2020 Ford Escape Versus the Competition

When it comes to compact SUVs, it's hard to beat the reinvented 2020 Ford Escape. Its power comes from a base engine with 3-cylinder turbo to a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder hybrid for more power, and its near-perfect reliability ratings makes it a top choice for families and adventurers alike. Fans note the generous suite of technologies, including adaptive cruise control, rear parking sensors, evasive steering assistance, and parking assistance.

Do other models offer competition? Let's compare them to find out!




2020 Ford Escape vs. 2020 Toyota Rav4

The Toyota Rav4 is easy to use and an overall pleasant ride, but it doesn’t quite measure up to the Escape. It falls just short of the power, space, and affordability offered by Ford.

Who Brings the Power and Control

                                                                       
2020 Escape2020 Rav4
Horsepower250219
Braking Power Per Ton156134
Torque275184
TurbochargedIncludedMissing
Towing Capacity3,5003,500

Winner: 2020 Escape edges out the Rav4 in all regards. While the towing capacities of the two vehicles may be equal, the 2020 Escape offers better braking control for greater driving confidence. Utilize the turbocharged power to accelerate with ease, whether you’re merging onto a highway or journeying up steep mountains.

Who Offers the Space and Comfort

                                         
2020 Escape2020 Rav4
Front Head Room40"39"
Front Leg Room40"39"

Winner: While both seating designs are comfortable, give yourself that extra touch of luxury by choosing the winner of this category, the Escape. The extra room will be immensely satisfying for taller adults.

Who Brings the Best Rates

                                         
2020 Escape2020 Rav4
MSRP$24,885$25,850
Roadside Warranty5 Years2 Years

Winner: The 2020 Escape offers the above-mentioned power and comfort, all for a lower price than the Rav4. Add that you extra three more years of roadside assistance with the Escape, the value Ford offers becomes clear.

2020 Ford Escape vs. 2020 Honda CR-V

The 2020 Honda CR-V gives drivers generous interior space and a turbocharged engine similar to the Escape’s, but its power and towing capacity fail to measure up. Plus, its infotainment system has been described as difficult by some. Is this enough to overtake the 2020 Escape as the top choice for a compact SUV?

Who Brings the Power and Control

                                                                     
2020 Escape2020 CR-V
Horsepower250190
Braking Power Per Ton156116
Torque275179
TurbochargedIncludedIncluded
Towing Capacity3,5001,500

Winner: The 2020 Escape runs away with the big prize. You’re going to want a compact SUV which brings the horsepower necessary to keep up with life’s many twists and turns. Plus, you can tow more than twice the amount of weight as the Honda CR-V. While its limitations may suffice in certain environments, it lacks the capabilities to conquer versatile environments.

Who Offers the Space and Comfort

                                         
2020 Escape2020 CR-V
Front Head Room40"41.3"
Front Leg Room40"41.3"

Winner: In this particular category, the Honda CR-V gains an inch on the Escape. However, as you can see with the other comparisons on this page, both outperform the majority of the compact SUVs.

Who Brings the Best Rates

                                         
2020 Escape2020 CR-V
MSRP$24,885$25,050
Roadside Warranty5 Years3 Years

Winner: The 2020 Escape has the better of the two rates, as well as two more years of complimentary roadside warranty. Accounting for the strength and ample features of the 2020 Escape, it’s the obvious choice for the driver looking for the best deal.

2020 Ford Escape vs. 2020 GMC Terrain

GMC provides drivers with a smooth riding experience, 4WD capabilities, and a comfortable interior. However, reviewers note that shifter buttons and additive features are cumbersome to use. How does it stack up against the 2020 Ford Escape?

Who Brings the Power and Control

                                                               
2020 Escape2020 Terrain
Horsepower250252
Braking Power Per Ton156140
Torque275260
TurbochargedIncludedIncluded
Towing Capacity3,5003,500

Winner: While the GMC terrain offers a fraction more horsepower, it actually provides less horsepower per pound than the 2020 Escape (141 versus 144). What’s more, it fails to measure up to the Escape’s braking per ton and torque.

Who Offers the Space and Comfort

                                       
2020 Escape2020 Terrain
Front Head Room40"38"
Front Leg Room40"40.9"

Winner: The 2020 Escape provides more front head room, but the GMC gives less than an inch more leg room. Can pricing break this seeming tie?

Who Brings the Best Rates

                                       
2020 Escape2020 Terrain
MSRP$24,885$25,000
Roadside Warranty5 Years5 Years

Winner: While the comparison in cost may seem minor, shoppers need to consider the lower gas mileage of the GMC Terrain (21 mpg of city driving) versus the 2020 Escape (26 mpg of city driving). After years and years of driving your vehicle on a daily basis, the GMC’s inefficiency can eat away at your wallet. Therefore, the 2020 Escape is the clear winner.

