2020 Ford Escape Hybrid


What’s new

  • The Ford Escape is fully redesigned
  • Hybrid version is back after a prolonged absence
  • Improved power and acceleration
  • Kicks off the fourth Escape generation

Pros & Cons

  • Updated style and interior design
  • Powertrain options range from sporty performance to efficient hybrid
  • Sliding second-row seats improve passenger room and cargo utility
  • Sleek, new rear liftgate design compromises some cargo capacity
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2020 Ford Escape Review

Compact SUVs are prized for practicality, not necessarily performance. Yet as SUVs replace sedans as America's car of choice, buyers want more than just a roomy interior and large cargo space. The 2020 Ford Escape satisfies both needs with powerful engines, versatility and sporty handling that makes it drive like a smaller car.

The Escape has been thoroughly overhauled for 2020. Aside from a revamped exterior design that gives the Escape a sportier look, there's a new base engine, an improved suspension and 200 fewer pounds' worth of weight. We won't know until we get an Escape in for testing, but these changes should address our criticisms of the last Escape, notably its choppy ride quality and disappointing fuel economy.

The Escape Hybrid also returns after a prolonged absence. It'll be one of just a few hybrid small SUVs available. A new plug-in hybrid model also joins the lineup, giving Ford its most buzzworthy hybrid splash since the C-Max.

The redesigned Escape offers more interior room than before, especially in the rear seat where a sliding second-row seat helps open up a massive 40.7 inches of legroom. Folding the rear seats yields 65.4 cubic feet of maximum cargo space, which is slightly less space than other rival crossovers because of new Escape's contoured rear window styling. But it's still a useful amount of room for a two-row crossover.

Other highlights of the new Escape include an 8-inch freestanding touchscreen, a head-up display, and a bundle of driver safety aids (rearview camera, automatic emergency braking and blind-spot warning among them) dubbed Ford Co-Pilot360.

Ford's much-needed changes appear to be the real deal. This stylish small SUV is easy to drive, fuel-efficient and packed with the latest features, yet it's also roomy and versatile enough for family duty. It's worth checking out along with other top small crossovers such as the well-rounded Honda CR-V, upscale Mazda CX-5 and popular Toyota RAV4.

Which Escape does Edmunds recommend?

The Escape offers a decent set of standard features on each trim level and a host of available options. The latter can add up, however, often to an eye-popping price for a compact SUV. The SEL trim is a good way to keep things in check. It comes with all of the lower trim features (power-adjustable driver's seat, Sync 3) and adds other desirable items such as a hands-free power liftgate, roof rails, rear parking sensors, and a heated steering wheel.

2020 Ford Escape models

The 2020 Escape is a compact crossover SUV available in five trim levels: S, SE, SE Sport, SEL, and Titanium.

The base S comes with a turbocharged 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine (181 hp, 190 lb-ft of torque) and an eight-speed automatic transmission. Even as a base model, the S is still well-equipped. Its interior features and infotainment tech aren't as sophisticated as the upper trims, but it comes with the basics, including several driver aids.

The SE adds nicer wheels, a power-adjustable driver's seat and the Sync3 infotainment system, as well as keyless ignition and entry. The SE Sport uses the new hybrid powertrain based on a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine (200 hp) and continuously variable automatic transmission. It also adds a leather-wrapped steering wheel and 12-inch digital gauge cluster display.

Ford switches back to the three-cylinder engine for the SEL trim. Other add-ons include a hands-free liftgate, remote start, sport seats, and a heated steering wheel. Options typically mirror those available on the SE.

The top-trim Titanium comes standard with the hybrid engine, leather-trimmed upholstery, an upgraded sound system, and more advanced driver aids.

A turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine (250 hp, 280 lb-ft) is optional on the SEL and Titanium trim levels. It's paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive. Ford is also offering an Escape with a plug-in version of the hybrid engine, the Escape PHEV. It comes in SE, SEL and Titanium trim levels.

Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2020 Ford Escape.

