Ford EcoSport vs. Ford Escape

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Justin Cupler has specialized as an automotive writer since 2009 and has been published in multiple websites and online magazines. In addition to contributing to CarsDirect, Justin also hosts a web-series car-review show and dabbles in the world of personal-finance writing.

His specialty is in the high-performance realm, but he has a deep love and understanding for all things automotive. Before diving into the world of writing, Justin was an automotive technician and manager for six years and spent the majority of his younger life tinkering with classic muscle cars.

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, Automotive Editor - April 20, 2020

The Ford EcoSport made its way to the U.S. market for the 2018 model year after spending a few years overseas. It met immediate criticism for its many shortcomings – limited space, a cheap cabin, surprisingly poor fuel economy, and more – though it still has a place in the market as a niche vehicle.

The Ford Escape has always been the superior vehicle compared to the EcoSport, but the Escape was redesigned for the 2020 model year. Does the update widen the gap or make the EcoSport more competitive? Find out below.

See a side-by-side comparison of the EcoSport & Escape »

What the Escape Gets Right

The Ford Escape is all new for 2020, giving it a modern look inside and out. This design also made it even more car-like with its soft body lines, low dashboard, and clean cabin setup.

The Escape bowls the EcoSport over in the power department, as its standard 1.5-liter turbocharged three-cylinder engine delivers 180 horsepower compared to the 123 hp found in the EcoSport's base 1.0-liter three-cylinder. The Escape's optional 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder makes 250 hp, while even the Escape Hybrid offers 198 hp.

Despite more powerful, the Escape is also more fuel efficient than the EcoSport. The base Escape delivers an EPA-estimated 27 miles per gallon city, 33 mpg highway, 30 combined. The base EcoSport has ratings of 27/29/28 mpg (city/highway/combined). The Escape Hybrid ups the ante by achieving 44/37/41 mpg.

The Escape is significantly larger than the EcoSport, giving it tons more room inside. The Escape’s rear seats offer 40.7 inches of leg room, 56 inches of shoulder room, and 39.3 inches of head room. These measurements beat the EcoSport by 4, 4.7, and 1.8 inches, respectively. The Escape also boasts up to 65.0 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats folded, while the EcoSport tops out at 50 cubes.

The Ford Escape is also safe for your family. It received an IIHS Top Safety Pick rating thanks to “Good” crash-test ratings across the board, “Acceptable” optional headlights, and a “Superior” front-crash prevention system with its standard automatic emergency braking. The EcoSport hasn’t been through full IIHS testing.

What the EcoSport Gets Right

Being Ford’s entry-level crossover, the EcoSport has a notable pricing advantage over the Escape. It starts at $21,580 including destination, which makes it over $5,000 cheaper than the base Escape., which is priced from $26,725.

This price advantage continues through the EcoSport’s higher trim levels, which offer nearly the same features as the higher-trimmed Escape models for thousands less.

The EcoSport measures just 161.3 inches long and 69.5 inches wide, making it 19.2 inches shorter and 4.6 inches narrower than the Escape. This gives it a distinct advantage in crowded cities and when dealing with tight parking garage spaces.

Seeking Value?

With a starting price that’s $5,000 lower than the Escape, the EcoSport is great for buyers seeking a low-cost crossover that doesn’t necessarily skimp on the standard features. Also, city dwellers will appreciate parking in this teeny-tiny crossover.

Our Verdict: Ford Escape

With its modern looks, roomy cabin, superior performance, and numerous other advantages over the Ford EcoSport, the Ford Escape is the clear winner in this battle of brothers.

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, Automotive Editor

Justin Cupler has specialized as an automotive writer since 2009 and has been published in multiple websites and online magazines. In addition to contributing to CarsDirect, Justin also hosts a web-series car-review show and dabbles in the world of personal-finance writing.

His specialty is in the high-performance realm, but he has a deep love and understanding for all things automotive. Before diving into the world of writing, Justin was an automotive technician and manager for six years and spent the majority of his younger life tinkering with classic muscle cars.

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