The 2020 Ford Escape is a bang from the past.
Oh, it’s an all-new vehicle, but a long-missing affection is abiding to the calendar for the aboriginal time in years.
It’s a amalgam powertrain. Ford offered the Escape with one from 2005 to 2012, but it skipped the aftermost bearing of the bunched SUV.
It arrives aloof in time, too, as the bazaar has confused against account cartage and the Toyota Rav4 Amalgam is not alone the acknowledged amalgam in the U.S. but one of the hottest cartage on auction today. Toyota actually can’t accomplish abundant of them to accommodated demand.
The all-wheel-drive amalgam Escape is rated at 40 mpg combined, which is the aforementioned as the Rav4 Hybrid, but the Ford comes at a college starting price. The Rav4 can be had for as little as $29,220, while the lowest-priced all-wheel-drive Escape SE Sport Amalgam is $30,960. Ford additionally offers a front-wheel-drive archetypal for $29,460 that gets 41 mpg.
Like the antecedent edition, which charcoal a basic of abounding auto fleets, the Escape’s powertrain combines a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, two electric motors and a CVT automated transmission. But it’s about 40 percent added able and abundant added able now, putting out a accumulated 198 hp that’s just a little shy of the Rav4’s 219 hp. (If hybrids aren’t your thing, the 2020 Escape is additionally accessible with 1.5-liter and 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder motors.)
The Ford and Toyota are almost the aforementioned admeasurement on the alfresco and the Escape is roomier than the 2019 model, but it still feels snugger than the alveolate Rav4. However, a sliding rear bench allows Escape owners to allotment out the amplitude amid cartage and burden as they best see fit.
The amalgam Escape is appropriately techy, with a abounding agenda apparatus cluster, automated emergency braking, and accessible adaptive cruise control. Oddly, there are alone three USB ports, one of them a USB C, which seems a little abbreviate because you can affix up to 10 accessories to the Escape’s congenital Wi-Fi hotspot.
Its alternative self-steering lane-centering abetment arrangement does a actual acceptable job of befitting the Escape in the centermost of the curve but feels a little antsy through the council caster as it does. Loaded up with all of that, additional a across-the-board sunroof and head-up display, the top of the band Titanium trim akin I activated goes for $37,740.
It’s not what you’d alarm luxurious, but it’s quiet. The ride affection is spot-on adequate and the powertrain is bland for a amalgam as it switches aback and alternating amid motors. According to the ability display, it generally spends added than a third of its time in all-electric approach and recaptures affluence of activity beneath braking as one of the electric motors turns into a architect as it helps apathetic the vehicle. I couldn’t beat that 40 mpg mark in the absolute world, but accepting into the aerial thirties is accessible and switching it into Sport approach adds a apparent kick.
The amalgam Escape may not do annihilation bigger than the Rav4, but the Toyota’s beefy administration can be polarizing, and the Ford’s bland curve action a abrupt adverse that sets the two about as far afar as bunched SUVs can get these days. It’s additionally accessible in a best of 10 colors, and alike admitting chicken isn’t one of them, you can apparently apprehend to see a lot of them in that hue at the auto angle soon.
2020 Ford Escape Hybrid
Base price: $29,460
As tested: $37,740
Type: 4-door, 5-passenger all-wheel-drive SUV
Powertrain: 2.5-liter four-cylinder with electric motor assist
Power: 198 hp, 155 lb-ft
Transmission: CVT automatic
MPG: 43 city/37 hwy
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