The 2020 Guide to Ford SUVs: EV vs Gas Models

January 17th, 2020 by

A white EV model vehicle is charging while gas vehicles are in a row next to it.

SUVs are something that cannot go away. Necessary for large families, dog lovers, artists, athletes, and traveling musicians, many folks from all walks of life have found SUVs to be extremely useful. With the growing concern of climate change and moving towards creating more environmentally-friendly vehicles, it makes sense in this day-and-age to compare Ford SUV’s EV vs gas models.

When hybrids first came onto the market, very few people saw the potential for this trend to grow and involve vehicles larger than a hatchback. However, Ford engineers stepped up to the task and built more than one electric SUV to sell right alongside the conventional gasoline models. Here’s everything you need to know about the latest Ford SUV lineup here at Kings Ford.

Gas SUVs

Ford has managed to cultivate a reputation for producing reliable and versatile SUVs for families all across the United States. Currently, there are six gasoline SUVs in production. They are the Ecosport, the Escape, the Edge, the Flex, the Explorer, and the Expedition. Traditionally speaking, the Explorer and Expedition models tend to be the most recognizable, but each vehicle is unique in its own way.

A blue 2020 Ford Ecosport is driving on a treelined road near Cincinnati, OH.

2020 Ecosport

The 2020 Ecosport is available with two engine options. This compact crossover seats five passengers and is powered by a turbocharged 1.0-liter 3-cylinder engine on the S, SE, and Titanium trim levels. Coupled with a 6-speed automatic transmission and FWD, this powertrain generates 123 hp and 125 lb-ft of torque and gets 28 mpg combined (27 city/29 highway). The second powertrain option is equipped with the SES version. It is a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine that pushes out 166 hp and 149 lb-ft of torque. Mated with a 6-speed automatic transmission and 4WD for optimized off-roading, it has a fuel economy set at 25 mpg combined (23 city/29 highway). With the ability to tow up to 2,000 pounds, this petite SUV is pretty impressive.

2020 Escape

Another conventional gasoline SUV that isn’t too large is the Escape. This vehicle still seats five and is offered with one of two engines. The first is a turbocharged 1.5L Ecoboost I-3 motor equipped with an 8-speed automatic transmission and FWD. This powertrain produces 180 hp and 177 lb-ft of torque, and it has a fuel economy set at 30 mpg combined (27 city/33 highway). The other gasoline engine is a turbocharged 2.0L Ecoboost I-4 that makes 250 hp and 275 lb-ft of torque. This significant increase in power drops the average fuel economy down to 26 mpg combined (23 city/31highway). The Escape is also available as a hybrid and a plug-in hybrid, which we will cover in a bit.

2020 Edge

A blue 2020 Ford Edge is driving on a city street near Cincinnati, OH, at night.

If you are looking for something with more athleticism, then 2020 Edge is a great gas-powered SUV to look at. There are two engine options depending on the trim. Most Edge models have a turbocharged 2.0L EcoBoost I-4 engine rumbling under the hood. Combined with an 8-speed automatic transmission and FWD, this powertrain pumps out 250 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque. The estimated fuel economy sits at 24 mpg combined (21 city/29highway). You will see this powertrain system on the SE, SEL, and Titanium trims. As for the sporty ST model, it is powered by a twin-turbocharged 2.7L EcoBoost V6 motor that generates 335 hp and 380 lb-ft of torque. Fitted with Intelligent AWD and an 8-speed automatic transmission, it gets about 21 mpg combined (19 city/26 highway).

2019 Flex

Moving into the full-size SUV class, the 2019 Flex seats seven people and comes with two engine choices. The standard engine on all three trims is the 3.5L Ti-VCT V6 that generates 287 hp and 254 lb-ft of torque. With the 6-speed SelectShift automatic transmission and FWD, this powertrain gets 19 mpg combined (16 city/23 highway). Opting for AWD will drop the fuel economy down to 17 mpg combined (15 city/21 highway). The second option is a twin-turbocharged 3.5L EcoBoost V6 that puts out 365 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque. With the same drivetrain, it gets 18 mpg combined (16 city/22 highway).

2020 Explorer

The Explorer is an interesting SUV. Like the Escape, it is available as an EV. However, we will cover the gasoline powertrains first. You have two to choose from. First is a turbocharged 2.3L EcoBoost I-4 that makes 300 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque. Mated with a 10-speed SelectShift automatic transmission and RWD, it has a fuel economy set at 24 mpg combined (21 city/28 highway). The second gasoline option is a twin-turbocharged 3.0L EcoBoost V6 motor coupled with the same drivetrain, it gets 20 mpg combined (18 city/24 highway) and can haul up 5,600 pounds.

A side view of a gas model 2020 Ford Explorer that's parked in front of a pizza shop is shown.

2020 Expedition

The final gasoline SUV in Ford’s lineup is the 2020 Expedition. As the largest model in the fleet, this beast can seat eight passengers and is powered by only a 3.5L EcoBoost V6 engine. This motor is mated with a 10-speed SelectShift automatic transmission and RWD to produce 375 hp and 470 lb-ft of torque. Gas mileage is estimated at 20 mpg combined (17 city/24 highway) for RWD models and 19 mpg combined (17 city/23 highway) for 4WD models.


The engineers at Ford wanted to take things to the next level. They managed to come up with three EV SUVs, including the Escape, the Explorer, and the upcoming Mustang Mach-E.

2020 Escape SE Sport Hybrid

Available as a Hybrid or a Plug-In Hybrid, the eco-friendly Escape is powered by a 2.5L iVCT Atkinson Cycle I-4 engine that produces 200 hp. Mated with an electronic continuously variable transmission (eCVT) and FWD, this powertrain gets about 40 mpg combined (44 city/37 highway). You can also opt for Intelligent AWD for better handling on rough roads.

A red 2020 Ford Escape Hybrid, which is a popular option among Ford SUVs, is parked in a driveway.

2020 Explorer Limited

Imagining the Explorer as a hybrid might seem a little difficult at first, but this is real. Powered by a 3.3L V6 Hybrid engine, this impressive SUV generates 318 hp and 322 lb-ft of torque. Paired with a 10-speed SelectShift automatic transmission and RWD, it has a fuel economy set at 28 mpg combined (27 city/29 highway).

2021 Mustang Mach-E

If the Explorer Hybrid surprised you, then hold onto your seat because Ford just unveiled the 2021 Mustang Mach-E. You read that right. It’s an EV SUV that was inspired by the iconic Mustang muscle car. Mounted in the rear are an electric engine and an AWD system. Together they generate a staggering 332 hp and 417 lb-ft of torque. With the 98.8 kWh extended-range battery pack added to the GT and GT Performance Edition models, this pushes the performance specs up to 459 hp and 612 lb-ft of torque. Mind-blowing, right? With that extended-range battery, this beast can travel for up to 300 miles on a single charge. It can also accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 3 seconds flat, which is something we bet you never thought an EV SUV could do.

Finding Your Gas- Alternative at Kings Ford

Here at Kings Ford in Cincinnati, OH, we have options for those who want a traditional gas SUV and customers who want to join the electric trend. Check out our inventory online or in person to see what meets your needs.

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