2021 Ford Escape

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  • Overview

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    Shoppers in the mood for a light, sporty, fun crossover SUV have generally found themselves gravitating towards Ford's line-up of vehicles, which prides itself on targeting consumers looking for a reliable crossover with great technology that doesn't break the bank. That's where the new 2021 Ford Escape comes in. The 2021 Ford Escape is available across multiple trims with different price points and a bevy of package options. This includes the base S, the SE, the SEL, and the Titanium trims. The Escape has been improved in a number of ways for the 2021 model year, including additional powertrain options that improve the overall fuel economy and on-road performance. New trim-specific hybrid options have also been added to the 2021 Ford Escape, as well as additional technology and safety features.

    3,500

    Max Trailering (lbs)

    181 - 250

    Horsepower (hp)

    280

    Torque (lb-ft)

    Starting at

    $26,130 est

  • Performance

    A blue 2021 Ford Escape is shown from the side with a boat on a trailer and a family taking photos.

    The 2021 Ford Escape comes with multiple powertrain options depending on whether you value speed and acceleration over fuel economy or fuel economy and eco-conscious driving over traditional gas-based locomotion. Drivetrain configurations are also available across the different trims, both in front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive formats, suitable for a number of different driving conditions.

    The Engine Options

    The Escape's starting and default powertrain is the 1.5-liter EcoBoost three-cylinder engine that produces 181 horsepower and 190 lb-ft of torque. A second, more powerful option exists in the format of a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine with 250 horsepower that delivers 280 lb-ft of torque. A third option is also available for the Ford Escape hybrid trims, which is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder with variable cam timing that manages 155 lb-ft of torque and an initial 165 horsepower. However, with two additional electric motors attached to the powertrain, the hybrid Ford Escape can produce up to 221 horsepower. You can get the SE, SEL, and Titanium trims with the hybrid option. 

    Fuel Economy

    The difference between the hybrid and the gas-based powertrains has to deal with the fuel economy and the lowered emissions for the hybrid. Additionally, the gasoline engines are paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission, whereas the hybrid powertrain comes with a continuously variable transmission (CVT). The CVT automatically adapts the drivetrain based on the momentum of the vehicle during travel.

    The 1.5-liter EcoBoost has a fuel economy of 28 miles per gallon in the city and up to 34 miles per gallon on the highway with front-wheel drive. All-wheel drive models see a decrease to 26 miles per gallon city and 31 miles per gallon highway. Meanwhile, the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder only manages 23 miles per gallon in the city and 31 miles per gallon on the highway with an all-wheel drivetrain. 

    The 2.5-liter hybrid powertrain with additional twin electric motors provides the best fuel economy for the 2021 Ford Escape. This engine gets up to 44 miles per gallon in the city and up to 37 miles per gallon on the highway with front-wheel drive, making it one of the most fuel-efficient crossover SUVs that Ford has produced. Also, all-wheel models only lose about 1 mile per gallon in the city as compared to the front-wheel drive counterpart. 

    Each of the engine options opens up different levels of driving convenience and/or efficiency. You can choose to opt for the cheaper standard engine option that provides more power at the expense of the fuel-economy. Likewise, you can opt for the more fuel-efficient hybrid at the expense of a higher starting price. However, no matter which engine you choose, you'll still get great power and fuel economy. 

  • Interior Features

    The black and grey interior is shown on a 2021 Ford Escape with a people getting in the front seats.

    Situated on a 106.7-inch wheelbase, the Escape provides a basic interior cargo volume of 37.5 cubic feet of space and a maximum interior cargo volume of 65.4 cubic feet with the seats folded. The crossover provides a total maximum passenger volume of 104 cubic feet for up to five passengers across all trim levels. There is plenty of space for people and cargo. 

    Seating

    The base trim provides cloth bucket seats with 6-way manual driver seat adjustments and 4-way manual passenger seat adjustments. For those who prefer more quality from the interior, the SEL trim and SE Sport Premium package come with ActiveX material, which includes lightly perforated seating. The Escape Titanium trim, however, elevates the quality of the interior with leather-trimmed upholstery. The upper end trims all come standard with 10-way power driver seats; however, the Titanium trim also includes a 6-way power front passenger seat.

