEV 4dr Front-wheel Drive Price:   -  From $38,885
Expert Rating
3.5 (Good)

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Overview

What's New

The 2021 Ford Escape receives several equipment changes following last year's total redesign. An entry keypad is now available on the SE and standard on SEL and Titanium models. The adaptive cruise control system gains speed limit recognition.

New options include a Class II towing package and appearance packages for the SE and SEL. The Escape Hybrid's trim levels are also now more closely aligned with the gas model.

Choosing Your Ford Escape

The 2021 Escape is available in four trims: S, SE, SEL, and Titanium. Pricing starts at $26,130 including destination and tops out at $37,000 for the Titanium.

The Escape Hybrid comes in SE, SEL, and Titanium trims, ranging from $28,850 to $34,545. The Escape Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV) comes in the same three trims, priced from $33,895 to $39,830.

Engine Choices

The Escape S, SE, and SEL come standard with a turbocharged three-cylinder engine. A four-cylinder turbo is optional on SEL and standard on the Titanium. The hybrid models are powered by a four-cylinder gas engine and an electric motor. The plug-in carries a higher capacity battery and can travel up to 37 miles on electricity alone.

Engine TypeHorsepowerTorqueFuel Economy (Combined)
1.5L 3-Cylinder Turbo181 hp190 lb-ft30 mpg
2.0L 4-Cylinder Turbo250 hp280 lb-ft26 mpg
2.5L 4-Cylinder Hybrid200 hpN/A41 mpg
2.5L 4-Cylinder Plug-In Hybrid221 hpN/A41 mpg

All-wheel drive is optional ($1,500) with the 1.5-liter engine and hybrid powerplant. The Titanium's 2.0-liter engine comes exclusively with AWD. This setup is available on the SEL for $4,295.

The gas engines are paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. The hybrids get a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT).

The Class II Trailer Tow Package, available with the 2.0-liter engine and hybrid powerplant for $495, allows the Escape to tow 3,500 pounds.

Passenger and Cargo Capacity

The Escape is a compact, two-row crossover with seating for five. The sliding rear seat permits exceptional legroom for this class.

Gas models offer 33.5 cubic feet of cargo space, or 65 cubic feet with the rear seat folded. The hybrids' battery pack reduces total capacity by 4 cubes. These figures are slightly above average for a crossover this size.

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Safety Features

Ford's Co-Pilot360 system is standard on the Escape, which means all models carry lane-keeping assist, automatic high beams, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, and front collision mitigation with automatic emergency braking. The SEL and Titanium also get rear parking sensors.

Everything else is bundled into Co-Pilot360 Assist Plus ($700), including evasive steering assist, adaptive cruise control with lane-centering and speed limit recognition, and a navigation system. The package is optional the SE and SEL, and standard on the Titanium.

A head-up display is available on the Titanium only as part of the $2,850 Titanium Elite Package.

Connectivity

The base S comes with a 4.2-inch infotainment display (not a touchscreen), six speakers, two USB ports, and Ford's Sync voice control system. All other models get a proper 8-inch touchscreen, satellite radio, an upgraded version of Sync, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.

The Technology Package for the SEL ($1,050) includes a 10-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system and wireless device charging.

The B&O system is standard on the Titanium, and wireless charging is included in the Titanium Elite Package.

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Escape S — From $26,130

The S comes with the basics: manual climate control and seats, keyless entry, and automatic headlights. Outside are 17-inch steel wheels, LED taillights, and black body trim.

Escape SE — From $27,855

The SE adds popular features like automatic climate control, a six-way power driver seat, push-button start, and proximity key access. The exterior receives aluminum wheels and chrome trim.

The $985 Convenience Package provides a 10-way power driver seat, dual-zone climate control, a power liftgate, LED running lights and headlight accents, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a rear center armrest, and an entry keypad. The Cold Weather Package ($645) tacks on heated front seats, rear air ducts, remote start, heated side mirrors, and a heated steering wheel. The Convenience and Cold Weather packages can be added together for $1,520.

The new SE Sport Appearance Package ($1,295) adds 19-inch black wheels and gloss black body accents. A panoramic sunroof is available from this trim forward for $1,495.

Escape SEL — From $30,450

The SEL comes standard with Convenience and Cold Weather features, plus synthetic leather upholstery and 18-inch wheels. In addition to the B&O system and wireless charging, the Technology Package adds a hands-free power liftgate, driver memory settings, and a 12.3-inch instrument display.

Models equipped with AWD are eligible for the SEL Stealth Package ($1,295) with suede upholstery inserts, 19-inch black wheels, and gloss black exterior trim.

Escape Titanium — From $34,545

The Titanium gets Co-Pilot360 Assist Plus, 19-inch wheels, and the B&O system as standard. The gas Titanium also carries the 2.0-liter engine and AWD at no extra cost. Besides the head-up display and wireless charging, the Titanium Elite Package adds genuine perforated leather upholstery, a six-way power passenger seat, the panoramic sunroof, nickel-plated wheels, and a chromed grille.