5 star reviews: 68%
4 star reviews: 16%
3 star reviews: 5%
2 star reviews: 3%
1 star reviews: 8%
Average user rating: 4.3 stars based on 38 total reviews

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5 out of 5 stars, Lots of Value!
SE Sport 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid EVT)

I cross shopped a RAV4 Hybrid, and a Mazda CX-5. I left the Toyota dealership impressed with the RAV4 Interior but disappointed by the handling, drivetrain and truck-like demeanor. Plus, the Toyota was expensive! With the Escape, I guess it was love at first drive. I immediately found the Escape's handling to be agile and very car-like. Steering felt precise and the eCVT felt and sounded great. I ended up leasing the SE Sport Hybrid trim, so I'm really enjoying the great mileage (up to 52 mpg on my route to work). I also love the clean European-like design of the exterior along with the attractive interior. Some professional reviewers seem stuck on some of the plastic parts featured on the interior, but I can't see the problem. The dash and front door panels are soft touch and have a great look and the amount of hard plastic wasn't that much different from my trade (2015 BMW 328i). Visibility and ride height are a plus for me, and the LCD display looks high-tech. I also cross-shopped the Mazda CX-5, but I'd have to stay with the smaller 2.5 engine to stay in my price range. I believe my final decision came down to the available hybrid powertrain on the escape. As for the CRV, there is something I don't like about the styling, inside and out, so I didn't even test drive the Honda (although I previously owned and loved the Gen3 CRV).

5 out of 5 stars, I was impressed...so I bought one.
Darlene and Marty (AKA Darty),
Titanium 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid EVT)

In the past few years I had a 2010 Escape hybrid and a 2019 Escape (turbo) as work vehicles. I rated them as 'just ok' but have to say the 2010 was doing very well for a nine year old vehicle. I test drove the 2020 Escape Titanium hybrid and wrote up a full price offer the next day. I had already driven most of the other hybrids that were available including the Rav4 which became my second choice. I am very impressed with all aspects of the 2020 Titanium. I love the new body style. The Rav4, Honda CRV, and Mitsubitsi were downright boring to look at in comparison. The ride and comfort of the Escape was notably better than the Rav4. If you test drive a hybrid Rav4 the first thing you may notice is that when you come to a stop it makes an annoying electric motor noise [like a siren] that actually startled my wife the first few times it made the noise while she drove. It is that loud. The centre arm rest was found to be uncomfortably high in the Rav 4 and the interior and displays were sort of disappointing. Additionally, the truck like front end treatment on the Rav4 simply does not do it for me. The Escape reminds me of European styled cars like Porsche or Jaguar. I find the lane centering and stop and go traffic self driving features spooky and will take a while to get used to having a car drive itself in stop and go traffic. This Escape is a very good car and really, the only thing I don't like much is the plasticy wood grain treatment in the dash inserts and door panels. I like the aluminum inserts that are installed on the lower trim models better. Anyone want to trade for some wood grain? Gas mileage is fantastic! We started a small trip with about 700 kilometres showing as range till empty. After driving for several hours, with several stops, in the country on winding roads we actually had more kilometres of range showing at the end of the trip. Readouts indicated that battery power accounted for about 15% of our motive force. I recommend giving this car a long look before considering other small SUV's.

5 out of 5 stars, We love this vehicle in so many ways!
Karen D.,
Titanium 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid EVT)

We bought the Titanium hybrid with AWD. In all around driving so far, we're averaging 40.5 mpg - on mostly freeway driving even with AWD. On some trips of 50 miles, we've achieved 49.5 mpg! Amazing - very pleasant surprise. There is very little negative to report and it's minor such as eliminating the CD player. The choice was between the Toyota RAV4 and this vehicle. The hybrid RAV4 we tried had wonky brakes that we would supposedly "get used to" where the Escape hybrid has excellent and normal feeling brakes. Despite having slightly less horsepower, our hybrid can pass cars with ease at all speeds, and it's quiet - something that really bothered us about the RAV - it was a bit throaty when accelerating and made a funny noise every time we braked. We thought about waiting to try out the new Honda CRV first but we decided not to wait after trying out the Escape. Besides an excellent sound system and bells and whistles that are easy to access and work flawlessly, we were surprised at the roominess inside.

