2021 Ford Escape

Original MSRP Range
$25,555 - $38,885
Available Style(s)
Sport Utility
MPG
23 - 44 MPG City / 31 - 37 MPG Hwy
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2021 Ford Escape

What We Like

  • Quiet, refined
  • Sliding rear seat
  • Escape Hybrid economy
  • Escape PHEV economy
  • Good safety suite
  • FWD or AWD

What We Don't

  • Generic styling
  • No high-performance version

Ratings

Expert Rating

3.9/ 5

Consumer Rating

4.6/ 5
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Overview

What's New in the 2021 Ford Escape?

The Ford Escape is now available as a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV). The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that the 2021 Ford Escape PHEV will be rated at 102 MPGe combined and have an electric-only range of 37 miles. In other Escape news for 2021, adaptive cruise control and Traffic Sign Recognition have been added to the Ford Co-Pilot360 Assist Plus safety suite, which is available on the SE and SE Sport and standard on the Titanium. Also notable: An updated Technology Package, standard on the Titanium, now features memory for the driver’s seat and side-view mirrors. The Convenience Package, standard on the SEL and above, gets keyless entry with a secure punch code, plus a power liftgate and a 10-way power driver’s seat. New exterior options include dark 19-in alloy wheels for the Titanium Elite Package and a Class II Trailer Tow Package on Escapes with the 2.0-liter powertrain. This ups the towing capability of the 2.0-liter Escape to 3,500 pounds. A hands-free foot-activated liftgate is now part of the optional Technology Package, and a chrome grille surround has been made standard on SE and above. Additionally, single-zone climate control is now standard on the S and SE, while dual-zone climate control comes standard on the SEL and Titanium (while being included in the Convenience Package). What’s more, heated front seats – a part of the Cold Weather Package – are now standard on the SEL, and it also profits from a new rear center armrest with two cupholders. This armrest is included in the SE Convenience Package. Last, a tire inflator and a sealant kit are standard on the 2021 Ford Escape. A space-saver spare is optional on all models. New paint colors include Antimatter Blue, Bronze Fire, Carbonized Gray, and Iconic Silver.   See the 2021 Ford Escape models for sale near you

Which Escape is the Best?

The Ford Escape may be a bit lost in the new Bronco’s shadow, but it shines as a practical everyday crossover SUV with good fuel efficiency and a variety of powertrains. We’re partial to an Escape SEL with the 2.0-liter EcoBoost 4-cylinder. It’s well equipped, it's AWD, it's attractively priced, and it has considerably more power than the 1.5 yet gets the same 31 mpg on the highway. Find a Ford Escape for sale  

How Much Does a 2021 Ford Escape Cost?

With the 1.5-liter engine, the 2021 Ford Escape is available in S, SE, and SEL levels of trim. With the 2.0-liter 4-cylinder EcoBoost engine, the Escape can be ordered as an SEL or a Titanium. The 2021 Ford Escape Hybrid comes as an SEL, SE Sport, or a Titanium, while the Escape PHEV is sold as an SE, SEL, or Titanium. The base 2021 Ford 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 seats, front bucket seats, a 6-speaker stereo, 4.3-in SYNC infotainment display with Bluetooth, voice recognition, and in-vehicle Wi-Fi for up to 10 devices. With all-wheel drive, the 2021 Ford Escape S starts at $26,385. Moving up to the Escape SE ($26,610) adds a power driver's seat, heated front row seats, automatic climate control, 17-in alloy wheels, a SYNC 3 8-inch infotainment touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. It also has Ford+Alexa and WAZE connectivity, plus adaptive cruise control, keyless entry, pushbutton ignition, and heated side mirrors. With AWD, the Escape SE starts at $28,110. The Escape SEL ($29,205) continues with the 1.5-liter EcoBoost 3-cylinder. This model has ActiveX simulated leather seating, sport contour front buckets, 18-in alloy wheels, fog lamps, a foot-operated hands-free liftgate, a heated leather-wrapped steering wheel, remote engine start, and a reverse sensing system. An AWD Escape SEL ordered with the 2.0-liter EcoBoost 4-cylinder engine starts at $32,095. The hybrid versions begin with the Escape SE Sport ($27,605). This Escape Hybrid comes standard with a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder gas engine and electric hybrid drive system along with a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). In addition to a 12.3-in digital instrument panel and active noise cancellation, the SE Sport has a leather-wrapped steering wheel. With AWD, the Escape SE Sport starts at $29,105. The Ford Escape SEL Hybrid starts at $30,200 for an FWD model and $31,700 with AWD. Topping the Escape Hybrid lineup is the Titanium, which starts at $33,300 in FWD form and $34,800 with AWD. These Titanium versions of the Ford Escape Hybrid are uber-luxurious, thanks to leather seat trim, power front seats, a 10-speaker Bang & Olufsen B&O Play sound system, adaptive cruise control, 19-in alloy wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control, and acoustic laminated front glass. For the record, the Escape Titanium also can be ordered as a non-hybrid model with the 2.0-liter EcoBoost, AWD only, for $36,155. In new plug-in hybrid form, the 2021 Ford Escape is available in three ways – as an SE PHEV ($32,650), as an SEL PHEV ($35,510), and as a Titanium PHEV ($38,585). All are FWD. All 2021 Ford Escapes – gas, hybrid, or PHEV – have a destination fee of $1,245. Options on the 2021 Ford Escape include dark wheels and numerous appearance packages. Specific notables include a Class II Trailer Tow Package ($495), a Cold Weather Package ($645), a space-saver spare tire ($110), and a panoramic vista roof ($1,495).

