2021 Ford Escape

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$25,555

starting MSRP

Key specs

Base trim shown

SUV

Body style

30

Combined MPG

5

Seating capacity

180.5” x 65.9”

Dimensions

Front-wheel drive

Drivetrain

Overview

7 trims

Starting msrp listed lowest to highest price

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2021 Ford Escape review: Our expert's take

By Jennifer Geiger

Most significant changes: A plug-in hybrid model joins the lineup this year. 

Price change: Base prices are unchanged, while other trims see minor price increases and decreases; see the trims compared

On sale: Gas-only and hybrid versions of the 2021 Escape go on sale this month; the plug-in model hits dealers in the spring. 

Which should you buy, 2020 or 2021? Opt for the 2021 model if you’re interested in the plug-in version. 

Ford revamped its compact SUV for 2020, and the fourth generation of the Escape got a new platform, revised engines (including a new hybrid option) and an updated interior. For 2021, the Escape Plug-In Hybrid joins the lineup, and all versions get some additional equipment and updated packages. 

Related: 2020 Ford Escape Review: Better on the Big Stuff

The Escape Plug-In Hybrid pairs a 2.5-liter four-cylinder hybrid engine and an electronic continuously variable transmission. Ford expects it to have an EPA-estimated fuel economy rating of 100 mpg-equivalent as well as 37 miles of all-electric range. The plug-in system will be available on all trim levels except S and SE Sport. Prices start at $33,895 for a base SE model before any applicable tax incentives; all prices include destination. 

Gas-only and hybrid versions of the compact SUV get some equipment changes for 2021. In ascending order, trim levels are the S, SE, SEL and Titanium. The Technology Package, which is standard on the Titanium trim, gets a new memory package for the driver’s seat and side mirrors, as well as a hands-free, foot-activated power liftgate. The Convenience Package adds a keyless entry keypad as well as LED signature lighting and the hands-free liftgate; it’s standard on the SEL trim level and above. The Ford Co-Pilot360 Assist Plus system now includes adaptive cruise control and speed sign recognition; it’s  available on SE and SEL trim levels and standard on the Titanium. 

Base prices for 2021 are unchanged, but other trims see increases or decreases, depending on specifics. The SEL all-wheel-drive trim, for example, jumped to $34,150 for 2021 from $32,010 for 2020. On the other hand, the 2021 SE AWD trim costs $29,355, down from $29,850 for 2020.  

Gas and hybrid versions of the 2021 Escape go on sale this month; the plug-in model will go on sale in spring.

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Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.6
  • Interior 4.7
  • Performance 4.1
  • Value 4.0
  • Exterior 4.8
  • Reliability 4.1

Most recent consumer reviews

5.0

Really a breeze to drive and ride in!

Bought in 2023 used with 30k miles, after driving it for six months it had become my favorite car, it’s smooth, I avg 27mpg in town driving, 33 highway. They don’t have tons of street lighting here and I hit a curb one evening and enjoyed discovering a spare tire I could switch myself until going to tire store next day.

3.0

TERRIBLE PERFORMANCE

WHEN BACKING UP SOUNDS LIKE BRAKES ARE SCRUBBING AND VERY LOUD ,WHEN DRIVING YOU CAN HEAR THE FLAP BLOWING UNDER NEATH,IT IS VERY LIGHT NOT RECOMMEND TO DRIVE ON WINDY DAYS

4.0

Summer trip

I have about 7000 miles so far with no problem yet. I will take a long ride to Raleigh northcarolina in June so I am praying I have any problems. My first long trip. My back brakes squeak sometimes.

See all 20 consumer reviews

Safety

Based on the 2021 Ford Escape base trim.
Combined side rating front seat
5
Combined side rating rear seat
5
Frontal barrier crash rating driver
5
Frontal barrier crash rating passenger
5
Overall frontal barrier crash rating
5
Overall rating
5
Overall side crash rating
5
Risk of rollover
16.9%
Rollover rating
4
Side barrier rating
5
Side barrier rating driver
5
Side barrier rating passenger rear seat
5
Side pole rating driver front seat
5

Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Ford Blue Advantage Blue
New car program benefits
Bumper-to-bumper
36 months/36,000 miles
Corrosion
60 months/unlimited distance
Powertrain
60 months/60,000 miles
Roadside assistance
60 months/60,000 miles
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
Fords and many non-Ford vehicles up to 10 years old with less than 150,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
90-Day/4,000-Mile (whichever comes first) Comprehensive Limited Warranty
Powertrain
Available
Dealer certification required
139-point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
View all cpo program details

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