4 out of 5 stars, SE Sport Hybrid - The best 2020 Escape
SE Sport 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid EVT)

Wife and I each test-drove the SEL, SE Hybrid, and Titanium Hybrid. We drove them on both a sunny day and a rainy day. The handling, acceleration, and braking impressed us. The Titanium trim was beyond our price range. I was trading in my 2006 Ford Escape Hybrid; so, I was very interested in the new hybrid model. I prefer a 4-cylinder over a three. So, we decided on the SE Sport Hybrid trim. We like the host of safety features, the myriad of information displays, the Sync3 system, and the large and high entertainment screen. I really like the dial-transmission and digital displays. The controls are mostly laid out well. Single climate zone. Heat works well; defrosters work well. Fan speeds are a bit too low. The hybrid operation is very seamless and quiet. The gas engine emits a bit of a growl when you push it. I’m averaging the advertised 40mpg overall, and have frequently exceeded that figure on trips of 13 to 20 miles. The “sport” in SE is evident when one switches from Normal or Eco mode to Sport. The acceleration is great. This can be a fun car to drive if you want to sacrifice a bit of fuel economy. The front seats are comfortable (I’m average height). The rear seats can be moved forward or back, depending on where you need the space—passenger or cargo area. Cargo space meets our needs. I easily fit 16 50-pound bags of heating pellets in the cargo area with the seats down. Our dealer actually told us not to buy a remote starter; said to use the Ford App; saved us several hundred bucks. One USB-C slot and one USB; could use more. Model comes with Apple CarPlay and the Android equivalent. Even has a wifi hotspot. Other reviews mention how the model comes with a tire inflation kit instead of a spare tire. I went to a tire store and bought a tire and rim, which went into the rear 12-volt battery compartment. The added weight doesn’t seem to have affected my mpg. We agree with multiple reviewers how the interior plastics look cheap, but that “concern?” was way down our list. Our priorities were cargo space and mpg and price. The SE Sport Hybrid hot the sweet spot for us.

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2020 Ford Escape Review and First Drive

