2020 Ford Escape Model Review

April 18th, 2019 by

2020 Ford Escape

Introducing the 2020 Ford Escape

One of the best-selling SUVs in the small passenger vehicle segment, the all-new 2020 Ford Escape gets a high ranking from all critics. With its completely new design and major improvements, it is a strong contender in the compact SUV segment. It will provide style, comfort, and fun as it is designed for a long life of duty. Its biggest plus points are a roomy interior, the right amenities, and a visually appealing exterior, making it an ideal vehicle for road adventures.

Improved Interior

The vehicle has a sleek elongated shape that provides more space in the interior. The front and rear seats have both been designed to provide more room than the previous models. The rear seat can slide and can be reclined. The designers have given a new style to the lower windowsills. Spacious interiors make the vehicle truly comfortable.

Technical specifications of the interiors are as follows:

  • Rear-seat legroom: 40.7 inches — the highest in the class.
  • Rear cargo space behind the second row — 37.5 cubic feet, 33.5 cubic feet with the seats slid.
  • Cargo space with all seats folded — 65.4 cubic feet.

The styling of the rear window has smooth contours. The wheel has a good telescoping range. The bigger glass area offers enhanced visibility. The logically positioned main controls are nearer to hand and the eight-inch touchscreen infotainment controls and climate controls are nicely demarcated.

Exterior and Aerodynamics

The latest Escape model looks completely different from its predecessors, with its delightfully curved elongated shape having longer, lower, and wider proportions (2.4 inches longer from nose to tail and 1.7 inches wider).

It indeed offers a better utility than other similar vehicles. Shorter now by a quarter inch, it has a stretched wheelbase. The lower windowsills create an illusion of a reduced visual volume. The chiseled shape is not just pleasing to the eyes; it is better from an aerodynamic point of view as there is less drag due to air flowing past.

The weight of the vehicle is also lower by about 200 pounds. This has become possible due to the use of high-strength steel for the structure. What is more, the suspension has been updated and a new isolated rear sub-frame installed to reduce noise. All these features make the 2020 Ford Escape a quick and agile vehicle giving comfortable rides to its passengers.

Technical Features

A standard eight-inch touchscreen running on Sync 3 supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Clear graphics, user-friendly menus, good volume and easy to reach tuning knobs make the car even more appealing.

Driving is easier with the standard Ford Co-Pilot360, which offers blind-spot warning with cross-traffic alert, lane keeping assistance, automatic high beams, pre-collision detection with automatic emergency braking, and a backup camera. If desired, customers can opt for evasive steering assist and stop-and-go adaptive cruise control.

A feature that truly makes driving extremely convenient is an active park assist system. It helps to direct the car into a perpendicular or parallel parking spot without the driver having to work the gas, brake, steering, or shifter. A retractable six-inch head-up display screen that keeps critical information in the driver’s direct line of sight and a 12.3-inch all-digital instrument cluster are optional features.

New Powertrains

In the S, SE, and SEL, a new 1.5-liter three-cylinder EcoBoost turbocharged engine for the base powertrain has been used, instead of the earlier 1.5-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder turbo. The specialty of the new engine is the ‘Engine Deactivation System’ that can shut down a cylinder when not required. It generates power through the eight-speed automatic transmission (there was a six-speed in earlier versions). The base Escape’s output is around 180 horsepower and 177 pounds per foot of torque, which is almost unchanged. The Escape engines can run on regular 87 octane.

The other trims like SE Sport or the Titanium have a hybrid system, which is a combination of a 2.5-liter four-cylinder Atkinson cycle engine with a pair of electric motors and an electronic continuously variable automatic transmission. The battery is more compact, using less space.

It is possible to equip the 2020 Ford Escape Titanium with AWD with the 2.0-liter EcoBoost turbo-four, which can make an estimated 250 horsepower and 275 pounds per foot of torque. According to Ford, the 2020 model should accelerate from zero to 60 mph in less than 6.5 seconds.

On the SE, SEL, and Titanium models, a new plug-in hybrid variant of the 2.5-liter hybrid will be optional. It will have a large plug-in battery with 14.4 kWh capacity and an estimated electric range of 30 miles, which is very impressive in this segment. The driver can select one of the four EV modes. The ‘EV Now’ setting will use the battery as long as the battery lasts.

Fuel Economy

Last year’s Escape model had a 1.5-liter turbo four-cylinder and gave 26 mpg combined, 23 in the city, and 30 on the highway. Specific figures for the 2020 model are not yet available but are expected to be better, thanks to the sleek body, lighter weight and 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine with eight-speed transmission. The All-Wheel Drive Disconnect helps to save fuel. It achieves this by allowing only the front wheels to operate when the rear are not needed, which reduces drag and energy requirements of the drivetrain.

Pricing and Release Date

It will take quite some time before the official figures for 2020 Ford Escape pricing, range, and fuel economy would become available. It is expected to release in early fall. The shipping will start for all versions that time but the plug-in hybrid will likely not appear till 2020.

Conclusion

First-hand driving experience will allow more detailed reviews of the 2020 Ford Escape for sale and how well it handles the Kansas and Missouri roads. As of now, the expectations are high. According to Kumar Galhotra, Ford’s president, North America, “This all-new Escape brings a sleeker, sportier design with the capability to take you on just about any of your life’s adventures. With our class-leading hybrid powertrains, customers will spend less time at the gas station and more time on the road.” The new Ford Escape is expected to fulfill these promises, and it will be available on the Zeck Ford dealership showroom floor shortly!

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