Ford Escape 2021
- FUEL TYPEPetrol
- MILEAGE27 MPG City / 33 MPG Highway
- ENGINE1496 cc
- CAR TYPESUV
Ford's new off-road capable Bronco signals the brand's fresh focus on off-the-grid adventure, but its bread-and-butter Escape crossover still caters to the on-road, family-car crowd. All-wheel drive is available, but the Escape lacks the sophisticated all-terrain gear of its new, larger go-anywhere stablemate. Four different powertrains are offered including optional hybrid and plug-in hybrid setups, which aim to sip fuel and provide extra electric-powered boost when needed. The Escape's stylish cabin matches its smooth-edged exterior styling, but the most affordable models project an air of cheapness that may put some buyers off. Despite its flaws, the Escape continues to be a decent option for compact SUV buyers, but competitors such as the Mazda CX-5 and Volkswagen Tiguan offer greater refinement, nicer furnishings, and more driving pleasure for similar money.
What's New for 2021?
Ford has expanded the availability of the hybrid powertrain to the SE and SEL trims for 2021; it's now standard on the top-spec Titanium model. Elsewhere, adaptive cruise control and a traffic-sign recognition feature join the optional Co-Pilot360 Plus package; a hands-free power liftgate and memory settings for the driver's seat and exterior mirrors are now part of the Technology package; and a 10-way power-adjustable driver's seat, a keyless-entry keypad, and LED exterior lighting are now on the list of features in the Convenience package. A new 19-inch wheel design is optional on the Titanium model, and a Class II Trailer Tow package is now available on Escapes with the optional turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine.
Pricing and Which One to Buy
- S - $27,755
- SE - $29,090
- SE Hybrid - $30,415
- SEL - $31,465
- SEL Hybrid - $32,780
- SE Plug-In Hybrid - $35,185
- Titanium Hybrid - $35,320
- Titanium - $37,475
- SEL Plug-In Hybrid - $37,920
Titanium Plug-In Hybrid - $40,430
The best value of the lineup is the mid-range SEL trim with front-wheel drive. The SEL adds plenty of niceties that compact SUV shoppers will appreciate, including rear parking sensors, memory settings for the driver's seat and exterior mirrors, fake leather upholstery, a remote-start feature, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with heat, a hands-free power liftgate, fog lamps, and roof-rack side rails.
Features & Options
Overall Safety Rating (NHTSA) ★★★★★
The Ford Escape has earned a five-star safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and a Top Safety Pick award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Ford is offering a suite of driver-assistance features, which it calls Co-Pilot360, as standard on every Escape model. Key safety features include:
- Standard forward-collision warning with automated emergency braking
- Standard lane-departure warning with lane-keeping assist
- Standard blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert
Ford's standard warranty package is fairly basic, especially compared to rivals such as the Hyundai Tucson and the Kia Sportage, both of which offer far longer powertrain coverage. The Escape hybrid and plug-in hybrid will both come with a policy that's specific to those models' electrified powertrains and provides up to 100,000 miles worth of protection.
- Limited warranty covers 3 years or 36,000 miles
- Powertrain warranty covers 5 years or 60,000 miles
- Hybrid component warranty covers 8 years or 100,000 miles
- No complimentary scheduled maintenance