2020 Ford Escape vs 2019 Ford Escape – Cincinnati, OH

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  • 2020 Ford Escape

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    2019 Ford Escape

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    180-250 hpHorsepower168-245 hp
    Est. 27 / 33Fuel Efficiency23 / 30
    104Passenger Volume (cu. ft.)98.7

    Since the year 2000, Ford has steadily produced its popular crossover SUV, the Ford Escape, as of today, we are looking at the 2020 Ford Escape vs 2019 Ford Escape. Back in 2000, the Ford Escape’s engineering was led by Mazada in Japan. The Japanese team simultaneously released their version of the vehicle, which was the Mazda Tribute. Mazda supplied the powertrain for the inline-four engine, while the optional V6 engine was manufactured by Ford. Based on the Mazda GF underpinnings, the Escape and Tribute were both constructed on Ford’s CD2 Platforms. They shared the same floor pressings and roof, but otherwise, the parts were unique to each brand. After the first generation which ran through 2006, both vehicles underwent their own restyling.

    In total, three generations of the Ford Escape have been released since its first introduction. At the cusp of the second generation, the 2005 model year included a gasoline-powered electric hybrid version. It was the pioneer hybrid from an American brand, built in Kansas City, Missouri. Although other brands were quick to follow, the Ford Escape was also the first hybrid SUV on the market. The Environmental Protection Agency evaluated the impressive efficiency of the first generation Escape hybrid. It was deemed to be 70% more efficient than the traditional model. The response from customers was overwhelmingly positive. Ford ramped up production to meet the demand, which was quadruple the originally planned number of hybrid vehicles during that first year.

    After two decades of innovation, the Ford Escape is now heading into its newest, fourth-generation with the upcoming 2020 model. The hybrid continues to be a popular choice, along with several additional engine options that have been released over the years since the first generation. Over time, the Escape has become sleeker, lighter, and more aerodynamic. Comparing the 2020 Ford Escape versus the 2019 Ford Escape offers insight into what fans can expect.

    The main reason car buyers might opt for the 2020 over the 2019 Ford Escape is if you plan to take advantage of the new engine options and refined fuel efficiency. The previous generation Escape offers several of the desirable features you’ll still find in 2020, but the new year brings a lighter and more efficient vehicle, along with a bit more legroom for rear passengers. Opting for the fully-loaded, highest Titanium trim level can bring the 2020 Escape upwards of $40,000. For some, the benefits of all-wheel drive, power, efficiency, head-up display, panoramic vista roof, black roof rack side rails, and other advanced features make this mark-up easily worthwhile. Even if you prefer to save money with the 2019 model, the opportunity to test drive a new 2020 Escape will be tough to resist.

  • 2020 Updates

    A blue 2020 Ford Escape is driving on a city street near Cincinnati, OH.

    Based on the standard four-door models, with front-wheel drive, the MSRP for the 2019 Ford Escape is $24,105. The MSRP for 2020 is listed at $24,885. Bumping both up both vehicles to the SE trim level, the 2019 MSRP starts at $26,500, and the 2020 starts at $27,095. Overall, for a new SUV, the Ford Escape is a good value. It’s not the most expensive SUV on the market, and prospective buyers are offered lots of styles and upgrades to choose from.

    One big change for 2020 is a few new design elements, including a slightly adjusted color pallet. 

    The 2019 Ford Escape is available in nine exterior colors, including Agate Black Metallic, Baltic Sea Green Metallic, Ingot Silver Metallic, Lightning Blue Metallic, Magnetic Metallic, Oxford White, Ruby Red, Sedona Orange, and White Platinum Metallic Tricoat. 

    The 2020 exterior colors are a bit brighter, with ten options in total. Dark Persian Green Metallic, Rapid Red Metallic, and Velocity Blue Metallic are some of the more vibrant colors now being offered. A lighter grey interior color of sandstone is also offered in 2020 in replacement for the darker interiors of 2019.

  • Safety and Technology

    A close up the dash and infotainment system inside a 2020 Ford Escape is shown.

    MP3 is no longer included in 2020 as it was in 2019, but a 6-speaker AM/FM radio is still standard. Sirius XM Satellite Radio is offered in both years’ standard models; Travel Link goes from being standard to optional for the 2020 SE. SYNC and FordPass Connect are both still part of the standard package.

    A nice perk for backseat passengers in 2020 is the fact that the second-row seats now slide to provide additional legroom in the back. In 2019, the second-row legroom was at 37.3 cu.ft., but in 2020, it jumped to 40.7 cu.ft. If you have a tall family or some long trips planned, this extra space can make a big difference. If you don’t need it for passengers, having the flexibility for a little extra cargo room never hurt, especially since the 2020 vehicle is lighter weight regardless of its interior roominess.

    Ford’s Curve Control technology is also included as standard for both years, along with electronic power assist steering, anti-lock brakes, and traction control. It seems like Ford knows that if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Everything that drivers’ loved about the 2019 Escape is here to stay, with some new engine options and a lighter frame being introduced for 2020.

    One of the biggest additions for safety on the 2020 Ford Escape is the inclusion of Ford's Co-Pilot360 technology. This includes safety features including cross-traffic alert, pre-collision assist, and automatic emergency braking among other features. This gives drivers greater control of their vehicle and gives them greater peace of mind while they are traveling. 

  • Performance

    A smiling couple is walking to their all-new blue 2020 Ford Escape that's parked in a driveway near Cincinnati, OH.

    The Ford Escape has become increasingly customizable over the years, with several engine options and trims tailored to fit any driver’s style and preferences. The 2019 Escape is available in a total of four different trim levels with seven possible configurations. The latest 2020 Escape models offer four trims but with hybrid variants. 

    In 2019, the base model Ford Escape came with a 2.5L iVCT I-4 engine that got 168 horsepower and 170 lb-ft of torque. For the 2020 model year, Ford discontinued that engine and went with the engine previously offered on some higher trims. The 2020 comes with a 1.5-liter EcoBoost engine with auto start-stop technology. The six-speed automatic transmission on 2019 models was upgraded to an eight-speed automatic for the 2020 Ford Escape. All-wheel drive is available as an upgrade for both years in the SE trim. 

    The 2020 model year marks the much-anticipated return of the hybrid Escape. This is big news for anyone looking to take advantage of better fuel economy. The 2019 Escape got 23 gallons per mile city and 30 gallons per mile on the highway. Not terrible for a large vehicle, but certainly nothing compared to what drivers can expect from an Escape hybrid. 

    Only time will tell exactly how the 2020 performs on the roadways, but it’s predicted to travel up to 30 miles on electricity alone. Based on the past success of Ford Hybrids (which improved fuel efficiency by 70%), the 2020 hybrid definitely seems promising. The newly designed Escape for 2020 is sleeker and 200 lbs lighter than the previous generation. This weight loss alone will lend itself to superior fuel economy across the board of various trims and configurations. In total, three new transmissions are offered in the latest generation that were not available in 2019. 

    When it comes to trailering, the Ford Escape is truly a powerhouse. It drives like a high-end SUV and performs like a truck when it comes time to tow. Both the 2019 Ford Escape and 2020 Ford Escape can tow up to 3,500 lbs max using the Class II Trailer Tow Package. It’s no longer necessary to choose between a family SUV and a rugged pick-up. The Ford Escape is multi-functional and well-equipped to take on a heavy tow.

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