Ford has redesigned its popular Escape small SUV for 2020. As before, it’s a sensible and practical vehicle that can do just about anything you need it to. Bigger than Ford’s EcoSport SUV but smaller than the three-row Explorer, the Escape competes against other well-known models such as the Chevrolet Equinox, Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4.
A revamped exterior design gives the Escape a sportier look for 2020, and there’s a roomier interior. The rear seat, in particular, has plenty of legroom, which is great for adults or parents looking to install a bulky child safety seat. Other highlights of the new Escape include an easy-to-use infotainment touchscreen, plenty of advanced driver safety features, and a new hybrid version that promises around 40 mpg in combined city/highway driving.
The Escape offers a decent set of standard features on each trim level and a host of available options. The latter can add up, however, often to an eye-popping price for a small SUV. The SEL trim is a good way to keep things in check. It comes with all of the lower trim features (power-adjustable driver’s seat, Sync 3 infotainment) and adds other desirable items such as a hands-free liftgate, roof rails, rear parking sensors and a heated steering wheel.
The 2020 Ford Escape is a small SUV available in five trim levels: S, SE, SE Sport, SEL and Titanium. Three engines are available depending on the trim you pick. You’ll need to pay a little attention when shopping; one of them is a hybrid, and Ford doesn’t explicitly call it out. Feature highlights include:
This base trim starts you off with:
Every Escape also comes with these safety features:
Perks the Escape’s content up with:
A hybrid that comes with:
Switches back to the turbocharged three-cylinder engine and adds:
This top-trim comes standard with the hybrid engine. It also has:
Optional for the SEL and Titanium:
All-wheel drive is otherwise optional on all other Escapes. Ford also offers an Escape with a plug-in version of the hybrid engine, the Escape PHEV.