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.
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.
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.
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.