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2020 Ford Escape Overview

The Escape was last refreshed in 2017, and for 2020, it gets a full redesign that further enhances its sporty yet efficient design. The Escape is poised against rivals like the Toyota RAV4, Honda CR-V, Subaru Forester, Chevrolet Equinox, and Jeep Cherokee.

An aerodynamic shape and sports car-inspired elements provide a bold new look for the Escape, which borrows styling elements from elsewhere in the Ford family, including a Mustang-inspired grille and a front end inspired by the Ford GT.

The base powertrain is a 1.5-liter turbocharged 3-cylinder EcoBoost, which is expected to yield 180 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque using premium fuel. A new 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder EcoBoost engine will offer a projected 250 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque. These engines both come paired with a new 8-speed automatic transmission and are available with all-wheel drive (AWD). The Escape SE Sport and Titanium trims feature a new hybrid powertrain with a 2.5-liter engine and a continuously variable transmission (CVT). This system is expected to produce a total of 198 horsepower and offer a range of up to 550 miles, and it's available with AWD. Finally, a new plug-in hybrid trim will join the lineup later in the model year. Ford expects this trim to achieve a best-in-class range of at least 30 miles in electric-only mode.

The Escape will be available in the following trim levels: S, SE, SE Sport, SEL, and Titanium. To get the Escape’s 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system, skip the base S trim and start at the SE or above. Options include the Sync3 infotainment system, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Amazon Alexa integration, Waze navigation, wireless-device charging, type A and type C USB ports, three 12-volt outlets, a head-up display (HUD), a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, and a 10-speaker Bang & Olufsen premium audio system.

The Escape includes the Ford Co-Pilot360 active safety suite and includes features such as a reversing camera, blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert. The Escape offers a driving-mode system that helps enhance safety by offering a setting for Slippery snow and sand conditions, as well as the typical Normal, Eco, and Sport modes. Options include active park assist, evasive-steering assist, adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go, and lane-keep assist.

The 2020 Ford Escape seeks to reinvigorate a segment it helped create 20 years ago. The Escape will be built in Kentucky at Ford’s Louisville Assembly Plant. Most trims will be available this fall, with the plug-in hybrid following in spring 2020.

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Cherise is a Chicago-based freelance writer and editor with nearly 15 years of experience covering the automotive industry. Cherise loves writing about car culture and sharing common-sense car-buying advice. She is eagerly awaiting delivery of a 2019 Subaru WRX Series.Gray, which will join her household's 2008 Toyota RAV4, 2007 Genuine Buddy Italia 150, and 2015 Honda Grom.

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