2021 Ford Escape Plug-In Hybrid

MSRP range: $32,650 - $38,585
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MSRP$34,755
Edmunds suggests you pay$34,266

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2021 Ford Escape Plug-In Hybrid Review

  • Long all-electric range of an EPA-estimated 37 miles
  • Roomy and comfortable seating
  • Easy-to-use controls
  • No all-wheel-drive option
  • Slightly less cargo and rear-seat space than standard Escape
  • New Escape Plug-In Hybrid offers an estimated 37 miles of electric range
  • Part of the fourth Escape generation introduced for 2020

The 2021 Ford Escape Plug-In Hybrid is an all-new variant of the recently redesigned Ford Escape. Ford originally said it would bring out the Plug-In Hybrid for the 2020 model year, but a variety of factors delayed the launch until this year.

You can drive the Plug-In Hybrid on pure electricity for about 37 miles before it switches over to regular gasoline hybrid operation. And unlike the Escape Hybrid, you can recharge the Plug-In Hybrid either at home or at one of the growing EV networks nationwide. Essentially, the more frequently you can plug in and recharge, the less gas you'll use.

Aside from the powertrain, the Escape Plug-In Hybrid falls in line with the standard model. It's a big improvement over the previous-generation Escape thanks to more interior room, better tech and a handsome new design. Along with the 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime, the Escape is an intriguing pick for a highly fuel-efficient small SUV.

Which Escape Plug-In Hybrid does Edmunds recommend?

Go with the midlevel SEL. The base SE is tempting since it has plenty of useful features. But the SEL gets you some desirable extras as standard equipment, including heated front seats and a power-adjustable driver's seat. Make sure to get the available Co-Pilot360 Assist+ package if you want traffic-adaptive cruise control.

Ford Escape Plug-In Hybrid models

The new 2021 Ford Escape Plug-In Hybrid comes in three trim levels: SE, SEL and Titanium. Each one is powered by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine paired to a hybrid system with a rechargeable battery. Total system output is 221 horsepower. With a full battery, you can drive it an estimated 37 miles on pure electric power. After that, it switches to regular hybrid operation.

Front-wheel drive is standard, but all-wheel drive, something you can get on the regular Escape and Escape Hybrid, isn't available. Recharging the battery pack takes 10-11 hours using a 110-volt power source, says Ford, or 3.3 hours with a Level 2 charger. Feature highlights include:

SE
The base SE model comes fairly well equipped and includes standard features such as:

  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Keyless entry and start
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Height-adjustable driver's seat
  • 60/40-split folding rear seat
  • Six-speaker audio system
  • 8-inch touchscreen
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration
  • Wi-Fi hotspot
  • Two USB ports

Every Escape Plug-In Hybrid also comes with Ford's suite of advanced safety features, which are called Co-Pilot360. Features include:

  • Forward collision mitigation (warns you of an impending collision and applies the brakes in certain scenarios)
  • Blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert (warns you if a vehicle is in your blind spot during a lane change or while reversing)
  • Lane departure mitigation (warns you of a lane departure when a turn signal isn't used and can automatically steer to maintain lane position)
  • Automatic high-beam control

Several option packages are available for the Escape SE. They include:

  • Convenience package
    • Power liftgate
    • Simulated leather-wrapped steering wheel
    • Power-adjustable driver's seat
    • Rear armrest
  • Cold Weather package
    • Heated mirrors
    • Remote engine start
    • Heated and simulated leather-wrapped steering wheel
    • Heated front seats
  • Co-Pilot360 Assist+ package
    • Navigation system
    • Adaptive cruise control (maintains a driver-set distance between the Ford and the car in front)
    • Lane keeping system (makes minor steering corrections to help keep the vehicle centered in its lane)

SEL
The SEL gains a few more features, such as:

  • Convenience package
  • Cold Weather package
  • Foglights
  • Roof rails
  • Simulated leather upholstery
  • Parking sensors (alert you to obstacles that may not be visible behind the vehicle when parking)

Options for the SEL include:

  • Technology package
    • Hands-free liftgate
    • Digital instrument panel
    • Driver-seat memory settings
    • 10-speaker B&O audio system
    • Wireless charging pad
  • Co-Pilot360 Assist+ package
  • Towing package
  • Panoramic sunroof

Titanium
The top-level Titanium further adds:

  • Technology package (minus the charging pad)
  • Co-Pilot360 Assist+ package
  • LED headlights
  • Automatic wipers
  • Chrome exterior trim
  • Ambient interior lighting
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Power passenger seat
  • Front parking sensors
  • Automated parking system (steers into a parking spot with little or no driver intervention)

The Titanium can be further equipped with:

  • Titanium Premium package
    • Panoramic sunroof
    • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
    • Leather upholstery
    • Wireless charging pad
    • Head-up display (displays important information in your sight line onto the windshield)
  • Towing package
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Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2021 Ford Escape Plug-In Hybrid.

