Although you might not be as concerned about the engines available on a compact SUV as you would be if you were interested in a sports car, the available engines in the 2020 Ford Escape are still impressive and worth discussing for a few reasons. Overall performance numbers, like horsepower and torque, might not get a lot of attention with a vehicle like this. However, the Escape can still produce enough power to be a real joy to drive.
There are essentially four engines available for the 2020 Ford Escape: two standard engines and two options for a hybrid setup. The standard engine in the Escape is a 1.5L EcoBoost that can provide up to 180 hp and 177 lb-ft of torque. There is also an available 2.0L EcoBoost engine that offers up to 250 hp and 275 lb-ft of torque if you want more power in your compact SUV. The standard engine comes with an 8-speed automatic transmission, while the 2.0L EcoBoost comes with an 8-speed automatic with paddle shifters.
The first of two hybrid options is a 2.5L standard hybrid engine that provides up to 198 hp and offers a great overall driving experience. There is also a plug-in hybrid version of the same engine available, which provides up to 209 hp for a little more muscle. Both of these engines come with the same PowerSplit continuously variable transmission and offer pretty similar driving experiences.
At this time, fuel economy estimates have not been released for all of these engines. The EPA and the US Department of Energy have released an estimate for one engine for the 2020 Ford Escape, however, which gives us some idea of what to expect. With the 1.5L standard engine, the Escape will get an estimated 27 mpg on the highway and 33 mpg in the city, for a combined estimate of 30mpg, which is far superior to previous models.