2020 Ford Escape

MSRP $24,885 - $36,285

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2020 Ford Escape Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: July 19, 2021

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The Ford Escape has been one of the very few SUVs in the segment that offers the practicality of an SUV and the fun to drive character of a sporty sedan. Ford has tried to infuse the same characteristics while designing the 2020 Ford Escape.

In this crowded market of compact SUVs, Ford has been able to carve out a name for itself through the Escape. The 2020 Ford Escape offers great handling and a very potent engine, which works in tandem with one another to create a well-round off car that's hard to ignore. The 2020 Ford Escape starts at just $24,100 for the base S trim and goes over $35,000 for the top Titanium trim.

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Pros

Ample cargo space

Powerful engines

Great handling

Feature loaded Interiors

Cons

Dated Dashboard Design

Sub-Par Fuel Economy Figures

What's New?

Small additions in the features list


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


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Trims

S$24,885 onwards

SE$27,095 onwards

SEL$29,255 onwards

Titanium$36,285 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 Angular Front view
2020 Ford Escape Angular Rear 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

The SE trim adds a lot of creature comforts with a potent engine that does not sacrifice performance. For people who want a more powerful engine and a feature-loaded SUV, the Titanium trim should be their choice.

 

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 4 well-defined trim levels namely; the S, SE, SEL, and Titanium. 3 Engines are on duty for powering different trims. All trims except the base S gets the option of an AWD drive train.

The 2.0L Ecoboost Engine is the most powerful engine among the 3 options but is only exclusive to the Top Titanium trim.

Trims

S

SE

SEL

Titanium

Price(2WD)

$24,105(2.5L)

$26,500(1.5L Turbo)

$28,445(1.5L Turbo)

$32,620(2.0L Turbo)

Price(AWD)

-

$28,995(1.5L Turbo)

$30,940(1.5L Turbo)

$35,115(2.0L Turbo)

Features

Cloth Upholstery

Adds/Upgrades these from “S” Trim

Adds/Upgrades these from “SE” Trim

Adds/Upgrades these from ‘SEL”

 

6 Way Manually Adjustable Driver Seat

10 Way Power Adjusted Driver Seat

Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel, Gear Knob, Seats

Auto-Dimming Rear-View mirror

 

Rear View Camera and Ford My Key

Push Button Start

LED Headlamps Accent

Bi-Xenon Headlights with LED Accents

 

1 USB Port

Remote Start

Rear Parking Sensors

Heated Steering

 

4.2” SYNC Infotainment System with Voice Activation

8” SYNC Touchscreen Infotainment System with Satellite Radio

Foot Activated Powered Liftgate

10 Speaker Sony Audio System with Navigation System

 

6 Speaker Audio System

Dual Zone Climate Control

 

Autonomous Parallel Parking

 

17” Wheels with Wheel Covers

17” Aluminum Wheels

 

 19” Aluminum Wheels
 

Power Windows

Fog Lamps

Heated Outside Mirrors

 Automatic Start-Stop
 

 

 Apple Car Play and Android Auto  

Power Adjust Passenger Seat

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

The 2020 Ford Escape comes in 3 Engine configurations with the 2.0L EcoBoost motor being the most powerful unit of all the 3 available units. The base 2.5L naturally aspirated motor just about gets the job done and offers performance that suits the price at which it is being sold. The 1.5L EcoBoost is the second engine on offer that delivers 179hp @ 6000 RPM and 177 pounds-feet of torque beginning from as low as 2500 rpm.

This engine comes with the SE and the SEL trims and can be had in both FWD and AWD configurations. The engine delivers a good punch past the 2500 rpm mark and makes overtaking maneuvers a bit easier than the base variant. People who want the Best in terms of Power and Performance have the option to go for the powerful 2.0L EcoBoost turbocharged engine that delivers a massive 245hp and 275 lb-ft of torque.

Models

2020 Ford Escape S

2020 Mazda CX-5 Sport

2020 Volkswagen Tiguan S

2020 Honda CR-V LX

MSRP

$25,100

$25,345

$25,190

$25,345

Engine

2.5L i4 Regular Unleaded

2.5L I4

2.0L I4 Intercooled TSI

2.4L I4 i-VTEC

Transmission

6 Speed automatic

6 Speed automatic

8 Speed automatic

CVT

Horsepower (hp@RPM)

168 hp@ 6000rpm

187hp@ 6000rpm

184hp@ 4400rpm

184hp@ 6400rpm

Torque (lb-ft@RPM)

170 lbs-ft @ 4500rpm

186 lbs-ft @ 4000rpm

221 lbs-ft @ 1600 rpm

180lbs-ft  @ 3900rpm

0-60 MPH (seconds)

7.1 sec

6.4 sec

8.7 sec

7.2 sec

Quarter mile (seconds)

16.7 sec

15.5 sec

16.7 sec

16.7 sec

A 6-speed automatic transmission comes mated to all the 3 Engine options. The transmission does well in shifting gears at the right moments during hill climbs or tackling city traffic. We do however feel the need for a better transmission for the 2.0L Engine variant as that would have doubled the fun of driving the same, especially on the highway. Despite its high curb weight, the Ford Escape Manages to outrun nearly all of its rivals, in the 0-60 sprint. The Ford’s aerodynamic design and powerful motor help it, achieve the 60 MPH figure in just 7.1secs. 

