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2020 Ford Escape Can Be Crazy Expensive

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Almost as much as a Focus RS.

Ford recently revealed the all-new 2020 Escape, which bears a strong resemblance to the new Europe-only Focus. Under the hood will sit either a 1.5-liter EcoBoost three-cylinder with 180 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque or a 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder with 250 hp and 275 lb-ft. Hybrid and plug-in models with a 2.5-liter engine producing a combined 198 hp will also be available, both of which are predicted to achieve around 39-mpg on average. Official fuel economy numbers have yet to be revealed, as do pricing figures, but CarsDirect has obtained order guides revealing pricing for the 2020 Escape.

The order guides specify that the 2020 Escape will start at $25,980, which is only $780 more than the outgoing 2019 model. At this price, the Escape ranks near the middle of the compact crossover segment in terms of price - it's more expensive than the Hyundai Tuscon, Kia Sportage, and Honda CR-V but less expensive than the Chevy Equinox, Nissan Rogue, Toyota RAV4, and Jeep Cherokee.

$25,980 is what the base three-cylinder engine goes for, but stepping up to the hybrid drivetrain will require opting for the SE Sport Trim, which starts at $29,350. This is $405 more than a RAV4 hybrid, and the plug-in model could cost even more, though it was not detailed on the order guide.

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The Titanium trim will be the most expensive model with a starting price of $34,495 with a hybrid drivetrain. Buyers can also opt for the 2.0-liter engine with all-wheel-drive for $37,780. This is $2,565 more than the outgoing 2019 Escape Titanium and more than its rivals, the CR-V Touring and RAV4 Limited. When equipped with the Titanium Premium Package for $1,995 with a panoramic moonroof and head-up display, the Escape balloons to $39,775. This is certainly not inexpensive (it's almost as much as a Focus RS), but a $40,000 compact crossover is, sadly, well within the realm of possibility in 2019.