2021 Ford Escape

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Ford Escape highlights

Customer rating


  • Five driving condition modes
  • Optional fuel-saving powertrain
  • Comfortable, spacious seating


  • Clunky transmission shifting
  • Engine stop-start system bucks
  • Narrow armrests on doors

Mileage (EPA estimate)

23 city, 31 highway, 26 combined

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All Ford Escape years

What is new for the 2021 Ford Escape?

  • The Titanium trim now comes with Cruise Control and Leatherette Seats as standard equipment.

2021 Ford Escape trims

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  • 181-hp, 190-lb-ft of torque 1.5L
  • Cloth Seats
  • Rear View Camera
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Power Mirrors
  • Side Airbags
  • Cruise Control
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Overhead Airbags
  • View our Ford Escape S inventory


  • Includes all features available on the S
  • Front Seat Heaters
  • Power Seats
  • Smart Key
  • Alloy Wheels
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • View our Ford Escape SE inventory


  • Includes all features available on the SE
  • 250-hp, 280-lb-ft of torque 2.0L
  • Leatherette Seats
  • Heated Steering Wheel
  • Remote Start
  • Parking Sensors
  • Power Hatch/Deck Lid
  • View our Ford Escape SEL inventory


Ford Escape photos

5 reasons to buy the 2021 Ford Escape

1. Brilliant base engine

Isn't it great when a base engine has the kind of clever tech that makes it more standout than standard? All 2021 Ford Escape S, SE, and SEL trims feature the 181-hp 1.5L EcoBoost® powertrain. When you're having an easy day on the road, the EcoBoost engine recognizes it as a fuel-saving opportunity, seamlessly shutting down one of its cylinders in the blink of an eye. Stuck in traffic? The auto start-stop functionality can also reduce fuel consumption whenever your Escape sits idle.

2. Selectable drive modes

How about some supercharged personality? The gas-powered 2021 Ford Escape has five drive modes to choose from: Normal, Slippery, Eco, Sport, and Deep Snow/Sand. While the elements might dictate driving conditions, the Escape handles it all with class. Sudden showers on the school run? Switch to Slippery mode for firmer traction control and pedal response. Switch to Eco mode while you're searching for a gas station, or try Sport mode when you want responsive handling along coastal highways.

3. Thoughtful driver details

Sure, this five-seat crossover will be a hit with your passengers, but as the driver, you'll love the dedication to cockpit convenience. Everything feels effortless in the 2021 Ford Escape. The center console is home to your essentials, with a smooth rotary gear shift dial and a drive mode selection that feels straightforward and slick. Controls for connectivity, cruise control, and menu settings are within easy reach on the steering wheel. In cold weather, you'll appreciate the heated seat and steering wheel on the SEL trim and above.

4. Slide-and-recline rear row

Comfort is non-negotiable on long trips with family and friends. Thanks to the slide-and-recline functionality of the 2021 Ford Escape's rear-row split-bench seating, you can be assured everyone will love the ride. Slide functionality can increase passenger legroom to 40.7 inches (38.9 inches for hybrid models) or add more cu-ft to your cargo space (from 33.5 cu-ft to 37.5 cu-ft on gas models) for a dog crate or road-trip luggage. For seriously deep relaxation, side levers recline the rear-row seatbacks.

5. Standard driver aids

Standard across all 2021 Escape trim levels is the Ford Co-Pilot360 package of driver-assistance features, designed to support your awareness on the road. If you prefer quiet nighttime hours for highway driving, automatic high-beam lamps and lane-keep assist offer peace of mind on your drive. And if your day includes multiple errands and appointments, the rearview camera is a welcome feature, offering an additional viewpoint in parking lots and garages.

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Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings

4.5 out of 5

4 customer reviews
Above Average

RepairPal gave the Ford Escape an overall reliability rating of 4 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Above Average. This rating ranks Ford Escape 14th out of 29 among Compact SUVs.

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Ford Escape features and specs

S 2WD 4D Sport Utility

Standard Features

  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • Cloth Seats
  • Cruise Control
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Defroster
  • Rear View Camera
  • Side Airbags
  • Sync System
  • Traction Control
  • Turbo Charged Engine
  • Alloy Wheels
  • Full Roof Rack
  • Parking Sensors
  • Remote Start
  • Tow Hitch

Drive Wheels

Front Wheel Drive (2WD)

Engine size




Torque (ft-lbs)


Engine type

Turbo Gas

Fuel capacity




Overall length






Leg room

F 42.4"/R 40.7"

Head room

F 40"/R 39.3"

Front tires


Rear tires


Seating capacity


Max towing capacity

200/2000 lbs.



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