Today Ford announced the EPA-estimated fuel economy for the 2020 Escape Hybrid, declaring the fourth-generation crossover returns “best-in-class combined EPA-estimated fuel economy.” The all-new Escape will return an EPA-estimated 41 miles per gallon combined. City driving returns 44 mpg while highway cruising nets 37 mpg. The fuel economy figures are for the 2020 Escape Hybrid Titanium with front-wheel drive. All-wheel drive, which is an option, likely lowers those figures.
The Escape Hybrid uses a 2.5-liter, four-cylinder engine running on the Atkinson cycle, which pairs with a continuously variable transmission. Total output is 198 horsepower (148 kilowatts). But customers get more than just great fuel economy. The 2020 Escape features an all-new design inside and out, along with the latest tech and features. Not only is the Escape larger than the outgoing model, greatly improving interior and cargo space, it’s also lighter by about 200 pounds (91 kilograms), which further helps its fuel economy rating.
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The one downside to the hybrid is the lack of sliding second-row seats because of the battery pack underneath. But there is more head, shoulder, and hip room. Every trim, except for the entry-level S few will buy because Ford won’t build them, receives the same 8-inch infotainment display. Customers can upgrade to a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster.
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The redesigned 2020 Ford Escape comes at a time when crossovers of every size are popular with consumers. The new look, added technology, and variety of powertrains – a plug-in hybrid Escape is also coming – should make the offering much more attractive in the crowded segment. The 2022 Ford Escape Hybrid arrives at dealerships this fall with a starting price of $28,255, which excludes the $1,095 destination fee.
All-New 2020 Escape Hybrid Tops Small SUV Class with EPA-Estimated 44 MPG City, 41 MPG Combined Fuel Economy Ratings
DEARBORN, Mich., Dec. 10, 2019 – Your drive over the river and through the woods to grandma’s house this holiday season might cost you less if you’re behind the wheel of the all-new 2020 Ford Escape Hybrid.
With a best-in-class combined EPA-estimated fuel economy rating of 41 mpg, the redesigned front-wheel drive small SUV also tops its class while driving around town, with an EPA-estimated 44 mpg city. The 2020 Escape Hybrid Titanium with front-wheel drive has an EPA-estimated rating of 37 mpg on the highway.
With the average American driving 29 miles a day, making that trip in the all-new Escape Hybrid Titanium means barely using a gallon of fuel per trip – and fewer gas station stops along the journey. This makes the all-new Ford Escape Hybrid both easier on the wallet while helping to conserve fuel.
“This all-new Escape Hybrid is our best one yet, as it answers the call from our customers who loved the original Escape Hybrid but want better fuel efficiency without compromising interior space,” said Hau Thai-Tang, Ford chief product development and purchasing officer. “Plus, with driving range like no Escape before, we’re giving our customers a vehicle truly capable of letting them focus on living their lives while worrying less about stopping for gas.”
Each model in the all-new Escape lineup, whether hybrid-powered or equipped with EcoBoost® technology, has an EPA-estimated range of at least 400 miles per tank. Front-wheel-drive Escape Hybrid’s outstanding fuel efficiency is bolstered by an EPA-estimated 582-mile driving range per tank – more than enough for a one-way trip from Sacramento to San Diego.
Outfitted with available all-wheel drive, Escape Hybrid has an EPA-estimated 43 mpg city and 40 mpg combined with an EPA-estimated 568 miles of range. Like the front-wheel-drive Escape, the all-wheel-drive model has an EPA-estimated 37 mpg on the highway.
2020 Ford Escape Hybrid customers can see their potential fuel savings come to life with a new EV coach feature included in the 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, which is standard on SE Sport and Titanium trim levels. EV coach lets drivers know when they’re using electric or hybrid power – allowing them to adjust their driving style to meet their power needs. In addition, eco mode, one of five standard selectable drive modes, helps conserve fuel when driving range is your priority.
There’s also plenty of room of passengers and cargo. The all-new Escape Hybrid packages its liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery smartly below the second-row seats rather than occupying a significant portion of the cargo area. The briefcase-shaped battery in the standard hybrid measures approximately one-third the size of the battery in the first Escape Hybrid, which was the world’s first-ever hybrid SUV when it debuted in 2004.
The all-new Ford Escape, built at Louisville Assembly Plant, is on sale now.