2024 Ford Escape: A Comprehensive Guide To Features, Specs, And Pricing - SUV VEHICLE

2024 Ford Escape: A Comprehensive Guide To Features, Specs, And Pricing

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Initially released as a boxy SUV-ish compact model that was built in collaboration with Mazda (see: Mazda Tribute), the Ford Escape has evolved drastically over 24 years and four generations. Now, clearly a crossover with sporty looks and a family-friendly design, the Escape still brings in decent numbers for Ford with more than 36,000 examples sold in the first quarter of 2024. It’s not the best-selling crossover in the world, and it doesn’t have the performance chops to compete with larger models, but as a family daily, the Escape lives up to expectations.




The fourth-generation model is available with a number of powertrain configurations from the base 1.5-liter inline-three to 2.5-liter plug-in hybrid with a mild-hybrid and an old-fashioned 2.0-liter inline-four bringing up the middle. With up to 250 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque on tap, the Escape has enough oomph to tow a little bit and navigate daily driving duties with ease. If you’re in the market for a new compact crossover, the Escape is a worthy candidate, and this guide will tell you all you need to know, including how it competes with other models like Chevrolet Equinox and Toyota RAV4.

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2024 Ford Escape

The 2024 Escape continues as Ford’s affordable compact crossover SUV. Unchanged from the previous year, this family-friendly vehicle is focused on comfortable basic transportation. With a wide array of engine options, from a performance gas turbo four-cylinder to a fuel-efficient plug-in hybrid, there is a model for every street application.

Model
Escape

Engine
1.5-Liter | 2.0-Liter | 2.5-Liter

Transmission
8-speed auto | CVT

Horsepower
180 – 250 Horsepower

Torque
155 – 280 LB-FT

Driveline
FWD | AWD

MSRP
$29,495 – $40,500

Fuel Economy
Up to 42 MPG

Towing Capacity
Up to 3,500 Pounds
Pros
  • Decent fuel efficiency
  • Decent towing capacity
  • PHEV option available
Cons
  • Towing equipment not always factory-available
  • Multiple ST-line models make the lineup ocnfusing
  • Not all that capable off-road

What’s New For 2024


With the Ford Escape being updated for the 2023 model year, there are understandably no changes for 2024. As part of this mid-cycle update, however, the Escape was given a number of enhancements to keep it competitive on the market – Something that pushed sales figures from around 6,500 per month to as much as 17,000 the month the updates were released.

Highlights of the mid-cycle refresh included an updated front grille and headlights, new taillights with clear turn signals, and a new, optional front light bar.

The more important enhancements came on the inside where the digital gauge cluster became standard across the whole lineup.

The same eight-inch LCD infotainment screen is carried over for the lower models through the facelift, though models higher in the trim range now come with a new 13.2-inch infotainment system that runs on SYNC4. The 13.2-inch system is still available as an option on lower models.


Interestingly enough, the entire trim lineup was reworked as part of this mid-cycle update, with the S, SE, and Titanium trims being replaced by Base, Active, and Platinum trims, respectively. The ST-Line trim level is considered a replacement for the old SEL trim. All powertrains maintain the same level of performance as before, however, the PHEV model is now a standalone trim as opposed to the powertrain being available as an option, and all engines were reworked to help lower emissions.

Highlights

  • 13.2 inch infotainment system (optional on lower trims
  • Physical knobs for radio control on lesser models
  • Updated center console (2023+)
  • All-digital gauge cluster
  • 19-Inch aluminum wheels available
  • Decent standard safety equipment


Exterior Dimensions

Length

180.1 Inches

Width

85.6 Inches

Height

60.0 – 68.5 Inches

Wheelbase

106.7 Inches

Front Track

62.4 Inches

Rear Track

61.8 Inches

Engine Specifications And Performance

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The Ford Escape isn’t a powerhouse on wheels, but it’s begging for more power either. Base, Active, and ST-Line models come standard with a 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine that’s paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. The ST-Line Select and Elite as well as the platinum are powered by an old-fashioned 2.0-liter four-cylinder that’s also paired up with the same eight-speed automatic.


If you shift over to the hybrid lineup, which is available in ST-Line, ST-Line Select, ST-Line Elite, and Platinum trim levels, power is derived from a 2.5-liter hybrid. Finally, the PHEV – a standalone model in the entire lineup – features the same 2.5-liter engine, but paired a larger battery to provide some all-electric range (1.1 kWh vs. 14.4 kWh).

The PHEV model can run up to 37 miles on electric power alone if you drive sensibly. Both hybrid powertrains are paired with a CVT transmission.

As far as the driveline is concerned, the Escape is FWD by nature, though you can have the optional AWD Disconnect on Base, Active, and ST-Line trims with the three-cylinder engine as well as all models equipped with the 2.0-liter engine. The Escape Hybrid comes standard with FWD but AWD Disconnect is optional, while the Escape PHEV can only be had with FWD.


Performance Specifications

Engine

1.5-Liter Inline-Three

2.0-Liter EcoBoost

2.5-Liter Hybrid

2.5-Liter PHEV

Horsepower

180 HP

250 HP

192 HP (Combined)

210 HP (Combined)

Torque

199 LB-FT

280 LB-FT

155 LB-FT

155 LB-FT

Transmission

Eight-Speed Auto

Eight-Speed Auto

E-CVT

E-CVT

Driveline

FWD | AWD

AWD

FWD | AWD

FWD

Ford Escape Towing Capacity

The Ford Escape might be a compact crossover, but it can tow up to 3,500 pounds with the proper configuration and equipment. This is where things get a little wonky, however. Models equipped with the 2.5-liter hybrid and plug-in hybrid powertrain can pull as much as 1,500 pounds. This is only possible with the Ford-installed Class II Trailer Tow Package and is only available on the hybrid versions of the ST-Line Select and up. Models equipped with the base, 1.5-liter inline-three can pull up to 2,000 pounds, however, you can’t order the proper towing package from the Ford factory directly. In short, if you want to tow with the Base, Active, and ST-Line trims, you have to buy the towing package as a dealer-installed accessory. If you have a model that’s powered by the 2.0-liter inline-four, then you can tow 2,000 pounds with the same aforementioned dealer accessory or up to 3,500 pounds with the factory-installed Class II Tow Package.


