Ford Escape
Ford Escape
Ford Escape

2022 Ford Escape

Pros: Spacious interior; responsive powertrains; quiet

Cons: Cargo capacity only average for the class; higher trim levels get expensive

CG Says: The 2022 Ford Escape is unchanged. Ford redesigned its compact SUV from the ground up for 2020. The current Escape is a more car-like vehicle than its predecessor; Ford is in process of phasing out almost all of its traditional passenger cars, so the company has repositioned the Escape as a more urban, on-road-oriented vehicle. Ford’s Bronco SUV, as well as a smaller Bronco Sport SUV, are aimed more at the traditional off-road-ready SUV market.
In addition to its lower, sleeker styling, the Ford Escape gained a host of new technology and convenience features, plus new powertrains (including a hybrid and plug-in hybrid). The base engine is a turbocharged 180-horsepower 3-cylinder engine and a 250-hp 2.0-liter turbo four is available on topline SEL and Titanium trims. Both engines are paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission; all-wheel drive is standard with the 2.0-liter, while the 1.5-liter 3-cylinder is available with front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive. Also available is a hybrid that combines a 2.5-liter four with two electric motors for a total of 198 hp. A plug-in hybrid uses the same basic powertrain, but is rated at 209 hp and is capable of travelling an estimated 30 miles in pure-electric mode. Both hybrids have a CVT automatic transmission; the plug-in hybrid is front-wheel drive only, while the regular hybrid also offers all-wheel drive.
The Escape’s standard safety features include forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, blind-spot alert, cross-traffic alert, lane-keep assist, and automatic high-beam headlights. Available safety features include adaptive cruise control with stop and go capability, lane-centering, and evasive steering assist. Other available features include active park assist, panoramic sunroof, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto functionality, Wi-Fi hotspot, and remote-access capabilities through the FordPass Connect smartphone app. The current Ford Escape is a crossover SUV that “crosses over” farther to the car side of the car/SUV divide than any previous Escape—and that’s mostly a good thing for the average buyer looking for an everyday vehicle. Even though it’s on the small side of the compact SUV class, the Escape interior is reasonably spacious for the vehicle’s overall size—and rear passenger room is aided by rear seats that adjusts fore and aft six inches to improve rear legroom or cargo space. A broad range of high-tech available features and good fuel economy with conventional engines—not to mention the availability of hybrid and plug-in hybrid powertrains—add to the Escape’s appeal.

The Facts
Class Compact SUV
Body Style(s) 4-door wagon
Passenger Count 5
Drive Wheels front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive
Manufacturer Ford
Nation of Manufacture USA
Base Prices S: $28,250
AWD S: $30,020
SE: $29,855
AWD SE: $31,355
SEL: $32,230
AWD SEL: $33,730
AWD Titanium: $38,640
SE Hybrid: $31,680
AWD SE Hybrid: $33,180
SEL Hybrid: $34,045
AWD SEL: $35,550
Titanium Hybrid: $36,590
AWD Titanium Hybrid: $38,090
SE Plug-in Hybrid: $36,950
SEL Plug-in Hybrid: $39,685
Titanium Plug-in Hybrid: $42,195

Base Engine
turbocharged 1.5-liter 3-cylinder (S, SE, SEL)
Horsepower
180
Std. Transmission
8-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
26-28
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
31-34

Optional Engine
turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder (Titanium)
Horsepower
250
Std. Transmission
8-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
22
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
31

Optional Engine
2.5-liter 4-cylinder/electric motors (Hybrid)
Horsepower
198
Std. Transmission
CVT
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
43-44
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
37

Optional Engine
2.5-liter 4-cylinder/electric motors (Plug-in Hybrid)
Horsepower
209
Std. Transmission
CVT
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA Combined Gas Engine (mpg)
40
EPA Combined Electric Engine (MPGe)
105

Ford Escape
2022 Ford Escape
NHTSA Ratings
Overall - 5
100%

(5 is the highest rating)

Front Crash - 5
100%
Side Crash - 5
100%
Rollover - 4
80%

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