The redesigned 2020 Escape has curvier styling compared to the previous version, as well as new drivetrains, and standard advanced safety features.
The standard 1.5-liter turbo three-cylinder engine returned 26 mpg overall in our tests.
Although it provides sufficient oomph, the engine transmits an annoying vibration at low engine speeds.
The hybrid version eliminates that problem and gets a very fuel efficient 34 mpg overall.
A plug-in hybrid with 47-mile range is also available.
The optional 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder is more powerful and smooth.
The ride has an underlying firmness.
Handling is quite nimble and secure.
But the brake pedal is oversensitive.
Controls, including the rotary gear selector, are easy to use.
The front seats are a bit flat, but the rear seat is quite roomy when set to the rearmost position.
All Escapes come standard with forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, and blind spot warning. Updates for 2021 include adaptive cruise control, a convenience feature, now available on the SE and SES trim levels.
A hands-free foot-activated liftgate is now included in the Technology package and standard on Titanium.