2022 Ford Escape Assessment | Hybrids are your greatest guess

You will not see the 2022 Ford Escape on our listing of the most effective small SUVs. Fairly merely, it is outdone by opponents which can be extra spacious, higher to drive and have higher-quality interiors. “Mid-pack” can be the most effective description. “Shut however no cigar” can be one other.

There are some caveats to this lukewarm response, nonetheless. The Escape is certainly one of solely 4 compact SUVs that supply a hybrid powertrain, and certainly one of solely three accessible as a plug-in hybrid. On the identical time, it additionally presents a robust turbocharged four-cylinder that those self same hybrid-offering opponents don’t. As such, if you happen to’re on the lookout for a hybrid (and we undoubtedly recommend that) or a burlier engine possibility, the Escape all of the sudden finds itself increased in that pack and due to this fact extra worthy of your consideration.

Inside & Expertise   |   Passenger & Cargo House   |   Efficiency & Gas Economic system

What it is prefer to drive   |   Pricing & Options   |   Crash Rankings & Security Options

What’s new for 2022?

The Escape will get minor choices updates and a few new colours for 2022.

What are the Escape inside and in-car know-how like?

We take a deep dive into the Escape inside’s high quality, know-how, storage and house in this Escape Inside Driveway Check, so we’ll solely contact on the excessive and low factors right here.

Inside storage is plentiful and considerate, particularly the realm dedicated to smartphones. The sliding again seat additionally provides versatility, although we’ll contact on that extra beneath and in our Escape Baggage Check. By way of know-how, all however essentially the most fundamental Escape (pictured within the first slide above) comes with a big touchscreen that is simply seen and reached. It runs Ford’s Sync 3 interface, which is technically previous-generation tech, however solely the latest, fanciest Fords like the Mach-E, Bronco and F-150 are working Sync 4. On the whole, we like its clear, simply learn graphics that includes giant icons on a clear background. It does the fundamentals effectively, and though we now have nits to choose with its Apple CarPlay integration, there’s much more good than unhealthy. We’re additionally followers of the configurable digital instrument panel commonplace on the hybrids and gas-only Titanium.

Alternatively, we would not name the design notably eye-catching, and its air vent placement can lead to awfully chilly knuckles. Worse, the Escape’s inside high quality has gone downhill for this technology. The doorways are lined in rubbery plastic somewhat than fabric or pleather, the cargo space is lined in brittle, scratch-prone plastic, and we discovered proof of iffy fit-and-finish. The Titanium has among the least convincing wooden trim you may discover in a automotive. Whereas different Fords, just like the Bronco Sport and Maverick, have equally mediocre supplies high quality, they at the very least are extra characterful and fascinating to take a look at, with distinctive designs and two-tone shade schemes.

How large is the Escape?

The Escape mainly presents common passenger and cargo house for a compact crossover. With 33.5 cubic-feet of house, the non-hybrid Escape’s cargo space can maintain 5 sizeable items of baggage plus a duffel bag or two. A Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4 and Hyundai Tucson can maintain extra (together with by way of most house), however the Escape has a trick up its sleeve: a sliding again seat that frees up further room do you have to not want as a lot rear passenger house. Few opponents present such a characteristic. Plus, there is a good probability you will not want all of the house provided by that again seat since there may be an considerable 40.7 inches of most legroom. A 6-footer has no drawback sitting behind one other 6-footer.  

Each the common and plug-in hybrids have 30.7 cubic-feet behind the again seat in its rearmost place. That is because of the cargo ground being 2 inches increased (in a packaging quirk, their 12-volt battery is relocated to beneath the trunk ground, the place it not solely raises the ground however eliminates the spare tire). Finally, it would not matter that a lot by way of sensible cargo house, and though you may undoubtedly miss the spare tire, know that the CR-V and Tucson hybrids do not have them, both.

What are the Escape gas financial system and efficiency specs?

No compact crossover presents as many powertrain choices because the 2022 Ford Escape.

The usual engine is a 1.5-liter turbocharged inline-three that produces 180 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque. Sure, solely three cylinders, and there is cylinder deactivation, so it will probably truly function as a two-cylinder to save lots of gas. Nifty! An eight-speed computerized is commonplace on each gas-only Escape. Gas financial system is 28 mpg metropolis, 34 mpg freeway and 30 mpg mixed with front-wheel drive, and 26/31/28 with optionally available all-wheel drive.

