2020 Ford Escape Review

Own the Road in a Used Crossover SUV

The Ford Escape has grown to be a popular crossover SUV since its introduction in the 2001 model year. And with decreased production of new vehicles due to the chip shortage and coronavirus pandemic, many shoppers are opting for used SUVs.

These used vehicles are not only easier to obtain, but they’re also a great value and don’t depreciate so dramatically the moment you drive off the dealership lot.

A 2020 Ford Escape is a nearly-new compact SUV that is still full of the features that modern drivers crave, but with a slightly lower price tag than a brand-new vehicle. You’re sure to find several with low mileage at your favorite used car dealership.

Under the Hood
The 2020 Ford Escape comes with lots of upgraded tech and interior options, but most impressive is what you’ll find under the hood.

Depending on the trim level, engine size and type, and transmission you get with your used Escape, you could enjoy up to a combined 41 miles per gallon, with front-wheel drive – or choose the available four-wheel drive upgrade, which is less fuel efficient but offers other added benefits. 

The base Escape offers 181 horsepower from a 1.5-liter engine; upgrade to 250 horsepower and a 2.0-liter engine for added power. The larger engine can even tow up to 2,000 pounds! The most popular transmission for the model year was an eight-speed automatic continuously variable one. These Ecoboost turbocharged engines pack a punch for a zippy, fun ride.

The 2020 Escape also came in two hybrid options, so if you can snag one that’s used, you’ll be getting a big discount on the purchase price while reaping the benefits of spending little at the gas pump. Choose from the hybrid assist technology, or a plug-in, fully-electric hybrid to go green.

Do an internet search of “used car dealership near me” to find one with a 2020 Ford Escape to test drive, so you can choose the engine option that’s best for your driving preferences.

Safety and Special Features
The 2020 Escape earned a five-star rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, so you can be assured that you’re driving a safe compact SUV.

Ford also packed it full of additional safety features and drive-assistance technology inside, including Ford Co-Pilot 360, pre-collision braking, blind spot information system, adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist, rearview camera, and more. These are all standard on every Escape for the model year.

In 2020, Ford also offered a head-up display in the Escape Titanium package. This includes a small screen that pops up messages behind the steering wheel to provide the driver with important information without taking their eyes off the roadway.

In the Cabin
Historically, the Ford Escape earned lots of accolades for its interior space and comfort. Even with a less boxy exterior redesign, Ford managed to keep the spaciousness while adding some style and aerodynamics.

The 2020 model year still seats up to five people, with plenty of cargo and passenger space. It measures 37.5 cubic feet behind the front seat, with 40 inches of headroom for the driver. And with about 40 inches of legroom in the back seat, even tall adults will find a comfortable ride in the Escape SUV.

In terms of cargo room, the Escape offers the most in its class, and with back seats that fold flat with the trunk, you can slide in with ease numerous suitcases, boxes, musical instruments, dog kennels, or whatever else you need to haul.

Trim Levels
The 2020 Ford Escape comes in five trim levels: S, SE, SE Sport, SEL, and Titanium.

The base Escape S offers a six-way manual driver seat, cruise and audio controls on the steering wheel, and a six-speaker sound system. It comes standard with Ford’s suite of safety features.

The Escape SE, perhaps the best value of all the trim levels, offers a 10-way power driver seat with heated front seats, push-button start, LED lighting, heated side mirrors, and satellite radio capabilities.

The SE Sport adds a leather-wrapped steering wheel to the SE’s offerings.

The SEL builds off the SE’s features and adds a heating steering wheel, remote start, foot-activated liftgate, and reverse sensing system.

The Escape Titanium includes power passenger and driver seats, a premium Bang &Olufsen sound system, ambient lights, and Active Park Assist 2.0, plus all the SEL features.