2020 Ford Escape

MSRP $24,885

Ranked #9 in Compact Suv

7.5

Overall Rating

2020 Ford Escape Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: September 14, 2021

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With a complete redesign, the 2020 Ford Escape is lighter by almost 200 pounds and more spacious inside with best-in-class ratings in the compact SUV segment. Ford revamped the suspension, giving the Escape a more comfortable ride while Ford's Co-Pilot360 suite of driver-assistance features now comes standard across all trims. Pricing for the 2020 Escape starts from $24,885, which is just a $780 increase for all these improvements, a great bargain indeed.

The 2020 Escape lineup also features a hybrid and plug-in hybrid, making up to four powertrain choices for you. Some of you might not recognize the new Escape as the exterior design language takes a more athletic stance with a sloping roofline and reimagined front fascia. The latest Escape gives a tough rivalry to the class-leaders like Honda CR-V,  VW Tiguan, and Mazda CX-5.

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Pros

Powerful and efficient engine options

Lots of standard advanced driver assistance features (Ford Co-Pilot360).

Sliding 2nd row with ample passenger and cargo room.

Good Handling and comfortable ride quality.

User-friendly optional infotainment system

Cons

Interior materials aren't impressive but not poor.

What's New?

Completely Redesigned for 2020MY.


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$24885

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

displacement

91 cu.in.

horsepower

181 hp @ 6000 rpm

torque

190 lb.-ft. @ 3000 rpm

transmission

8 speed automatic

chassis

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension

suspension rear

Independent rear short and long arm suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

12.8/12 in.

dimensions

wheelbase

106.7 in.

length

180.5 in.

width

74.1 in.

height

66.1 in.

curb weight

3298 lbs.

ground clearance

7.8 in.

capacity

passenger volume

104 cu ft.

cargo volume

65.4 cu ft.

towing capacity

2000 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

8.4 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

16.5 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

27/29/33 mpg

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36,000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

powertrain warranty

5 yr./ 60,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


Pictures & Videos


Trims

S$24,885 onwards

Colors and Styles

2020 Ford Escape in arctic White Metallic color
arctic White Metallic

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Pricing and Feature

7.0

Features

7.5

Engine and Performance

6.5

Fuel Economy

8.0

Interior

7.5

Exterior

8.0

Safety

8.0

Competition

8.0

7.5

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.5

Overall Rating


The improvements in the 2020 Ford Escape aren't confined to a total redesign. The fourth-generation adds a slew of features to Ford's America lineup that was previously only available on European versions. The base variant is only available in the FWD configuration while the other 3 Trims can be had in either an FWD or an AWD setup. Three Engines on offer are -a 2.5L Naturally Aspirated Inline-4 unit on the base S trim, a 1.5L turbocharged  Inline-4 unit on the SE and SEL trims, and a powerful 2.0L Turbocharged  Inline-4 unit on the Titanium trim. 

The MSRP for the basic Escape is $24,885. The Escape Titanium, the top-of-the-line model, begins at about $33,400. You also have the option of combining your Escape with the other alternatives accessible to you.

2020 Ford Escape SUV front angle view
2020 Ford Escape SUV rear angle view

7.5/10
Features

6.5/10
Engine and Performance

8.0/10
Fuel Economy

7.5/10
Interior

8.0/10
Exterior

8.0/10
Safety

8.0/10
Competition


2020 Ford Escape Buying Advice

Most buyers should start with the SE trim as it adds more infotainment technology and creature comforts than the base trim. You can also avail optional all-wheel-drive configuration for better grip and all-weather capability on the 2020 Escape SE. For people who want a more powerful engine and a luxurious SUV, the Escape Titanium should suffice their desires.

 

2020 Ford Escape Features

7.5/10

"Ford's redesigned compact SUV is reasonably priced considering its added features and new hybrid model." - Car and Driver 

The 2020 Ford Escape comes in four trims: S, SE, SEL, and Titanium. The base Escape S model starts at an MSRP of $24,885 while the top-of-the-line Escape Titanium starts at $33,400. The prices of the 2020 Escape see an increase of only $780 over the previous model year but gains plenty of driver assistance technology as a part of standard Ford Co-Pilot360. There are selectable drive modes not offered in 2019.

2020 Ford escape

Ford offers the new Escape with 3 engine options. All trims except the base S get the option of an AWD drive train. The entry-level Escape S comes standard with a 180-horsepower turbo-three engine, replacing the 2019 Escape's 168-horsepower four-cylinder. The 2019 Escape offered 179 hp and 245-horsepower turbo-fours as upgrades, but the 2020 model replaces those with an available 250-horsepower turbo-four.

