2020 Ford Escape a best-in-class offering

The redesigned 2020 Ford Escape drops 200 pounds and gains second-row passenger space, making it best-in-class for the segment.

A completely refined and retuned suspension gives the Escape a smooth and comfortable ride. Co-Pilot360, Ford’s suite of driver’s assistance features, now comes standard and makes Escape a unique vehicle. Highlighting the exterior design is a performance crossover with a sloping roof line and a new front fascia.

Driving impression
The 2020 Ford Escape Titanium came equipped with power from a EcoBoost drivetrain, which has plenty of power to give this Escape the agility to get up and go.

The transmission for the EcoBoost is a new eight-speed automatic transmission that pairs nicely with the 2-liter. Shifts are smooth, well-measured and, paddle shifters make the drive more exciting and exhilarating.

The electric power-assisted steering feels effortless and with drive mode options on the Escape such as Normal, Eco, Dynamic and Sport makes the driving experience more unique. There are also modes for slippery, snow and sand conditions.

The suspension on the Escape is all new, including vibration-absorbing rear subframe mounts for a more comfortable ride.

The Escape is wider and lower than the previous generation, and cornering has vastly improved. Acceleration is quicker and the SUV feels nimbler.

Under the hood
My test drive came with the 2.0-liter EcoBoost motor. This motor never disappointed and had major personality. Its 250 hp and 280 lb.-ft. of torque propelled the Escape down the road with little effort.

Engine and Performance
• All-wheel drive.
• 4-cylinder engine.
• Turbocharged.
• Engine type: Intercooled turbo premium unleaded I-4.
• Displacement: 2.0 L/122
• Horsepower (Net @ RPM): 250.
• Torque (Net @ RPM): 275.
• Transmission: Automatic w/OD.

Inside
The 2020 Ford Escape has more cargo and passenger space inside then the 2019. There’s enough room in the back for four bags of golf clubs. The center-stack unique design is easy to use with touchscreen and physical buttons. Seats are supportive and comfortable, and visibility is excellent.

There is a sliding second-row seat that gives second-row passengers added leg room. With the recline function and supportive seat cushions, the Escape becomes a great road trip crossover.

Ford’s suite of safety and driver assist features comes standard across all trims, and includes post-collision braking, pre-collision assist with automatic emergency braking and lane-keeping assist.

My test drive had parking assist, adaptive cruise control with stop and go and lane-centering, and an evasive-steering assist.

Outside
The Escape had a major redesign this year. The new front fascia is more aerodynamic and the grille drops significantly with new slanted headlamps extending from the top corners.

The body has more curves and a more athletic shape. Even the roof racks are low profile to cut wind resistance. The Escape’s stance gets lower and wider with the crossover’s revised dimensions.

Safety features
• Driver air bag.
• Passenger air bag.
• Front head air bag.
• Rear head air bag.
• Front side air bag.
• 4-wheel ABS.
• 4-wheel disc brakes.
• Safety features.
• Brake assist.
• Electronic stability control.
• Daytime running lights.
• Child safety locks.
• Integrated turn-signal mirrors.
• Traction control.
• Blind spot monitor.
• Lane departure warning.
• Lane-keeping assist.
• Cross-traffic alert.

Comfort and Convenience
• Alarm.
• Back-up camera.
• Cruise control.
• Adaptive cruise control.
• Heads-up display (optional).
• Vehicle anti-theft system.
• Fog lamps.
• Auto-off headlights.
• Keyless start.
• Luggage rack (optional).
• Automatic parking.
• Power liftgate.
• Hands-free liftgate.
• Remote engine start.
• Adjustable Steering Wheel.
• Steering wheel controls.
• Leather-wrapped steering wheel.
• Heated steering wheel.
• Trip computer.
• Remote trunk release.
• Universal garage-door opener.
• Intermittent wipers.
• Rain-sensing wipers.
• Variable-speed intermittent wipers.
• Keyless entry.
• Power door locks.
• Electrochromic rearview mirror.
• Heated Mirrors.
• Mirror memory.
• Power mirrors.
• Driver illuminated vanity mirror.
• Passenger illuminated visor mirror.

Entertainment
• AM/FM/CD stereo.
• Bang & Olufsen 10-speaker sound system with subwoofer.
• SYNC Voice Recognition Communications and Entertainment System with 4.2″ LCD screen in center stack, 911 Assist, AppLink and two smart-charging USB ports.
• FordPass Connect4 with 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot capability.

Exterior Measurements
• Width: 74.1 in.
• Height: 66.1 in.
• Length: 180.5 in.
• Wheelbase: 106.7 in.

Interior Measurements
• Front head room: 40 in.
• Front leg room: 42.4 in.
• Front shoulder room: 57.6 in.
• Front hip room: 55.2.
• Second-row head room: 39.3 in.
• Second-row leg room: 38.8 in.
• Second-row shoulder room: 56 in.
• Second-row hip room: 53.3.

Summary
If you are in the market for a unique crossover, then go to your local Ford dealer for a test drive today of the 2020 Ford Escape.