Ford’s brand new off-road-ready Bronco signifies the brand’s renewed emphasis on adventure off the grid However, its bread-and butter Escape crossover is still geared towards the road-loving, family-car-oriented crowd. It’s available with all-wheel drive however the Escape isn’t equipped with the high-end all-terrain equipment of its new larger, go-anywhere stablemate. There are four different engines available, with the option of plug-in and hybrid hybrid configurations that aim to consume fuel efficiently and offer an additional boost of electric power when required. The stylish interior of the Escape is in line with its elegant exterior style However, the cheapest models exude a sense of cost-effectiveness that might turn people off. Even with its shortcomings, the Escape remains an acceptable choice for smaller SUV owners, however competitors like Mazda CX-5 and Volkswagen Tiguan are more expensive. Mazda CX-5 and Volkswagen Tiguan have better refinement, more luxurious interiors, and greater enjoyment for the same price.
What’s New for 2021?
Ford has widened the selection of hybrid engines to SE as well as SEL trims in 2021. It’s now available on the highest-spec Titanium model. In addition there’s adaptive cruise control as well as traffic-sign recognition are now part of the available Co-Pilot360 Plus package; a hand-free power liftgate as well as setting memory for both the drivers’ seat and the exterior mirrors are now included in the Technology package. Also, 10 ways to adjust the driver’s seat as well as a keypad for keyless entry and LED lighting for the exterior are now part of the menu of features included in the convenience package. A new 19-inch wheel is an option with Titanium models. Titanium model, as well as a Class II trailer Tow package is available for Escapes equipped with the turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine.
Pricing and Which One to Buy
The most value-for-money model of the options is the mid-range SEL trim that comes with front-wheel drive. The SEL comes with a variety of extras that shoppers of compact SUVs will appreciate, such as parking sensors in the rear as well as memories for both the drivers seat and exterior mirrors faux leather upholstery, a remote-start feature and a leather-wrapped steering column with heated seats, a hands-free liftgate, fog lamps and roof rack side rails.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
2021 Escape 2021 Escape offers a wide variety of powertrains. It starts with a turbocharged 181-hp 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine that is available with either front-wheel or rear-wheel-drive. The turbo three engine, although unrefined and a bit grumbly has adequate acceleration. It has been able to get an all-wheel-drive Escape SE to 60 mph in 7.7 seconds on the test track. The upgrade to the 250 horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder is the most compelling choice , and the engine was strong enough to achieve an impressive 5.7-second performance in the same acceleration test from zero to 60 mph. The two gasoline engine are connected to an automatic transmission that has eight speeds. To take on new competition with Toyota RAV4 Prime and the Honda CR-V hybrid and the Toyota RAV4 Prime, Ford also has two Escape hybrids. One of them is a plug-in. The engines are comprised of the 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and two electric motors that combine to produce 221 horsepower.
Range, Charging, and Battery Life
The plug-in hybrid model is expected to come with the 14.4-kWh battery packthat will allow for 37 miles of pure electric driving. When we’re able try out the plug-in version and find out more about the capabilities of this plug-in hybrid, we’ll update this report with additional information.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
Based on the EPA it is according to the EPA, the turbocharged 1.5-liter three-cylinder model that comes with front-wheel drive is the one that has the best fuel efficiency estimates of all nonhybrid Escape models. It’s estimated to run 27 mpg in the city 33 mpg highway and 30 mpg when combined. the addition of all-wheel drive reduces the numbers to 26 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway and 28 mpg when combined. We tested an all-wheel drive version that had the turbo three-cylinder engine and got the impressive figure of 35 miles per gallon on our 200-mile highway trip to test fuel economy. Even though the larger turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder model with all-wheel drive is advertised for 23 mpg in the city, 31 mpg highway and 26 mpg in the together, we came out with a 32-mpg highway score during our tests. If you’re looking for efficiency, the best Escape model, look no more than the hybrid plug-in version which has fuel economy ratings of up to 44 mpg for city driving.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
The cabin of the Escape, though stylishly styled and large enough for frontand rear seat passengers however, is plagued by a number of low-cost plastic panels, such as the doors as well as the lower console. The highly textured material seat upholstery is the norm, while higher trim levels get realistic faux leather seating surfaces or genuine leather in the highest-spec Titanium. In the rear of the Escape’s seat is a spacious cargo compartment that has space for the carrying capacity of up to eight suitcases and is a good match with it to its rival crosstown that is that of the Chevrolet Equinox. We could fit 21 suitcases with the rear seats of the Escape folded. The Equinox accommodated two additional cases.
Infotainment and Connectivity
While the base S models feature an 4.2-inch radio display and AM/FM radio that is the only source of entertainment option, the SE trim levels and above get a bigger 8.0-inch touchscreen with Ford’s most recent Sync 3 infotainment interface and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto feature. Smartphone apps provide remote access to the vehicle’s remote start and telematics for all Escape models, however the most high-tech and connected Escape model is the Titanium model that comes with 10 speakers B&O Play audio system, in-dash navigation and an 12.3-inch electronic gauge gauge. The head-up display pops up is available.