The 2021 Ford Escape PHEV, or plug-in hybrid, has faced its fair share of challenges making it to market. However, those that have remained patient and are still planning on purchasing one will be rewarded in a way, as 2021 Ford Escape PHEV pricing has been revealed, and it’s a bit lower than what the 2020 model was going to be listed at.
|Trim Level||Series Code||Suggested Retail|
|Destination and Delivery||-||$1,245|
The 2021 Ford Escape PHEV in base SE trim will carry a starting MSRP of $32,650. Stepping up to the SEL trim will cost buyers at least $35,510, while the range-topping Titanium starts out at $38,585. This Ford Escape PHEV pricing does not include a $1,245 destination and delivery fee, however.
The Escape plug-in hybrid was originally scheduled to enter production at the Ford Louisville Assembly Plant this spring, but the COVID-19 pandemic-induced shutdown delayed that until the summer. Then, production was delayed again after Ford issued a stop-sale and recall of the Kuga PHEV, Europe’s rebadged Escape, after a handful of models caught fire back in August.
At the time, Ford said that it believed the fires were likely caused by the overheating of the vehicle’s high-voltage batteries caused by a lack of ventilation. Up to 27,000 Kuga plug-in hybrid models are believed to be affected by the problem.
Just this past March, Ford came to an agreement to reimburse 56 South African 2014-2017 Kuga owners whose vehicles had also caught fire. That problem was traced to a failure in the cooling system of Ford 1.6L EcoBoost I-4 models manufactured in Spain specifically for the South African market.