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CarsDirect Tip

The 2021 Escape Hybrid SE combines the most popular features with stellar efficiency, which makes it the best value of the bunch in our view. For buyers interested in performance, the only choice is the gas SEL or Titanium equipped with the 2.0-liter engine.

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Expert Review

Pros
  • SE trim is a good value
  • Stylish exterior
  • Excellent safety scores
  • Fuel-efficient, especially in hybrid form
Cons
  • Short front seat cushions
  • Pricey at the top trim
  • Average interior materials
Expert Rating
3.5 (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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Top-notch safety scores. You won’t find a better model anywhere than the Ford Escape concerning all matters of safety. The Escape earned top safety scores from the federal National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) as well as from the industry-backed Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

Besides crash-test durability, it also helped the Escape garner acceptable ratings with its available advanced lighting system. Ford equips every 2021 Escape with automatic emergency braking and active lane control. The list of options includes adaptive cruise control, a surround-view camera system, a head-up display, and parking aids.

Decent levels of comfort. The current-generation Escape is slightly larger than the previous model. Ford also makes a better room of space throughout the cabin. We do, however, take exception to the smallish front seats which don’t offer enough bottom support and have narrow bolsters.

It reminds us of some of the earlier almost toy-like utility vehicles of the late 1990s, but they were much smaller overall, thus the small seats. The best seats in the Escape are in the second-row with ample legroom available. They also recline. One other oddity is that the Escape offers heated seats, but there is no ventilation available.


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Multiple engine choices. The Ford Escape is an outlier in the compact crossover segment as it offers two gas engine choices and another two hybrid options. All told, there are four powertrain arrangements where some models, such as the Nissan Rogue, offer just one.

The base engine is a 1.5-liter turbocharged three-cylinder with 181 horsepower and 190 pound-feet of torque. Available in front- or all-wheel drive, this one earns up to 28/34/30 mpg city/highway/combined.

A 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine is the workhorse here as it makes 250 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. This one works with all-wheel drive only and comes paired with the same 8-speed automatic transmission found with the three-cylinder engine. The trade-off in efficiency is evident as this model makes 23/31/26 mpg city/highway/combined.

Beyond the gas models are the hybrids. One is a conventional hybrid, the other is a plug-in variety with 37 miles of all-electric range. Both hybrids come with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and a continuously variable transmission. The conventional hybrid comes with standard front- or available all-wheel drive. The PHEV is front-wheel-drive only. What’s remarkable about both is that fuel efficiency starts at a robust 40 mpg combined.

Nicely equipped for the money. The sweet spot for well-equipped compact crossovers is around $30,000 and with this, the Ford Escape delivers a nice equipment list in the SE trim.

Among the creature features we like are alloy wheels, push-button start, heated front seats, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, and an 8-inch color touch-screen display with smartphone compatibility. You could pay an additional $10,000 more for a fully loaded Titanium with leather seats and a B&O audio system, but we don’t recommend it.

Final thoughts. If you’re looking at the Escape hybrids, there is a price differential of approximately $5,000 between the SE conventional and plug-in versions. But a federal tax credit of $6,843 (2020 figure, 2021 not yet available), covers the difference and puts $1,800 back in your pocket, if eligible.

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Specs & Features

Highlights
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
1.5L I-3 / 181 HP / 190 ft.lbs.
Transmission
8-spd auto w/OD
Drive Type
Front-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
28 / 34 / 31 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
5
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
Front-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
28 / 34 / 31 Mpg
Brakes
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Strut
Rear Suspension
Independent Short And Long Arm
Spare Tire And Wheel
Compact Steel
Fuel Tank
14.8 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Regular Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
$56
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
Wheels
17.0 " Steel / 17.0 " Silver Aluminum
Paint
Clearcoat Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote
Bumpers
Front Body-colored With Black Insert
Grille Moldings
Black
Rear Spoiler
Lip
Exhaust
Stainless Steel With Chrome Tailpipe Finish
Interior Features
Seating
Passenger Capacity
5
Seat Trim
Cloth
Front Seat Type
Bucket
Heated Front Seats
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
6-way
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
4-way
Front Armrests
6-way
Rear Armrests
Rear Seats
60-40 Split-bench
Radio & Infotainment
Radio
Am/fm, Clock, Seek-scan
Speakers
6
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
Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Driver
Tinted Windows
Light / Deep
Vanity Mirrors
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
3
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
Driver
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Front
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Ford Co-pilot360 - Pre-collision Assist With Automatic Emergency Braking (aeb) Forward Collision Mitigation
Blind Spot Sensor
Ford Co-pilot360 - Blis (blind Spot Information System) 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
Securilock
Warranty
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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