2020 Ford Escape – Cincinnati, OH

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  • Overview

    A grey 2020 Ford Escape is angled left.

    Compact SUVs are everywhere. For the average driver, it’s hard to refute their appeal. Blending utility and practicality seamlessly, the compact SUV form takes everything that is cumbersome about its full-size counterpart and brings it down to a smaller, much more manageable scale. In that same vein, a great compact SUV does an excellent job of not sacrificing power in the hopes of boosting fuel economy. Of all the new compact SUVs taking to the road this year, a single model deserves some serious attention: the 2020 Ford Escape

    The 2020 Ford Escape is the compact SUV at its finest, sporting incredible power, solid fuel economy, and expansive utility all in a package that offers plenty of curb appeal. The 2020 Ford Escape also takes things a step further by offering a hybrid option as well, expanding on the already impressive fuel economy that the base model is rated at. All of this comes together to create one of the most value-packed compact SUVs of 2019, and we’re excited to give you a full in-depth view of what the 2020 Ford Escape has to offer.


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    Fuel Economy (MPG)

    180 - 250

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  • Performance

    A blue 2020 Ford Escape is driving on a dirt road.

    What kind of performance should you expect from a high-performing compact SUV? The existing list of compact SUVs on the market today is long and filled with vehicles that reach for the mark and miss it by many margins. The 2020 Ford Escape hits the bulls-eye in terms of engine build and powertrain performance. Unlike many competitor models, the 2020 Ford Escape gives drivers a plethora of options to choose from, ranging from a compact three-cylinder to hybrid powertrains supported by robust four-cylinder engines.

    What is the First Gas Powered Option on the Escape? 

    When you step foot into our dealership, you’ll find four different gas-powered trim models to choose from, the S, SE, SEL, and Titanium. Starting at $24,885 MSRP, the new Ford Escape can be tailored to fit even the tightest budget. Surprisingly enough, the base model of the 2020 Ford Escape utilizes a three-cylinder engine, a 1.5L EcoBoost I-3 engine. While this may seem like an underwhelming choice at first, the 181 horsepower and 190 lb-ft worth of torque that the 2020 Ford Escape S puts out will certainly prove to you otherwise. 

    This base 1.5L engine also has a remarkable towing capacity of 2,000 pounds. Combine this compact but powerful engine with the standard 8-speed automatic transmission and the option of all-wheel drive, and you have an affordable compact SUV that can do it all. At an estimated fuel efficiency of 27 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway, you can do everything without spending too much at the pump.

    What is the Second Gas-Powered Engine? 

    The 2020 Ford Escape can be upgraded to host plenty more power too. In the top trim, Titanium, you’ll find a 2.0-liter EcoBoost I-4 that puts out an estimated 250 horsepower and 275 lb-ft of torque. While you’ll certainly burn more fuel with the 2.0L, the benefit of increased power and a max towing capacity of 3,500 pounds is a worthwhile reward for the sacrifice. All-wheel drive in the Ford Escape is pretty remarkable too. With a simple control, you can adjust the drivetrain to boost specific areas of performance. These performance modes include normal, eco, sport, slippery, snow, and sand. At its best, the 2020 Ford Escape is an outdoor adventurer that can put even full-sized rugged SUVs to shame.

    Now, What About Hybrid Options? 

    Improving the 2020 Ford Escape’s range of capabilities is the option of a hybrid powertrain. On the Ford Escape SE, Sport, and Titanium, you can find a hybrid that is responsible for 198-209 horsepower. This level of electric-gas power comes from the combination of a 2.5L inline-4 engine, an electric motor, and a 1.1-kWh lithium-ion battery pack. The use of a hybrid powertrain results in some consistently high gas mileage ranging upwards of 41 mpg. This hybrid engine set up puts power to the wheels through a simple yet effective CVT transmission and can be purchased with either front-wheel or all-wheel drive. These options mean you could technically design a fuel-efficient, off-roader, with more than enough power beneath the hood.

  • Interior

    The front tan and black interior of the 2020 Ford Escape is shown with an infotainment system.

    The interior of a car can either make or break a compact SUV and for the 2020 Ford Escape, the interior amenities are certainly a highlight. Coming in at around 180.5 inches in length, the Ford Escape offers plenty in its compact package. For starters, the Ford Escape comes standard with cloth upholstery; however, its no tall order to get real leather hides on the seats. Rear legroom is a definite plus for the Ford Escape as well, as passengers will find about 40.7 inches in gas-powered models, and 38.9 inches in hybrid models. On top of that, the rear seats can fold forward and back to provide premium comfort on all models.

    Both passengers and cargo will have plenty of room in the 2020 Ford Escape. Behind the rear seats is about 37.5 cubic feet of cargo space, with three less cubic feet in the hybrid models. If that isn’t enough space for you, this can be easily expanded to 65.4 cubic feet when you fold the rear seats (or 60.8 cubic feet in hybrid models).

    Driver and Passenger Convenience Features

    While dimensions and materials play a huge role in driver and passenger comfort, it isn’t the only great aspect of the 2020 Ford Escape’s interior. The base S model starts at a decent clip with a crisp 4.2-inch LCD screen, two USB ports, and sliding rear-row seats. This base offerings can be upgraded in the SE model to sport a 10-way power driver seat, a bigger and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatible 8.0-inch infotainment touchscreen, heated mirrors, and keyless ignition. You can even upgrade this 8.0-inch infotainment screen to a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, and boost base audio systems to a 10-speaker stereo system design by B&O.

    What's on the Titanium Trim?

    While this may seem like a luxurious offering, this still isn’t the top trim offering. Step all the way to the Escape Titanium, and you have the benefit of that digital instrument panel and B&O sound system as standard. The Titanium model also comes with onboard navigation, acoustic glass, ambient lighting, leather upholstery, and a useful 110-volt AC power outlet. These additions may bump the overall cost of the 2020 Ford Escape, yet maxing out at around $40,000 MSRP, it is still plenty affordable.

  • Safety

    A red 2020 Ford Escape is parked in front of a restaurant near Cincinnati, OH.

    When it comes to safety, Ford pulled out all the stops for their flagship compact SUV. While other competitor models may offer a slew of active safety features, few offer them as standard. This is an area where the 2020 Ford Escape truly excels, giving drivers the next-generation of auto protection without imposing a premium price.

    At no additional cost, drivers can purchase a 2020 Ford Escape with automatic emergency braking, active lane control, automatic high-beam headlights, and blind spot monitors. What makes this initial safety package so remarkable is the fact that the forward collision warning system can potentially prevent accidents and stop the vehicle when driving at a max speed of 75 mph. 

    This isn’t the limit to the level of safety that you can find onboard the 2020 Ford Escape, either. Spend a bit more, and you can get adaptive cruise control and lane-centering control, which makes for an even more seamless driving experience. Couple that with the option of a head-up display that showcases speed and temperature among many things, and a surround-view camera system, and you have a compact SUV that is straight from the future.

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