Average user rating: 4.0 stars
1 total reviews
5 star reviews: 0%
4 star reviews: 100%
3 star reviews: 0%
2 star reviews: 0%
1 star reviews: 0%

Trending topics in reviews

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Most helpful consumer reviews

4/5 stars, Titanium Ford Escape Plug-In Hybrid SUV
Earl B,
Titanium 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid EVT)
Battery charging time may be longer than other cars and battery alone driving distance is relatively short. Availability of a trailer hitch is a plus, as is the spedominator image on the front window.


Features & Specs

Base MSRP
$32,650
Battery & Range
EPA KWh/100 mi.: 33
Time To Charge Battery (At 240V): 3.3 hr.
EPA Electricity Range: 37 mi.
Seating
5 seats
Drivetrain
Type: front wheel drive
Transmission: Electrically variable-speed automatic
Basic Warranty
3 yr./ 36000 mi.
Dimensions
Length: 180.5 in. / Height: 66.1 in. / Width: 74.1 in.
Curb Weight: 3491 lbs.
Cargo Capacity, All Seats In Place: 30.7 cu.ft.

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Safety

Our experts’ favorite Escape Plug-In Hybrid safety features:

Evasive Steering Assist
Provides additional steering effort to avoid a potential collision if it can't be avoided by braking alone.
Lane Keeping Assist
Alerts the driver when the car starts to drift out of its lane by vibrating the steering wheel and correcting the steering if needed.
Blind Spot Information System (BLIS)
Illuminates an indicator light in the side mirror when a vehicle enters the blind spot. Also includes integrated rear cross-traffic alert.

IIHS Rating

The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.

Side Impact Test
Good
Roof Strength Test
Good
Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
Good
IIHS Small Overlap Front TestNot Tested
Moderate Overlap Front Test
Good



Ford Escape Plug-In Hybrid vs. the competition

2021 Ford Escape Plug-In Hybrid

2021 Ford Escape Plug-In Hybrid

2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime

2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime

Ford Escape Plug-In Hybrid vs. Toyota RAV4 Prime

The Toyota RAV4 is one of our favorite crossover SUVs and it also comes in standard, hybrid and plug-in hybrid powertrains. The RAV4 Prime is the plug-in version, and unlike the Escape PHEV, it comes with all-wheel drive. The Prime's speed is admirable — accelerating from 0 to 60 mph takes just 5.6 seconds — but its unrefined handling makes it a chore to drive on twisty mountain roads.

Compare Ford Escape Plug-In Hybrid & Toyota RAV4 Prime features 

Ford Escape Plug-In Hybrid vs. Honda CR-V Hybrid

The Honda CR-V sits alongside the Toyota RAV4 as one of our favorite crossovers. A refresh for 2020 brings with it a new hybrid powertrain, though it's not a plug-in hybrid like the Ford. We love the CR-V's interior packaging and comfortable ride. The infotainment can be frustrating to use at times, but overall the CR-V remains a favorite. You can also read more about the CR-V in our long-term CR-V test.

Compare Ford Escape Plug-In Hybrid & Honda CR-V Hybrid features 

Ford Escape Plug-In Hybrid vs. Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is the only other plug-in hybrid in this class. We like the Outlander PHEV's long list of standard features that includes all-wheel drive, but its subpar build quality and disappointing driving experience will likely leave you wanting for more.

Compare Ford Escape Plug-In Hybrid & Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV features 

FAQ

Is the Ford Escape Plug-In Hybrid a good car?

The Edmunds experts tested the 2021 Escape Plug-In Hybrid both on the road and at the track. You probably care about Ford Escape Plug-In Hybrid fuel economy, so it's important to know that the Escape Plug-In Hybrid gets an EPA-estimated 41 mpg. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that the Escape Plug-In Hybrid has 30.7 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Ford Escape Plug-In Hybrid. Learn more

What's new in the 2021 Ford Escape Plug-In Hybrid?

According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2021 Ford Escape Plug-In Hybrid:

  • New Escape Plug-In Hybrid offers an estimated 37 miles of electric range
  • Part of the fourth Escape generation introduced for 2020
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Is the Ford Escape Plug-In Hybrid reliable?

