Ford have a longstanding reputation for combining comfort with performance at an affordable price. Their Escape is a mid-size SUV which heads their best seller list across all formats except trucks, and the model has been updated and refreshed for the new model year.
Will it maintain its place at the head of the SUV pack? Read our 2020 Ford Escape review to find out.
Specs, Engine, and Performance
For 2020. the Ford Escape is available with three powertrain configurations. As standard, a 1.5L EcoBoost engine produces a respectable 181 horsepower and a slightly underwhelming 190lb-ft of torque. With this setup, the Escape is firmly in family car territory, providing the Utility part of the SUV designation rather than the Sport.
Moving up a level, there’s a much more satisfying 2.0L turbo option which pushes out 250hp and a much more impressive 280lb-ft of torque.
Both engines are paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission, feeding either front-wheel or all-wheel drive. According to Ford, updates to the powertrain for 2020 have added a 10% acceleration boost compared to previous model years.
Finally, in the powertrain selection, there’s the option of a 2.5L hybrid model available with the Titanium trim, with the prospect of a full all-electric plugin model in the future.
Taking the standard EcoBoost engine married to all-wheel drive, the Escape performs well in fuel consumption terms. Estimated figures for city driving are 10.2L / 100km, while on the highway you can expect an impressive 7.6L / 100km, much better than many other vehicles in this size class.
Previous models of the Escape were starting to show their age a little, but for 2020 Ford have upped their tech game considerably. The first thing you’ll notice about the interior is the bright, clear, 12.3″ digital instrument cluster which can be customized to your own tastes.
The data display will also change dynamically to prioritize information based on the transmission drive mode, showing you exactly what you need to know on the road.
This high-quality display is backed up by an 8″ LCD colour touchscreen dedicated to infotainment features and built around Ford’s widely respected Sync3 software and user interface. Smartphone connectivity is provided by Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, with SiriusXM satellite radio available through an optional subscription.
Seating and Cargo
As a mid-size SUV, the Escape seats up to five passengers with plenty of space and comfort. Roominess is helped by the 2020 bodywork redesign, which is now a little lower, wider, and longer than previous models.
The redesign has also improved cargo carrying capabilities, with up to 1,850L of space available with the rear seats folded down.
Ford Escape Pricing in Canada
With the Ford Escape you get a lot of SUV for not very much money. The entry level S trim has an affordable starting price of $28,549 and comes with the 1.5L engine and front-wheel drive.
The SEL trim offers the more powerful engine and all-wheel drive, and is available starting at $33,549. And if you want to trade up to the fuel-efficiency of the hybrid powertrain, the Titanium trim can be yours for $40,049.
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