The 2020 Ford Escape ranks 5 out of 22 Affordable Compact SUVs. This ranking is based on our analysis of published reviews and test drives of the Ford Escape, as well as reliability and safety data.
The 2020 Ford Escape is ranked:
#5 in Affordable Compact SUVs
#5 in Affordable SUVs with 2 Rows
#9 in Affordable Crossover SUVs
Test drivers write that the 2020 Ford Escape stands out with nimble handling, powerful turbocharged engine options and an upscale cabin.
The Ford Escape comes standard with a four-cylinder engine that test drivers report delivers adequate power. However, most say that models fitted with either of the two available turbocharged four-cylinder engines have more spirited acceleration. They’re especially pleased with the larger turbocharged engine, noting that it has ample power for climbing hills with ease. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard. Fuel economy is up to an EPA-estimated 15/22 mpg city/highway, and while the 2020 Escape’s overall fuel economy numbers are on par for the class, rivals like the Mazda CX-5 and Subaru Forester use a bit less fuel. Reviewers say that the Escape rides comfortably and they are delighted with its nimble handling and responsive steering. As a result, some critics say that it is one of the most fun-to-drive SUVs in the segment.
Auto journalists are pleased with the 2020 Ford Escape’s first-rate cabin materials and handsome interior design. Most agree that the five-seat Escape is comfortable up front and that there is plenty of rear-seat legroom. The Escape has a competitive amount of cargo space for the class, and reviewers find the available hands-free power liftgate helpful for opening the hatch when your hands are full. A rearview camera and Ford’s SYNC voice command system with Bluetooth and a USB port are standard. A panoramic sunroof, parallel park assist, a 10-speaker Sony audio system, the MyFord Touch infotainment system, navigation and front and rear parking sensors are available. Some test drivers note that the MyFord Touch system is straightforward, but others mention its touch controls could be more responsive. Several praise the rich sound quality of the available Sony stereo system.