To determine whether the Ford Escape Plug-In Hybrid is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the Escape Plug-In Hybrid. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the Escape Plug-In Hybrid's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more

Is the 2021 Ford Escape Plug-In Hybrid a good car?

There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2021 Ford Escape Plug-In Hybrid is a good car. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2021 Escape Plug-In Hybrid is a good car for you. Check back soon for the official Edmunds Rating from our expert testing team Learn more

How much should I pay for a 2021 Ford Escape Plug-In Hybrid?

The least-expensive 2021 Ford Escape Plug-In Hybrid is the 2021 Ford Escape Plug-In Hybrid SE 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid EVT). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $32,650.

Other versions include:

  • SE 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid EVT) which starts at $32,650
  • SEL 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid EVT) which starts at $35,510
  • Titanium 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid EVT) which starts at $38,585
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What are the different models of Ford Escape Plug-In Hybrid?

If you're interested in the Ford Escape Plug-In Hybrid, the next question is, which Escape Plug-In Hybrid model is right for you? Escape Plug-In Hybrid variants include SE 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid EVT), SEL 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid EVT), and Titanium 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid EVT). For a full list of Escape Plug-In Hybrid models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

More about the 2021 Ford Escape Plug-In Hybrid

2021 Ford Escape Plug-In Hybrid Overview

The 2021 Ford Escape Plug-In Hybrid is offered in the following submodels: Escape Plug-In Hybrid SUV. Available styles include SEL 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid EVT), SE 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid EVT), and Titanium 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid EVT). Ford Escape Plug-In Hybrid models are available with a 2.5 L-liter hybrid engine, with output up to 221 hp, depending on engine type. The 2021 Ford Escape Plug-In Hybrid comes with front wheel drive. Available transmissions include: electrically variable-speed automatic. The 2021 Ford Escape Plug-In Hybrid comes with a 3 yr./ 36000 mi. basic warranty, a 5 yr./ 60000 mi. roadside warranty, and a 5 yr./ 60000 mi. powertrain warranty.

What do people think of the 2021 Ford Escape Plug-In Hybrid?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2021 Ford Escape Plug-In Hybrid and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2021 Escape Plug-In Hybrid 4.0 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2021 Escape Plug-In Hybrid.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2021 Ford Escape Plug-In Hybrid and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2021 Escape Plug-In Hybrid featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

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What's a good price for a New 2021 Ford Escape Plug-In Hybrid?

2021 Ford Escape Plug-In Hybrid SE 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid EVT)

The 2021 Ford Escape Plug-In Hybrid SE 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid EVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $34,755. The average price paid for a new 2021 Ford Escape Plug-In Hybrid SE 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid EVT) is trending $489 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $489 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $34,266.

The average savings for the 2021 Ford Escape Plug-In Hybrid SE 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid EVT) is 1.4% below the MSRP.

2021 Ford Escape Plug-In Hybrid SEL 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid EVT)

The 2021 Ford Escape Plug-In Hybrid SEL 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid EVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $38,015. The average price paid for a new 2021 Ford Escape Plug-In Hybrid SEL 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid EVT) is trending $693 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $693 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $37,322.

The average savings for the 2021 Ford Escape Plug-In Hybrid SEL 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid EVT) is 1.8% below the MSRP.

2021 Ford Escape Plug-In Hybrid Titanium 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid EVT)

The 2021 Ford Escape Plug-In Hybrid Titanium 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid EVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $39,830. The average price paid for a new 2021 Ford Escape Plug-In Hybrid Titanium 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid EVT) is trending $1,255 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $1,255 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $38,575.

The average savings for the 2021 Ford Escape Plug-In Hybrid Titanium 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid EVT) is 3.2% below the MSRP.

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What is the MPG of a 2021 Ford Escape Plug-In Hybrid?

2021 Ford Escape Plug-In Hybrid SEL 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid EVT), electrically variable-speed automatic, electric fuel
41 compined MPG,
44 city MPG/37 highway MPG

2021 Ford Escape Plug-In Hybrid SE 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid EVT), electrically variable-speed automatic, electric fuel
41 compined MPG,
44 city MPG/37 highway MPG

2021 Ford Escape Plug-In Hybrid Titanium 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid EVT), electrically variable-speed automatic, electric fuel
41 compined MPG,
44 city MPG/37 highway MPG

EPA Est. MPG41
TransmissionElectrically variable-speed automatic
Drive Trainfront wheel drive
Displacement2.5 L
Passenger VolumeN/A
Wheelbase106.7 in.
Length180.5 in.
Width74.1 in.
Height66.1 in.
Curb Weight3534 lbs.

Should I lease or buy a 2021 Ford Escape Plug-In Hybrid?

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