There are a lot of exciting things happening at Ford right now. Rough and roughThis year comes after the launch of Tiny-Tough . Right now . Heck, There is so much beef with an inverter that it can power an entire house. So where do other products survive like this?
- Stronger acceleration from the 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine
- Sync 3 has excellent voice commands and smartphone connectivity
- Top-notch driver-assisted and parking techniques
do not like it
- Interior feels cheap to a touch
- Weird ergonomics
The 2021 Ford Escape is not a particularly exciting ride, even with its most powerful Ecoboost turbocharged engine loaded into the titanium trim. It is a fine and comfortable commuter with wide appeal. Unable to play with emotion and publicity, the humble escape is encountered in many ways, a much more difficult task than its more spectacular stammellt: to sell itself at practicality and price.
Ecoboost with AWD
First thing I notice about jailbreak? Awkwardly positioned engine start button. It is encased in a little nook behind the steering wheel and is almost impossible to see from the driver’s seat without cranking my wrist next. Not a good ergonomic introduction.
Fortunately, this button fires a powerful little engine: Ford’s 2.0-liter Ecoboost four-cylinder with 250 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. Paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission, the Escape accelerates with astonishing curiosity and has a very sensitive throttle. I say that the Escape 2.0T has the best get-ups and go in the compact crossover class.
Stop-start fuel-saving tech helps the EcoBoost 2.0T achieve EPA-estimated 23 miles per gallon city, 31 MPHP highway and 26 mpg combined numbers – unchanged from last year’s estimates. During my highway-heavy 294.6 mile test, I also averaged 28 mpg.
Escape buyers can choose a smaller, 1.5-liter, three-cylinder EcoBoost engine with 181 hp as well as 200-hp hybrid and plug-in hybrid models. Entry Level 1.5T –– Has the cheapest trim and probably matches with a better apple choice than apple And In terms of power and efficiency. Electrified models are the most efficient version of the Escape, offering an average of 41 mpg with conventional hybrids and an additional 37 miles of electric cruising range with plug-ins.
With standard all-wheel drive and 3,500-pound towing capacity (when equipped with a trailer tow package), the 2.0T is also the most capable version of the Escape; Fewer engine options allow it to carry up to 1,500 pounds. Handling and braking feel about par with the rest of the small SUV class – more people-movers than the Canyon-Carver – so don’t expect the Escape to be blown away by its performance.
The Escape has several driving modes to help correct the behavior of the SUV, ranging from sporty to frugal, but I find it annoying to toggle between these settings. There is only one button and it cycles through the Escape’s five drive modes – Normal, Eco, Sport, Rain and Snow. There is a tap when going from Echo to Sport, it takes four or five to get back to Echo or Normal, assuming you don’t accidentally tap too quickly and maintain it.
On the outside, the Escape’s smooth-over design is quite car-like and acceptable. The shape is good for easy urban parking and, from the driver’s seat, the SUV boasts very good visibility in all directions. In my example there is a hands-free power liftgate that opens easily and quickly with a kick under the bumper.
Inside, Ford’s designers tried to create a premium experience with their titanium models, leather-trimmed seats, with a speck of fake exposed grain wood. In addition to the above start button, the dashboard and console controls feel well positioned. However, the wood looks Actually Fake when you look at it closely. Lots of cabin accessories – such as hard plastic door cards and easily low dash.
Ford makes up for this with some solid technical features. The B&O badge reflects the premium sound provided by high-end audio producer Bang & Olufsen. The sound quality is above average for my ear, but the audiophile level is not. A digital instrument cluster with different themes for Sport and Normal driving plays good-natured animations at startup and shutdown. Also optional is a cap visor style head-up display that rises from the top of the instrument cowl. I want the HUD to be projected directly onto the windshield, but any HUD is better than any HUD.
The main event where Tech is concerned is the Sync 3 infotainment system. Its software is well organized and its feature set checks all the right boxes with USB connectivity,, , Amazon Alexa integration, Bluetooth and satellite and HD radio tuning. Voice-activated navigation has been a hallmark of sync since its inception and continues to work well with excellent natural-language recognition for address here.
The Escape also includes Ford’s Co-Pilot 360 Assist, a standard suite of driving assistance features, including automatic emergency braking, lane-keeping assist, blind-spot monitoring, and pre-collision assistance with rear cross-traffic alerts. The move to the Titanium trim – or the option of the Co-Pilot 360 Assist Plus – adds adaptive cruise control that works in stop-and-go traffic and traffic-sign recognition, both new to the 2021. Plus upgrades also include a lane-steering steering assist and a feature called the eavesdrive steering assist that works in concert with the Emergency Brake Assist to help drivers overcome blockages.
As always, Ford’s Active Park Assist – now in its second generation – is still very capable and at times much easier than parking it on its own, requiring just a button press to enter parking mode while the vehicle Handles steering, shifting and braking.
It’s ok and it’s ok
The 2021 Ford Escape starts at $ 26,130 including a $ 1,245 destination charge, for the base 1.5TS model with front-wheel drive. As a whole, the 2.0T AWD Titanium topped $ 40,820 – interestingly, a scosh compared to the $ 39,435 of loaded hybrid titanium.
The Option 2.0-liter EcoBoost and Escape claim a lot of minor performance gains in this category. However, the more common 1.5-liter model lacks that advantage and drawback, To And Toyota’s RAV4 becomes a threat with more comparable on-road manners and slightly better interior quality. For example, the Kia is much less expensive than the Ford when equipped with a comparison. The Escape’s technology is still top notch – especially its one-button parking technology – but it’s not as much of a benefit as it used to be that competition has gained momentum during this latest generation. At the other end of the spectrum, And Ford’s own inbound Bronco Sport appeal is that they are seeking more off-road utility in their smaller SUVs.
The 2021 Ford Escape is not the most exciting thing Ford makes right now, but it is still a very capable player. As a volume seller, it is a very important model for Ford’s bottom line.