Escape Trims

Sport UtilityOriginal MSRP / PriceEngineHorsepowerCity MPG / Hwy MPGTransmissionDrive
Escape S AWD$27,055 / $26,2433 Cylinder Turbo18126 / 318-Speed AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
Escape S FWD$25,555 / $24,7883 Cylinder Turbo18128 / 348-Speed AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
Escape SE AWD$28,535 / $27,3943 Cylinder Turbo / 4 Cylinder Turbo / Hybrid18126 / 31Continuously Variable Automatic / 8-Speed Automatic / 8-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
Escape SE FWD$27,035 / $25,9543 Cylinder Turbo / 4 Cylinder Turbo / Hybrid18128 / 34Continuously Variable Automatic / 8-Speed Automatic / 8-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
Escape SE Hybrid AWD$29,530 / $28,3493 Cylinder Turbo / 4 Cylinder Turbo / Hybrid20043 / 37Continuously Variable Automatic / 8-Speed Automatic / 8-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
Escape SE Hybrid FWD$28,030 / $26,9093 Cylinder Turbo / 4 Cylinder Turbo / Hybrid20044 / 37Continuously Variable Automatic / 8-Speed Automatic / 8-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
Escape SE Plug-In Hybrid FWD$33,075 / $31,7523 Cylinder Turbo / 4 Cylinder Turbo / Hybrid221N/AContinuously Variable Automatic / 8-Speed Automatic / 8-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
Escape SEL AWD$33,205 / $31,8773 Cylinder Turbo / 4 Cylinder Turbo / Hybrid25023 / 31Continuously Variable Automatic / 8-Speed Automatic / 8-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
Escape SEL FWD$29,505 / $28,3253 Cylinder Turbo / 4 Cylinder Turbo / Hybrid18128 / 34Continuously Variable Automatic / 8-Speed Automatic / 8-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
Escape SEL Hybrid AWD$32,000 / $30,7203 Cylinder Turbo / 4 Cylinder Turbo / Hybrid20043 / 37Continuously Variable Automatic / 8-Speed Automatic / 8-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
Escape SEL Hybrid FWD$30,500 / $29,2813 Cylinder Turbo / 4 Cylinder Turbo / Hybrid20044 / 37Continuously Variable Automatic / 8-Speed Automatic / 8-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
Escape SEL Plug-In Hybrid FWD$35,815 / $34,3823 Cylinder Turbo / 4 Cylinder Turbo / Hybrid221N/AContinuously Variable Automatic / 8-Speed Automatic / 8-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
Escape Titanium AWD$36,455 / $34,9974 Cylinder Turbo / Hybrid25023 / 31Continuously Variable Automatic / 8-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
Escape Titanium Hybrid AWD$35,100 / $33,6974 Cylinder Turbo / Hybrid20043 / 37Continuously Variable Automatic / 8-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
Escape Titanium Hybrid FWD$33,600 / $32,2564 Cylinder Turbo / Hybrid20044 / 37Continuously Variable Automatic / 8-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
Escape Titanium Plug-In Hybrid FWD$38,885 / $37,3304 Cylinder Turbo / Hybrid221N/AContinuously Variable Automatic / 8-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
Ford Escape Safety

Is the 2021 Ford Escape a Safe Car?

Ford CoPilot360 is standard on the 2021 Escape. It includes automatic emergency braking with pedestrian protection, a lane-keeping system, post-collision braking, automatic high beams, and a blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic monitoring. Ford CoPilot360 Assist comes on the Escape SE and higher. It includes adaptive cruise control and evasive steering assist. Escape Titanium models add Ford CoPilot360 Assist Plus, which adds lane centering and front and rear audible parking aids. Titanium models also have 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 is push and hold the park assist button.
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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
Packages
  • Ford Co-Pilot360
  • Convenience Pkg
  • Sport Appearance Pkg
  • Ford Co-Pilot360 Assist+
  • Cold Weather Pkg

Competition

2021 Ford Escape vs the competition

2020 Toyota RAV4 -- The RAV4 is a hot seller, and it has rugged styling cues borrowed from the Toyota 4Runner and Jeep Cherokee . The new RAV4 Prime is a direct competitor for the Escape PHEV. 2021 Honda CR-V -- Another top seller, the CR-V , is now available as a hybrid. It uses the hybrid powertrain from the Accord sedan, with a combined output of 212 hp and 232 lb-ft of torque. 2021 Nissan Rogue—There are two Nissan Rogues, the all-new standard one and the smaller Rogue Sport. The standard 2021 Nissan Rogue comes with a 181-hp 2.5-liter 4-cylinder, while the Rogue Sport is powered by a 141-hp 2.0-liter 4-cylinder. 2020 Chevrolet Equinox—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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