2020 Ford Escape

Original MSRP Range
$24,885 - $38,835
Available Style(s)
Sport Utility
MPG
23 - 44 MPG City / 31 - 37 MPG Hwy
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2020 Ford Escape

What We Like

  • Sleek styling
  • Improved outward visibility
  • Expanded roster of standard safety and driver-assistive systems
  • 8-in landscape-format infotainment touchscreen on SE and above
  • Comfortable front seats
  • Customizable dash display
  • Sliding rear seat and more rear-seat legroom than Chevy Suburban
  • Smooth restarts for stop/start system

What We Don't

  • No ST performance version for the U.S. market -- yet

Overview

What's New in the 2020 Ford Escape?

The 2020 Ford Escape is all new, from road to roof, re-imagined as a longer, lower, wider and sleeker compact crossover SUV with carlike styling cues. It's built on an all-new architecture shared with the new Europe- and China-market Ford Focus sedan (which will not be sold in the U.S.). From the front, the new Escape has a strong family resemblance to the outgoing Focus and Fusion sedans. After an 8-year hiatus, the Escape Hybrid returns to the lineup touting a 550-mile driving range. A plug-in hybrid version with more than 30 miles of all-electric range is also in the wings, due to join the Escape lineup early in calendar year 2020. See the 2020 Ford Escape models for sale near you

Which Escape is the Best?

It's hard to beat the all-around good performance of the 2.0-liter EcoBoost 4-cylinder, which is available with either the SEL or Titanium trim. To get some of the top features in the Escape, such as the panoramic sunroof, the navigation system with voice activation or the self-parking system, you'll have to go for the SEL or Titanium. If you're okay with the idea of a 3-cylinder engine under the hood, the Escape SE is a good value play with a standard power driver's seat, 17-in alloy wheels, heated front-row seats, push-button start, automatic temperature control and -- most importantly -- the 8-in SYNC3 touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality. Either way, you're getting a quieter, more powerful, more fuel-efficient, better-handling and arguably much more modern-looking compact crossover SUV at a very competitive price.Find a Ford Escape for sale

How Much Does a 2020 Ford Escape Cost?

The new Ford Escape is available in S, SE, SE Sport, SEL and Titanium trims.

The base Escape S ($24,885) comes with the 1.5-liter EcoBoost 3-cylinder engine and an 8-speed automatic transmission with a console-mounted rotary shifter. Standard features include 17-in steel wheels, cloth-trimmed seats, manually adjusted front bucket seats, a 6-speaker AM/FM/MP3 stereo, 4.3-in SYNC infotainment display with Bluetooth, voice recognition and AppLink, FordPass Connect with 4G LTE in-vehicle Wi-Fi for up to 10 devices, a pair of smart-charging USB ports, 12-volt power points in the console and cargo area, a split folding second-row sliding seat with a center armrest, a tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, electric parking brake and a rear cargo shade.

Moving up to the Escape SE ($27,095) adds a power driver's seat, heated front row seats, automatic climate control, 17-in alloy wheels, a SYNC 3 8-inch infotainment pinch-to-zoom touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability, Ford+Alexa and WAZE connectivity, adaptive cruise control with full stop and go, keyless entry, push-button start and heated side mirrors.

The SE Sport ($28,255) comes standard with a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine and electric hybrid drive system, plus an electronic automatic CVT. It also adds active noise cancellation, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and a 12.3-in configurable digital instrument panel with functionality similar to units in the Mustang and the Explorer.

The SEL ($29,255) comes standard with the 1.5-liter EcoBoost 3-cylinder and brings ActiveX simulated leather seating, sport contour front buckets with driver's seat memory, 18-in alloy wheels, fog lamps, a foot-operated, a hands-free lift gate, a heated leather-wrapped steering wheel, remote engine start, a reverse sensing system, SiriusXM satellite radio, dual exhaust, plus an available 2.0-liter EcoBoost 4-cylinder engine hooked to an 8-speed automatic transmission with steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters.

The range-topping Titanium ($33,400) comes standard with the hybrid powertrain and adds leather seat trim, power front seats for both driver and passenger, a 10-speaker Bang & Olufsen B&O Play premium sound system, adaptive cruise control with full stop and go, 19-in alloy wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control, a garage door opener, LED fog lamps, a 110-volt AC power outlet, Active Park Assist 2.0 and acoustic laminated front glass. The Titanium is also available with the 2.0-liter EcoBoost 4-cylinder engine.

