2020 Ford Escape Review - Specs, Performance
Over recent years, mid-size SUVs have grown to dominate the Canadian car market, with the Ford Escape carving out a healthy position at the head of the sales ranks. Will the company's latest range refresh keep them at the top? Read our 2020 Ford Escape Comparison to find out more.
What's New for 2020?
The Escape's frame has been redesigned for the 2020 release, giving it a slightly lower, wider, and longer profile that noticeably increases the amount of cabin space. However, this increased size doesn't mean a heavier car.
Ford's use of high-strength steel construction means the new, roomier Escape actually weighs less than the previous version, which translates into more responsive handling and improved fuel economy.
In terms of looks, Ford have upped the ante with this release. While the Escape is still unmistakably a SUV, the addition of a lower front end and imposing Mustang-style grille makes this a car that stands out from the crowd.
The Escape also has a new set of engine options providing several balances of performance and fuel consumption. First up is the standard 1.5L EcoTurbo engine, which produces a highly respectable 181 horsepower and 190lb-ft of torque, passed through an eight-speed automatic transmission to either front-wheel or all-wheel drive.
For a little more power the same transmission can be paired with a meatier 2.0L I-4 engine, which pushes the output up to 250hp, with torque set at 280lb-ft.
According to Ford, the new combinations boost performance significantly compared to previous years' equivalent models, with acceleration in particular being 10% more responsive.
Lastly, there's also the option of a 2.5L hybrid powertrain on the higher-level trims, with a full plugin EV slated for later in the year.
The specific fuel economy depends heavily on the drivetrain configuration, and with several options available it's hard to give a precise figure. However, the Escape isn't a thirsty SUV for its size, with typical figures of 9.0L / 100km for combined city and highway driving.
Interior Technology and Infotainment
General infotainment duties are covered by the 8" colour touchscreen system which includes Ford's Sync3, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto integration.
Instrumentation is highly impressive, based around a customisable 12.3" digital display cluster which provides a clear and neat readout. What's more, higher-level trims have the option of extending vital drive details into a head-up display, an option which greatly increases both safety and ergonomics.
Safety Tech and Driver Assist
The 2020 Escape's safety technology is built around Ford's respected Co-Pilot 360 system, offering standard features which include:
- Cross-traffic alerts
- Blind-spot monitoring.
- Collision detection, and automatic emergency braking for mitigation.
- Lane-keeping assist with departure warnings.
- An automatic parking assist system.
- Electronically assisted steering
- Selectable drive modes to improve handling in difficult road conditions.
Experience the 2020 Ford Escape for Sale in Winnipeg
Ready for more? Get in touch to arrange a test drive of the 2020 Ford Escape from our Winnipeg dealership, and see for yourself why this SUV is firmly at the head of the mid-size pack.