2021 Ford Escape Hybrid

2021 Ford Escape Hybrid Review: Thrifty Top-Seller

The Ford Escape Hybrid, along with the conventionally-powered Escape (reviewed separately), is one of the best-selling SUVs in the country. It simply caters to exactly what most consumers want right now, which is a spacious interior and a crossover body with a tall stance. In hybrid form, both a regular hybrid and a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) are offered, and each produces 200 horsepower, with most of the grunt coming from a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine. Its 0-60 mph time isn't phenomenal, but that's not entirely the point of this vehicle. Notably, the PHEV can only be had with front-wheel drive. While offering brilliant gas mileage figures, neither version of the Escape Hybrid is especially engaging to drive. If you can stretch to the pricier Toyota RAV4 Prime, it'll easily leave the Escape in its dust. Still, the Ford does offer plenty of safety features and a user-friendly infotainment interface, but if you don't absolutely need a hybrid, can this match up to some of the more exciting SUVs out there?

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2021 Ford Escape Hybrid SUV Changes: 🚙What’s the difference vs 2020 Escape Hybrid?

For the 2021 model year, Ford now offers the hybrid powertrain on the Escape SE and SEL, and it's standard on the Titanium model. The previous SE Sport Hybrid trim falls away. There have been numerous small updates to the exterior, such as a grille with a chrome surround on the SE and above, a standard power liftgate on the SEL, and a new Class II Trailer Tow Package that can be optioned on the SEL and Titanium hybrid derivatives. Some colors have fallen away, but new metallics include Antimatter Blue, Bronze Fire, Carbonized Gray, and Iconic Silver.

Inside, the 2021 Ford Escape Hybrid also sees a range of small equipment upgrades and changes. For instance, the SE now has a six-way manual driver's seat as standard along with manual single-zone climate control. The SEL and above have standard front heated seats, along with the availability of a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster as part of the SEL Technology package. The Technology and Titanium Elite packages now include a wireless charging pad.

Pros and Cons

  • Great gas mileage
  • Hybrid manages up to 44 mpg in the city
  • Spacious seating
  • Excellent safety ratings
  • Not hugely exciting to drive
  • Some low-rent interior materials
  • Not nearly as quick as 2.0L non-hybrid Escape

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2021 Ford Escape Hybrid Trims

See trim levels and configurations:

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
SE Hybrid
2.5L Inline-4 Hybrid
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
Front-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
$28,030
SEL Hybrid
2.5L Inline-4 Hybrid
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
Front-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
$30,500
SE Plug-In Hybrid
2.5L Inline-4 Plug-in Hybrid
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
Front-Wheel Drive
$33,075
Titanium Hybrid
2.5L Inline-4 Hybrid
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
Front-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
$33,600
SEL Plug-In Hybrid
2.5L Inline-4 Plug-in Hybrid
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
Front-Wheel Drive
$35,815

2021 Escape Hybrid Exterior

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Dimensions

  • Length 180.5 in
  • Wheelbase 106.7 in
  • Height 66.1 in
  • Max Width 74.1 in
  • Front Width 62.4 in
  • Rear Width 61.8 in
  • Curb Weight 3,870.0 lbs

Exterior Colors

  • Rapid Red Metallic Tinted Clearcoat
  • Star White Metallic Tri-Coat
  • Bronze Fire Metallic
  • Agate Black Metallic
  • Oxford White
  • Velocity Blue Metallic
  • Desert Gold Metallic
  • Antimatter Blue Metallic
  • Iconic Silver Metallic
  • Carbonized Gray Metallic
  • Agate Black

Escape Hybrid Performance

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2021 Ford Escape Hybrid Charge Port Ford

Engine and Transmission

  • Engines
    2.5L Inline-4 Hybrid, 2.5L Inline-4 Plug-in Hybrid
  • Transmission
    Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
  • Drivetrains
    AWD, FWD

Escape Hybrid Interior

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Seating and Interior Space

  • Front Leg Room 42.4 in
  • Front Head Room 40.0 in
  • Rear Leg Room 38.9 in
  • Rear Head Room 39.3 in

Escape Hybrid Trunk and Cargo Space

2021 Ford Escape Hybrid Front Chairs Ford
2021 Ford Escape Hybrid Trunk Space Ford
2021 Ford Escape Hybrid Foot-Activated Liftgate Ford

Warranty

  • Basic:
    3 Years \ 36,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain:
    5 Years \ 60,000 Miles
  • Corrosion:
    5 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Hybrid/Electric Components:
    8 Years \ 100,000 Miles
  • Roadside Assistance:
    5 Years \ 60,000 Miles

Escape Hybrid Safety

Verdict: 🏁Is the 2021 Ford Escape Hybrid a good car?

If you've decided to buy a Ford Escape and consider fuel economy to be important, then the 2021 Escape Hybrid makes a lot of sense. It isn't particularly quick and rivals like the Honda CR-V Hybrid are faster, but it's fairly responsive around town and the 41 mpg combined is an excellent number. With the PHEV variant, you can also travel for 37 miles on electric power alone, which is sufficient for people living closer to work. As for the rest of the Escape package, well, it's a good rather than stellar SUV. We like the spacious seating, roomy cargo area, and easy-to-use infotainment system. However, the cabin feels a bit cheap in places and the driving experience is ordinary. But the Escape Hybrid does just enough to justify its popularity in the US market.

🚘What's the Price of the Ford Escape Hybrid?

With six different models, the Escape Hybrid SUV range begins with the SE Hybrid at $27,605, which is a lower starting price than last year's entry-level Escape Hybrid. This is followed by the SEL Hybrid at $30,200 and the SE Plug-In Hybrid at $32,650. The well-equipped Titanium Hybrid will cost $33,300, the SEL Plug-In Hybrid goes for $35,510, and the Titanium Plug-In Hybrid has the most expensive MSRP of $38,585. All these prices exclude Ford's destination charge of $1,245. Another similar SUV for sale, the Honda CR-V Hybrid, begins at a more expensive $30,560.

The price of the Ford Escape Hybrid will increase with a few options added, of course. All non-PHEV models can be upgraded from FWD to 4WD at a cost of $1,500. However, the PHEVs do have another advantage in that they qualify for a federal tax credit of up to $6,843.

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