Out there on the SEL and Titanium is a 2.0-liter turbo inline-four that ups output to 250 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. You will must fill it with premium to get that precise quantity, however common is OK. All-wheel drive is necessary, and gas financial system is available in at 22/31/26 mpg.

The Escape Hybrid combines a naturally aspirated four-cylinder and an electrical motor to provide a complete system output of 200 hp. Its battery pack is replenished by recapturing vitality often misplaced by braking or coasting. Gas financial system is an distinctive 44 mpg metropolis, 37 mpg freeway and 41 mpg mixed with FWD and 43/37/40 with AWD. That is on par with different hybrid compact SUVs.

The Escape Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV) mainly simply provides a a lot bigger battery that may be recharged by plugging into your home or a public charger. This further capability permits for an estimated 37 miles of all-electric driving, which needs to be adequate to cowl most commutes. As soon as this vary is depleted, the PHEV basically operates just like the common hybrid, recouping simply sufficient vitality via braking and the engine to contribute electrical energy to the motor. Its MPG-equivalent ranking is 105 MPG-E, which is healthier than the RAV4 Prime and Hyundai Tucson Plug-in Hybrid. Principally, you may spend much less on gasoline and electrical energy with the Escape PHEV.

Notice that the Escape PHEV is simply accessible with front-wheel drive. That is the case with the Hyundai, however the Prime is AWD solely.

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What is the Escape prefer to drive?

No matter powertrain, the Escape is among the extra partaking compact crossovers to drive with a stiff chassis and a suspension simply on the agency aspect of snug. Its assortment of torque-rich powertrain possibility solely heighten its athletic bent. Sadly, the steering is an actual letdown given what we got here to anticipate from the final Escape and different present Fords. Its energy help is extreme and results in an excessively synthetic really feel. In Regular mode, the automotive virtually appears to make refined corrections for you thru sweeping turns – we saved checking to see if the lane-keeping help was on, however nope. Sport mode is a bit higher, however you are then caught with much less environment friendly engine and transmission settings.

The bottom 1.5-liter turbocharged three-cylinder engine is a little bit sluggish off the road, however it involves life because the turbo builds stress. It feels easy and responsive switching via the gears, and we’re glad Ford prevented placing a repeatedly variable transmission in right here (because the Honda CR-V and Subaru Forester have). The extra highly effective 2.0-liter turbo-four is actually faster, however it, too, can really feel a little bit gradual off the road. As soon as underneath manner, passing energy from the two.0-liter is excellent resulting from its abundance of midrange torque, and it’s rated to tow as a lot as 3,500 kilos.

Regardless of having much less torque than the gas-only powertrains, the Escape Hybrid’s torque comes early, serving to it get transferring shortly at low rpm. Its digital CVT can drone a bit, particularly underneath regular acceleration, however it’s not bothersome underneath most driving. The Escape Plug-in Hybrid mainly simply turns the dial up on the common Hybrid, with much more time spent driving underneath electrical energy, even when the all-electric vary is depleted. Like different PHEVs, there are a number of powertrain modes, which allow you to lock out the gasoline engine fully, save the electrical vary for later (say, after a freeway drive while you enter a metropolis), or drive totally on electrical energy till stronger acceleration is required and the gasoline engine robotically kicks in. In any of the above, transitions and energy supply are seamless. It is a refined powertrain and though the value tag and availability are clearly a priority, it is essentially the most interesting Escape accessible.

What different Ford Escape evaluations can I learn?

2020 Ford Escape Inside Driveway Check

Our deep dive into the Escape’s inside, together with its know-how, high quality, storage and house. 

2020 Ford Escape Baggage Check 

We took a take a look at its cargo capability in a second check, exhibiting how a lot can match within the cargo space with the again slid ahead and rearward. 

2020 Ford Escape SE Sport Hybrid Drivers’ Notes Assessment

Our editors check the Escape Hybrid, discovering it acquired gas financial system within the low to mid 30s with out a lot effort to be thrifty.

2020 Ford Escape Titanium Drivers’ Notes Assessment

Our editors in Michigan spend a while with the range-topping Escape. In brief, they recognize its efficiency and enjoyable driving expertise, however the worth and inside high quality are questionable.

