2020 Ford Escape | Price, Features and Performance
The Escape has long been Ford's best-selling SUV model, but by the end of its third generation, it was starting to look a little off the pace compared to its competitors.
Thankfully, Ford has pulled out all the stops with their latest refresh, bringing the 2020 Ford Escape back to the front of the pack. Here's what to look for in both new and familiar features.
Engine and Performance
The new Escape is available in three engine formats: gas-only, hybrid and plug-in hybrid.
The standard entry-level gas engine is a 1.5L, 3-cylinder model pushing 181 horsepower and 190 lb-ft of torque. This can be upgraded to a much more impressive 2.0L turbo engine providing 250 horsepower and 280 lb-ft torque.
Both engine types feed their front-wheel-drive through an eight-speed automatic transmission, with full-time all-wheel drive available as an option across the range.
Official fuel economy ratings give the Escape a highly respectable 10.2L / 100km for city driving, 7.6 on the highway and 9.0 for combined.
The hybrid configurations are based around a 2.5L IVCT Atkinson Cycle engine, providing more driving miles for less time and money at the pump. Quoted ranges are 880km for the standard hybrid on a full tank of fuel, with the plug-in version offering 48km of electric-only travel.
The plug-in hybrid model is expected to follow a few months behind the rest of the 2020 Escape range.
Styling and Looks
The 2020 Escape redesign definitely raises eyebrows over its sleek styling. It takes headlight and body-shape inspiration from the Porsche Macan, and adds a rear profile recalling the Toyota RAV4. Finally, it plugs in solid Ford elements such as a Mustang-like grille and low-slung front end to produce a great looking SUV.
Safety Features and Driver Assistance
The 2020 Escape features the Ford Co-Pilot 360 system, offering several safety and assistance technologies, including:
- Blind Spot Information System.
- Cross traffic alerts
- Pre-collision assistance with automatic emergency braking.
- Lane-keeping monitoring with departure alerts
- Park Assist 2.0 to make parking in tight spaces a breeze.
All models in the Escape lineup offer electronically assisted steering, alongside a variable drive mode with Normal, Eco, Sport and Slippery settings to optimize throttle and transmission for the conditions.
Perhaps the most intriguing addition to the 2020 Escape is the optional heads-up display, where speed and other important information is reflected to windshield level for easy viewing. While in its initial version it's very far from a full fighter-style system, it's nonetheless impressive, useful and a sign of things to come.
Other more familiar features include an 8" LCD touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, standard on all trims except the lowest level.
2020 Ford Escape Pricing
The base-level S trim starts at $28,549 for the front-wheel-drive version and $30,049 for AWD. At the top of the range, the AWD hybrid Titanium trim starts at $38,049.
Ford's most popular SUV has been enhanced for the new decade with a long list of features and tech as standard, building on what was already an attractive model. Please contact us to book a test drive of the 2020 Ford Escape in Vancouver, browse our in-stock range, or discuss financing options.