2022 Ford Escape

Rating7.2

Ranked #13 in Compact Suv

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Starting MSRP 

$26,010 - $36,355

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Key Spec of 2022 Ford Escape
fuel economy

28/30/34

fuel type

Premium Unleaded

horsepower

181 hp @ 6000 rpm

basic warranty

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2022 Ford Escape Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: May 5, 2022

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Nathan Dyer 

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The 2022 Ford Escape comes practically unchanged this year. Although there is a minor addition this year in the form of three new exterior color options namely Atlas Blue, Iced blue, and Fight Blue. For 2022, Ford Escape will offer both the engine options which were available on the 2021 Ford Escape. While the Escape Hybrid and Escape PHEV are also available alongside the regular Escape.



2022 Ford Escape SUV

The 2022 Ford Escape comes in four trim choices namely S, SE, SEL, and Titanium. With prices starting at $25,555 for the base S trim and going up to $35,890 for the top-end Titanium trim with AWD. With this, the 2022 Ford Escape rivals the likes of Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4, and Hyundai Tucson.

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ProsConsWhat's New

Available hybrid powertrain

Budget-grade interior

Three new exterior colors added.

Excellent cargo capacity

Slow-shifting transmission

2022 Ford escape is a carryover model.

User-friendly infotainment system

Sloppy IC engine

High safety ratings

Over All Rating

7.2

Out of 10

Pricing and Features6.50
Engine and Performace9.00
Features7.50
Engine and Performance6.50
Fuel Economy8.00
Interior7.00
Exterior7.00
Safety6.00
Competition7.00
Final Verdict7.50
Notable Rankings

#13 in Compact Suv

#17 in Midsize Suv

#18 in Suv


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Trims

S$26,010 onwards

  • ABS and driveline Traction control
  • Am/Fm stereo, Radio
  • Cloth Seat trim
  • Manual front air conditioning
  • Remote keyless entry

SE$27,495 onwards

  • 17-Inch alloy wheels
  • Eight-inch touchscreen
  • Heated Front Seats
  • Push-Button start
  • Rear privacy glass

SEL$29,970 onwards

  • Activex leatherette Seat trim
  • Driver Lumbar support
  • Front Fog/driving lights
  • Heated Front Seats
  • Heated mirrors
  • Reverse Parking assist

Titanium$36,355 onwards

  • Forward and Reverse Parking assist
  • Navigation system
  • Rain Sensing Windshield wipers


Colors and Styles

2022 Ford Escape in Ingot Silver Metallic color
Ingot Silver Metallic

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

The 2022 Ford Escape is offered in various trim levels with a choice of gas-powered engine, hybrid, and a PHEV powertrain. The gas-powered Escape comes with two engine options an inline-3 and an inline-4 both of which are turbocharged. The former one is the base unit which is tuned for a balance between gas mileage and performance while the latter one which is standard on the top trim is much smoother and more powerful to drive than the three-cylinder motor. On the inside, the 2022 Escape sees no changes and the low-rent material inside is the major bummer here. Although the cabin space is adequate but its small dimensions don't let it have a generous cargo capacity. Making it is a perfect daily-driver SUV with a playful characteristic but comes with a few compromises. That said, in this review, we will talk about how does it stack up against other compact SUV in the segment. 

2022 Ford Escape SUV Three Quarter Front View
2022 Ford Escape SUV Three Quarter Rear View

Features
7.5/10

The 2022 Ford Escape carries over all four trims without any major change for 2022. Thus the four trims offered will be S, SE, SEL, and Titanium. The base trim starts under $26,000 and goes up to $36,000 for the range-topping Titanium trim. Apart from the regular Escape, there are two more Escape models namely Escape Hybrid and Escape PHEV. Both of which have been reviewed separately. As standard, the non-hybrid Escape is powered by a 181 hp, 1.5-liter turbocharged inline-3 engine while the 250 hp, 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 engine is standard on Titanium and optional on SEL trim.

2022 Ford Escape with optional Panoramic Sunroof 

Apart from the standard features listed in the table below, there are a few packages also available. There is a Tow Package for SEL and Titanium trims, Cold Weather Package and Convenience Package for SE trim both of which are standard on SEL trim. SE trim also gets Co-Pilot360 Assist+ Package and SE Sport Appearance Package. The SEL trim gets Technology Package and SEL Stealth AWD Package, and the Titanium trim offers Titanium Elite Package. That said, a panoramic sunroof is optional on all except S trim. 

