The all-new 2020 Ford Escape has been redesigned from top to bottom in its fourth and latest complete overhaul. In a crowded and very popular class of compact SUVs, these total updates are both necessary and exciting. Because the cream of the crop is making its most innovative designs, best upgrades, and most cutting-edge features. So, what has Ford been cooking up for American families everywhere? We take a peek at the latest in this preview guide of the five-seater 2020 Ford Escape.
The future is green, and Ford knows it. That’s why Ford is offering the 2020 Escape with your choice of hybrid, plug-in hybrid, or gas engine with Auto Start-Stop technology. What does this green tech mean for you? Well, fuel economy just improved 50% over the 2019 model’s. That sound you hear is your Escape blowing by yet another highway gas station. It’s estimated that the Escape Hybrid will get about 39 miles per gallon combined, which is almost a class-leading number. Better yet, the 88kW electric engine is tucked under the second-row seats, leaving your cargo area unimpeded.
Better yet, there’s the plug-in hybrid. With a charging port on the side, you just plug in and wait 11 or 3.5 hours (depending on charger) and you have an engine functionally identical to an electric car while the battery lasts. Once the battery is depleted after about 30 miles, the Plug-in Hybrid Escape seamlessly switches to its gas engine. Plug-in hybrid technology is really the best of both worlds. You might go back and forth between work and home all week and never use a drop of gasoline. There’s that sound of fuel savings again.
But What About Power?
If you want your eco-friendly cake and it too, don’t worry. The 2020 Ford Escape has plenty of power. In fact, one of the main differences over the previous generations is an updated and improved powertrain. The result is a turbocharged 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine, delivering 250 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. Ford expects the 2020 Escape to go from zero to 60 in just 6.5 seconds. That’s due to a mix of extra horsepower, lighter weight, and more gears.
And you should find a very similar driving experience if you opt for the hybrid or plug-in hybrid options. There’s everything you love about the other engines, but with better fuel economy for your wallet and the world.
While we’re on the topic of power, you should know that the 2020 Ford Escape has one of the best towing capacities in its class. If you get the Escape Titanium with optional Class II Trailer Tow Package, you can tow up to 3,500 pounds, enough for a boat to the lake or camper to the mountains.