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Escape - 3 Generations

The Ford Escape compact SUV joined the Ford lineup — alongside the bigger Explorer, Expedition and now-defunct Excursion — in 2001, as the 1990s SUV craze spilled into the new millennium. Unlike its larger siblings, the Escape has always been a car-based SUV. Technology, comfort, safety and fuel economy have been top priorities in the five-seat Escape, with its efficient three- and four-cylinder engines, optional all-wheel drive and advanced standard safety features like automatic emergency braking and lane keeping assist.

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Towing

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Small Families

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2020–2021 Escape

Redesigned in 2020

Lower, wider and longer than its predecessor, the redesigned 2020 Escape has a smoother exterior look. A 181-horsepower, turbocharged 1.5-liter three-cylinder became the standard engine, paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. A 250-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder is also available, as are efficiency-focused hybrid and plug-in hybrid drivetrains.

2020–2021 Escape Generation, 2021 Ford Escape model shown
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MSRP Range $24,885–$36,155
Consumer Rating
(5) 3 reviews
Combined MPG 26-41
Body Styles SUV
Read About the 2021 Model 2021 Escape Articles
  • MSRP Range $14,196–$40,172
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.5) 211 reviews
  • Combined MPG 26-41
  • Body Styles SUV
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2013–2019 Escape

Redesigned in 2013

After nearly 12 years and strong sales, Ford completely redesigned the Escape for the 2013 model year. The new “progressive” appearance retained some hallmarks from the previous generation. The V-6 engine and hybrid model disappeared, and buyers were given a choice of three four-cylinder engines that teamed with a six-speed automatic transmission. Base Escapes had a 2.5-liter engine, while mid-level models were powered by a turbocharged 1.6-liter that made 178 horsepower. The top-level Titanium trim had a 240-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter. Buyers also had a choice between front-wheel drive or full-time all-wheel drive. Now, Escapes come standard with a backup camera and Ford’s optional Sync 3 touchscreen multimedia system. There’s also an available hands-free foot-swipe function for the power liftgate. A slight face-lift inside and out came in 2017, when the Escape got a new turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder and an improved 245-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter, both with stop-start capability.

 

2013–2019 Escape Generation, 2019 Ford Escape model shown
Showing the 2019 Ford Escape
  • MSRP Range $14,510–$25,942
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.8) 261 reviews
  • Combined MPG 23-26
  • Body Styles SUV
Notable Features in 2019
  • Five-seat compact SUV
  • Sync 3 multimedia system available
  • Choice of three gas engines
  • Six-speed automatic standard
  • Front- or four-wheel drive
  • MSRP Range $12,816–$23,992
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.8) 553 reviews
  • Combined MPG 23-26
  • Body Styles SUV
Notable Features in 2018
  • New uplevel SEL trim level
  • Sync 3 available
  • Choice of three engines
  • Six-speed automatic standard
  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • Current List Price $11,054–$21,954
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.7) 731 reviews
  • Combined MPG 24-26
  • Body Styles SUV
Notable Features in 2017
  • Restyled for 2017
  • Sync 3 available
  • New Sport Appearance Package
  • Choice of three engines
  • Six-speed automatic standard
  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • Current List Price $8,639–$20,179
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.6) 259 reviews
  • Combined MPG 25-26
  • Body Styles SUV
Notable Features in 2016
  • Sync 3 multimedia system newly available
  • Backup camera standard
  • Choice of three engines
  • Six-speed automatic standard
  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • Current List Price $8,567–$17,931
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.7) 282 reviews
  • Combined MPG 25-26
  • Body Styles SUV
Notable Features in 2015
  • Backup camera standard
  • Seats five
  • Choice of three engines
  • Six-speed automatic standard
  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • Current List Price $7,087–$17,107
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.5) 445 reviews
  • Combined MPG 25-26
  • Body Styles SUV
Notable Features in 2014
  • Newly standard backup camera
  • Seats five
  • Choice of three engines
  • Six-speed automatic
  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • Current List Price $1,238–$19,894
  • Consumer Rating
    (4) 462 reviews
  • Combined MPG 24-26
  • Body Styles SUV
Notable Features in 2013
  • Escape's first full redesign
  • Seats five
  • Choice of three engines
  • Six-speed automatic
  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • Progressive styling

