2020 Ford Escape: Crossover with a Trim for Everyone

June 26th, 2020 by

A couple is walking away from a red 2020 Ford Escape SE Hybrid and towards a party.

Few things can be all things to all people. Sure, it is something that many people strive for, only to learn that consumers have different tastes and needs. This is especially true in the automotive industry. Some folks want a sporty vehicle with crisp lines that turn heads. Others have a large family and want to be able to seat the kids comfortably. The SUV was designed as a vehicle that could meet many needs at the same time, having exceptional room for passengers and cargo like a pickup truck, but easy to drive with wonderful performance like a sedan or coupe. The lineup of Ford SUVs hits the mark on this, providing five different models, the Ecosport, Escape, Edge, Explorer, and Expedition, each with a different size and style to meet the needs and exceed the desires of different groups of drivers.

Of these SUVs, one of the most popular is the Ford Escape, a crossover that has the size to fit up to five passengers comfortably and the drivetrains to give you that perfect blend of performance and fuel economy so many folks seek. There are a total of four 2020 Ford Escape trims, the S, SE, SEL, and the Titanium. Within these trims are four different, reliable engines. But besides the engines, each trim has something unique to offer, and at DePaula Ford, we stock the most extensive selection of Ford SUVs, including different models and trims of the 2020 Ford Escape. While we suggest you come to our dealership to test them out, we first thought it would be helpful to learn a little more about the features and trims available for the 2020 Escape. So, let’s get into it!

Engine Options

The 2020 Ford Escape is front-wheel drive standard with all-wheel drive optional. There four engine options on the Escape, including two hybrids. The standard gas engine is a 1.5-liter EcoBoost engine with auto stop-start that is paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission. This engine can produce up to 181 hp and 190 lb-ft of torque. This is also a very efficient engine, providing up to 27 MPG in city driving and 33 MPG in highway driving.

The larger gas engine is a 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine, also with auto stop-start technology. This engine also comes with an 8-speed automatic transmission, giving you plenty of control when you are out driving. This is a powerful and efficient engine, producing up to 250 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque. The 2.0-liter engine is also very efficient, able to provide up to 23 MPG in the city and 31 MPG on the highway.

The two hybrid options use a 2.5-liter iVCT Atkinson-cycle hybrid engine with eCVT transmission and a lithium-ion battery. There is a standard hybrid and a plug-in hybrid, with the latter featuring a Level 1/Level 2 AC charging port. The standard hybrid engine can provide up to 44 MPG in city driving and 35 miles per gallon in highway driving and provides up to 200 hp and 155 lb-ft of torque. The plug-in hybrid has a little more to offer at 221 hp.

Escape S

A popular Ford SUV, a blue 2020 Ford Escape S is parked on a street behind a woman in the foreground.

The base model 2020 Ford Escape is the S. The only engine option on the S is the 1.5-liter EcoBoost, but this doesn’t mean that it lacks some great features. The Ford S has gorgeous cloth fabric seats in the front and back. It has FordPass Connect infotainment system on an 8-inch color touchscreen, which allows you to access many great apps on your smartphone, and turn your Escape into a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot. There is also an AM/FM stereo with 6-speakers and SiriusXM Satellite radio, so you have access to some of the best broadcasting in the country anywhere, and everywhere you drive.

The Escape S also doesn’t skimp on safety features as part of the Ford Co-Pilot360 Technology, including curve control, traction control, pre-collision assist with automatic emergency braking, lane-keeping system, blind spot information system with cross-traffic alert, SOS post-crash alert system, auto high-beam headlamps, a rearview camera, AdvanceTrac with roll stability control, four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes, and plenty of airbags for you and your four passengers. That is a fantastic package of active safety features for a base trim vehicle. This shows Ford’s commitment to passenger safety.

Escape SE

The 2020 Ford Escape SE has three different engine options. The first is the same engine that is available on the S. It should be noted that SE Plug-In Hybrid is front-wheel drive only with no all-wheel drive option; however, each of the other engines can be upgraded to all-wheel drive. The SE trim adds the SYNC 3 infotainment system, which integrates the Escape’s entertainment and information systems into one smart display. It also features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. Drivers of the Escape SE can add navigation with special SiriusXM traffic features to their SYNC 3 system for an additional charge.

There is also the option to add adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go under the Ford Co-Pilot360 system. Ford has chosen to give each of the three Escape SE vehicles different wheels with the SE featuring 17-inch shadow silver-painted aluminum wheels, the SE Sport Hybrid sporting 17-inch ebony black-painted aluminum wheels, and the SE Plug-In Hybrid hitting the road with a set of 18-inch machined aluminum wheels.

Escape SEL

There are three engine options available on the 2020 Ford Escape SEL. The 1.5-liter EcoBoost engine is standard with the option to upgrade to the larger 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine. There is also an Escape SEL Plug-In Hybrid available. Just like the SE Plug-In, this model is front-wheel drive only. The SEL adds side view mirrors with memory, a heated leather-wrapped steering wheel, and ActiveX seating material to the interior of the Escape. ActiveX improves the comfort and interior style with mini-perforations, giving the Escape a sporty interior look. The Escape SEL features 18-inch machined-face aluminum wheels with dark stainless-painted pockets, while the Escape SEL Plug-In Hybrid rides on a set of 18-inch machined-aluminum wheels. Completing the SEL package is a standard remote start system and Ford’s reverse sensing system.

A red 2020 Ford Escape Titanium is parked outside people working out in a gym near Albany.

Escape Titanium

The top-of-the-line trim on the 2020 Ford Escape is the Titanium, and this is one solid option if you are looking for a crossover that has it all. The Titanium has three engine options, a 2.0-liter EcoBoost, a hybrid, and a plug-in hybrid.

All of the Ford Co-Pilot360 Technology features are standard on the Titanium except for Active Park Assist 2.0, which is an option. The standard safety features include adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go and lane centering, rain-sensing wipers, and auto high-beam headlamps, which automatically turn your high beams on and off when the system senses extreme darkness.

For infotainment, the Escape Titanium just cannot be beaten. In addition to the SYNC 3 and FordPass Connect systems, the Titanium adds a B&O Sound System by Bang & Olufsen with 10-speakers and subwoofer, and a voice-activated touchscreen navigation system with pinch-to-zoom capability and SiriusXM Traffic with Travel Link. Completing the package are leather-trimmed front bucket seats for you and whoever is riding shotgun in your Escape Titanium.

What’s Next? DePaula Ford!

Now that you have learned more about the 2020 Ford Escape and the options that come with it, what’s next? We suggest you come down and take one for a test drive at DePaula Ford in Albany, NY. Whether you decide you want to purchase an Escape or want to look for something else, we will help you every step of the way.

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