A spacious crossover SUV.
A stylish crossover SUV that starts the fourth generation of the model, the 2020 Ford Escape has a sleek exterior with all the styling cues you'd expect of modern Ford models. Three engines, including a hybrid option, give you a great choice of power modes for whatever you require. There's also plenty of room inside, especially with sliding second-row seats; and above all, it makes daily driving an absolute breeze. And for those looking for a family runabout to pick up groceries and the kids from school, the 2020 Ford Escape has you covered.
While we currently do not have many 2020 Ford Escapes on our lots, we look forward to selling more in the future. Here's what you'll learn in this 2020 Ford Escape review:
Key Specs & Features
- When equipped in base trim with the 1.5L EcoBoost® three-cylinder engine and eight-speed automatic transmission, the 2020 Ford Escape can achieve an EPA-estimated 30 mpg combined (27 mpg city, 33 mpg highway).1
- When equipped with the 2.5L four-cylinder hybrid engine and continuously-variable transmission, the 2020 Ford Escape can return an EPA-estimated 41 mpg combined (44 mpg city, 37 mpg highway).1
- 2020 Ford Escape models powered by gasoline engines have up to 37.5 cubic feet of cargo volume available in the rear.
- 2020 Ford Escape models powered by a hybrid engine have up to 34.4 cubic feet of cargo volume available in the rear.
- On gasoline engine models, folding the rear seats down increases the 2020 Ford Escape's cargo volume up to 65.4 cubic feet.
- With the 2.0L four-cylinder EcoBoost engine, the 2020 Ford Escape has an estimated towing capacity of up to 3,500 lbs. when properly equipped.2
- Seats up to five passengers.
- Offers a total passenger volume of 104 cubic feet
- From standard, the 2020 Ford Escape comes with a 1.5L EcoBoost three-cylinder engine, generating 181 hp and 190 lb-ft of torque.
- Next up is a 2.0L EcoBoost turbocharged four-cylinder engine, good for 250 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque.
- Finally, there is a hybrid option, featuring a 2.5L Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder engine and two electric motors mated to a continuously-variable automatic transmission.
From standard, the 2020 Ford Escape includes:
- Tire-pressure monitoring system
- Six-speaker sound system
- Steering-wheel controls
- Ford CoPilot360™ as an optional package, including lane-keeping assist, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, a rearview camera, and more.
5 Reasons To Buy
1. Fresh Exterior Style
The launch of the fourth-generation Escape for 2020 necessitated a revamped exterior, and Ford certainly delivered on that front. The 2020 Ford Escape looks fresh and contemporary, taking style cues from sport-focused Ford models like the Mustang and GT. It almost doesn't look like your average crossover SUV, but rather a larger sporty sedan or wagon, depending on how you look at it. The 2020 Ford Escape has enough curb appeal to stand out in the crowded crossover SUV market—and parked outside your house.
2. Plenty of Space Inside
Part of the appeal of a crossover SUV is the impressive interior space offered, and the 2020 Ford Escape lives up to that as well. 104 cubic feet of passenger volume gives you and your passengers plenty of space to stretch out inside, and 37.5 cubic feet of cargo volume can easily cope with most everyday requirements. And, should you need even more storage space in the back, folding the rear seats down expands cargo volume to 65.4 cubic feet. Whether groceries, travel luggage, even furniture for the house, the 2020 Ford Escape transports your stuff in style.
3. Great Engine Selection
The base 1.5L EcoBoost three-cylinder engine prioritizes efficiency and features automatic cylinder deactivation. And, while it still produces 181 hp—more than enough for the daily drive—it also gets an EPA-estimated 30 mpg combined when in front-wheel drive with the eight-speed automatic transmission.1 Meanwhile, the 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder EcoBoost engine boosts the output up to 250 hp and enables the 2020 Ford Escape to provide a towing capacity of an estimated 3,500 lbs. when properly equipped.2 This engine manages an EPA-estimated 26 mpg combined when equipped with the eight-speed automatic transmission.1
4. A Hybrid Option For Enhanced Efficiency
For the first time since 2013, the 2020 Ford Escape provides a hybrid powerplant, and it's very impressive. A 2.5L Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder engine is mated to two electric motors to generate 198 hp and 153 lb-ft of torque in total. Even more impressively, this engine is capable of an EPA-estimated 41 mpg combined and up to an estimated 44 mpg in the city.1 If you're after a Ford Escape that'll serve you well as a city runabout, look for one with this hybrid engine.
5. Lots of Driver Convenience Features
You get plenty of great features with the 2020 Ford Escape. The base model includes features like a tire-pressure monitoring system, as well as the Ford CoPilot360 suite of features: forward-collision warning with automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, a rearview camera, lane-keeping assist, and automatic high-beam headlights. Even on the base model, that's more than enough to make every journey as stress-free as possible. Additionally, there are features like a reverse sensing system (Escape SEL trim) and Active Park Assist 2.0 (Escape Titanium trim) available elsewhere in the range.
What You Need to Know
2020 Ford Escape: Available Trims
- S - Includes a six-speaker sound system, tire-pressure monitoring system, Ford CoPilot360™ suite, Ford SYNC with 4.2-inch LCD display, and more.
- SE - Includes a ten-way power driver seat, push-button start, automatic climate control, SiriusXM® satellite radio, Ford SYNC 3 with an eight-inch touchscreen, and more.