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

The compact Chevrolet Equinox, with its low weight and powerful engine, manages to top the chart of 0-60 MPH runs while its sister car, the GMC Terrain manages to stay second courtesy of similar design and performance. The Ford Escape lays down the benchmark for its class in terms of handling dynamics. 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 ride quality has not been compromised for sporty handling. The suspension absorbs bumps with ease and moving over speed humps won’t cause much trouble to the passengers sitting inside. 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 S

2020 Mazda CX-5 Sport

2020 Volkswagen Tiguan S

2020 Honda CR-V LX

Brake Front (in.)

12.8

N/A

11.7

13.4

Brake Rear (in.)

12

N/A

11.9

11.8

60-0 MPH (ft.)

112

115

136

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

While the Ford Escape thrills with its performance and handling, its gas economy doesn’t deliver the same level of thrills. The Ford delivers the lowest MPG rating in this comparison by 1 MPG as compared to its nearest rival.

Models

2020 Ford Escape S

2020 Mazda CX-5 Sport

2020 Volkswagen Tiguan S

2020 Honda CR-V LX

MPG (city)

21

26

25

22

MPG (highway)

29

32

31

29

MPG (combined)

24

28

28

25

Range (city/highway)

(miles)

330/455

387/477

370/459

337/444

Tank Capacity (gal)

15.7

14.9

14.8

15.3

In terms of range though, the 15.7-gallon gas tank ranks on the top half of this comparison and helps it deliver a decent overall range of 330 miles on the city.

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 Ford Escape offers a lot of features and creature comforts starting from the base variant and increases, as you climb up the trim ladder. The base S trim gets 6-way manual seats while Escape SE gets 10-way control seats. 

2020 Ford Escape Interior Seating

The Escape can seat up to five passengers. The front passengers are treated to liberal legroom and well-bolstered seats. The back seats offer decent headroom but the legroom seems compromised and appears cramped for grown-ups.

Models

2020 Ford Escape S

2020 Mazda CX-5 Sport

2020 Volkswagen Tiguan S

2020 Honda CR-V LX

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

7

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

39.9/55.9/43.1

40.0/57.2/40.9

39.7/57.1/41.0

39.6/57.0/40.2

Second

(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

39.0/55.2/37.3

38.5/55.5/39.7

39.0/54.8/39.6

39.1/55.9/36.5

The Spacious Interiors of the Ford Escape has a good set of features inside. Though some of the features are not standard people willing to shell out a little bit of extra cash will reap the benefits of doing the same. 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 System

Ford has updated the infotainment system of the 2020 Escape to keep pace with the competition. The 2020 Ford Escape comes with Ford’s SYNC 3 Infotainment System. The base trim feels underequipped against the competition as the base gets a non-touchscreen 4.2” infotainment display while the competition offers a Touchscreen Unit. Higher trims, however, get a more feature-loaded system that ranks among the best in class.

2020 Ford Escape Dashboard and Infotainment System

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

Cargo Capacity

The 2020 Ford Escape offers a respectable amount of space in the cargo. The Escape can seat only 5 people and space behind the rear seats is copious for carrying maximum cargo.

Models

2020 Ford Escape S

2020 Mazda CX-5 Sport

2020 Volkswagen Tiguan S

2020 Honda CR-V LX

Cargo Volume (ft.3)

34.0

29.9

30.9

37.6

The Nissan Rogue’s practical cabin and big exteriors help it beat the rest in terms of cargo space while the Honda CR-V comes in a close second.

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

2020 Ford Escape Design and Dimensions

The 2020 Ford Escape exteriors scream 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. 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.

Models

2020 Ford Escape S

2020 Mazda CX-5 Sport

2020 Volkswagen Tiguan S

2020 Honda CR-V LX

Curb weight (lbs.)

3552

3541

3721

3307

Length(in)

178.1

179.1

185.1

180.6

Width(in)

72.4

72.5

72.4

73.0

Height(in)

66.3

66.2

66.3

66.1

Ground clearance (in)

7.8

7.5

7.9

7.8

Wheelbase (in)

105.9

106.2

109.8

104.7

Track width (in) F/R

61.5/61.6

62.8/62.8

62.2/61.8

62.9/63.5

The 2020 Ford Escape looks big in the Flesh but in terms of sheer numbers, it’s compact and smaller than the rest of its rivals. The Escape’s wheelbase is similar to the rest of the competition and so is the width and height. The smaller length of the Escape gives it the leverage of being easily maneuvered through crowded areas or parking in tight spaces.

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 in different tests conducted by the NHTSA and earned a 5-star overall rating. The four trim levels of the 2020 Ford Escape, S, SE, SEL, and Titanium, all come with adequate safety systems to keep the driver, other passengers, and even the vehicle safe.

While the competitors offer a lot of safety tech as standard, Escape owners will have to climb up the trims for getting a good safety package for their Escape. Some of those features include:

  • ABS with Electronic Brake Force Distribution
  • Traction Control
  • 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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