Trims

S

SE

SEL

Titanium

MSRP (FWD)

$25,555

$27,035

$29,505

N/A

MSRP (AWD)

$27,055

$28,535

$33,205

$35,890

Features

181 hp, 1.5-liter Ecoboost inline-3 engine

Adds or upgrades to “S”

Adds or upgrades to “SE”

Adds or upgrades to “SEL”

 

17-inch steel wheels

17-inch alloy wheels

18-inch alloy wheels

19-inch alloy wheels

 

Halogen Headlamps

Push-button start

Roof rails

Active Park Assist

 

4.2-inch infotainment display

8-inch SYNC3 infotainment system

Fog Lamps

Rain-sensing wipers

 

AM/FM with a six-speaker stereo setup

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

Halogen Projector-beam headlamps

LED headlamps and foglights

 

Wi-Fi hotspot

Satellite radio

Dual-zone automatic climate control

Powered front seats w/ driver's seat memory function

 

Forward collision mitigation

Rear USB ports Heated front seats, steering wheel, and mirrors

Ambient lighting

 

Blind-spot monitor w/ lane departure mitigation

 

Power liftgate

Auto-dimming rearview mirror

 

 

 

 

Adaptive cruise control

 

 

 

 

Evasive steering assist

 

 

 

 

Hands-free liftgate

Engine and Performance
6.5/10

The Ford Escape was fully updated in the 2020 model year with a hybrid and PHEV variant added to the lineup, so there are no changes under the hood for the 2022 model. Thus the 2022 Escape will be powered by the same 1.5-liter turbocharged inline-3 and a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 engine. The former churns out 181 hp and 190 lb-ft of torque while the latter puts out 250 horses and 280 lb-ft of torque. Both engines are mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission and can be had in either FWD as standard or optional AWD. That said, the 2.0-liter turbo-four motor and AWD are standard on the Titanium trim.

2022 Ford Escape SUV Engine Bay

Since the powertrain is the same as last year the 2022 Escape will go from 0-60 MPH in under eight seconds and cover a quarter-mile in under sixteen seconds. While the turbo inline-4 would do 0-60 MPH run in 6.3 seconds. As for the rivals, the Honda CR-V with 0-60 MPH time of 7.7 seconds shares the title of fastest SUV with the Escape. While the  Hyundai Tucson with a 0-60 MPH time of under nine seconds is the slowest of the lot.

2022 Ford Escape Driving View

The Ford Escape not only looks European but also rides like one. The 2022 Ford Escape carries over the same supple ride quality with pliant handling. The braking performance of the Escape was already good and under panic braking, it manages to stop from 60-0 MPH in just 128 feet which is better than most of the rival SUVs in the segment.

Models

2022 Ford Escape

2022 Toyota RAV4

2022 Honda CR-V

2022 Hyundai Tucson

MSRP

$26,000

$26,850

$25,550

$25,370

Engine

1.5-liter turbocharged inline-3 

2.5-liter inline-4

1.5-liter turbocharged inline-4

2.5-liter Inline-4

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

8-speed automatic 

8-speed automatic

CVT

8-speed automatic

Power

181 hp @ 6000 RPM

203 hp @ 6600 RPM

190 hp @ 5600 RPM

187 hp @ 6100 RPM

Torque

190 lb-ft @ 3000 RPM

184 lb-ft @ 5000 RPM

179 lb-ft @ 2000 RPM

178 lb-ft @ 4000 RPM

0-60 MPH (secs)

7.7 8.2 7.7 8.8

Quarter-mile (secs)

15.9 16.4 16.0 16.7

Top Speed (MPH)

126

120 

127

120

The rivals here have two different powertrains under their hood. The Escape and CR-V have a 1.5-liter engine with the former having turbo inline-3 and the latter being turbo inline-4. The RAV4 and Tucson on the other hand have 2.5-liter inline-4 engines. That said, the RAV4 has the highest 203 hp and 184 lb-ft of power figures. Followed by Honda CR-V putting out 190 hp and 179 lb-ft and Tucson. Thus for a price-to-power ratio, the Honda CR-V hits a sweet spot at under $26,000 it is not only fast but also powerful.

Fuel Economy
8.0/10

With the same powertrain being carried over the fuel-economy figures are more or less in the same ballpark as the 2021 Escape’s figures. As per the EPA estimates, the 2022 Escape returns 28 MPG in the city, 34 MPG on the highway, and 30 MPG combined fuel economy. Base engine with AWD sees a drop of 2 MPG in the city and 3 MPG on the highway. While the more powerful Escape with a  2.0-liter turbo-four engine under its hood returns 23 MPG in the city and 31 MPG on the highway. That said, the 2022 Escape gets a 14.8-gallon fuel tank. 

Models

2022 Ford Escape

2022 Toyota RAV4

2022 Honda CR-V

2022 Hyundai Tucson

MPG (City)

28

27

28

26

MPG (Highway)

34

35

34

33

MPG (Combined)

30

30

30

29

Fuel Capacity (gal.)

