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2022 Ford Escape

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  • Overview

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    The 2022 Ford Escape represents the Blue Oval's most updated entry in the battle royal for the popular compact crossover segment. The compact SUV has quickly become the vehicle of choice for American drivers. With its combination of easy handling like a compact sedan and roomy interior like an SUV, the crossover represents a vehicle that can give something to everyone. With this increased demand, automakers shifted production to building compact SUVs like the 2022 Ford Escape. For Ford, this means that it had to take steps to make its crossover model stand out from an increasingly crowded field.

    Ford offers that 2022 Escape at a very affordable starting price. The 2022 Ford Escape is part of the fourth generation of this model, introduced for the 2020 model year. This shows the longevity of the Escape, going back to the first crossover with this name in 2001. The 2022 Escape comes in four different trims, starting with the base model S, the mid-priced SE and SEL, and the fully-loaded Titanium. In addition, you get a choice of front-wheel drive for better fuel economy and Ford's Intelligent all-wheel drive for improved traction. When you factor in the different powertrain options on the 2022 Escape, you end up with so many different models to choose from that you will have no problem finding the Escape that will help you escape from the humdrum world of other crossover vehicles.

    181-250

    Horsepower (hp)

    155-280

    Torque (lb-ft)

    3,500

    Towing (lbs)

    Starting at

    $26,010[a]

  • Performance

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    Engine Options

    Ford offers four different engine options on most 2022 Ford Escape trims, except the base S trim. The standard engine is a 1.5-liter EcoBoost Turbo I-3 gas engine, which utilizes Auto Stop-Start Technology to improve overall fuel economy. Ford has given this turbocharged 3-cylinder a combination of port and direct fuel injection, making it capable of 181 horsepower at 6000 RPM and 190 lb-ft of torque at 3000 RPM. A larger engine is available if you want enhanced performance: a 2.0-liter EcoBoost Turbo I-4. It uses direct fuel injection to provide up to 250 horsepower at 5500 RPM and 280 lb-ft of torque at 3000 RPM.

    Ford also offers two hybrid options on every trim of the 2022 Escape except for the S. The first option is a 2.5-liter Hybrid I-4 engine, which is paired with a 96 kW electric motor and has a liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery stored below the second-row seats. As a result, the 2022 Ford Escape Hybrid can provide 200 horsepower and 155 lb-ft of torque at 4500 RPM.

    The other hybrid option is a plug-in hybrid, which adds convenience in recharging to the savings you will experience with this model. The plug-in hybrid Escape combines the same 2.5-liter I-4 gas engine and 96 kW electric motor with a much larger 14.4 kWh lithium-ion battery. This can be charged in 10 hours with a 110-volt Level 1 charger and 3.5 hours with a 240-volt Level 2 charger. The plug-in hybrid Escape produces 221 horsepower combined and 155 lb-ft of torque at 4500 RPM, giving you exceptional performance to go with superior fuel economy.

    Transmissions

    The two gas engines on the 2022 Ford Escape are paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission. This will give you exceptional performance over your Escape's engine. The two hybrid engines utilize an electronic continuously variable transmission (eCVT). This replaces fixed gear ratios with a transmission that constantly adjusts engine speed to fit driving conditions. In addition, the eCVT governs the power split between the gas and electric motors.

    Fuel Economy

    No matter which powertrain you choose for your 2022 Escape, you are going to get exceptional fuel economy. The Escape with the 1.5-liter EcoBoost and standard front-wheel drive will give you 28 miles per gallon in the city, 34 miles per gallon on the highway, and a combined 30 miles per gallon. If you opt for the available all-wheel drive, the fuel economy will drop slightly to 26 miles per gallon in city driving, 31 miles per gallon on the highway, and a combined 28 miles per gallon. The Escape with the 2.0-liter EcoBoost comes with intelligent all-wheel drive only. Even so, you are going to experience solid fuel efficiency, with the crossover giving you 22 miles per gallon in the city, 31 miles per gallon in highway driving, and 26 miles per gallon combined.

    As you would probably expect, the hybrid models of the 2022 Ford Escape will give you the best fuel economy for this vehicle. The standard hybrid Escape with front-wheel drive provides 44 miles per gallon in the city, 37 miles per gallon on the highway, and 41 miles per gallon combined, while the available intelligent all-wheel drive will reduce fuel economy slightly to 43 miles per gallon in the city, 37 miles per gallon on the highway, and 41 miles per gallon combined. The plug-in hybrid Escape is only available with front-wheel drive and will give you 105 MPGe in electric-only mode for a range of 37 miles. When you engage the gasoline engine, the fuel economy will level out to a still impressive 40 miles per gallon.

    Towing

    Despite being a compact SUV, the 2022 Ford Escape is like the Little Engine that Could when it comes to towing. The best numbers are provided by the Escape with the available 2.0-liter EcoBoost Turbo I-4, which can help you tow up to 3,500 pounds. The base model Escape with the 1.5-liter EcoBoost Turbo I-3 is also impressive, giving you a maximum trailering capacity of 2,000 pounds. The two hybrid Escape models can hold their own, with the capability of towing up to 1,500 pounds.