2020 Ford Escape vs. 2020 Hyundai Tucson

The Tucson is a respectable vehicle but, when measured against the Escape, it lacks in numerous ways. It fails to deliver the power and gas mileage, ample cargo and passenger space, and features that come standard in the 2020 Ford Escape like rear parking aids.

Who Brings the Power and Control

                                                               
2020 Escape2020 Tucson
Horsepower250181
Braking Power Per Ton156137
Torque275175
TurbochargedIncludedMissing
Towing Capacity3,5001,500
 

Winner: Ford proves that power doesn’t have to hurt gas mileage, as the Escape outperforms the Tucson in both regards.

Who Offers the Space and Comfort

                                       
2020 Escape2020 Tucson
Front Head Room40"39"
Front Leg Room40"39"

Winner: There’s no arguing with math—the 2020 Escape offers drivers and passengers greater space to relax while driving.

Who Brings the Best Rates

                                       
2020 Escape2020 Tucson
MSRP$24,885$23,700
Roadside Warranty5 Years5 Years

Winner: The 2020 Escape is slightly higher than the 2020 Tucson, but it’s worth comparing what each model offers for its price. The Escape gives more interior room and power, as well as useful features absent from the Tucson. Plus, the Escape’s higher gas mileage will lead to long-term savings compared to what’s offered by Hyundai. As the undeniably better of the two vehicles, the small lift in MSRP seems like a small but worthy price to pay.

2020 Ford Escape vs. 2020 Mazda CX-5

There’s a lot to like about the Mazdda CX-5. It has received praise for excellent steering, has the option for AWD, and comes equipped with technologies some other competitors lack. However, it fails to beat the Escape’s gas mileage or the sophistication of its infotainment system. When breaking down specific comparison points, how does the Mazda CX-5 measure up?

Who Brings the Power and Control

                                                               
2020 Escape2020 CX-5
Horsepower250227
Breaking Power Per Ton156130
Torque275310
TurbochargedIncludedIncluded
Towing Capacity3,5002,000

Winner: Start your engines! While both are turbocharged, the CX-5 falls way behind the power of the 2020 Escape. Just look at the horsepower! The torque! What’s more, the braking power of the Ford means that it’s better equipped to handle mass with control and confidence.

Who Offers the Space and Comfort

                                       
2020 Escape2020 CX-5
Front Head Room40"39"
Front Leg Room40"39"

Winner: The CX-5 comes close to the space offered by the 2020 Escape, but it simply falls short.

Who Brings the Best Rates

                                       
2020 Escape2020 CX-5
MSRP$24,885$25,090
Roadside Warranty5 Years3 Years

Winner: The 2020 Escape wins the blue ribbon in regards to value. Not only does Ford offer a lower asking price, but it comes with 2 more years of roadside assistance. With the great gas mileage and strong reliability rating, the 2020 Escape proves to be a smart buy for drivers.

2020 Ford Escape vs. 2020 Kia Sorento

We’ll admit, the Sorento offers more power than the Ford Escape. However, if you value gas efficiency, modern driving assistance features, unbeatable safety ratings, the 2020 Ford Escape should be your top choice. Let’s breakdown the specifics!

Who Brings the Power and Control

                                                               
2020 Escape2020 Sorento
Horsepower250290
Braking Power Per Ton156131
Torque275252
TurbochargedIncludedMissing
Towing Capacity3,5005,000

Winner: Yes, the Sorento has more horsepower. But it lacks the turbocharged engine, torque, and braking power per ton. For stronger control and acceleration, look to the 2020 Escape.

Who Offers the Space and Comfort

                                       
2020 Escape2020 Sorento
Front Head Room40"39"
Front Leg Room40"39"

Winner: The 2020 Sorento gives the 2020 Escape a run for its money, but fails to match the 40” of front head and leg room.

Who Brings the Best Rates

                                       
2020 Escape2020 Sorento
MSRP$24,885$26,690
Roadside Warranty5 Years5 Years

Winner: Take into consideration that the 2020 Escape includes many features missing from the Sorento, such as blind spot monitoring, lane departure warnings, and cross-traffic alert. Not only do these technologies keep your family safe, but they also prevent accidents that drive up the cost of insurance.