2020 Ford Escape Review and First Drive

ELANA SCHERR: I feel like I start all my Ford reviews by reminding you that Ford said it wasn't going to build cars anymore. So even though the 2020 Ford Escape looks like a car, it's not one. It's a crossover. It's raised up. Does the Ford Escape deliver on that promise to be both the best of both car and SUV? We're in Louisville, Kentucky, which is the birthplace of the Ford Escape-- really, it's built right around the corner from here-- to find out. Whether you're shopping for a car or an SUV or an SUV that looks like a car, we can help you at Edmunds.com. So the focus of the Ford Escape-- and no, that wasn't a Ford pun. Although it could have been because the Escape kind of looks car-like, and it's supposed to drive car-like. So they took weight out of it, and they lowered the center of gravity. It has a lower roof line than most SUVs. And all of that is supposed to make it more fun to drive on the road, more appealing to people who are coming out of sedans. One of our complaints about the previous Escape was that it didn't have a good ride quality. And it also didn't get very good fuel economy. Now, with the 2020 Escape, they're offering four different engine options, and two of them are hybrids. So you can pretty much guarantee that at least two of them are going to offer good fuel economy. As for ride quality, have they improved it? I'd say yes. It feels light, and the word nimble was thrown around a lot in the press release. But I'd say it's applicable. There are several different driving modes. And they do change the characteristics of the car. There's an eco mode, a normal mode, a sport mode, and then some snow and ice slippery modes. Now, most of the time what driving modes do is they adjust how the traction control works on the car. They can also affect how quick the throttle response is. In performance cars, the modes also affect the steering feel. And the Escape has that, too. However, I didn't notice it at first when I was doing this test drive because I had the lane centering on. Lane centering is one of those semi-autonomous new technologies that helps keep the car in the center of the lines so that you're not bouncing around inside the lane. I think that stuff is really great. But it does affect the driving feel of the car. And once I turned that lane centering off, I enjoyed driving this car a lot more. With it on, I felt like the steering was kind of light and twitchy. And with it off, it has felt much more dynamic. If you're economy minded, you'll probably go with the three cylinder 1.5 liter. And if you're really interested in the new technologies, you'll pick either the hybrid or the plug-in hybrid. For those of you who like a little performance oomph in your driving, you're going to want to go with the two liter turbo four cylinder EcoBoost, which is what is in this right now, backed by an 8 speed automatic transmission. It makes more than 235 horsepower, and with 200 pounds of weight savings in the 2020 Escape, you can really feel the difference. It's down-right zippy. If you've read up on the Escape at all, you might have seen a reference to high strength steel. And the reason why that matters is, if you have a stronger material, you can use less of it. And the way that that is shown in the Escape is in how thin these pillars are like, if they're smaller, if they're thinner, you can see around them more. They're not blocking as much of your view. So the visibility is great in the Escape. And that's something that they really tried to do, and they did it. I'm not going to give them all the props, though, because there are two visibility complaints that I have. One of which is that the angle of the windshield is super reflective of the dash. And the other is that this heads up display that they've got going on here with is kind of janky. There are definitely more sophisticated ways to do it that don't involve having a little piece of sunglass sticking up in your view all the time. Ford does a good job integrating new technology into their cars. And the Escape has a lot of examples of that. Know it's got emergency braking. It even has emergency evasive steering, which I am not going to test for you. But in theory, it would help me steer around an obstacle if I was about to hit something. I don't know if it's just because we're in the Titanium and it's got the big fancy wheels, but there is so much tire noise in here. When it comes to handling and breaking in the Escape, I haven't really thought about it that much on this drive, which, really, I think is exactly what you would want out of a small SUV. I mean, I didn't buy it to go racing. I bought it to go commuting with people in it and be comfortable. And it's all of those things. Ford's trying something different with the Escape. Instead of the straight lines and kind of like beefy stance of a traditional SUV, sort of smooth and friendly looking. In fact, the front end is downright cute. I don't have any problem with cute cars. I mean, Volkswagen bug, anybody? Yeah, they do great. If you're not into cute and you want a tougher looking SUV, Ford is making something called the-- what was it? Oh, yeah, Bronco. That's for you. This Escape is all about offering you options. So if it's cargo space you need, Ford has made it pretty easy to switch from people hauler to stuff carrier. There are some things I really like about the Escape's interior. There's a lot of space in here. I never feel cramped. The seats are comfortable. I think there's some nice trim options like this wood grain here. Ford did take some design risks in the Escape, which is not something that I normally associate with Ford. I usually feel like its interiors are very plain and conservative. But we've got a lot of different materials going here, different colors. I like all of that. There's this pattern here in the door which, honestly, kind of reminds me of cellulite. But hey, that's very body positive. And I'm down with that. The base Escape with the 1.5 liter three cylinder starts around $25,000. The Titanium here, with its optional all wheel drive and turbo charged two liter plus other goodies like leather trim and this panoramic sunroof, will set you back almost $40,000. So there's a huge price range across the different Escape trim levels. There are a lot of storage space for small things up here. But anyone who's ever had a big purse knows that that can also be a curse like the storage in the door is huge. And it goes all the way back in the door panel, which basically just means that you will lose like 17 pairs of sunglasses in this car. There's some trick stuff in the console. The cup holders light up, which is fancy. This car doesn't have it, but there is a charging pad coming. That's going to be good because currently the standard USB is all the way over here. And so then your cord runs across your whole business. Really, it's better guys if you can charge everything up here and then tuck the cord away. But an inductive charging pad will solve that. So when that's an option, you should get it, and everything will be nice and clean. Ford always does a good job in laying out the controls for infotainment and safety features. It wasn't hard to find things. The stuff that I wanted to turn off like the lane centering, which sucks and I hate it, I didn't have to go searching for very long, and it was easy. There are actual knobs for volume and radio tuning, no problem to set the temperature however you want it. And the air conditioning is very good, which has been great during this extremely hot and humid adventure in Kentucky. The Ford Escape is wider and longer than the previous model. But unlike most SUV redesigns, it's not taller. It's actually got a lower roof line. So I was a little worried about whether there would be enough headroom in here-- not for me, obviously. I'm like so short-- but for normal sized people. As it turns out, I think you could be tall and still fit in here fine. Plus, I have plenty of leg room here. But if I didn't, I could fix it with the sliding rear row. Not only is the sliding second row super fun and giving you more leg room, but if you don't need that, you can just slide them forward. And then you have more cargo room. So after spending a day in the Ford Escape, is it good to go or see you later? Hmm, a little bit of both. There are other small SUVs is that do luxury better. Mazda, I'm looking at you. But there are certainly a bunch that do it worse. And I really like the styling. It stands out. I like the idea that you can have a car and an SUV, have enough space, but not have like a big monster machine. It's going to be interesting to see where Ford takes the Escape. This is a brand new redesign, and I think they have big plans for this little SUV.

