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2021 Ford Escape PHEV Finally Hits Dealer Lots

The plug-in hybrid (PHEV) version of the Ford Escape SUV is finally with dealers, about two years after the standard version went on sale.

Various delays prompted Ford to push back the 2021 Escape PHEV from summer 2020 to fall 2021. A fire risk related to the SUV’s battery initially pushed back the SUV’s on-sale date, which was later delayed due to the global computer chip shortage that has hounded every automaker.

2021 Ford Escape PHEV Driving in Red Pearl Metallic
The 2021 Ford Escape PHEV is shown here driving in Red Pearl Metallic.

Inventory on Autotrader shows various Escape PHEV SUVs now showing up in dealer inventories. The PHEV version of the Escape costs $34,320 to start, or about $5,000 more than the cheapest Escape Hybrid. The PHEV is rated at 37 miles of all-electric range and 105 MPGe, and it qualifies for various federal, state, and even local incentives.

The Escape PHEV comes only with front-wheel drive.

2021 Ford Escape PHEV Interior Profile
The 2021 Ford Escape PHEV first and second-row seating is shown here from the side of the SUV.

Like the standard Escape Hybrid, the PHEV is offered in SE, SEL, and Titanium trim levels for the short 2021 model year. The SEL costs about $2,800 more and adds parking sensors, heated seats, and a few other features. The range-topping Titanium runs $40,130 to start, and it includes adaptive cruise control and a B&O audio system. Loaded up with a package containing leather seats, extra-cost paint, a trailer hitch, and a few other items, the Escape PHEV runs about $44,000.

All prices quoted include a mandatory $1,245 destination charge. See Ford Escape models for sale 

Andrew Ganz
Andrew Ganz is an author specializing in helping in-market consumers get the most bang for their buck -- and the best car, while they're at it. When not virtually shopping for new and used cars, Andrew can probably be found under the hood of a vintage classic that's rapidly losing fluids.

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