14.8

14.5

14.0

14.3

Range (City/ Highway/ Combined) (mi.)

414/ 503/ 444

392/ 508/ 435

392/ 476/ 420

372/ 472/ 415

The Ford Escape and the Honda CR-V have almost similar 28/34/30 MPG figures in city/highway/combined respectively. Toyota RAV4 comes next with 27/35/30 MPG in city/highway/combined respectively. While the Hyundai Tucson is the least efficient returning 26/33/29 MPG figures respectively. All the SUVs in this table offer approximately 14-gallon fuel tank capacity. This is sufficient to have 450 plus miles of range on the highway and 400 plus miles range under mixed driving conditions from all the SUVs here. 

Interior
7.0/10

The 2022 Ford Escape has a budget quality interior but it is spacious and comfortable. The interior gets a dark-themed interior with a cluttered free dashboard layout. Fabric upholstered seats will be standard in the base trim level while the top trim will come with either faux leather or full-leather upholstery. The overall dash design and control layout will be ergonomically done with a good view up front thanks to the good amount of adjustability possible for the seats. Although the floating touchscreen does come in the line of sight.

2022 Ford Escape SUV Dashboard

The available leather-wrapped steering wheel features some simple controls for the infotainment system. Also, an optional panoramic moonroof is available to let in more greenhouse. Opting for the Cold Weather Package will add heated front row seats, side-view mirrors, and a steering wheel. Other than that a power liftgate, multi-zone climate control, keyless entry, rear center armrest, the remote engine start will be available in the Convenience Package.

2022 Ford Escape SUV Infotainment

The base trim of the Ford Escape will continue to get a 4.2-inch radio screen with a six-speaker audio setup but the higher trims will feature a floating 8.0-inch touchscreen with the latest SYNC3 interface. While the Titanium trim will get a much larger 12.3-inch touchscreen with a 10-speaker B&O sound system, and dashboard navigation. Other standard features include Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, USB charging ports, etc.

Models

2022 Ford Escape

2022 Toyota RAV4

2022 Honda CR-V

2022 Hyundai Tucson

Seating capacity

5

5

5

5

Front (Headroom/ Shoulder room/ Legroom) (in.)

40.0/ 57.6/ 42.4

39.5/ 57.8/ 41.0 40.1/ 57.9/ 41.3 40.1/ 57.6/ 41.4

Rear (Headroom/ Shoulder room/ Legroom) (in.)

39.3/ 56.0/ 40.7

39.5/ 56.4/ 37.8 39.2/ 55.6/ 40.4 39.5/ 56.0/ 41.3

Cargo Capacity (ft³)

33.5

37.6

39.2

38.7

Whether you talk about the headroom, shoulder room, or the legroom in the front seats or the rear seats the Ford Escape will be the most spacious among all. Hyundai Tucson is almost similar in terms of interior space but loses first place due to lesser legroom in the front seats compared to the Escape. Next comes Honda CR-V followed by Toyota RAV4. As for the cargo space the Honda CR-V gets 39.2 cubic feet of highest cargo capacity. Followed by Tucson with 38.7 cubic feet of cargo capacity space. While the Escape has the smallest boot space of 33.5 cubic feet.

Interior Features:

  • Height-adjustable driver's seat
  • Automatic climate control
  • Rear armrest
  • Simulate leather upholstery
  • Rear USB ports
Exterior
7.0/10

The 2022 Ford Escape sees no changes to its exterior looks except for the addition of a few new exterior colors options. Compared to the 2020 version it is now 2.4-inches longer and 1.7-inch wider than before. As far as looks are concerned the 2022 Escape will boast the same sportier and fancy look lending it its characteristic crossover looks.

2022 Ford Escape SUV Left Side View

The front of the Escape is dominated by its wide grille design which looks inspired by Aston Martin. The front grille is flanked by cube-type foglights while the headlights sit high on the bonnet. Moving to the rear end, things have been kept simple, with oval taillights, curvy edges, and dual exhaust outlets.

Models

2022 Ford Escape

2022 Toyota RAV4

2022 Honda CR-V

2022 Hyundai Tucson

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3298 3370 3337 3329

Length (in.)

180.5 180.9

182.1

182.3

Width (in.)

74.1

73.0

73.0

73.4

Height (in.)

66.1 67.0

66.1

65.6

Ground clearance (in.)

7.3

8.4

7.8

7.1

Wheelbase (in.)

