Shoppers looking into buying a new SUV should consider one of the sportiest SUV models on the market, the 2021 Ford Escape.
The Ford Escape is a compact SUV model that has been a part of Ford’s lineup since the year 2000. The 2020 Ford Escape was completely redesigned inside and out, marking the beginning of the third generation Ford Escape. Since its inception in 2000-2001, the Ford Escape has been a powerhouse in the United States market selling at least 250,000 units every year since 2011. The completely redesigned 2020 Ford Escape addressed the biggest issues that plagued the 2019 model such as the models lackluster safety scores and poor fuel economy. So what changes can we expect from the 2021 Escape?
What we can expect from the 2021 Ford Escape
The 2020 Ford Escape is one of the freshest SUV models that’s currently available in the United States market with its all-new design. The company used this redesign to address what was arguably the Escape’s biggest issue: its poor safety scores. The 2019 Ford Escape ranked in the bottom half of its class in safety. While proper crash test results have yet to be released by any accredited entities, the 2020 model added new standard safety features. Also, Ford was able to boost the models fuel economy averages and add some new engine options. With so many drastic changes made for the all-new 2020 Ford Escape, the 2021 model will likely be a simple reboot with a few minor changes.
What users tell us about the Ford Escape
With additional standard features, several powertrain options, and additional passenger space, the current Ford Escape model should, at the very least, be on everyone’s radar that’s searching for a new SUV. The all-new suspension, and wider exterior make the current Ford Escape model one of the best models in its class in handling, particularly around corners. Overall, this model excels in most major categories compared to other models in its class such as performance, standard features, and cargo/passenger space.
Ford Escape Facts
As previously mentioned, crash tests have yet to be conducted on the current Ford Escape models, however the addition of several new standard safety features was certainly a step in the right direction from the 2019 model year. These new standard features include a collision warning system, blind spot warning, automated emergency braking, a rearview camera, and more. We also expect park assist, automatic emergency braking and adaptive cruise control to be part of the safety feature list.
The EPA recently released the fuel economy averages for one of the 2020 Ford Escape’s powertrain options. The front-wheel drive three-cylinder engine powertrain averages roughly 27 city and 33 highway miles per gallon, which is up several miles from comparable powertrains on the previous model.
The current Ford Escape’s all-new interior is more high-end and more spacious than the interior was in the previous generation Escape models.
The exterior on the all-new Ford Escape model was arguably the biggest change the company elected to make for this model. The dimensions of this model are longer and wider than the dimensions of the 2019 Escape. Also, the car sits considerably lower in the 2020 model year, giving it a sedan look, rather than an SUV look. We hope the titanium models will make a comeback.
Performance has been a major component to the Escape’s nation-wide success over the past few years. The standard engine on the 2020 Ford Escape is a 1.5 liter three-cylinder (1.5-liter three cylinder) engine that makes up to 180 horsepower, and good fuel efficiency. Additionally, there is an available turbocharged four-cylinder engine that can produce up to 250 horsepower. We also expect the 2.0-liter four cylinder gas engines to be part of the lineup producing between 250 horsepower and 275 hp.. The company’s all-new exterior also shaved over 200 pounds off the model from the 2019 model year. The lighter weight and lower suspension of the 2020 Ford Escape should make turns smoother, and the acceleration more potent. The biggest downfall to these highly efficient powertrain options is that the company is recommending only using premium fuel on this model.
We expect the introduction of plug in hybrid models.
J.D. Power and Associates have yet to give their predicted reliability rating on the current Ford Escape model. They gave the 2019 Ford Escape a predicted reliability rating of 3.5 out of 5, which is considered above average. Traditionally, the Ford Escape has been one of the more reliable SUV models in its class.
2021 Ford Escape pricing and expected release date
The price of the base level 2019 Ford Escape S is $24,105. The completely redesigned 2020 Ford Escape could see a slight increase in starting price, given all of the changes that were made to the model. However, one shouldn’t expect the Ford Escape’s initial starting price to stray too far from the current starting price in the coming years. The 2020 Ford Escape is set to go on sale in the United States in the coming weeks, so it’s reasonable to suspect that the 2021 Escape will be made available to the public around September of 2020.
Will the 2021 Ford Escape be worth waiting for, coming off a complete redesign?