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2020 Ford Escape Price Starts At $25,980, Ranges Up To $40,000+

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The all-new 2020 Ford Escape brings a complete overhaul – a redesign and re-engineering – for the nameplate. Revealed this past April, the new fourth-generation model is set to arrive at dealers this fall with an all-new design, a refreshed trim level lineup, more technology and a pair of hybrid powertrains to boot.

Ford has priced the compact crossover, and pricing starts at $25,980. With the right options ticked, the new Escape can range to be above the $40,000 mark. Three engines are on offer, front-wheel drive as standard and all-wheel drive optional. Each of the gasoline-only engines mate to an eight-speed automatic transmission, while the hybrid models utilize a planetary gear setup.

Listed from least expensive to most expensive, the 2020 Ford Escape trim level lineup is as follows: S, SE, SE Sport, SEL, and Titanium.

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Kicking things off is Ford’s turbocharged 1.5L EcoBoost three-cylinder producing 180 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque. This configuration is offered on the S, SE and SEL trim levels.

Up next is Ford’s refreshed turbocharged 2.0L EcoBoost four-cylinder producing 250 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque. This configuration is offered on the SEL and Titanium trim levels.

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Finally, the new 2.5L four-cylinder hybrid with two electric motors, all of which combine to produce 198 horsepower. This configuration is offered on the SE Sport and Titanium trim levels.

The base-model 2020 Ford Escape S starts at $25,980. For those keeping score, that’s an increase of $780 over the outgoing base-model Escape. However, the new S also includes more standard features, including driver-assist technology like blind-spot monitoring and forward-collision warning.

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Up next is the 2020 Ford Escape SE, which starts at $28,190. The SE is offered with available adaptive cruise control, an 8-inch touchscreen, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

The SE Sport is the least expensive hybrid option in the 2020 Ford Escape lineup, and starts at $29,530.

Above the SE Sport sits the Escape SEL, which starts at $30,350. While front-wheel-drive is standard, all-wheel-drive is offered for an additional $1,500 and opens up the possibility to spec into the 250-horsepower turbocharged 2.0L EcoBoost four-cylinder engine option, which adds another $2,285 to the bottom line.

Finally, there’s the 2020 Ford Escape Titanium, which starts at $34,495. The Titanium comes standard with the 2.5L hybrid engine and front-wheel-drive, but customers can upgrade to the Titanium hybrid all-wheel-drive for $35,995.

Alternatively, the Titanium is offered with the turbocharged 2.0L EcoBoost four-cylinder engine for $37,780, with all-wheel-drive fitted as standard.

It’s worth noting that additional optional equipment can push the 2020 Ford Escape beyond the $40,000 mark. For example, the Titanium Premium Package, which includes a panoramic sunroof and head-up display, adds $1,995 to the bottom line all by itself.

The 2020 Ford Escape and Escape Hybrid models go on sale this fall. A new plug-in hybrid model is expected to arrive next spring.

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Written by Jonathan Lopez

Jonathan is an automotive journalist based out of Southern California. He loves anything and everything on four wheels.

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  1. I own a black 2017 Escape Titanium Awd with a 2.0 EcoBoost. I traded another brand sedan for it after an extended test drive. Fantastic small SUV. Drives and rides like a car with comfort and technology thrown in. I turned my Escape into my own ST version. I had Installed Magnaflow Cat-Back with 4″ tips, cold air and added a 93 tune. Performance is well above what I started with. Added OEM ST badging front & back from the Focus ST including the Rim center caps. Added a custom 2 1/2″carbon fiber rear spoiler above my hatch window. Had windows tinted on the Driver and passenger side to match the rear factory dark tint plus several other additional items. Regarding the subject. 2020 Escape. I really like the body lines and interior. The sliding 2nd roll seats. Solid choice of engines. Great looking new wheels. It a fantastic looking replacement for my current design. I’m on my dealers list for a test drive and working the numbers to trade in my 2017. Being one of the first to own one in the DC area would be nice, but waiting should help with discounts that normally become available a few months after introduction. I feel Ford has stepped it up with the fantastic new Escape, the new 2020 Explorer, the Ranger, Mustang lineup especially the addition of the GT500. The future Broncos and the possible EV 4 door mustang. The ladder makes me want to wait for that vehicle. I owned a couple Mustangs GTs and love the feel you get driving a GT. I have stage 4 neuropathy and getting in and out of the Mustang just doesn’t work. From the renderings I have viewed.. I think it’s four door suv-type Mustang might be the vehicle I would choose over the Escape depending on drivability, comfort, technology and performance. But it appears that’s several years down the road and so for now I’m leaning towards the 2020 Escapes Titanium AWD and looking forward to my first test drive

  2. “the hybrid models utilize a planetary gear setup” Are you sure? The previous Ford Escape Hybrid did use a planetary transaxle by Aisin that included the two electric motors, but Ford redesigned it for the Fusion and C-Max (it becaome the HF35). The traction motor needs just one gear to run from zero to 85 MPH, while the second motor/generator handles the gas engine as a start/generator/assist, thus this transaxle has no “shifting”.

    I read that the 2020 Escape Hybrid will have the same single electric motor assist as the 2020 Explorer Hybrid. So which is correct?

    • From what I understand, the Explorer’s Hybrid setup is integrated into its 10 speed automatic, which wouldnt work for the Escape because it is FWD, not RWD. I may be mistaken but that is the setup that will be used on RWD Hybrid products utilizing the 10 speed automatic.

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