Trims

S

SE

SEL

Titanium

MSRP (FWD)

$24,885

$27,105

$29,265

-

MSRP (AWD)

$26,385

$28,605

$32,640

$36,435

Key Features

Emergency braking assist

Adds/Upgrades to S - 

Adds/Upgrades to SE Sport - 

Adds/Upgrades to SEL - 

 

Post-collision safety system

Electronic automatic temperature control

6-speaker stereo system

10 speaker Bang & Olufsen premium audio
 

Cloth bucket seats

Ford Co-Pilot 360 Assist

ActiveX seating material

Leather upholstery

 

Cruise control

Hands-free entry

Autolamp headlamp

Adaptive cruise control

 

6-way driver and 4-way passenger manual front seats

10-way power driver's seat w/front-row heat

Panoramic Vista Roof

10-way power drivers and 6-way power passengers seat

 

17 in. Shadow Silver-Painted Aluminum Wheels

Ford Pass Connect 18 in. wheels

19 in. wheels

2020 Ford Escape Engine and Performance

6.5/10

"With snappy engine response and strong braking and handling, the Escape feels more like a sport sedan than a touring crossover" – Edmunds

Buy the S, SE, and SEL, the 2020 Escape comes equipped with a 1.5-liter EcoBoost inline-3 making 181 horsepower and 190 lb-ft of torque. This 3,299-pound front-drive Escape delivers reasonable acceleration, clocking a 7.7 seconds 0-60 mph time. In and around the city, there is adequate thrust and also shuts off a cylinder to save fuel under light loads. The three-cylinder engine comes mated to an 8-speed automatic and can be configured with an all-wheel-drive system. This increases the curb weight but the system sends power to the rear wheels as well for better control and traction.

2020 Ford Escape Performance

The available 2.0-liter EcoBoost is good for 250 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque. This turbocharged four-cylinder engine offers more pep and better acceleration. The Escape Titanium fitted with the 2.0-liter engine sprints from zero to 60 mph in 6.9 seconds, which is better than most rivals with an upgraded engine. The 8-speed automatic offers smooth and measurable shifts, without being lost. Conclusively, if you want an extra burst of power, buy the 2.0-liter model while the 1.5-liter base engine lacks that vigor but saves money and fuel.

Models

2020 Ford Escape

2020 Mazda CX-5

2020 Volkswagen Tiguan

2020 Honda CR-V

MSRP

$24,885

$25,345

$25,190

$25,345

Engine

1.5-liter I3

2.5L I4

2.0L I4 Intercooled TSI

2.4L I4 i-VTEC

Transmission

8 Speed automatic

6 Speed automatic

8 Speed automatic

CVT

Horsepower

180 hp @ 6000 RPM

187 hp @ 6000 RPM

184 hp @ 4400 RPM

184 hp @ 6400 RPM

Torque

190 lb-ft @ 3000 RPM

186 lbs-ft @ 4000 RPM

221 lbs-ft @ 1600 RPM

180 lbs-ft  @ 3900 RPM

0-60 MPH

7.7 sec

6.4 sec

8.7 sec

7.2 sec

Quarter mile

15.9 sec

15.5 sec

16.7 sec

16.7 sec

With the new architecture, the Ford Escape has lower curb weight and also gains new suspension, including vibration-absorbing rear subframe mounts for a more comfortable ride. Its lower and wider stance over the previous model adds more balance and stability to the ride, especially when pushing it around the corners. The selectable drive modes (Normal, Eco, Sport, Slippery, Snow/Sand) adds more engagement.

2020 Ford Escape hits 0-60 mph in just 8.4 sec

The base turbo-3 engine can tow up to 2,000 pounds, while the 2.0-liter turbo-4 is rated to tow up to 3,500 pounds. In comparison to the previous generation, the 2020 Escape rides better than it handles. Though some of its rivals including CR-V and CX-3 stand out in the segment.

2020 Ford Escape three quarter view

The Escape manages to tame corners like a sporty hatch and offers a lot of confidence coming out of them with minimal body roll. The straight-line stability is fantastic as well and there is very little buffeting while doing high speeds at the motorways. The engineers at Ford have worked hard on improving the braking performance of the 2020 Escape after the 2018 model received a lot of flak for the same. The brake rotor size has improved over its predecessor and some improvements have been made in the manner the brakes dissipate brakes.