Escape Trims

Sport UtilityOriginal MSRP / PriceEngineHorsepowerCity MPG / Hwy MPGTransmissionDrive
Escape S AWD$26,385 / $25,5943 Cylinder Turbo18126 / 318-Speed AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
Escape S FWD$24,885 / $24,1383 Cylinder Turbo18127 / 338-Speed AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
Escape SE AWD$28,605 / $27,4613 Cylinder Turbo / 4 Cylinder Turbo / Hybrid18126 / 31Continuously Variable Automatic / 8-Speed Automatic / 8-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
Escape SE FWD$27,105 / $26,0213 Cylinder Turbo / 4 Cylinder Turbo / Hybrid18127 / 33Continuously Variable Automatic / 8-Speed Automatic / 8-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
Escape SE Plug-In Hybrid FWD$33,040 / $31,7193 Cylinder Turbo / 4 Cylinder Turbo / Hybrid221N/AContinuously Variable Automatic / 8-Speed Automatic / 8-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
Escape SE Sport Hybrid AWD$29,765 / $28,5743 Cylinder Turbo / 4 Cylinder Turbo / Hybrid20043 / 37Continuously Variable Automatic / 8-Speed Automatic / 8-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
Escape SE Sport Hybrid FWD$28,265 / $27,1343 Cylinder Turbo / 4 Cylinder Turbo / Hybrid20044 / 37Continuously Variable Automatic / 8-Speed Automatic / 8-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
Escape SEL AWD$30,765 / $29,5343 Cylinder Turbo / 4 Cylinder Turbo / Hybrid18126 / 31Continuously Variable Automatic / 8-Speed Automatic / 8-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
Escape SEL FWD$29,265 / $28,0943 Cylinder Turbo / 4 Cylinder Turbo / Hybrid18127 / 33Continuously Variable Automatic / 8-Speed Automatic / 8-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
Escape SEL Plug-In Hybrid FWD$35,620 / $34,1953 Cylinder Turbo / 4 Cylinder Turbo / Hybrid221N/AContinuously Variable Automatic / 8-Speed Automatic / 8-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
Escape Titanium AWD$36,835 / $35,3624 Cylinder Turbo / Hybrid25023 / 31Continuously Variable Automatic / 8-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
Escape Titanium Hybrid AWD$35,050 / $33,6484 Cylinder Turbo / Hybrid20043 / 37Continuously Variable Automatic / 8-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
Escape Titanium Hybrid FWD$33,550 / $32,2084 Cylinder Turbo / Hybrid20044 / 37Continuously Variable Automatic / 8-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
Escape Titanium Plug-In Hybrid FWD$38,835 / $37,2824 Cylinder Turbo / Hybrid221N/AContinuously Variable Automatic / 8-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD

Is the 2020 Ford Escape a Safe Car?

As with many other 2020 models, the new Ford Escape comes with an expanded roster of standard and optional safety systems. Ford CoPilot360 is standard and includes automatic emergency braking with pedestrian protection, a lane-keeping system, a backup camera, post-collision braking, automatic high beams and something that usually costs extra on other SUVs: blind-spot and rear cross-traffic monitoring. The next step up is Ford CoPilot360 Assist on Escape SE and higher trims, which adds adaptive cruise control and evasive steering assist. Escape Titanium models add Ford CoPilot360 Assist+ that brings lane centering to the adaptive cruise control, as well as front and rear audible parking aids. The Titanium models also add Active Park Assist 2.0, which can parallel park an Escape without throttle, steering, gearshift or brake intervention from the driver -- all the driver has to do once driving past the spot to "size" the space available is push and hold the park assist button.

Adaptive cruise control is now standard on all Escape models except the base S. A wireless charging pad in the forward bin of the console will be available in SE Sport and Titanium trims. 4G Wi-Fi is standard and can handle up to 10 devices at a maximum range of 50 feet, good for tailgating. Optional is a new head-up display that gives vehicle speed, navigation, driver-assist status and incoming call data on a 6-in plastic screen in the driver's forward view above the instrument panel similar to the display used in some Mazda vehicles in recent years.

Warranty

Original Warranty

Basic3 Years/36,000 Miles
Drivetrain5 Years/60,000 Miles
Corrosion5 Years/Unlimited Miles
Roadside Assistance5 Years/60,000 Miles

Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction
  • 4-Wheel Anti-Lock Brakes
  • Brake Assist
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Traction Control
Passenger Restraint
  • Child Safety Locks
  • Driver Air Bag
  • Passenger Air Bag
  • Rear Side Curtain Airbags
  • Side Air Bag
  • Side Head Air Bag
Road Visibility
  • Daytime Running Lights
Accident Prevention
  • Bluetooth, Hands-Free
  • Parking assist
  • Rearview Camera
Security
  • Telematics
  • Vehicle Anti-Theft System

Competition

2020 Ford Escape vs the competition

2020 Toyota RAV4 -- The RAV4 was all-new for 2019 and is the current sales leader in the hot compact-SUV segment. Oddly enough, Toyota borrowed styling cues from its own beefy 4Runner, as well as the Jeep Cherokee this year, moving in the opposite design direction to the new Escape. Its engine lineup includes a 203-hp 2.5-liter 4-cylinder with a 28-30-mpg combined EPA rating and a 176-hp gas-electric hybrid with an EPA-rated 40-mpg sticker.

2020 Honda CR-V -- Another top seller, the CR-V adds its first-ever hybrid model in the Spring of 2020, adapting the 2.0-liter, 2-motor system from the Accord sedan with 212 hp and 232 lb-ft combined output. Non-hybrid CR-V's come with a 190-hp 1.5-liter 4-cylinder turbo with an EPA-rated 30 mpg combined.

2020 Nissan Rogue—There are two Rogues, the standard one and the smaller Rogue Sport that's a rebadged Euro-market Nissan Qashqai. The standard Rogue comes with a 170-hp 2.5-liter 4-cylinder, and the hybrid form comes with a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder, 30 kW electric motor and 176 combined system hp. The Rogue Sport is powered by a 141-hp 2.0-liter 4-cylinder.

2020 Chevrolet Equinox—The high-mileage diesel version will soon be gone, but the Equinox remains General Motors' top-selling vehicle behind the Chevrolet Silverado pickup. Engine choices include a pair of gasoline-powered 4-cylinders, a 170-hp 1.5-liter turbo and a 252-hp 2.0-liter turbo.

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