    Handling and Acceleration

    The 2022 Escape handles very well, with exceptional cornering shown by its turning circle of 11.9 meters. The standard traction control and curve control will help you keep your Escape centered, even on tight turns. The Escape has a 106.7-inch wheelbase, so parking shouldn't be any problem. In general, models with intelligent all-wheel drive will provide better traction in inclement weather than ones with front-wheel drive.

    The 2022 Ford Escape has a very peppy engine, especially with respect to the two conventional gas options. The models with the 1.5-liter EcoBoost Turbo I-3 will get you from 0 to 60 miles per hour in just 7.7 seconds, with a top speed of 122 miles per hour. Opting for the larger 2.0-liter EcoBoost Turbo I-4 will give you the ability to go from 0 to 60 miles per hour in an impressive 5.7 seconds with a top speed of 126 miles per hour.

  • Safety Features

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    Ford Co-Pilot360

    Ford has made passenger safety a priority on all of its new models. This is why the 2022 Ford Escape features the Ford Co-Pilot360 suite of standard driver assistance safety technologies. It starts with a Rear View Camera, which will give you the visibility you need when backing your Escape out of a parking spot.

    One of the most vital safety systems on the Escape is Pre-Collision Assist with Automatic Emergency Braking. This system also includes such features as Pedestrian Detection, Forward Collision Warning, and Dynamic Brake Support. This will alert you if the system detects a potential collision with another vehicle or pedestrian in the path of your Escape. It will then engage the emergency brakes to avoid or minimize the damage caused by a front-end crash.

    One of the major causes of highway collisions is when a vehicle accidentally drifts out of its lane. This can happen for any of a number of reasons, such as driver distraction or even a driver falling asleep. The Lane Keeping System on the 2022 Ford Escape is designed to keep you on the straight and narrow at all times. If the system detects that you are drifting out of your lane, it will sound an alert and then use tiny steering adjustments to keep you on track. If the system engages a number of times in a short period, it will then put a coffee cup icon up on the dashboard, suggesting that you pull over and take a short break.

    Improved Awareness and Convenience

    Have you ever had trouble changing lanes on the highway? Ford understands that it can sometimes be difficult to change lanes, especially in traffic. This is why every 2022 Escape comes with standard BLIS, which stands for Blind Spot Information System with cross-traffic alert. When you go to change lanes, BLIS will detect if there are any other vehicles in the other lane and alert you to avoid a collision.

    The 2022 Ford Escape also features automatic high-beam headlamps. These will automatically turn on when you enter a particularly dark area, so you can get better visibility. If the system detects another vehicle, it will automatically turn off the high beams until the other vehicle has passed. It will also turn the high beams off when you reach a better-lit area.

    Finally, the Ford Co-Pilot360 system also includes post-collision braking. Sometimes, the worst damage and injury that occurs in a crash is not from the initial impact but from a secondary impact caused by your vehicle hitting a third car. With post-collision braking, this can be avoided, as the emergency braking will engage and bring your Escape to a stop in the unfortunate event of a crash. With this and the other Co-Pilot360 technologies, you will have peace of mind that you and your passengers are safe in your Escape, allowing you to escape from hazards on the road.

  • Interior Space

    A person is shown loading the trunk of a 2022 Ford Escape with household items.

    Passenger Space

    The 2022 Ford Escape ranks as one of the roomiest crossover SUVs in its vehicle class. No matter which model you choose, you and your passengers are going to enjoy the 104 cubic feet of interior space to stretch out in. The Escape can carry up to 5 passengers, with a very comfortable rear bench seat. What's more, by placing the battery under the rear seat, Ford has made sure that you don't lose much room if you opt for one of the two Hybrid models of the 2022 Escape.

    All Escape models have the same front headroom of 40 inches, rear headroom of 39.2 inches, and front legroom of 42.4 inches. In fact, the only difference between the hybrid and conventional gas engine Escapes occurs with rear legroom. The rear-seat passengers in the gas engine Escape models enjoy 40.7 inches of legroom, while those in the hybrid Escape get 38.9 inches of legroom–a minor difference. All Escape models have 56 inches of shoulder room and 53.3 inches of hip room in the rear row of seats. As you can see, Ford has done an excellent job of equitably distributing passenger space between the front and rear rows of seats.

    Cargo Space

    One thing that really sets a crossover SUV apart from a sedan is the amount of trunk space. The Escape with the conventional gas engine will provide you with 37.5 cubic feet of space in the trunk while opting for a hybrid brings that number down slightly to 34.4 cubic feet. If you need more space, simply fold down the rear row of seats. Doing so on the gas engine Escape will give you an incredible 65.4 cubic feet for your belongings, while the hybrid model has a maximum capacity of 60.8 cubic feet with the rear seats folded down.

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