With the 2020 model, the fourth generation of the Ford Escape begins, and there are plenty of things to get excited about. The return of a hybrid option, for starters, is one of the highlights of this model year, though there are plenty more. The updated 2020 Ford Escape is a joy to drive and offers a fantastic fuel economy even if you do not choose the hybrid option. Plus, the included and available safety features make it one of the safest and smartest SUVs on the market.
As a compact SUV, the 2020 Escape is a great choice if you want room for your family but do not have space for a larger or full-size model. There is still plenty of room for up to five people, and it offers excellent cargo capacity when you need to get things around town. The tech features inside are some of the best around, including WAZE technology, Amazon and Alexa connectivity, and an available heads up display. Whether you are looking for all-wheel drive or you prefer front-wheel drive, you are covered with the all-new Escape.
The 2020 Ford Escape offers the perfect combination of smart technology, incredible safety features, and fun driving experience in a compact package. If you are interested in a compact SUV, then you really need to see and drive the 2020 Escape for yourself to fully appreciate everything it has to offer. At DePaula Ford, we are here to answer all of your questions and help you find the perfect vehicle for your needs. Whether you are interested in the new Escape or any other amazing vehicle in Ford’s lineup, visit us today for more information.
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.
A lot of our customers come to us curious about a compact SUV but worried that it would feel too cramped and not offer them the space they really want. With the 2020 Ford Escape, however, that is definitely not a concern to have, as the inside has been designed to offer as much room for passengers and cargo as possible. While it cannot compare to a full-size model, it will also fit into your life a lot easier than a much bigger vehicle.
The 2020 Ford Escape has seating for up to five people. Legroom for the front row is the same no matter what model you choose, with up to 42.4 inches available. Second-row legroom depends on if you choose a standard engine or a hybrid model: the standard engine gives you 40.7 inches of maximum legroom in the second row, while the hybrids offer up to 38.9 inches of maximum legroom for second-row passengers.
Cargo capacity with an SUV, even a compact SUV, is also important – one of the major reasons a lot of our customers want an SUV is to have room for groceries, packing up for family vacations, and simply getting around town. Just like with the passenger room, the available space changes if you choose a hybrid engine. A standard engine gives you up to 65.4 cu.ft. of cargo storage behind the first row, and up to 37.5 cu.ft. of space behind the second row. With a hybrid engine, you get up to 60.8 cu.ft. of space behind the first row, and up to 34.4 cu.ft. of cargo room behind the second row.
With the start of a new generation, you would expect to see some excellent technology and features in the 2020 Ford Escape, and your expectations will certainly be met. These features do vary somewhat depending on which trim level you look at, as you might expect. To keep things simple, here is what you can get with the highest trim of the new Escape, the Titanium.
The Escape Titanium features a 10-way power adjustable driver’s seat and front-row heated seating along with dual-zone climate control. It has a Bang & Olufsen 10-speaker premium sound system with a dedicated subwoofer, FordPass Connect and SYNC 3, along with an auto-dimming rearview mirror. The Titanium features a 12-inch fully digital instrument cluster that you can customize, as well as ambient interior lighting, and a rotary gear shift dial.
Available features that push the 2020 Ford Escape Titanium even further include a head-up display that projects information onto your windshield. This lets you keep track of your speed and other information without ever taking your eyes off the road. Available WAZE technology lets you share road conditions with other users to stay updated and avoid accidents and road hazards in real-time. The Ford Escape also features support for Alexa and Amazon Prime accounts, with Amazon in-car delivery available in certain areas.
Although you want to choose a compact SUV with the power to make your ride enjoyable and enough space inside for your friends and family, at the end of the day, nothing is more important than safety. The most powerful SUV in the world is pointless if it cannot protect you and the people that mean the most to you. That is why we are so proud of the safety features you will find in the 2020 Ford Escape, which includes the full Ford Co-Pilot360 safety suite standard in all models.
This includes features like auto high-beam headlamps, a rearview camera, and hill-start assist to keep you from rolling downhill when you start your vehicle. Beyond that, however, active safety features like a blind-spot information system with cross-traffic alert and a lane-keeping system that includes lane-keeping assist, lane-keeping alert, and driver alert are all standard. A pre-collision assist system is also standard, which includes automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, a forward collision warning, and dynamic brake support.
If you want to take your safety a step further, there are a few additional safety features available as options. These include active park assist 2.0 with reverse and front parking aid and adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go. You can also get evasive steering assist and adaptive cruise control lane-centering as available options. That being said, the standard features include things you often see as extra features on models from other manufacturers – even at high trim levels. You should never have to pay more to feel safe in your vehicle; that is something Ford clearly understands.