The 2020 Ford Escape has been redesigned to look more like a car yet still offers the increased cargo space and higher driving position of an SUV.

Features & Specs

Titanium 4dr SUV features & specs
Titanium 4dr SUV
2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid EVT
MPG 44 city / 37 hwy
SeatingSeats 5
TransmissionElectrically variable-speed automatic
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Titanium 4dr SUV AWD features & specs
Titanium 4dr SUV AWD
2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid EVT
MPG 43 city / 37 hwy
SeatingSeats 5
TransmissionElectrically variable-speed automatic
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SE Sport 4dr SUV AWD
2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid EVT
MPG 43 city / 37 hwy
SeatingSeats 5
TransmissionElectrically variable-speed automatic
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SE Sport 4dr SUV
2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid EVT
MPG 44 city / 37 hwy
SeatingSeats 5
TransmissionElectrically variable-speed automatic
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Our experts’ favorite Escape 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 adding correctional 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.

NHTSA Overall Rating 5 out of 5 stars

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.

Frontal Barrier Crash RatingRating
Overall5 / 5
Driver5 / 5
Passenger5 / 5
Side Crash RatingRating
Overall5 / 5
Side Barrier RatingRating
Overall5 / 5
Driver5 / 5
Passenger5 / 5
Combined Side Barrier & Pole RatingsRating
Front Seat5 / 5
Back Seat5 / 5
Rollover4 / 5
Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
Risk Of Rollover16.9%

IIHS Rating

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

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

Ford Escape vs. the competition

Ford Escape vs. Toyota RAV4

Both the Escape and RAV4 have been redesigned for 2020, and neither are resting on old laurels. Presumably aimed at the same audience, both cars approach the compact-SUV idea from different angles. The RAV4 is a stalwart winner for daily driving duties and, in the case of the new Adventure trim, a bit of mild off-road capability. The Escape is more about performance feel on the street and aims to drive more like a car than SUV. You can't miss with either.

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Ford Escape vs. Honda CR-V

The last Ford Escape was more fun to drive than the Honda CR-V, as long as it was equipped with the turbocharged 2.0-liter engine. With slightly more power from the same engine and improved driving dynamics, we expect the new Escape to maintain its edge. The CR-V sets a high bar with its upscale interior design and exceptional utility (including more cargo space than even the new Escape), however, and there's a reason it's earned Edmunds' top ranking among compact SUVs.

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Ford Escape vs. Chevrolet Equinox

While not as freshly redesigned as the new Escape, the Equinox already offers the qualities the Ford will need to match: a smooth ride quality, a quiet cabin and respectable fuel economy. The Equinox achieves this with an optional diesel engine, and not a hybrid as the Escape does. The Escape may be the better choice if you prefer a bit of zest in a small SUV.

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How Good Is the Redesigned 2020 Ford Escape?

Elana Scherr by Elana Scherr , Special CorrespondentSeptember 17th, 2019

What is it?

The 2020 Ford Escape has been thoroughly overhauled. As SUVs replace sedans as America's vehicle of choice, buyers want more than just a roomy interior and large cargo space. The new Escape not only satisfies both needs but also offers powerful engines, versatility and sporty handling that makes it drive like a smaller car.

Aside from a revamped exterior design that gives the Escape a sportier look, there's a new base engine, an improved suspension and 200 fewer pounds' worth of weight. The Escape Hybrid, which returns after a prolonged absence, will be one of just a few hybrid small SUVs available. A new plug-in hybrid model also joins the lineup, giving Ford its most buzzworthy hybrid splash since the C-Max.

Why does it matter?

Behind the F-series pickup-truck juggernaut, the Ford Escape is the Blue Oval's next best-selling vehicle. The bad news is the Escape is only the fifth best-selling compact SUV, falling behind the Toyota RAV4, Nissan Rogue, Honda CR-V and Chevrolet Equinox. Considering that the Escape is now Ford's only small passenger vehicle (other than the lackluster EcoSport) after the brand discontinued sedans and hatchbacks in the U.S., it would be an understatement to say a lot is riding on the success of the all-new 2020 Ford Escape.

