Whether a full-size Ford SUV with 4x4 capability or a more petite crossover, the brand is famous for its well-rounded, family-oriented sport utility vehicles. With older nameplates dating as far back as 2009 revived, and completely new ones, the high-riding category comprises an exciting and diverse selection. The EcoSport, Escape, and all-new Bronco Sport make-up the smaller end of the roster, while the Edge, Explorer, standard Bronco, and current Mustang Mach-E slot into the midsize classification. The Expedition stands tall within the substantial body segment alongside it's even bigger counterpart, the Expedition Max.
With the popularity of these cars at an all-time high in the USA, there’s no wonder the Blue Oval’s vast and growing selection is popular with American buyers.
Ford SUV Lineup and Specifications
- EcoSport - With either a 123-horsepower 1.0-liter turbo-three or a 166-hp two-liter four-cylinder engine at its heart, performance from the subcompact isn’t for thrillseekers. A small SUV from Ford, this five-seater is the automaker’s most affordable offering from the segment. Impressively, the little cruiser is surprisingly practical with up to 50 cubic feet of cargo hauling potential and a maximum towing capacity of 1,400-2,000-pounds, outclassing many of its competitors in both arenas.
- Escape - Available as either a gasoline-powered or hybrid vehicle, this compact Ford crossover can be had with either a 1.5L turbo-three, 2.0LT four-pot, or with a 2.5L inline-four semi-electric mill. Depending on the setup, this slight trooper is able to haul up to 3,500-lbs and has 30.7 to 65.4 cu.-ft. of storage leeway.
- Bronco Sport - Playing off the revival of its big brother, this compact ute will be run by either a 180 hp 1.5-liter EcoBoost turbo or a 250 hp 2.0T EcoBoost. Unibody in construction, it’ll be a more hardcore alternative to the Escape.
- Edge - There are three fundamentally similar trims, all of which carry the same two-L turbo-four. The crossover is favored as an exceptional all-rounder, with loads of passenger room, 39.2 to 73.4 cu.-ft. to carrying things, and 3,500-lbs pulling potential.
- Edge ST - A true jack-of-all-trades, the athletic ST carries all the creature comforts, safety measures, and sensibilities of the base version, only doubling down on the performance side of things. A 2.7L twin-turbo V6 and aptly-tuned suspension bring the color to its straight-line acceleration and corner smashing dynamics.
- Bronco - The familiar terrain alpinist, sharing a platform with the Ranger truck, returns for the 2020 model year to challenge the Jeep Wrangler as a dedicated 4x4 off-roader. The old iteration, back when video was shot in only black and white, used to be a capable rock climber, too. However, the latest promises to surpass it.
- Mustang Mach-E - Pure electric performance isn’t common for the manufacturer, but the Mach-E is its first real step into the realm of EV. Five grades comprise the 2021 roster, making use of two powertrains: a standard range 75.7 kWh lithium-ion battery with a claimed limit of 230 miles, and an extended range 98.8 kWh lithium-ion unit boasting a 300-mile limit on a single charge. It’ll be a proper ute too, presenting up to 64.2 cubes in the cargo area in total.
- Explorer - This bestseller is a powerful three-row family transport with either a 2.3-liter turbo-four, 3.0L twin-turbocharged V6, or 3.3L electrified V6 under the hood. It should lug a total of 5,000-5,600 lbs around with no effort. Because of its dimensions and 7-seater configuration, the Explorer has only 18.2 cubes of real estate behind the 3rd-row seats, but up to 87.8 with all rows folded.
- Expedition - This body-on-frame transporter ships with a default seating arrangement of eight. It’s equipped with a 3.5L twin-turbo six-cylinder motor that affords it a jaw-dropping 9,300-lbs peak pulling capability. With a wheelbase of 122.5 inches, there’s three-row seating for eight, while still having a usable 20.9 cubic-foot behind the rear bench.
- Expedition Max - If the regular variant wasn’t big enough, then the Max, with its 9.1-inch longer wheelbase should do. With the extra length, this derivative supplies a tangible increase in occupant volume and 13.2 cubic feet more storage volume, leaving it as the best option for avid vacationers. The top-tier Platinum is fitted with a dialed-up version of the EcoBoost six-cylinder mill found throughout the rest of the lineup.
What's good and bad about Ford SUVs
With so many combinations, powertrain options, and configurations, there are many benefits to appreciate. Still, it’s always better to test drive one as there may be some cons to take into account, too:
- Generous default feature specifications
- Efficient trunk space and cargo capacities
- Fun and balanced handling dynamics
- Plenty of customization opportunities
- Some can go off-road too
- A lot of cost-saving, low-grade interior materials
- The three-row variations usually have cramped cabins
- Bland and very generic designs
- Below-average reliability ratings
Ford SUV Models and Pricing
||2.3-liter Turbo 4 Cylinder Gas
||1.0-liter Turbo Inline-3 Gas
||2.0-liter Turbo Inline-4 Gas
||1.5-liter Turbo Inline-3 Gas
||3.5-liter Twin-Turbo V6 Gas
||2.3-liter Turbo Inline-4 Gas
||3.5-liter V6 Gas
|Ford Mustang Mach-E
|Ford Bronco Sport
||1.5-liter Turbo Inline-3 Gas
|Ford Edge ST
||2.7-liter Twin-Turbo V6 Gas
With the Bronco and Mustang Mach-E only due for sale in the USA from 2021, the starting price given for each should be considered an estimate and is subject to change.
Are there any police-focused variations within Ford’s fleet round-up?
Yes, the Police Interceptor Utility: a pursuit-rated hybrid EV purpose-built for speed and chasing down bad guys. There’s also the two Expedition Special Service Vehicle’s, both also aimed at policing.
What is the most fuel-efficient Ford SUV?
With EPA gas mileage estimates of 44/37/41 mpg, the Escape Hybrid is the most economical version of this body style money can buy.
Does Ford have any diesel-powered people-carriers?
No, the only diesel-powered non-commercial auto is from the list of Super Duty trucks built on the F-Series platform.