How the 2020 Ford Escape is One of the Best Compact SUVs of the Year

December 13th, 2019 by

A blue 2020 Ford Escape is parked on the side of the road in front of trees after leaving a Ford dealership near me.

The SUV has been downsized time and time again, and in recent years has become one of the most popular body stylings on the road. Beloved for its level of utility, comfort, and power, when a compact SUV is done well, it can really make for a spectacular driving experience. That said, not all automakers have managed to reach all of the expectations required of a compact SUV; that is excluding Ford, however. The 2020 Ford Escape hit the road earlier this year as another iteration in a long line of compact SUVs, and it is shaping up to be one of the best vehicles of 2019. If you’re asking yourself: ‘is there a Ford dealership near me that knows the ins and outs of the 2020 Ford Escape,’ DePaula Ford is your answer. We have several years of experience under our belt and have a long-running reputation for impeccable service, great cars, and expert car knowledge that you simply cannot get anywhere else.

Taking Things at Face Value

At face value, the 2020 Ford Escape is already a little different than its competitors. While other vehicles of its class tend to blend together in terms of styling, Ford has blended the unique with the expected. For the most part, the 2020 Ford Escape looks much like other compact SUVs on the road with its sweeping edges and sizeable wheelbase. However, the face is where things take a quirky turn. The front grille and narrow headlights make for a look that is rather uncommon on the road, and that is hardly an issue by any means.

Starting at $24,885 MSRP, the 2020 Ford Escape is well-priced considering what’s offered even in base models. Seating a maximum of five passengers and sporting a dizzying number of configurations, the 2020 Ford Escape can be purchased in the S, SE, SEL, and Titanium; and that’s not including the hybrid variants which can be found in the SE Sport and Titanium trims. The overall sizing of the 2020 Ford Escape isn’t bad either, measuring in much larger than the previous years’ model at 181” in length, 74” in width and sitting 66” high.

All totaled, the exterior package of the 2020 Ford Escape sounds promising, and ought to appeal to a wide range of drivers from the weekend warrior to the stay at home parent. However, in order to truly see what this compact SUV has to offer, we’ll have to dig a little deeper than just the exterior chassis.

A red 2020 Ford Escape is driving towards a mountain.

Peeling Back the Hood

Peeling back the hood of the 2020 Ford Escape, you’ll find a surprisingly capable 1.5L EcoBoost I3 in base models. While classically, three-cylinder engines are underpowered, this turbo engine that’s offered in the S model of the Ford Escape delivers more punch than some well-built turbocharged four-cylinder. Engine power is a problem area for other compact SUVs, as they attempt to make off with both the sizing necessary for superb utility and the fuel economy expected of a compact vehicle. In the end, many of these vehicles end up being underpowered, lending for a rather uninspired driving experience.

Fortunately, the 2020 Ford Escape has none of these problems.

In the Ford Escape S, the 1.5-liter EcoBoost earns an estimated 181 horsepower and 190 lb-ft worth of torque. Saddled with an 8-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive, however, that forward-focused drivetrain can be swapped out for Ford’s rather intuitive all-wheel drive system. The base model also comes with the ability to adjust the performance of the engine through a variety of drive modes, including Normal, Eco, Sport, Slippery, Snow, and Sand. The option of drive modes is a rare occurrence among vehicles of this class, and in some models, can turn the Ford Escape into a reasonably equipped adventure vehicle.

If you move up trims, you’ll find a 2.0-liter EcoBoost I-4 beneath the hood that does an equally decent job of putting out 250 horsepower and 280 lb-ft worth of torque. Partnered with the same 8-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel-drivetrain, the beefier engine can make up for some of the areas that the I-3 engine option slacks on. That said, no matter which engine build you opt for, you’ll be getting some decent tow power, with the I-3 able to haul 2,000 pounds and the I-4 able to lug a tremendous 3,500 pounds when fully equipped.

The 2020 Ford Escape would have a pretty decent powertrain layout if we stopped here, but Ford expands the options with two additional hybrid variants. In the hybrid option of the 2020, Ford Escape drivers will find a 2.5-liter I-4, an electric motor, and a 1.1-kWh lithium-ion battery pack. Combined, with the help of a CVT, hybrid drivers will be able to enjoy 200 horsepower and 209 lb-ft worth of torque.
Summed up, the 2020 Ford Escape was designed with a variety of drivers in mind. Instead of catering to a single narrow audience, Ford managed to craft a compact SUV that has broad appeal in more ways than just the powertrain.

Utility and Luxury

A woman is putting cargo into the back of her blue 2020 Ford Escape in Albany, NY.

Inside the 2020 Ford Escape, Ford packed plenty to love for drivers who are focused on both utility and luxury. For starters, there is plenty of cargo room to be had with a staggering total of 65.4 cubic feet worth of cargo space. Rear passengers will also get plenty of space with rear legroom measuring in at around 38.8 inches. While these measurements are somewhat reduced in hybrid models, it is a small sacrifice to make for greater gas mileage. The interior materials can range from durable cloth upholstery to genuine leather, depending on what trim option you go for.

That brings us to one of the most important parts of our review, technology. Vehicles across the board are expected to house more and more advanced tech, and now with active safety features gracing some baseline models, the stakes are rather high. Fortunately, the Ford Escape passes the technology test with flying colors.

The base model S comes decently equipped with its multiple drive modes, LED taillights, Bluetooth connectivity, two USB ports, and a crystal clear 4.2-inch LCD screen for infotainment. While in no way is the base model a tech-packed vehicle, it does come with automatic emergency braking, active lane control, automatic high-beam headlights, and blind-spot monitors as standard, features that are often premium in competitor models. Moving up trims, the expected number of amenities increases.

In the Escape SE, drivers will find keyless ignition, automatic climate control, heated mirrors, an 8.0-inch infotainment display with satellite radio, and a 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat. Step all the way up to the top trim, and things get downright luxurious. The 2020 Escape Titanium sits on 19-inch wheels, offers a sprawling digital instrument panel, a sound system designed by B&O, leather seating, ambient lighting, acoustic glass, and a convenient 110-volt AC power outlet. That is not to mention the fact that top trims come decked out in safety features, including lane-centering control, a heads up display, and the option of a surround-view camera system.

Checking out the 2020 Ford Escape at DePaula Ford

If you’re looking for a truly phenomenal driving experience, the 2020 Ford Escape is the way to go. That said, you shouldn’t purchase this groundbreaking compact SUV from just anyone; instead, you should visit a dealership you trust, a dealership like DePaula Ford. At DePaula Ford, we make a compassioned effort to provide a unique dealership experience for every one of our customers. Every day we strive to see things from our customers’ perspective, and when it comes time to get down to business, we will only agree with a deal that serves your best interests. There is a reason why we’re considered one of the leading Ford dealerships in Albany, NY; it’s because we make a serious effort to be absolute best that we can be.