    Versatility

    Available storage includes map pockets and second-row sliding folding-seats with a 60/40 split for additional cargo space. Upper trims also include dual-zone climate control, as well as up to eight cup holders, ambient lighting, and an available panoramic vista moonroof. Additional packages make amenities such as hands-free, foot-activated liftgate accessible, along with memory settings for the driver-side seat and driver side-mirror based on specified preferences. All trims come with power windows, as well as overhead console storage, and a manual tilt and telescoping steering wheel. Manual day and night rearview mirrors are on standard on all trims, but select trims also come with an auto-dimming feature to help provide additional clarity depending on the lighting in the cabin or outside the vehicle.

    Infotainment

    On the infotainment side, there are full display panels available, including 4.2-inch instrument clusters on starter trims and a 12.3-inch full digital cluster with an available heads-up display on upper trims. Sync 3 smart drive technology is also available through the touchscreen with enhanced voice recognition so you can access media, content, and apps directly from the driver's seat without having to take your eyes off the road.

    Additionally, there's also the availability of wireless charging for smart devices and built-in connectivity for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Online-enabled mobile device compatibility and internet connection are available through the FordPass Connect 4G system, so no matter where you go, you'll be able to access online profiles, apps, and media. Bang & Olufsen's 10-speaker surround sound setup with an included subwoofer is available as a standard feature on select trims, along with optional remote start systems and intelligent access push-button startup.

  • Safety

    A blue 2021 Ford Escape is shown from the side parked next to a man tending a garden.

    Advanced Driving Assistance Features

    On the technology and safety front, the Ford 2021 Ford Escape comes equipped with plenty of features. In addition to the infotainment systems, the Escape is fitted with selectable drive modes, including the Eco mode, the Sport mode, the Normal mode, and the Slippery mode. The different driving modes help alter the way the Escape handles, whether it's in Eco mode to help conserve fuel or Slippery mode to help gain traction and stability during rainy weather or while driving on wet roads.

    Anti-lock brakes and traction control come equipped as standard features, ensuring that no matter where you're driving, the Escape can maintain stability on the road. These are also further buffed by Ford's AdvanceTrac gyroscopic sensors that monitor the vehicle and road behavior to help the driver maintain control of the Escape as the vehicle's yaw and roll are detected along slopes, curves, inclines, and steep hills. AdvanceTrac has the ability to correct oversteer, understeer, as well as wheel slip and roll motions as the driver begins to lose control of the vehicle. With torque vectoring control, the Escape is also capable of getting out of tough binds when it comes to gaining traction, as it utilizes the system to transfer torque to the wheels with the most grip.

    Safety Features to Take on Any Conditions

    The Escape's technology is further advanced by Ford Co-Pilot360, which comes with a suite of driver aids. Some of these aids include the available Adaptive Cruise Control with stop-and-go functionality, which electronically controls the vehicle during cruise control mode, as well as maintaining a safe following distance while on the highway. The Blind Spot Information System, known as BLIS, is also included in the Ford Co-Pilot360 suite, which provides cross-traffic alert warnings and lane-keeping assistance. Additional safety features include pre-collision assistance, along with automatic braking to ensure that the vehicle has the brakes pre-applied before the collision actually takes place.

    Other safety features include a post-crash SOS alert system to inform nearby emergency services if you are in an accident. The reverse sensing system with an available rearview camera will notify you of obstructions, objects, and pedestrians while the vehicle is in reverse. Additional available features include auto high-beam headlamps and active park assist 2.0, which helps to guide drivers into perpendicular spots with ease. All trims come equipped with seven airbags, including seat-mounted driver and passenger side-impact airbags, front head restraints, and child safety locks. Anti-theft systems are also in place, including immobilizers, a perimeter alarm, and the SecuriLock anti-intrusion system.

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