There are no changes to Ford’s fourth-generation Escape SUV for the 2022 model year, so it remains a four-trim range with two gas engines and a choice of hybrid models. AWD is an option on lesser trims, but is standard by the time you reach Titanium models.
Choosing Your Ford Escape
With the exception of the gas-only S model, every 2022 Escape trim can be purchased as either gas, hybrid or plug-in hybrid variants. The range starts at $27,255 (all prices include destination) for a front wheel drive S with the 1.5-liter gas engine, with all-wheel drive $1,500 extra on gas and hybrid models.
The cheapest way into two-liter motoring is via the AWD SEL model, costing $34,510, while you’ll pay $29,740 for the cheapest hybrid (in SE trim) and $34,785 for a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) SE model. Every plug-in Escape comes with AWD as standard, and it’s also a standard feature on the Titanium gas trim.
The PHEV is eligible for a federal EV tax credit plus state & local plug-in rebates.
Ford’s 1.5-liter EcoBoost gas engine generates 181 horsepower and 190 pound-feet of torque. This is supplied to either the front or all four wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission, returning an EPA-estimated 28 miles per gallon city, 34 mpg highway, and 30 combined. Adding all-wheel drive pushes economy down to 26/31/28 MPG.
The two-liter EcoBoost gas engine is available as an option on SEL AWD models and exclusively on AWD-only Titanium trim, producing 250 HP and 280 lb-ft but seeing fuel economy drop to 22/31/26 MPG. Hybrid and plug-in models feature a larger 2.5-liter iVCT hybrid engine, which generates 165 HP and 155 lb-ft of torque while returning 44/37/41 as an FWD hybrid and 43/37/40 in AWD guise. The plug-in model delivers 105MPGe and is capable of up to 37 miles of range on electric power.
|Fuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined)
28/34/30 MPG (FWD)
Passenger and Cargo Capacity
Cargo capacity for the five-seater Escape stands at 37.5 cu ft with the rear seats in place, and 65.4 cu ft once they’re dropped.
Every Escape comes with Ford’s CoPilot360 suite of safety aids, including pedestrian detection and automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, and lane-keeping assistance. Cross-traffic and blind-spot alerts are standard across the range alongside automatic lights and auto high-beam headlamps, while the Escape uses technology called Curve Control to preemptively slow itself down before an approaching corner. Features like rain-sensing wipers and adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go are only fitted as standard on flagship Titanium models, though the latter can be added to SE and SEL through the options list.
The standard Escape infotainment system is a six-speaker AM/FM radio with 4G WiFi hotspot capabilities, dual USB ports, and a 4.2-inch instrument cluster. Base models receive a 4.2-inch LCD screen and Ford’s Sync connectivity system, but SE trim sports an eight-inch LCD screen and SYNC3. You’ll need to raid the options list on higher models to acquire features like a head-up display, B&O sound system, or wireless device charging.
The most affordable Escape comes as standard with single-zone climate, power windows, cruise control, and a rotary gearshift dial. Dual chrome exhaust tips liven up the exterior, alongside configurable daytime running lights and automatic lights.
There are no packs on S trim.
SE models lack compelling upgrades, but additional features include satellite radio and keyless entry with push-button start, second-row privacy glass, and chrome exterior detailing.
The $985 Convenience Package bundles in 10-way power for the driver’s seat including power lumbar, dual-zone climate, a power liftgate, and premium steering wheel. Alternatively, you could spend $895 adding adaptive cruise control with lane-centering and evasive steering assist, alongside navigation and speed sign recognition. A panoramic moonroof is a $1,495 standalone option.
Riding on larger 18-inch aluminum wheels, SEL models are the first to receive rear parking sensors, a power liftgate, halogen fog lights and heated outside mirrors, as well as LED signature lighting. The cabin gains dual-zone climate and heated front seats, with eight-way power for the driver.
Adaptive cruise and navigation remain an $895 upgrade alongside the $1,495 moonroof, while the $1,050 Technology Pack blends a 12.3-inch instrument panel with a 10-speaker B&O sound system, wireless device charging, and a foot-activated liftgate.
Riding on 19-inch wheels, Titanium models are available exclusively with all-wheel drive and a larger two-liter EcoBoost engine with automatic start/stop. Drivers benefit from adaptive cruise control with speed sign recognition and lane centering, while the liftgate is both hands-free and foot-activated. This is the first Escape to come with rain-sensing wipers, a heated steering wheel, navigation, and a powered front passenger seat.
If this doesn’t sound opulent enough, you could spend $2,850 on the Titanium Elite pack. It blends a head-up display and a wireless charging pad alongside a panoramic vista roof with power open, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and perforated leather trim, silver skid plates, and a chrome front grille.
S trim is pretty spartan by modern SUV standards, but SE represents the best blend of value and comfort in the Escape range if you’re willing to add one or two options packs to the base price.