Our own Edmunds ranking pegs the outgoing Escape down in the 10th spot based on a number of shortcomings. That's actually good news for the fully redesigned Escape because there's plenty of potential for improvement. From what we've seen at the unveiling event, Ford has gone all-in. The 2020 Ford Escape not only brings significant improvements to the table, but it also has been reimagined to make it a far more compelling contender in this hotly contested segment.

What does it compete with?

Ford's much-needed changes appear to be the real deal, and the host of improvements should make the Escape a player again in the small crossover SUV class. Other top models here include the Honda CR-V, Jeep Cherokee, Toyota RAV4 and Subaru Forester.

What engines will be available?

Ford uses a new 1.5-liter EcoBoost turbocharged three-cylinder for the base powertrain, replacing last year's 1.5-liter EcoBoost turbo four-cylinder. This new engine has a cylinder deactivation system that can shut down one cylinder when demand is low, and it feeds its power through an eight-speed automatic transmission instead of a six-speed. Despite the completely new configuration, the base Escape's output of 181 horsepower and 190 lb-ft of torque is similar to last year, gaining 2 hp and 13 lb-ft.

Want more power? The 2020 Ford Escape can be upgraded with the 2.0-liter EcoBoost turbo-four, making 250 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque. That's roughly the same torque as the motor that helped our long-term 2017 Escape SE cover 0-60 mph in 7.1 seconds. Ford says the 2020 version should accelerate 10% quicker, which to our reckoning would be less than 6.5 seconds. The horsepower can't account for that, so it's likely down to weight loss, the smoother shape and the transmission's extra gears.

Can I get an Escape hybrid?

For the first time since 2013, the answer is yes. Move up to the SE Sport or the Titanium and the standard powertrain is a hybrid system that combines a 2.5-liter Atkinson cycle four-cylinder engine with a pair of electric motors buried inside an electronic continuously variable automatic transmission.

Ford has one more powertrain permutation up its sleeve, and that's a new plug-in hybrid variant of the 2.5-liter hybrid that will be optional on the SE, SEL and Titanium models. Its enlarged plug-in battery will have a capacity of 14.4 kWh, and Ford expects it to deliver a rated electric range of at least 30 miles — the most in this tiny but growing subcategory. It will also have four driver-selectable modes, including an EV Now setting that will make it persist as an EV for as long as the battery lasts.

What new technology features does it have?

That 8-inch touchscreen comes standard on the SE and up, running Ford's easy-to-use Sync 3, which also supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The graphics are crisp, and the menus are easy to navigate. The screen response was quick and accurate. We also appreciate the freestanding volume and tune knobs that are within easy reach of both short and tall drivers.

All Escapes come standard with Ford Co-Pilot360, which is shorthand for a suite of advanced driver aids such as pre-collision detection with automatic emergency braking, lane keeping assistance, blind-spot warning with cross-traffic alert, automatic high beams and a backup camera. Optional active safety components include full stop-and-go adaptive cruise control and evasive steering assist.

More convenience-oriented options include an active park assist system that will direct the car into a parallel or perpendicular parking spot with no need for the driver to work the steering, shifter, gas or brake. You do have to be inside, though. The new Escape also offers an optional 12.3-inch all-digital instrument cluster, and you can get a retractable 6-inch head-up display screen that puts critical information in the driver's direct line of sight.

How does it drive?

The turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder EcoBoost in the Titanium trim is quicker and more responsive than the turbocharged 1.5-liter three-cylinder that comes standard in the base models. But even the smaller engine is more than adequate at moving the redesigned Ford Escape. Both are connected to an eight-speed automatic transmission.

The Escape offers five driving modes: Normal, Eco, Sport, Slippery, and Snow and Sand. Note that Snow and Sand is intended for deep snow; for icy conditions, a driver would choose Slippery. The different modes change the throttle response, transmission shift points, cylinder deactivation timing and, in the case of Sport, steering feel. Cycling through the modes changes the graphic display on the optional all-digital instrument cluster and provides noticeable differences in driving feel. Normal and Eco will probably be most people's preferred settings, but a twisty mountain road might call for a bit of Sport.

