2020 ford escape
Compact SUVs are becoming more and more popular, and the Ford Escape is making a name for itself in the category. With competition from brands like, Toyota and Volkswagen, Ford has created a well rounded, newly redesigned Escape that catches the eye of a variety of buyers. And as Ford moves toward the elimination of sedans and hatchbacks, that is the challenge that Ford has accepted.
The 2020 Escape is available in nine different trims. S, SE, SEL, Titanium, SE Sport Hybrid, SE Plug-In Hybrid, Titanium Hybrid, SEL Plug-In Hybrid, and Titanium Plug-In Hybrid.
While the interior is spacious,and stylish, the overuse of black plastic makes the asking price a bit high. Standard are highly textured cloth seats, while the higher Titanium trim comes with genuine leather. This 2020 seats up to five passengers in two rows of adult friendly seats.
Cargo space is pretty generous also, holding up to 8 carry-on suitcases (21 cases with seats folded down) in the trunk, which ties its rivals.
The turbocharged 1.5-liter three-cylinder model with front-wheel drive offers the highest fuel economy estimates among nonhybrid Escape models. What does that translate to in numbers? It is estimated to get 27 mpg city and 33 mpg highway, and 30 mpg combined. If you add all-wheel drive that combined mileage will drop to 28 mpg.
The larger 2.0-liter four-cylinder with all-wheel drive is rated for 23 mpg city and 31 mpg highway. If you are looking for the most efficient Escape, look towards the plug-in hybrid model, which earns a rating as high as 44 mpg city.
Tech and Safety
A 12.3-inch digital gauge display will come standard in the Titanium model. That compliments the 10-speaker B&O Play audio system and in-dash navigation. The base S model comes with a 4.2-inch radio display. Bump up to an 8.0-inch touchscreen with Ford’s Sync 3 infotainment interface, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capabilities with the SE trim and higher. Either size you choose, know that it is user-friendly.
Ford’s Co-Pilot 360 comes standard on every Escape model. These driver-assistance features include: Standard blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, standard lane-departure warning with lane-keeping assist and standard forward-collision warning with automated emergency braking.
While the price point is on the higher end, it can be justified by its well-rounded appeal. It is a fun to drive, compact SUV that won’t break the bank when you fill up. The amount of space is great for someone who has a small family or takes an occasional roadtrip with some friends. If you are in the market specifically for a compact SUV this is one that you should put on your list to test drive.