Models

2020 Ford Escape

2020 Mazda CX-5

2020 Volkswagen Tiguan

2020 Honda CR-V

Brake Front

12.8"

N/A

11.7"

13.4"

Brake Rear

12"

N/A

11.9"

11.8"

60-0 MPH

128 ft.

115 ft.

136 ft.

N/A

The improvements have ensured that the Ford Escape now ranks among the top in terms of braking performance in the segment. The Honda CR-V  still sits at the top half with the Chevrolet Equinox in braking while the other competition still has some ground to cover.

2020 Ford Escape Fuel Economy

8.0/10

"With its base engine, the Escape gets better gas mileage than most of its peers." - U. S. News

The 2020 Escape with the base engine gets an EPA estimated 27 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway, which is a better gas mileage than most of its rivals. By comparison, the rivals like the Honda CR-V get 26/32 mpg city/highway. With AWD, the fuel economy drops to 26/31 mpg. If you buy the 2.0-liter turbo-four model, you will get 23/31 mpg (AWD).

Models

2020 Ford Escape

2020 Mazda CX-5

2020 Volkswagen Tiguan

2020 Honda CR-V

MPG (city)

27

26

25

26

MPG (highway)

33

32

31

32

MPG (combined)

30

28

28

29

Range (city/highway/comb.)

396/485/441 miles

387/477 miles

370/459 miles

337/444 miles

Tank Capacity

14.7 gal

14.9 gal

14.8 gal

15.3 gal

In terms of range though, the 14.7-gallon gas tank standard across the lineup delivers around 441 miles of mixed driving range. If you want to save more on fuel, look for the Escape Hybrid or Escape plug-in hybrid models. The hybrid versions with front-wheel drive deliver 44/37/41 mpg. while the plug-in hybrid Escape is rated at 41 mpg combined.

2020 Ford Escape Interior

7.5/10

"With easy entry and exit and a high driving perch, the Escape feels and drives smaller than it looks. That's a good thing" – Edmunds

2020 Ford Escape Seating and Comfort

The all-new Ford Escape gets both longer and wider dimensions than the previous-gen model, thus offering more cargo and passenger space inside. This five-seater compact SUV offers enough room even for tall adults in the back seat. The 2020 Escape standouts for its class-leading passenger space. As for the cargo, you get more cargo space than many of its peers, rated at 33.5 cubic feet behind the rear seats and 65.4 cubes with the rear seats folded down.

2020 Ford Escape front seats

Talking of Escape's interior design, the center-stack looks simple but intuitive. Ford includes a touchscreen and physical buttons for easy access. With the SE and above trim levels, an 8-inch touch screen with SYNC 3 infotainment system plays the starring role here. All modern infotainment features such as navigation, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, a 10-speaker Bang & Olufsen audio system, satellite radio, and a Wi-Fi hot spot are available. The base Escape S features the SYNC system with a 4.2-inch display, a six-speaker audio system, and a USB port. 

Models

2020 Ford Escape

2020 Mazda CX-5

2020 Volkswagen Tiguan

2020 Honda CR-V

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

7

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

40.0/57.6/42.4

40.0/57.2/40.9

39.7/57.1/41.0

39.6/57.0/40.2

Second

(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

39.3/56.0/40.7

38.5/55.5/39.7

39.0/54.8/39.6

39.1/55.9/36.5

Cargo Volume 

37.5 ft.3

29.9 ft.3

30.9 ft.3

37.6 ft.3

The Spacious Interiors of the Ford Escape has a good set of features inside. Though there are ample soft-touch materials the interior materials are on the cheap side. Even on the higher trim levels, there is a lot of hard plastic and questionable-looking faux-wood grains. The outward visibility is excellent for the driver. 

These are some of the features offered in the Interiors of the Ford

  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Blind Spot Monitoring System
  • Auto-Dimming Rear-View Mirror
  • Ambient Lighting
  • Automatic Start-Stop System
  • Power Adjustable Front Seats
  • Keyless Access with Push Button Start
  • Dual Zone Climate Control
  • Leather Seats and Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel
2020 Ford Escape infotainment screen

This is the list of Features available from the infotainment system of the 2020 Ford Escape

  • Android Auto and Apple Car Play Compatibility
  • 8” Touchscreen Infotainment System with Navigation
  • SiriusXM Radio Subscription
  • 10 Speaker SONY Audio System
  • FM/AM Radio connectivity
  • Dual Zone Climate Control System
  • Bluetooth Telephony and Connectivity to Multiple devices
  • HD Radio

2020 Ford Escape Exterior

8.0/10

"Still taut and sleek from the outside, the Escape drops all SUV pretense with its fast roofline and lower ride height" – The Car Connection

For 2020 the Ford Escape has been completely redesigned, almost looks like a new SUV in the market. Upfront the styling reflects some European design and is more aerodynamic than before. The 2020 Escape's exterior screams sportiness from the moment you first see it. The exterior shell flaunts an Aston Martin-like front grille (signature of modern fords) and numerous tight lines visible from the side profile the makes the SUV feel like it has been carefully made and tested in an aerodynamic tunnel.

