Ford Escape… Pioneering Crossover Still Relevant

Back in 2001 the Ford Escape small crossover was launched, offering a glimpse at the all-encompassing SUV future. Now more than two decades down the road the latest 4th generation edition of the Ford Escape is less of a pioneer but still competitive with a legion of variations on the theme.

To start the latest Escape has more attractive exterior styling with character lines and wheel well arches making it looking more fit and athletic, and a nice front grille with backswept headlamps for a modern touch.

Now the smallest vehicle in the Ford lineup, after the elimination of the Ford EcoSport subcompact SUV built in India, the Escape boasts exceptional interior space for 5 passengers and enough room for weekend luggage for the whole crew. The interior comfort is quite significant given that the Escape is 8 inches shorter than the next larger Ford Edge SUV.

In 6 trims, base priced from $29,000 to $40,000 for the plug-in hybrid, the Escape delivers value and fuel efficiency. With configurations ranging from 180 to 250 horsepower, and curb weight of just 3,200 lb, energy off the line is no problem.