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2021 Ford Escape Review: Continuously Improving

by Aiden Eksteen

Despite having undergone a complete redesign last year for 2020, the 2021 Ford Escape is still put forward with some more new improvements and alterations this year. With alternatives such as the Honda HR-V, Mazda CX-5 and Toyota RAV4 raising the bar in the US market, Ford is continuously pushing the envelope to stay competitive. With just 181 horsepower offered in the entry-spec models of the Escape, performance can be a little too sedate for some; power can be especially lacking at highway speeds. Upper-tier models are, however, offered with a burlier 250-hp motor that significantly improves the overall driving experience. With its unproven dependability expectations and limited towing capacity, some may still prefer to look elsewhere. But with its $25,555 starting price, the 2021 Ford Escape SUV in its fourth-generation guise is highly appealing.

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

The Ford Escape SUV was completely redesigned for the 2020 model year and received a much smarter design while growing slightly in size. For 2021, the hybrid powertrain becomes available for the SE and SEL models. too. We review the hybrid Escape separately. For the rest of the models, several of the options packages have been revised, with extra features added to the CoPilot360, Technology, and Convenience packages. A new style of 19-inch alloy wheel is now available on the Titanium model and all models optioned the 2.0-liter turbocharged gas engine get an available Class II Trailer Tow Package. There have also been a few changes to the available exterior paint colors.

Pros and Cons

  • Commanding turbocharged powertrain
  • Impressively poised handling dynamics
  • Modern and user-friendly infotainment
  • Ford's Co-Pilot360 suite is inclusive
  • Spacious cabin and expansive trunk
  • Forgettable entry-spec inline-3 engine
  • Low-grade cabin materials here and there
  • Mediocre reliability expectations

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2021 Ford Escape Trims

See trim levels and configurations:

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
S
1.5L Turbo Inline-3 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Front-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
$25,555
SE
1.5L Turbo Inline-3 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Front-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
$27,035
SE Hybrid
2.5L Inline-4 Hybrid
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
Front-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
$28,030
SEL
1.5L Turbo Inline-3 Gas
2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Front-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
$29,505
SEL Hybrid
2.5L Inline-4 Hybrid
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
Front-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
$30,500
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2021 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 3,298.0 lbs

Exterior Colors

  • Rapid Red Metallic Tinted Clearcoat +$395
  • Star White Metallic Tri-Coat +$595
  • Bronze Fire Metallic
  • Agate Black Metallic
  • Velocity Blue Metallic
  • Oxford White
  • Desert Gold Metallic
  • Antimatter Blue Metallic
  • Iconic Silver Metallic
  • Carbonized Gray Metallic
  • Agate Black

2021 Escape Performance

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Engine and Transmission

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

2021 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 40.7 in
  • Rear Head Room 39.3 in

2021 Escape Trunk and Cargo Space

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2021 Ford Escape Maximum Cargo Space Ford

2021 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

US NHTSA Crash Test Result

  • Overall Rating
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
  • Side Crash Rating
  • Rollover Rating

Verdict: 🏁Is the 2021 Ford Escape a good SUV?

The 2021 Ford Escape is an exceptional vehicle and a far better version of the Escapes of old. In 2020, Ford bestowed the Escape with a new more daring and contemporary design. It's sporty looking on the outside and modern and tech-laden on the inside. Ford has also standardized its Co-Pilot360 suite of driver assists throughout the Escape line, which has solidified the car's high safety standards - a significant factor in family cars today. The 2021 Escape also boasts a spacious cabin appointed with good quality materials and many desirable features. The eight-inch infotainment system with the SYNC3 software is exceptional, too, albeit present only in the higher-spec models. The NHTSA gave the SUV a near-perfect five-star safety rating and the IIHS was equally as impressed in its review of the 2021 Ford Escape, having awarded it with a Top Safety Pick. The Escape is an exceptional 5-door family runabout, but it's not the SUV to go for if you ever want to tow anything.

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