2020 Ford Escape SUV

The Rear End looks similar to other SUVs of the segment while the Skid plates on the Rear Bumper adds to the “Tough” feel of the SUV. The latest Escape grows in dimensions as well, measuring 180.5 inches in length, and rides on a wheelbase of 106.7 inches. This makes it about two inches longer than the outgoing model. 

Models

2020 Ford Escape

2020 Mazda CX-5

2020 Volkswagen Tiguan

2020 Honda CR-V

Curb weight

3299 lbs.

3541 lbs.

3721 lbs.

3307 lbs.

Length

180.5"

179.1"

185.1"

180.6"

Width

74.1"

72.5"

72.4"

73.0"

Height

66.1"

66.2"

66.3"

66.1"

Ground clearance

7.8"

7.5"

7.9"

7.8"

Wheelbase

106.7"

106.2"

109.8"

104.7"

The 2020 Ford Escape looks big in the Flesh but in terms of sheer numbers, it’s compact yet spacious than some of its rivals. The new Escape’s wheelbase is similar to the rest of the competition and so is the width and height. But it is an efficient design that offers more space inside than most competitors. 

2020 Ford Escape Headlights and Grille

Ford has decked the exteriors of the 2020 Escape with some decent features. Some of those features include

  • Outside Powered and Heated Mirrors
  • 19” Alloy Wheels
  • Foot Activated Powered Tailgate
  • Fog Lamps
  • Rear Parking Sensors
  • Autonomous Parallel Parking
  • LED Accents on Bi-Xenon Headlamps

2020 Ford Escape Safety

8.0/10

The 2020 Ford Escape performed well crash tests conducted by the NHTSA and earned a 5-star overall safety rating. The IIHS named the 2020 Escape a Top Safety Pick, thanks to the highest rating of Good in six crash tests.

Every 2020 Escape comes with blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, curve control, lane keep assist, driver drowsiness monitoring, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking, and a rearview camera. Many of these features are part of Ford's Co-Pilot360 suite of technology. Some of those features include:

  • Rear View Camera
  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Rear Parking Sensors
  • Active Lane Control
  • Blind Spot Monitors
  • Seatbelts with Pre Tensioners and Load Limiters

2020 Ford Escape Competition

8.0/10

2020 Ford Escape vs 2020 Honda CR-V

There is no denying the fact that the Honda CR-V is one of the best SUVs in the segment. It flaunts an easy to understand infotainment system and best in class cargo space. The CR-V additionally has a rich lodge that offers two lines of seating and has enough space to oblige grown-ups. The Ford, however, offers a lot of technology on board and is the better handling and fun to drive SUV among the two.

2020 Honda CR-V

2020 Ford Escape vs 2020 Mazda CX-5

The Mazda CX-5 is one of the sportiest SUVs in the segment. The Mazda offers one of the Best 2nd-row seating arrangements in the class. When it comes to the off-road ability, both the SUV’s are nearly matched and have potent 4WD systems. The Escape, however, offers a slightly better handling package and has a roomier cabin as compared to the Mazda.

2020 Mazda CX-5

2020 Ford Escape vs 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan

The Volkswagen Tiguan has to be one of the best-built SUVs in the segment. The car has been solidly put together and exudes presence in flesh. It also has a potent AWD system in the form of the 4Motion technology on offer. The Ford Escape though offers a much sportier ride and an engaging drive experience.

2020 Volkswagen Tiguan

 

2020 Ford Escape Final Verdict

The 2020 Ford Escape has been targeted towards the consumers as a fun-to-drive SUV with a hint of sportiness. This is a great daily driver, and should you opt for one of the turbocharged engines, the highway drives will be fun too. The interiors are spacious as well and the cargo space is capable of fulfilling the demands of most consumers. What makes the Ford Escape an irresistible proposition is its 2.0L EcoBoost motor that totally blows the competition. Overall, if you are in the market to buy an SUV that can take you off roads and also give you immense pleasure of driving, the Ford Escape is an SUV you can’t go wrong with.

 

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