2020 Ford Escape SE Green AWD 8-Speed Automatic 1.5L EcoBoost26/31 City/Highway MPGBUCHANAN IS BETTER! Awards:* JD Power Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout (APEAL) Study
A huge part of why the Ford Escape is so special has to do with its drivetrain options. Escape owners will get to choose from one of four efficient powertrain options: a 1.5L turbocharged 3-cylinder engine makes 180 HP and comes standard on S, SE and SEL trims and even includes a cylinder deactivation system to save fuel, a 2.5L 4-cylinder engine can be paired to an electric motor hybrid system for a total of 209 hp. For those looking for the greenest option a plug-in hybrid powertrain is also available. Ford claims the Escape Hybrid will have a range in excess of 550 miles, while the plug-in version will be able to travel 30 miles on electric only power before the gasoline engine is obligated to kick in. For the power-hungry, a 2.0L turbocharged 4-cylinder is also offered, making 250 hp and 275 lb-ft of torque. This engine option not only makes the Escape pretty sporty, but also increases tow capacity to 3500 lbs. The Escape comes standard with front-wheel drive, though all-wheel drive is available on all models other than the plug-in hybrid. Ford has a history of equipping Escape models with lots of new and helpful technology and the latest Escape is no different. Available safety tech on the 2020 Escape includes a rearview camera, blind spot and rear cross traffic alert, a Lane Keep Assist program, an evasive steering assist system and a pre-collision system with automatic braking. Non-safety equipment available on the Escape includes a parking assist system that will self-park the vehicle as well as an adaptive cruise control system that can keep up with stop-and-go traffic. Inside, the Escape has five different drive modes for owners to select, Normal, Eco, Slippery, Sport and a Snow/Sand setting. In addition, Ford's SYNC 3 infotainment system now boast Amazon Alexa compatibility as well as voice activated navigation with integrated traffic information.