The 2021 Ford Escape Hybrid comes in 3 trims: SE (MSRP: $28,030), SEL (MSRP: $30,500), and Titanium Hybrid (MSRP: $33,040).
The first hybridized Escape arrived in 2004; the latest version came into showrooms two years ago in 2020, with a complete design refresh. The Escape model continues to be one of Ford’s best sellers. Through 2020, more than 4,623,460 Escapes have been sold in the United State alone. 138,146 of those were hybrids. It’s hard to argue with these sales figures. The car continues to be very popular.
All 2021 Escape Hybrid trims receive an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment display; Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and satellite radio capabilities. There’s an Onboard Wi-Fi hotspot and 2 rear USB ports as well. The entry-level audio system is a 6-speaker setup. Drivers looking for more can upgrade to a 10-speaker B&O premium system.
The Escape Hybrid competes with other compact hybrid SUVs like the Honda CR-V Hybrid, the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid and the Hyundai Tucson Hybrid. Though the Ford Hybrid’s 520 mile total range is excellent, two of the aforementioned competitors eclipse this: the CR-V Hybrid gets 532 total miles and the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid gets 580 total miles.
Via its redesign 2 years ago, the Escape Hybrid’s body has been simplified and streamlined. But its updated exterior can’t compete with some of the other models in its class, like the Tucson Hybrid, which offers far more advanced styling and aerodynamic silhouetting.
Both the Ford Escape Hybrid and the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid are well-rounded vehicles in the hybrid and electric SUV class. Each car offers plenty of standard safety features, roomy cabins, and good fuel economy. One of the biggest differences is that the RAV4 Hybrid comes standard with All Wheel Drive. It costs extra in the Escape Hybrid. The Toyota hybrid has more cargo space and its cabin is far more upscale. But then there’s the fact that the Escape Hybrid has a quieter cabin and more passenger room. These two hybrids vie with one another in their segment.
With the Escape Hybrid's rear seats up and slid all the way forward, you’ll get 34.4 cubic feet of cargo space. Once you fold the rear seats down, cargo room expands to 60.8 cubic feet.
Ford Escape Hybrid performs well in safety testing. the NHTSA gave it a five-star overall 2021 safety rating and it also earned a 2021 IIHS Top Safety Pick for its Titanium with LED headlights.
The Escape Hybrid is powered by a 2.5L iVCT Atkinson Cycle I-4 Hybrid engine paired with an electric motor and small 1.1kWh Lithium Ion Traction battery. Together, they output 200 hp.
The HEV has a maximum towing capacity of 1500 pounds.
Says carhp.com reviewer Nathan Dyer: “The 2021 Ford Escape Hybrid has a very strong popularity in the segment and seeing the minimal changes done, it is surely a hit in the new avatar as well. The crossover has a very quick acceleration off the line and the interior quality, though a bit disappointing for the segment, is decent enough for a person to not feel disappointed. The looks remain the same, so does the safety quotient making this crossover a lucrative option for someone looking for a comfy 5-seater crossover.”
The Escape Hybrid comes with a Co-Pilot360 suite of driver assist active safety features which include:
• AdvanceTrac w/Roll Stability Control Electronic Stability Control (ESC) And Roll Stability Control (RSC)
• ABS And Driveline Traction Control
• Side Impact Beams
• Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
• Ford Co-Pilot360 - BLIS (Blind Spot Information System) Blind Spot
• Ford Co-Pilot360 - Pre-Collision Assist with Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) and Ford Co-Pilot360 - Cross-Traffic Alert
• Lane Keeping Alert Lane Keeping Assist
• Lane Keeping Alert Lane Departure Warning
• Collision Mitigation-Front
• Driver Monitoring-Alert
• Tire Specific Low Tire Pressure Warning
• Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
• Safety Canopy System Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
• Personal Safety System Airbag Occupancy Sensor
• Driver Knee Airbag
• Mykey System -inc: Top Speed Limiter, Audio Volume Limiter, Early Low Fuel Warning, Programmable Sound Chimes and Beltminder w/Audio Mute
• Rear Child Safety Locks
• Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Rear Center 3 Point, Height Adjusters and Pretensioners
• Back-Up Camera
Says cars.usnews.com reviewer Jasmine Sayles: “The 2021 Ford Escape Hybrid sits in the middle of our hybrid and electric SUV rankings. The Ford Escape Hybrid is a good SUV. In fact, we named it a finalist for our 2021 Best Hybrid or Electric SUV for the Money award due to its solid combination of quality and value. We also named it a finalist for our 2021 Best Hybrid or Electric SUV for Families award because of its impressive combination of cargo and passenger space, safety score, positive reviews from automotive journalists, and available family-friendly features. It delivers good fuel economy, a composed ride, and easy maneuverability. You'll also get a roomy cabin and a generous amount of safety and infotainment features, including a user-friendly infotainment system. On the downside, this compact SUV has more low-grade interior materials than many of its competitors, and moving back the seats to expand rear-seat legroom cuts into the available cargo space.”
WRITTEN DECEMBER 2021
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