2020 Ford Escape

2020 Ford Escape Review: Escape The Ordinary

There are four generations of the Escape cruising the streets of the USA, and after a long period of lagging behind compact crossover competitors such as the Honda CR-V and Hyundai Tucson, this compact 4-door crossover SUV receives a complete redesign for 2020. Under the hood, the 2020 Ford Escape gets turbo performance in the form of an Ecoboost 1.5-liter turbocharged inline 3-cylinder gas engine producing 181 horsepower and 190 lb-ft of torque, mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission, or a more powerful 2.0-liter engine with 250 hp. The Escape Hybrid offers up to 209 hp in plug-in guise, with the regular hybrid putting out 198 hp. The 2020 model has a bold new exterior and interior design and a host of new features. The new Escape comes with a base cost of $24,885 and promises to take the fight to the class leaders.

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2020 Ford Escape Changes: 🚙What’s the difference vs. 2020 Ford Escape?

The 2020 Escape, known as the Ford Kuga in foreign markets, sees a complete redesign for the start of a new decade. Along with bolder new looks, the Escape gets several notable improvements. For a start, the SUV is now slightly larger than it used to be, which translates to extra passenger and cargo space. The sliding second-row seats help to optimize passenger space in the back, too. Every model gets the Ford Co-Pilot360 driver-assistance suite as standard, along with a driver information display which improves its safety rating significantly resulting in a 2020 Top Safety Pick award from the IIHS. The upper trims get added features and a larger display, though. There is also an available head-up display. However, the most significant change has been the improvements to the standard gasoline engines and the addition of two new powertrains, both hybrid options. Along with these, Ford also decided to add a few selectable drive modes. Few rivals can now match the versatility present in any review of the 2020 Ford Escape.

Pros and Cons

  • Punchy engine
  • Nimble handling
  • Standard driver assistance tech
  • Updated infotainment system
  • Lots of cargo space
  • Interior quality, not the greatest
  • Eight-speed auto hunts for gears

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2020 Ford Escape Trims and Prices

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Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
S
1.5L Turbo Inline-3 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Front-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
$24,885
SE
1.5L Turbo Inline-3 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Front-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
$27,105
SE Sport Hybrid
2.5L Inline-4 Hybrid
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
Front-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
$28,265
SEL
1.5L Turbo Inline-3 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Front-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
$29,265
SE Plug-In Hybrid
2.5L Inline-4 Plug-in Hybrid
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
Front-Wheel Drive
$33,040

Escape 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 3,299.0 lbs

Exterior Colors

  • Rapid Red Metallic Tinted Clearcoat
  • Star White Metallic Tri-Coat
  • Dark Persian Green Metallic
  • Velocity Blue Metallic
  • Desert Gold Metallic
  • Magnetic Metallic
  • Agate Black Metallic
  • Ingot Silver Metallic
  • Sedona Orange Metallic, Build Out: 12/16/2019
  • Blue Metallic
  • Oxford White
  • Agate Black

Escape Performance

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Engine and Transmission

The 2020 Ford Escape is offered with four engine variations and is available in front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive guise. The entry-level engine is a 1.5-liter turbo-three-cylinder mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Power is rated at 181 hp and torque at 190 lb-ft. There's enough poke here for city driving, but highway overtaking can be a chore. The more powerful turbocharged 2.0-liter engine produces 250 hp and 280 lb-ft on premium fuel and is only available in AWD. The 2.0-liter car manages an impressive 0-60 mph sprint time of 5.7 seconds. The Ford Escape has a towing capacity of 3,500 lbs. The Escape Hybrid features a 2.5-liter Atkinson-cycle inline-four engine combined with an 88 kW electric motor, and a 1.1-kWh lithium-ion battery pack. Power outputs range from 198 hp for the regular hybrid and 209 hp for the plug-in. A larger 14.4-kWh battery is also on offer. The Hybrid is paired with an eCVT transmission and can tow a maximum of 1,500 pounds and reach 60 mph in the sub eight-second range.

  • Engines
    1.5L Turbo Inline-3 Gas, 2.0L Turbo, 2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas, 2.5L Inline-4 Hybrid, 2.5L Inline-4 Plug-in Hybrid
  • Transmissions
    8-Speed Automatic, Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
  • Drivetrains
    AWD, FWD

Escape Gas Mileage

  • Fuel Tank Capacity
    14.7 Gallons
  • Fuel Economy
    City/Hwy: 27/33 mpg
* 2020 Ford Escape S FWD

Escape Interior

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Seating and Interior Space

  • Seating capacity
    5-seater
  • 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 Trunk and Cargo Space

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Escape Safety and Reliability

Warranty

  • Basic:
    3 Years \ 36,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain:
    5 Years \ 60,000 Miles
  • Corrosion:
    5 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Roadside Assistance:
    5 Years \ 60,000 Miles

Verdict: 🏁Is the 2020 Ford Escape a good SUV?

The Escape was in danger of fading into obscurity, but Ford managed to revive this compact crossover thanks to a major overhaul. Not only does the exterior look sharper and more athletic, but the interior gets a good seeing to, and despite some questionable material choices, is leagues ahead of the old vehicle. Ford has also focused on improving the standard features list, which now includes Ford Co-Pilot360 on all trim levels, as well as an improved infotainment system. The entry-level 1.5-liter engine might struggle on the highway but returns impressive gas mileage, and the larger engine choice delivers an impressive punch. The available hybrid options are also impressive and offer even better fuel economy but also add extra outlay to the initial price of the 2020 Ford Escape SUV. This seems to be the year of the Escape, and we'd recommend checking one out. The only thing we can't yet comment on is its reliability as a new model.

🚗What 2020 Ford Escape Model Should I Buy?

We wouldn't call the Escape SUV cheap, but it certainly is affordable, especially in S trim. In its base configuration, the Escape still manages to offer a lot, especially in terms of safety and practicality, and will make for an excellent kiddie-cab or pooch-hauler. Standard features on the base model include blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, lane keep assist, a 4G Wi-Fi hotspot, and a six-speaker sound system. If you want any sort of performance, you'll have to stretch for the SEL or Titanium, which comes with the four-cylinder turbocharged engine as standard. These two trims are heavier on the juice but come with an excellent list of features, including an upgraded infotainment system.

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