Crossovers have become the most popular form of transportation within the automobile industry. And the sharp surge in demand for crossovers started around 2000 following when all the major carmakers across the globe came up with their version of crossovers to appeal to the mass market. With the sharp rise in the sales of crossovers along with their ever-increasing demand, other vehicle types such as sedans, hatchbacks, and compact city cars have been reeling under the declining sales figures. Crossovers have been offering a near-perfect blend of utility and comfort since their inception and with time, it got even better with more and more features coming as standard along with the crossovers getting more compact for absolute ease of driving within the city limits. Even if you wish to venture off the roads for adventure purposes, there are vehicles such as the Ford Bronco Sport offering some commendable off-roading prowess in its segment. Among the crossovers, the subcompact and the compact types have slightly more demand than the full-size and the mid-size ones owing to their easier maneuverability and fuel efficiency, qualifying them for a perfect city driving companion.
The US car brands such as Ford and General Motors have a solid presence in this market segment with a wide portfolio of vehicles. The Ford Escape has been hustling in the segment since its launch in 2000 and is still among the top preferences for an average buyer in the segment. Being around for about two decades now, the Ford Escape stands in its fourth-generation model at present. The 2022 Ford Escape comes with some minor changes in terms of its features and remains majorly unchanged. Powering the SUV is a basic 1.5-liter EcoBoost turbocharged I-4 motor that is good for 181 horsepower along with 190 lb-ft of torque. The Escape is also available in a hybrid and a plug-in hybrid variant and they get a bigger 2.5-liter naturally aspirated motor combined with an electric motor. The vehicle carries a base price tag of $25,555 that puts it to direct competition with the likes of the Toyota RAV4, the Honda CR-V, and the Hyundai Tucson.