2020 Ford Escape Plug-In Hybrid

2020 Ford Escape Plug-In Hybrid
MSRP Range: $33,040 - $38,835

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2020 Ford Escape Plug-In Hybrid Review

Pros
  • An estimated 37 miles of all-electric range helps save gas
  • Updated style and interior design
Cons
  • No all-wheel-drive option
  • Slightly less cargo and rear-seat space than standard Escape
What's new
  • The 2020 Escape has been fully redesigned
  • New Escape Plug-In Hybrid offers an EPA-estimated 37 miles of electric range
  • Redesign brings new tech, more safety features and more interior room
  • Part of the fourth Escape generation introduced for 2020

Along with the regular Escape, the 2020 Ford Escape Plug-In Hybrid is all-new. 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 looks to be an intriguing pick for a highly fuel-efficient small SUV.

Which Escape Plug-In Hybrid does Edmunds recommend?

There's only one powertrain available for the Escape Plug-In Hybrid, so we recommend going for the base SE trim level. It might be the bottom of the rung, but it comes with some appealing standard features such as automatic climate control, a power-adjustable driver's seat and an 8-inch touchscreen display.

Ford Escape Plug-In Hybrid models

The new 2020 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 EPA-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 14.4-kWh battery takes 10 to 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:

  • Automatic climate control
  • Power-adjustable driver's seat
  • An 8-inch touchscreen display
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration
  • Ford Co-Pilot360 safety suite (blind-spot monitoring, lane keeping assist, automatic high beams and more)

SEL
The SEL gains a few more features, but the overall specs like fuel economy and passenger space remain the same. Features include:

  • A hands-free liftgate
  • A heated, leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Remote start
  • Rear parking sensors

Titanium
Like the SEL, the top-level Titanium doesn't change the overall specs but adds features such as:

  • LED headlights
  • A digital instrument cluster
  • Leather upholstery
  • A more comprehensive Co-Pilot360 package, including traffic-adaptive cruise control and automatic emergency evasive steering assist

Consumer reviews

There are no consumer reviews for the 2020 Ford Escape Plug-In Hybrid.

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    Features & Specs

    SE 4dr SUV features & specs
    SE 4dr SUV
    2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid EVT
    MSRP$33,040
    MPG N/A city / N/A hwy
    SeatingSeats 5
    TransmissionElectrically variable-speed automatic
    Horsepower221 hp @ 6250 rpm
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    SEL 4dr SUV features & specs
    SEL 4dr SUV
    2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid EVT
    MSRP$35,620
    MPG N/A city / N/A hwy
    SeatingSeats 5
    TransmissionElectrically variable-speed automatic
    Horsepower221 hp @ 6250 rpm
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    Titanium 4dr SUV features & specs
    Titanium 4dr SUV
    2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid EVT
    MSRP$38,835
    MPG N/A city / N/A hwy
    SeatingSeats 5
    TransmissionElectrically variable-speed automatic
    Horsepower221 hp @ 6250 rpm
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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 System
    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

    Ford Escape Plug-In Hybrid vs. Toyota RAV4 Hybrid

    The Toyota RAV4 is one of our favorite crossover SUVs and is available with a hybrid powertrain. A plug-in hybrid variant is due out soon and, unlike the Escape, is available with all-wheel drive. We're not the biggest fans of the RAV4's tech and some find the seats uncomfortable, but the space and fuel efficiency make it worth a look.

    Compare Ford Escape Plug-In Hybrid & Toyota RAV4 Hybrid 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.

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    FAQ

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

    The Edmunds experts tested the 2020 Escape Plug-In Hybrid both on the road and at the track. 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 2020 Ford Escape Plug-In Hybrid?

    According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2020 Ford Escape Plug-In Hybrid:

    • The 2020 Escape has been fully redesigned
    • New Escape Plug-In Hybrid offers an EPA-estimated 37 miles of electric range
    • Redesign brings new tech, more safety features and more interior room
    • Part of the fourth Escape generation introduced for 2020
    Learn more

    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 2020 Ford Escape Plug-In Hybrid a good car?

    There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2020 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 2020 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 2020 Ford Escape Plug-In Hybrid?

    The least-expensive 2020 Ford Escape Plug-In Hybrid is the 2020 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 $33,040.

    Other versions include:

    • SE 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid EVT) which starts at $33,040
    • SEL 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid EVT) which starts at $35,620
    • Titanium 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid EVT) which starts at $38,835
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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 2020 Ford Escape Plug-In Hybrid

    2020 Ford Escape Plug-In Hybrid Overview

    The 2020 Ford Escape Plug-In Hybrid is offered in the following submodels: Escape Plug-In Hybrid SUV. Available styles 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).

    What do people think of the 2020 Ford Escape Plug-In Hybrid?

    Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2020 Ford Escape Plug-In Hybrid and all its trim types. 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 2020 Escape Plug-In Hybrid.

    Edmunds Expert Reviews

    Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2020 Ford Escape Plug-In Hybrid and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2020 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.

    Our Review Process

    This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

    We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

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    Should I lease or buy a 2020 Ford Escape Plug-In Hybrid?

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