106.7

105.9

104.8

108.5

In this comparison, no doubt, the Escape is the lightest of all. Although it is the widest SUV here. While the longest SUV with the longest wheelbase is Hyundai Tucson. This is the reason why it not only offers class-leading cabin space but also a generous amount of cargo capacity. Toyota RAV4 on the other hand is the tallest SUV and also has the highest ground clearance among all. Thus proving who is better at off-road capabilities.

Exterior Features:

  • 17-inch steel wheels
  • Chrome exterior trims
  • LED headlights and foglights
  • Roof rails
  • Power liftgate
  • Panoramic sunroof
Safety
6.0/10

The Ford Escape has always been built upon a very strong and rigid chassis. The 2021 Escape has earned a five out of five-star rating from NHTSA. The SUV also received a ‘Good’ rating in almost every parameter of IIHS. The Escape didn't stop here and went on to grab the ‘Top Safety Pick’ award from IIHS. For 2022 Escape NHTSA has carried over the ratings of the 2021 model while IIHS is yet to rate it. Although being mechanically similar we don't expect any changes from IIHS either.

2022 Ford Escape NHTSA Crash-Test

Safety Features:

  • Blind-spot monitor
  • Lane-keeping assist and Lane departure warning
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Back-up camera
  • Evasive steering assist
  • Parking sensors
Competition
7.0/10

2022 Ford Escape vs. 2022 Honda CR-V

The Honda CR-V is a direct and strong competitor of the Ford Escape. This Honda would be the first choice of many because it offers more cargo room, decent acceleration, premium-quality interior, and impressive riding quality.

2022 Honda CR-V

Despite being heavier and bulkier, the Honda CR-V manages to offer a sharp turning radius making it easy to make turns and park in tight spaces. Thus we don’t see any merit in recommending Ford Escape over the Honda CR-V.

2022 Ford Escape vs. 2022 Toyota RAV4

The Toyota RAV4 holds its value and advantage of offering a good quality interior and layout but the Escape is a little more comfortable and spacious. Escape offers a good ride and handling quality compared to the RAV4. But the performance offered by the RAV4’s engine is much better than that of the Ford Escape.

2022 Toyota RAV4

Thus Toyota RAV is a much superior product in almost all comparisons except for the interior space where the Ford Escape happens to be the most spacious in the segment.

2022 Ford Escape vs. 2022 Hyundai Tucson

The Hyundai Tucson gets a bigger and slightly more powerful naturally aspirated engine while the Ford Escape gets it done with a smaller turbocharged engine. The bigger engine on the Tucson coupled with the eight-speed automatic transmission ensures a more smooth driving experience compared to the one on the turbocharged three-cylinder powered Escape.

2022 Hyundai Tucson

Although because of the bigger engine the Tucson does sip more fuel than Escape. But when it comes to cabin space and overall practicality, the bigger Tucson does have an edge over the Escape. That said, if you want a smaller yet more fuel-efficient SUV, go for the Escape else the Tucson is an overall better package.

Final Verdict
7.5/10

The Ford Escape comes with a lot of interior, exterior, and safety features which is a rarity in the under thirty grand SUV segment. In the Escape, even the base trim is well equipped to serve the purpose of a daily driver. Although those looking for more comfort and luxury can surely go for the higher trims. Barring its low rent cabin quality, the 2022 Escape has everything that a typical small SUV buyer wants. Thus it won’t be wrong to say that the Ford Escape is a jack of all trades but master of none and if that description suits you then the Escape should be on your top buying list.

Features

vehicle bio
base price

$29970

body style

4dr SUV

engine type
displacement

91 cu in

horse power

181 hp @ 6000 rpm

torque

190 lb.-ft. @ 3000 rpm

transmission

8-Speed Automatic

dimensions
length

180.5 in

wheelbase

106.7 in

width

74.1 in

curb weight

200 lbs

Height

66.1 in

Ground Clearance

7.3 lbs

capacity
passenger volume

104 cu ft

cargo volume

65.4 cu ft

passenger capacity

5 Seats

fuel economy
city/combined/highway

28/30/34 mpg


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Ford Escape 5 year Cost To Own


Cash Price(MSRP)
$27,268
5 Year Cost To Own
$42,143
Total 5 year Cost To Own -  $42,143
Year 1Year 2Year 3Year 4Year 5total
Depreciation$4,637$2,214$2,118$2,513$2,332$13,814
Insurance$1,190$1,261$1,235$1,270$1,369$6,325
Fuel$1,619$1,634$1,639$1,709$1,750$8,351
Maintenance$294$673$367$1,708$1,525$4,567
Repairs$-35$49$117$382$503$1,016
Financing Interest$1,738$1,406$996$599$203$4,942
Taxes and Fees$2,432$195$195$178$128$3,128
Total Cost-To-Own$11,875$7,432$6,667$8,359$7,810$42,143
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