It isn't just drive modes and engine options that affect the Ford Escape's on-road manners. The 2020 Escape is lighter by 200 pounds than the previous-generation model, and that's after adding in more sound deadening, a stiffer suspension and a vibration-absorbing rear subframe. All that strengthening and cushioning should add weight. But because Ford made use of lighter, stronger steels and aluminum, the engineers were able to make components such as the roof pillars and suspension parts thinner. The result is not only a car that feels solid yet responsive, but also improved visibility since you aren't looking around massive front and side pillars.

Ford's Co-Pilot360 safety system has one of the smoothest adaptive cruise controls we've experienced in the small SUV segment. It neatly brings the Escape down to a full stop and accelerates back up to highway speed when traffic clears. Graphics in the dash also warn of stopped traffic ahead. And should you fail to react, emergency braking will apply the stoppers. The Escape also has a lane centering feature. Unlike lane keeping, lane centering constantly reacts in small movements to keep the vehicle in the middle of a lane. You might find it useful in certain situations, but it does make the steering feel overly light. For driving enjoyment, you'll want to keep that feature turned off.

What's the interior like?

The 2020 Escape is longer and wider than before, and this translates into more interior space.
Both the front and rear rows offer more hiproom and shoulder room than the outgoing model, and the rear seat now slides and reclines. The difference is palpable, and the feeling is further enhanced by the lower window sills that come with the new styling. The new Escape moves the perception needle from cozy to spacious in an instant. Even though the roofline is lower in the Escape's hatchy car design, there is still headroom for tall adults in both the front and rear.

Drivers of all heights will find the seating position accommodating thanks to the steering wheel's generous telescoping range and the extra visibility afforded by the expanded glass area. We did notice that the sharply sloped windshield tended to reflect the dash when driving into bright sunlight, so go easy on the Armor All when you get it detailed.

The controls are accessible and clearly divided by task. You won't go to turn down the volume and switch off the air by mistake. The 8-inch infotainment touchscreen is standard and has a freestanding design look that makes it seem like Ford just plopped an iPad Mini on top of the dashboard. Ford took the same freestanding approach to the available head-up display, a neat idea that's somewhat lacking in execution. Rather than projecting information on the windscreen, the Escape displays it on a little clear screen that rises from the dash. It looks old-fashioned and spoils the rest of the interior's clean, modern looks.

How practical is it?

The whole point of having a small SUV instead of a large car is cargo space. So in designing the Escape to look more like a large car, has Ford uncrossed the crossover? Total cargo space is 65.4 cubic feet, which is less than what the Honda CR-V offers, but it's still fully competitive within the segment. The sliding rear row provides 6 inches of adjustability fore and aft, which means that you can choose between full passenger comfort or freeing up more space for cargo and luggage.

We've talked a lot about how the Escape's redesign offers head- and legroom to tall passengers. But the same details that make it comfortable for tall folks will also make it a pleasant ride for the shortest of passengers. The high ceiling and adjustable rear seats mean that parents have more room to maneuver infants in and out of car seats. They'll also have space to move past one car seat to a second on the opposite side of the vehicle.

What else should I know?

While infotainment and safety tech is on the high end, including in-car Wi-Fi that can support up to 10 devices, we were surprised that the Escape didn't offer more USB charging ports. There's a USB-C port in the most convenient charging spot, but a regular (and more common) USB connector is inside the console. When asked, Ford says additional USB ports are coming for the rear seats, as well as an inductive charging pad in the front. So charge-hungry shoppers might want to wait for that upgrade.

Edmunds says

If the majority of vehicles are going to be SUVs, it makes sense to offer those in a variety of design choices. We know Ford can do chunky and rugged with its SUVs, but the Ford Escape shows a friendlier and more streamlined approach to the crossover.


Is the Ford Escape a good car?
The Edmunds experts tested the 2020 Escape both on the road and at the track. You probably care about Ford Escape fuel economy, so it's important to know that the Escape gets an EPA-estimated 40 mpg to 41 mpg, depending on the configuration. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that the Escape 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. Learn more
What's new in the 2020 Ford Escape?

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

  • The Ford Escape is fully redesigned
  • Hybrid version is back after a prolonged absence
  • Improved power and acceleration
  • Kicks off the fourth Escape generation
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Is the Ford Escape reliable?
To determine whether the Ford Escape is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the Escape. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the Escape's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more
Is the 2020 Ford Escape a good car?
There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2020 Ford Escape is a good car. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2020 Escape 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?