- SE Sport - Includes the same features as the SE with an additional leather steering wheel.
- SEL - Includes a heated steering wheel, remote start, reverse sensing system, foot-activated liftgate, SiriusXM Traffic with Travel Link, and more.
- Titanium - Includes a six-way power passenger seat, ten-speaker Bang & Olufsen® sound system, Active Park Assist 2.0, dual-zone climate control, and more.
2020 Ford Escape: Available Colors
- Agate Black
- Dark Persian Green
- Desert Gold
- Ingot Silver
- Oxford White
- Rapid Red Metallic Tinted Clearcoat
- Sedona Orange
- Star White Metallic Tricoat
- Velocity Blue
2020 Ford Escape: Interior
- 37.5 cubic feet of cargo volume on gasoline-engine-equipped models
- 34.4 cubic feet of cargo volume on hybrid-engine-equipped models
- 65.4 cubic feet of cargo volume with rear seats folded down
- Seats up to five people
- Comes standard with Ford SYNC and 4.2-inch LCD display
Ford Escape Average CarMax Prices
The 2020 Ford Escape is a newer model year and we currently have a limited number in our inventory. Pricing data for this model at CarMax is currently unavailable. See below to learn more about previous model years.
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Safety and Reliability
RepairPal® Reliability Ratings for the 2020 Ford Escape3
The 2020 Ford Escape is a newer model and we currently have a limited number in our inventory. You may also consider other used Ford Escapes with similar features. Below are RepairPal reliability ratings for prior model years of the Ford Escape.
- Overall RepairPal Reliability Rating - 4.0/5.0
- Average annual cost of unscheduled repairs and maintenance: $599.00
RepairPal Reliability Ratings are based on the actual cost, frequency, and severity of unscheduled repairs and maintenance on make/model data for select 2010–2019 vehicles. The reliability of a specific vehicle may vary depending on its maintenance and driving history, model year, trim, and features. Learn more at www.carmax.com/repairpal-reliability.
NHTSA Safety Ratings - 2020 Ford Escape
The 2020 Ford Escape is currently not rated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Certain vehicles may have unrepaired safety recalls. Click here to look up a specific vehicle.
If you're interested in the 2020 Ford Escape, you should also check out these similar vehicles from previous model years.
Elsewhere in the Ford range lies the Explorer, a larger three-row crossover SUV with plenty of power and space inside. With the fifth generation being introduced for 2011, and a new generation altogether in 2020, the recent 2017–2019 model year Explorers make a good choice if you're looking for a used SUV. All include a selection of three engines: A 3.5L V6 engine as standard with 290 hp and 255 lb-ft of torque, a 2.3L turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 280 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque, and on the Sport trim and upwards is a 3.5L turbocharged V6 engine packing 365 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque. Additionally, standard features for 2017–2019 models include:
- 18-inch wheels
- Rearview camera
- Ford Sync voice command system
- Cruise control (2017 models only)
- Six-speaker sound system with Bluetooth (USB port also included on 2019 models)
This funky midsize SUV drives like a sedan and has all the room of a larger SUV. Regardless if you're running with front-wheel drive or optional all-wheel drive, a good selection of engines are available. On 2017–2019 models, you have a choice of either a 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder EcoBoost engine producing 250 hp and capable of an EPA-estimated 29 mpg on the highway (in front-wheel-drive form on 2019 models)or a more powerful 2.7L turbocharged V6 engine producing 335 hp on Sport models (ST for 2019 models).1 Additionally on 2017–2018 models, there is a third engine available: a 3.5L V6 delivering 280 hp and an EPA-estimated 26 mpg on the highway in front-wheel-drive form on 2019 models.1
Standard 2017–2019 features include:
- 18-inch alloy wheels
- Rearview camera
- Ford Sync voice command system
- Air conditioning (2017–2018 models only)
For those looking for a bit of fun with their SUV driving, check out the Toyota C-HR. First introduced in 2018, the swooping lines and sporty styling set it apart right away from others in the subcompact-crossover class. And with a packed feature list and fun driving experience, the Toyota C-HR is here to make your daily drive a lot more enjoyable. Under the hood things are simple— the C-HR is powered by a 2.0L four-cylinder engine producing 144 hp and capable of an EPA-estimated 29 mpg combined (2019 models).1 Standard features on the 2017-2019 Toyota C-HR include:
- Rearview camera
- LED daytime running lights
- Seven-inch touchscreen (eight-inch on 2019 models)
- Six-speaker sound system with USB Port (also includes Apple CarPlay® on 2019 models)
The Bottom Line
The 2020 Ford Escape is a funky, stylish crossover SUV tailor-made for busy city driving. Whether your journeys are to work, dropping the kids off at school, grocery store runs, or solo weekend adventures, the 2020 Ford Escape is ready to take you and all your cargo where you need to go in style and comfort.
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1Fuel economy figures vary depending on factors like model year, specific trim level, transmission type, engine size, and drive-train. See fueleconomy.gov for details.
2Various factors may impact towing capacity, including weight of passengers, cargo, and options/accessories.
3RepairPal Reliability Ratings are provided by RepairPal and CarMax is not responsible for their accuracy. Learn more at repairpal.com/reliability.
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