2001–2012 Escape

Redesigned in 2001


The first generation of the Ford Escape came standard with front-wheel drive and a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine paired with a five-speed manual transmission. Higher trim levels had a 200-hp, 3.0-liter V-6 with a four-speed automatic. Mirroring its bigger siblings, the Escape had an optional Control Trac II four-wheel-drive system and an available towing package for trailers up to 3,500 pounds. An Escape Hybrid arrived in 2005 and returned more than 30 mpg combined. The Escape was restyled in 2008 with a more modern look that was in line with the rest of Ford’s lineup. Upgrades between 2008 and 2012 brought better fuel economy and new technology, such as a standard six-speed automatic and optional self-parking.

2001–2012 Escape Generation, 2012 Ford Escape model shown
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  • Current List Price $4,876–$12,544
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.5) 178 reviews
  • Combined MPG 23-25
  • Body Styles SUV
Notable Features in 2012
  • Self-parking option
  • Four-cylinder or V-6
  • Available manual transmission
  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • Hybrid version available
  • Current List Price $2,345–$13,537
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.3) 152 reviews
  • Combined MPG 23-25
  • Body Styles SUV
Notable Features in 2011
  • Self-parking option
  • Four-cylinder or V-6
  • Available manual transmission
  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • Hybrid version available
  • Current List Price $3,644–$10,760
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.4) 139 reviews
  • Combined MPG 23-25
  • Body Styles SUV
Notable Features in 2010
  • New self-parking option
  • Four-cylinder or V-6
  • Five-speed manual or six-speed automatic
  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • Hybrid version available
  • Current List Price $2,929–$10,205
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.3) 76 reviews
  • Combined MPG 20-25
  • Body Styles SUV
Notable Features in 2009
  • Four-cylinder or V-6
  • Five-speed manual or six-speed automatic
  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • Improved gas mileage
  • Hybrid version
  • Current List Price $789–$12,101
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.3) 151 reviews
  • Combined MPG 19-25
  • Body Styles SUV
Notable Features in 2008
  • Restyled for 2008
  • 4-cylinder or V-6
  • Five-speed manual or four-speed auto
  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • Curtain airbags and stability system
  • Hybrid version
  • Current List Price $2,248–$8,264
  • Consumer Rating
    (3.9) 57 reviews
  • Combined MPG 21-26
  • Body Styles SUV
Notable Features in 2007
  • 153-hp four-cylinder
  • Available 200-hp V-6
  • Available Intelligent automatic 4WD
  • Optional Safety Canopy rollover protection
  • Hybrid powertrain available
  • Current List Price $2,329–$8,481
  • Consumer Rating
    (4) 74 reviews
  • Combined MPG 21-26
  • Body Styles SUV
Notable Features in 2006
  • 153-hp four-cylinder
  • Available 200-hp V-6
  • Available Intelligent automatic 4WD
  • Optional Safety Canopy rollover protection
  • Hybrid powertrain available
  • Current List Price $1,922–$7,390
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.3) 98 reviews
  • Combined MPG 20-34
  • Body Styles SUV
Notable Features in 2005
  • More powerful four-cylinder
  • Available V-6
  • Availability of new &quot
  • Intelligent&quot
  • automatic 4WD
  • Optional Safety Canopy rollover protection
  • Hybrid powertrain offered in mid-2004
Notable Features in 2004
  • Carlike qualities
  • Four-cylinder or V-6
  • Available Automatic 4WD
  • Compact size
  • Hybrid powertrain offered in mid-2004
  • Current List Price $447–$9,499
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.1) 45 reviews
  • Combined MPG 20-25
  • Body Styles SUV
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  • Current List Price $1,381–$7,041
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.2) 55 reviews
  • Combined MPG 20-25
  • Body Styles SUV
  • Current List Price $809–$6,889
  • Consumer Rating
    (4) 47 reviews
  • Combined MPG 24-25
  • Body Styles SUV
Read About the 2001 Model 2001 Escape Articles

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