2020 Ford Escape vs. 2020 Chevrolet Equinox

In the showdown of these compact SUVs, the Chevy puts up a tough fight with the Equinox. However, the Ford Escape ultimately emerges victorious with its superior interior comfort, standard technology, cargo space, and handling. As USNews highlighted when crowning the Ford Escape as the winner, “ . . . If you’re in the market for a small SUV, the Ford Escape is an excellent choice. It’s powerful, has plenty of room inside, and has the polished ride and handling of much more expensive and luxurious cars.”

Who Brings the Power and Control

                                                             

Winner: The two are near-equal in regards to towing capabilities and horsepower. It may come down to other differentiators to declare a winner . . .

2020 Escape2020 Equinox
Horsepower250252
Braking Power Per Ton156N/A
Torque275260
TurbochargedIncludedIncluded
Towing Capacity3,5003,500

Who Offers the Space and Comfort

                                               
2020 Escape2020 Equinox
Front Head Room40"38"
Rear Head Room39"36"
Rear Leg Room39"38"

Winner: Here, the winner is obvious: the Escape takes the cake. You can stretch out with those few extra inches to find extra comfort.

Who Brings the Best Rates

                                               
2020 Escape2020 Equinox
MSRP$24,885$23,800
Roadside Warranty5 Years5 Years
Corrosion Warranty5 Years3 Years

Winner: On the surface, the 2020 Equinox is cheaper. However, features that come standard in the 2020 Escape like the navigation system and premium sound system cost extra in the Equinox. Plus, the gas mileage lags of the Equinox lags behind what Ford provides to drivers. Taking this into account, the gap between the two significantly narrows.

2020 Ford Escape vs. 2020 Nissan Rogue

Motortrends praises the 2020 Nissan Rogue’s spacious interior, but criticizes its handling, technology, and general build. Similarly, Autotrader said “All else equal, the 2020 Ford Escape is without question a newer, nicer, more technologically advanced vehicle than the 2020 Nissan Rogue. The Escape offers a modern design, a nice interior and a number of different powertrains for buyers to choose from. The Rogue, on the other hand, is a little limited for 2020 . . .”

If that’s not enough for you to declare an early winner, let’s compare each model’s specs.

Who Brings the Power and Control

                                                               
2020 Escape2020 Rogue
Horsepower250170
Braking Power Per Ton156124
Torque275175
TurbochargedIncludedMissing
Towing Capacity3,5001,102

Winner: The above numbers make it clear that the Ford Escape is in a whole other class than the Nissan Rogue, though both are compact SUVs. Considering that the Escape triples the Rogue’s towing capacity, Ford wins this round with a knockout punch.

Who Offers the Space and Comfort

                                               
2020 Escape2020 Rogue
Front Head Room40"42"
Rear Head Room39"39"
Rear Leg Room39"38"

Winner: Yes, the Rogue front head room inches out the Ford’s, but the remaining specs give it a good fight. But how do the rates compare?

Who Brings the Best Rates

                                       
2020 Escape2020 Rogue
MSRP$24,885$25,200
Roadside Warranty5 Years3 Years

Winner: The Ford Escape costs less than the Rogue. The savings only increase when you compare the offered warranty and technology of the two models. The Ford has superior standard features, including the rear parking aid lane keeping assist, helping you stay safe for less. For a superior ride for a reasonable price, cruise ahead in the 2020 Escape!

2020 Ford Escape vs. 2020 Jeep Cherokee

The Cherokee brings slightly more horsepower and torque. However, the Escape comes with useful features noticeably absent from the Cherokee, including WiFi hotspots, sunroofs, navigation systems, and more. Even better, it’s price tag is less and it has better gas mileage. Want to see which of these automobile titans wins where it matters most? Keep reading.

Who Brings the Power and Control

                                                               
2020 Escape2020 Jeep Cherokee
Horsepower250271
Breaking Power Per Ton156143
Torque275295
TurbochargedIncludedIncluded
Towing Capacity3,5002,000

Winner: The Cherokee has a slight edge over the Escape, but the Escape ultimately has better control with better braking power per ton. This enables you to accelerate and stop safely, even if you’re towing hefty amounts.

Who Offers the Space and Comfort

                                                       
2020 Escape2020 Jeep Cherokee
Front Head Room40"39"
Front Leg Room40"39"
Rear Head Room39"38"
Rear Leg Room39"38"

Winner: Though these two compact SUVs are close in size, the Escape provides that extra bit of interior space for added comfort.

Who Brings the Best Rates

                                       
2020 Escape2020 Jeep Cherokee
MSRP$24,885$25,740
Roadside Warranty5 Years5 Years

Winner: Numbers don’t lie, the 2020 Escape has the better price. Plus, the Escape’s gas mileage is significantly better than the Cherokee’s, helping you save even more over time. So, if you don’t need the excess horsepower, the Cherokee is the obvious choice.

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