The least-expensive 2020 Ford Escape is the 2020 Ford Escape SE Sport 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid EVT). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $28,265.

Other versions include:

  • Titanium 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid EVT) which starts at $33,550
  • Titanium 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid EVT) which starts at $35,050
  • SE Sport 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid EVT) which starts at $29,765
  • SE Sport 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid EVT) which starts at $28,265
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What are the different models of Ford Escape?
If you're interested in the Ford Escape, the next question is, which Escape model is right for you? Escape variants include Titanium 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid EVT), Titanium 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid EVT), SE Sport 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid EVT), and SE Sport 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid EVT). For a full list of Escape models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

More about the 2020 Ford Escape

2020 Ford Escape Hybrid Overview

The 2020 Ford Escape Hybrid is offered in the following styles: Titanium 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid EVT), Titanium 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid EVT), SE Sport 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid EVT), and SE Sport 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid EVT).

What do people think of the 2020 Ford Escape Hybrid?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2020 Ford Escape Hybrid and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2020 Escape Hybrid 4.3 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 2020 Escape Hybrid.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2020 Ford Escape Hybrid and all model years in our database. Our rich analysis includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2020 Escape Hybrid featuring deep dives into trim levels including Titanium, SE Sport, etc. with careful analysis around pricing, features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving and performance. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

Read our full review of the 2020 Ford Escape Hybrid here.

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.

What's a good price for a New 2020 Ford Escape Hybrid?

2020 Ford Escape Hybrid Titanium 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid EVT)

The 2020 Ford Escape 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 $34,795. The average price paid for a new 2020 Ford Escape Hybrid Titanium 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid EVT) is trending $2,011 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $2,011 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $32,784.

The average savings for the 2020 Ford Escape Hybrid Titanium 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid EVT) is 5.8% below the MSRP.

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2020 Ford Escape Hybrid Titanium 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid EVT)

The 2020 Ford Escape Hybrid Titanium 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid EVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $36,295. The average price paid for a new 2020 Ford Escape Hybrid Titanium 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid EVT) is trending $4,196 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $4,196 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $32,099.

The average savings for the 2020 Ford Escape Hybrid Titanium 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid EVT) is 11.6% below the MSRP.

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We are showing 17 2020 Ford Escape Hybrid Titanium 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid EVT) vehicle(s) available in the Ashburn area.

2020 Ford Escape Hybrid SE Sport 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid EVT)

The 2020 Ford Escape Hybrid SE Sport 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid EVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $31,010. The average price paid for a new 2020 Ford Escape Hybrid SE Sport 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid EVT) is trending $2,380 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $2,380 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $28,630.

The average savings for the 2020 Ford Escape Hybrid SE Sport 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid EVT) is 7.7% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 7 2020 Ford Escape Hybrid SE Sport 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid EVT) vehicle(s) available in the Ashburn area.

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Which 2020 Ford Escape Hybrids are available in my area?

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Edmunds has deep data on over 6 million new, used, and certified pre-owned vehicles, including all models of the 2020 Ford Escape Hybrid and all available trim types: Titanium, SE Sport, Titanium, etc. Rich, trim-level features & specs and options data tracked for the 2020 Ford Escape Hybrid include (but are not limited to): MSRP, available incentives and deals, average price paid, warranty information (basic, drivetrain, and maintenance), features (interior and exterior color, upholstery, bluetooth, navigation, cruise control, parking assistance, lane sensing, keyless ignition, satellite radio, folding rears seats,run flat tires, wheel type, tire size, sunroof, etc.), vehicle specifications (engine cylinder count, drivetrain, engine power, torque, engine displacement, transmission), fuel economy and MPG (city, highway, and combined, fuel capacity, range), vehicle dimensions (interior cabin space, vehicle length and width, seating capacity, cargo space). Edmunds also provides tools to allow shopper to compare vehicles to similar models of their choosing by warranty, interior features, exterior features, specifications, vehicle dimensions, consumer rating, edmunds expert review, safety rating, and color.

Should I lease or buy a 2020 Ford Escape Hybrid?

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