2021 Ford Escape Plug-In Hybrid SUV Consumer Reviews

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5 out of 5 stars

Big upgrade from the earlier Escape and C-max

Dr. Ed'scape, 08/23/2021
Titanium 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid EVT)
17 of 18 people found this review helpful

Early days with my new Titanium Escape Plug-in, but really loving it so far. This is an upgrade for me after 8 years of driving the c-max. Big improvement in size, ride, comfort, style, interior room, trunk space and range. The steering is tight and responsive. Minimal road noise. Excellent rage and averaging 35-37 miles all electric with AC on. Charging as advertised with segmented ring that shows the charge level at a glance when plugged in. The driver display holds a lot of information and is adjustable for different levels of feedback on your hybrid driving. Braking coach tells you how well you regenerated electric back to the battery with each break. Rear seats are much thicker cusioned than the C-max with more leg room as well. There is a space under the floor of the trunk for a spare, but the 12 volt battery is mounted smack in the middle. I think a spare is an option and assume the battery moves to the side in that situation. Minus the spare, there is more room in the spare wheel well around the battery to store tools, my jumper battery, tire compressor and a few other goodies. Infotainment screen is bright and highly visible again big improvement from C-max. Voice recognition for controls is very good. Bluetooth audio for phone calls is excellent through the 10 speaker system. Stereo is impressive, but gone is the CD player (I never used that on the C-max and don't see many anymore. With Pandora, USB stick audio, I guess the cd has gone the way of the 8-track! Gone too is the sd card with navigation. Navigation updates download. The Escape has wifi and can both connect to your home wireless access point to download firmware upgrades and can provide an in-car wireless access point making use of built in cellular data service (fee after 3 month trial) Ford App is an upgrade over the MyFord Sync. Apple play also supported. The screen shows the rear view camera when reversing with guidelines showing your turn radius. There is also a proximity warning visual system surrounding a small image of the car from above showing when you get close to sides and front. Have not tried the parallel park feature as of yet. Build quality is solid. Interior features are heavily plastic but attractive and done well. Overall very pleased so far. A lot of car for the price. I considered the Rav 4 and drove one as a rental. I am liking the Escape better so far for range, mileage and not missing 4 wheel drive here in the south.

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5 out of 5 stars

Awesome car! Fantastic Escape Titanium Plug-in!

Rick, 10/31/2021
Titanium 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid EVT)
4 of 4 people found this review helpful

I've owned 3 other plug-ins made by a different manufacturer and this is miles above in all aspects. Rides like a sports car, smooth, solid, quiet, right amount of hp, feels and looks like like a luxury finish inside and out. Intuitive dash and controls. Runs great on electric only 37 miles then seamlessly switches over to gas, so no range anxiety. Charges in 3.4 hours in my garage. What little gas I use, I'm getting 41 mpg! They built so many upscale features into this car it will be awhile before I can learn to use them all. The FordPass app is well thought out and easy to use. What more can I say? I'm very happy with my purchase.

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5 out of 5 stars

Great car

Lonewolf, 10/25/2021
SEL 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid EVT)
2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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2 out of 5 stars

Front flapping noise

Alex, 10/12/2021
SEL 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid EVT)
3 of 5 people found this review helpful

Unfortunately great car with many issues. Upon delivery, few aesthetic issues with the vehicle but more frustrating a constant flapping noise in the front of the vehicle when driving on highway. Ford couldn’t find the source of the problem and this after the vehicle in garage for 3 weeks.

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4 out of 5 stars

Titanium Ford Escape Plug-In Hybrid SUV

Earl B, 04/01/2021
Titanium 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid EVT)
6 of 20 people found this review helpful

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.

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