2020 Ford Escape First Drive Assessment | A renewed Focus

A primary drive evaluate of the 2020 Ford Escape, with driving impressions, specs and pictures.

2020 Ford Escape Hybrid First Drive | Extra frugal, however nonetheless enjoyable

Our first go behind the wheel of the Hybrid, which we discovered to be “no fun-sapping miserly model aimed solely at these making an attempt to save lots of a buck on the pump.”

2020 Ford Escape Hybrid

What’s the 2022 Escape worth and what options can be found?

Like many automobiles, it is doubtless you may battle to discover a base mannequin on a vendor lot, so the truth that the 2022 Escape S begins at $26,010 would not actually matter a lot (we didn’t know the vacation spot cost on the time of this writing). As such, you are virtually sure to start out on the subsequent rung up the trim ladder with the SE, which not solely consists of extra tools, but in addition opens the door to extra choices. It’s the base mannequin for the hybrids.

Commonplace tools on the SE consists of 17-inch alloy wheels, rear privateness glass, proximity entry and push-button begin, computerized headlights, a full array of driver help methods (see Security part beneath) guide local weather management, a height-adjustable driver seat, fabric upholstery, conventional analog gauges, a six-speaker sound system, satellite tv for pc radio, 4 USB ports and the Sync 3 tech interface that features an 8-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. A key improve is the Comfort package deal, which provides an eight-way energy driver seat, an influence liftgate, dual-zone local weather management and an upgraded steering wheel. Heated seats and steering wheel are among the many additions with the Chilly Climate package deal.

These choices are successfully included within the SEL, which differentiates itself by providing a know-how package deal that features a handsfree energy liftgate, driver reminiscence capabilities, a 12.3-inch digital instrument panel, wi-fi machine charging and a B&O sound system. The range-topping Titanium has the identical consolation/comfort gadgets as that package deal (plus the two.0-liter engine commonplace), however the tech gadgets are included in its personal separate package deal alongside numerous upper-crust options distinctive to the Titanium (leather-wrapped surfaces and a head-up show). It is the one trim to incorporate the adaptive cruise management system that optionally available on the SE and SEL. A panoramic sunroof can be optionally available on SE, SEL and Titanium.

Contemplating the Escape’s unremarkable inside, we predict it is best to stay with the SE and possibility as wanted. If you need a extra premium setting befitting the Titanium’s worth, you would be higher off taking a look at a Mazda CX-5 or Hyundai Tucson.

Not one of the beneath costs embody the vacation spot cost, which was not accessible on the time of this writing. All-wheel drive is a $1,500 possibility except in any other case indicated.

S: $26,010

SE: $27,495

SE Hybrid: $28,495

SEL: $29,970

SEL Hybrid: $30,960

Titanium Hybrid: $33,500

Titanium (AWD and a pair of.0-liter engine commonplace): $36,355

SE PHEV: $33,540

SEL PHEV: $36,275

Titanium PHEV: $38,785

All plug-in hybrids are front-wheel-drive solely. Not one of the above costs embody the $6,843 federal tax rebate.

What are the Escape security scores and driver help options?

Each Escape comes commonplace with among the better-executed driver help know-how within the trade. Dubbed Ford Co-Pilot 360, the suite of ordinary options consists of ahead collision warning with pedestrian detection and computerized emergency braking, lane-departure warning, lane-keeping help, and blind-spot warning and rear cross site visitors warning, that are hardly ever commonplace tools. Adaptive cruise management and lane centering are optionally available as a part of the Co-Pilot 360+ package deal.

The federal government gave the Escape prime five-star scores for general, frontal and aspect crash protections. The Insurance coverage Institute for Freeway Security named the Escape a High Security Decide for its sufficiently excessive scores in crash assessments (all “Good” scores) and for its accident avoidance tech. A “Marginal” rating within the newer, more durable IIHS aspect crash check, however the Mazda CX-5 was the one small SUV to web a “Good” rating. The IIHS additionally rated the Escape’s LATCH automotive seat anchors Good+ and we are able to affirm that they’re certainly very simply reached and used.  

Patrick Moore

Patrick is our chief editor and he's very passionate about cars. He has a bachelor's degree in marketing and he studies journalism. His favorite brand is BMW and he drives an X5 series. When he's not writing for Vehiclenews.net, he enjoys spending time with his family and 9 years old son.

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