How Does the 2020 Ford Escape Compare to its 2019 Predecessor?


One of the most popular models in the compact crossover segment, the Ford Escape returns for the 2020 model year with a full redesign and lots of great new features. Of course, any major update will draw comparison to previous years, so we wanted to provide Gilman and Saint Anne shoppers with an easy look at the differences between the outgoing generation and the all-new 2020 Ford Escape.


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New Base Engine

Ford replaced the previous 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with a new 1.5-liter EcoBoost turbocharged three-cylinder (181 horsepower, 190 pound-feet of torque). Featuring a cylinder deactivation system, the engine can shut down one cylinder when demand is low, significantly increasing fuel efficiency. Despite having one fewer cylinder, the new engine gains 2 horsepower and 13 pound-feet of torque over the previous year.

EPA-estimated fuel ratings reach 27 mpg city, 33 mpg highway, and 30 mpg combined. That's up four mpg from last year.

New Hybrid Powertrains

A hybrid powertrain returns to the Ford Escape lineup for the first time in seven years. Standard on SE Sport and Titanium trims, the hybrid system consists of a 2.5-liter Atkinson cycle four-cylinder engine, two electric motors, and a continuously variable automatic transmission.

A plug-in hybrid version of the 2020 Escape is expected to launch next spring.

Sportier Style

The boxier more utilitarian aesthetic of the 2019 Ford Escape has been replaced with a sleek design that's sure to garner a second look. Clean flowing lines, an aerodynamic profile, and a dynamic front fascia with a large black grille give the 2020 Escape an undeniably sporty attitude. For an even more performance-inspired look, the SE Sport Premium Package adds 19-inch machined-face aluminum wheels with Ebony-painted pockets, black roof rails, ActiveX seating upholstery, and a panoramic Vista Roof®.

More Accessible Infotainment

On the 2019 Escape, intuitive infotainment was optional on the SE trim via the SYNC 3 Tech package, and standard on SEL and Titanium. For 2020, Escape SE models come standard with a SYNC 3 infotainment system with 8-inch touchscreen and smartphone integration via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Advanced Safety Features, Standard

Several advanced safety features were available on the 2019 Escape via the Safe and Smart package. Now, these driver-assistance features have been added to the base trim level of the 2020 Escape. Standard Ford Co-Pilot360 technologies include:

  • BLIS® (Blind Spot Information System) with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert
  • Auto High-Beam Headlamps
  • Automatic Emergency Braking with Pre-Collision Assist
  • Lane Keeping Assist

Available driver aids include Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop and Go, Active Park Assist 2.0, and Evasive Steering Assist.

Coming Fall 2019

The 2020 Ford Escape is set for a fall 2019 launch and we're certainly excited for its arrival. To learn more, feel free to contact Watseka Ford at your convenience. And, when the new Escape is released, be sure to schedule a test drive so you can get a first hand look at the new changes. We'll be happy to give you a tour.