Ford Escape hybrid, plug-in models earn top economy rankings

Ford Escape hybrid, plug-in models earn top economy rankings

Absent since the 2013 model year, Ford’s small crossover eco-king returns.


Dearborn, Michigan – The 2020 Ford Escape Plug-In Hybrid has earned a 100 miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe) rating from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and an EPA-estimated 37 miles of all-electric driving range.

MPGe compares the amount of energy consumed by alternative fuel vehicles to what traditional gas-powered vehicles consume. The Escape plug-ins 100MPGe rating tops its closest competitor, Toyota’s 2021 Rav4 Prime plug-in, which has a 90MPGe rating.

Launched in 2007, the Escape Hybrid was the first SUV-like vehicle offered as a hybrid. Ford discontinued the hybrid and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) during the 2013 model years, bringing them back this year.

“The original Ford Escape was the world’s first hybrid SUV and the all-new Ford Escape Plug-in Hybrid represents how far we’ve come in technology and efficiency,” said Hau Thai-Tang, Ford chief product development and purchasing officer. “The all-new Escape plug-in has more power and more passenger space than the Fusion Energi PHEV (Ford’s mid-sized sedan), as well as up to four times the cargo volume behind its second-row seats.”

The Escape Plug-In Hybrid is available as gas prices are expected to rise, according to AAA, following the easing of stay-at-home mandates across the country. As consumers begin returning to work and taking weekend trips, demand for gasoline is expected to spike from the decades-low prices of the past two months.

“The economic and environmental impacts of this virus have created a roller coaster for consumers looking to balance value, need and efficiency going forward,” Thai-Tang said. “Ford Escape Plug-In Hybrid is that ideal balance our customers want.”

In addition to potential savings at the pump, Escape Plug-In Hybrid starts at less than $35,000.

The Escape Plug-In Hybrid is part of Ford’s investment of more than $11.5 billion in electrified vehicles. This Escape features Ford’s innovative fourth-generation hybrid propulsion system, which includes a 2.5L Atkinson cycle hybrid engine and electronic continuously variable transmission (CVT). The plug-in hybrid system is available on every Escape trim level except S and SE Sport.

The crossover’s liquid-cooled, 14.4kW lithium-ion battery sits below the second-row seats, rather than occupying a significant portion of the cargo area. Escape Plug-In Hybrid has a Level 1/Level 2 AC charging port. Using a 110V Level 1 charger, the estimated time to fully charge the battery is 10 hours to 11 hours. Using a 240V Level 2 charger, charge time drops to roughly 3.5 hours.