Ford accepted the challenge by Japanese carmakers. Toyota broke the bond by delivering Rav4 Hybrid with 41 mpg, and Honda responded with CR-V’s 42 mpg. The 2021 Ford Escape is beating both records with 44 mpg on the open road. This compact crossover hit the new generation recently, so there won’t be any serious changes in the upcoming vehicle.
Here, we will go through powertrain options and trim levels to present all the pros and cons of the 2021 Ford Escape.
Why Buy the 2021 Ford Escape?
The crossover is still offering a fresh, eye-catching design. It doesn’t remind us of something we ever have seen before by the US carmaker. The new generation is making a huge step ahead in styling compared to the predecessor. Aesthetic shape improves aerodynamics and attractive look. New headlights are drawing attention and the new edition made cuts of 200 pounds.
The 2021 Ford Escape is going to be very versatile, with a ride of a sedan and spacing of a larger crossover. With 33.5 cubic feet, it is one of the most spacious models in the class. Plus, there are sliding seats in the second row, so you can get more space for passengers by pushing them backward. Even before the redesign Escape was one of the crossovers with the most advanced technology. Now, Sync3 brings even more features and options already for a base trim. We would like to underline the driver-aid accessories, such as lane departure warning and parking sensors (available at higher trim levels).
The access is easy and all passengers will have enough space. The cabin is quiet, although the 2021 Ford Escape is going to offer a respectable power and towing capacity numbers (up to 3,500 pounds). And the best thing of all – the hybrid system is back and it returns the best-in-class mileage.
…And Why Not?
There are no too many downsides of the 2021 Ford Escape. The vehicle is not on the market for too long, so we can only point out a few things. First owners are not happy with steering and handling. Also, optional features and trim packages are pretty expensive, and the Escape is not among the cheapest units in the class even at the base level. A hybrid model is available only on two trims and the starting price is $28,500.
2021 Ford Escape Specs
Under the bonnet of the 2021 Ford Escape will be a 1.5-liter inline-four unit. The EcoBoost engine can provide 180 hp and 190 lb-ft of torque. The standard configuration sends power to front wheels and returns respectable gas mileage (27/33 mpg). All-wheel drive will be rated at 28 mpg combined. A cylinder-deactivation system can shut down one cylinder to save some fuel.
A 2.0-liter is an alternative for buyers looking for more power. Of course, the price is higher and the engine consumes more fuel. The turbocharged unit is capable to burst 250 hp. This tuning is coming with the top of the class trims and for 2021 Ford Escape it will get the FWD, not only an AWD.
2021 Ford Escape Hybrid and PHEV
The hybrid engine is back for the new generation of the compact crossover. The company had to respond to the threat of the Japanese carmakers, and they did it with 44/37 mpg coming from a hybrid configuration based on a 2.5-liter Atkinson engine. The 2021 Ford Escape Hybrid will also offer FWD and AWD (returns 43/37 mpg), but only one equipment package – SE Sport.
This setup is already available on the 2020 YM, while the 2021 Escape is getting the reinforcement. The carmaker plans to launch a plug-in hybrid version of the same system. The upcoming 2021 Ford Escape PHEV will be even more efficient and the crossover will be able to return some range by using only an electric unit. The COVID-19 outburst slowed down things in the Blue Oval development rooms, but the vehicle will be ready for the next season. Ford is not going to allow Toyota to steal fans of the plug-in hybrids with its Rav4 Prime.
When Will 2021 Ford Escape Be Available?
The carmaker planned to launch the new version of the 2021 Ford Escape in the second half of this season. However, the current situation is delaying all the premieres and happenings in the automotive industry, so the new Escape might be a bit late. Whatsoever, it will be out as soon as the situation calms down.
The base price of the crossover is slightly higher than the average for the compact class. The MSRP starts at $25,000 for the S model. Buyers can pick SE, SEL, and Titanium package, while the SE Sport is reserved for the hybrid unit. It costs $28,500 and the most expensive 2021 Ford Escape will be Titanium. Its price will be just under $35,000 without additional options. According to the latest reports from Clean Technica, the PHEV version will carry the same price tag.