Engine

Maximum Towing Capacity

2.5-Liter Hybrid

1,500 Pounds

2.5-Liter PHEV

1,500 Pounds

1.5-liter Inline-Three

2,000 Pounds

2.0-Liter Inline-Four

2,000-3,500 Pounds

Off-Road Capability

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The Ford Escape, in any form, simply isn’t designed for off-roading. It’s possible to go off the beaten path a bit, though, keep in mind that with a maximum ground clearance of just 7.5 inches and FWD (or AWD Disconnect), you won’t be doing any serious off-roading. Ford doesn’t even provide approach, departure, or breakover angles for the Escape in any trim level.


Fuel Economy And Annual Fuel Costs

The Ford Escape is capable of achieving anywhere between 23 and 42 mpg depending on your driving habits and where you’re driving. The annual fuel cost, according to Fueleconomy.gov, comes in at anywhere between $1,300 and $1,950. Interestingly enough, there are no official figures for the Plug-in hybrid model from the EPA, though. Various reports on social media claim it can achieve anywhere between 100 and 150 mpg combined, but those figures should be taken with a grain of salt and are not indicative of the fuel economy you should really expect from the PHEV model.

City

Highway

Combined

Annual Fuel Cost

Ford Escape 2.0-Liter AWD

23 MPG

31 MPG

26 MPG

$1,950

Ford Escape 1.5-Liter AWD

26 MPG

32 MPG

28 MPG

$1,800

Ford Escape 1.5-Liter FWD

27 MPG

34 MPG

30 MPG

$1,700

Ford Escape 2.5-Liter HEV FWD

42 MPG

36 MPG

39 MPG

$1,300

Ford Escape 2.5-Liter HEV AWD

42 MPG

36 MPG

39 MPG

$1,300


Interior Technology And Comfort

Best Interior Features Of The 2024 Honda Passport

  • Usable storage in the center console
  • Standard digital gauge cluster
  • Optional 12.3-inch Display on lower models
  • Optional Sync4 infotainment on upper models
  • Physical buttons still standard on lower trim levels

The Ford Escape has a fairly nice interior, but it’s also clear that it is designed from a functional standpoint above all else. Lower models feature cloth seating, with an 8-way adjustable driver’s seat, and sliding second-row seats. Upper trim levels feature partial vinyl and close seats, some with contrast stitching. Heated front row seats, and a 10-way adjustable driver seat are available higher up the trim range, and leather-trimmed seats are available as an option. All models come standard with intelligent access and push-button start. A panoramic vista roof is available across all models as an option.


Technology

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On the technology front, the Ford Escape is equipped pretty well, even at the affordable base level. Things like an eight-inch digital instrument cluster, two power points, two use ports, and an 8.0-inch infotainment display are all standard equipment. Even at the base level, however, you can option the 13.2-inch infotainment screen that’s available on the upper trim levels and PHEV. The standard audio system across the entire lineup is a six-speaker AM/FM setup, though, a B&O 10-speaker system with a subwoofer is an optional extra for all trim levels. Navigation comes standard on the Escape Elite and PHEV models, though it can also be had as an option on Active, ST-Line, and ST-Line Select trim levels.


Other Standard Features

  • Sirius XM
  • Sync 4 infotainment operating system
  • Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • FordPass Connect with 4G LTE Hot Spot
  • Dual-Zone electronic climate control

Interior Dimensions

Front

Rear

Headroom

40 Inches

39.3 Inches

Shoulder Room

57.6 Inches

56.0 Inches

Hip Room

55.2 Inches

53.3 Inches

Legroom

42.4 Inches

40.7 Inches

Passenger Volume

102.2 – 104.0 Cubic-Feet

Cargo Capacity

37.5 – 65.4 Cubic-Feet

Safety And Reliability

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The Ford Escape comes with standard safety technology that’s pretty common across the industry as part of the Ford Co-Pilot 360 suite of technologies. The more advanced features, like Active Park Assist, Evasive Steering, and Intelligent Adaptive Cruise Control (which includes stop-and-go, lane centering, and speed sign recognition) are optional.

In terms of IIHS and NHTSA safety ratings, The Ford Escape performs pretty well, scoring a five-star overall rating from the NHTSA and overall Good ratings from the IIHS, with the exception of a “Marginal” rating for the updated side-impact test and an “Acceptable” rating for headlights.

It is not uncommon for models introduced before 2023 to receive less-than-stellar ratings for the IIHS’ updated side impact testing.


Driver Assistance Features

Standard

Optional

Auto High-Beam Headlights

Active Park Assist 2.0

BLIS W/ Cross-Traffic Alert

Intelligent Active Cruise Control

Lane-Keep Assist

Evasive Steering Assist

Pre-Collision Assist W/ AEB

Built-In Navigation

Rearview Camera

Reverse Brake Assist

Post-Collision Braking

Intsection Assist

Road Departure Warning

360-Degree Camera

IIHS Crash Testing


NHTSA Overall Rating

5 Stars

NHTSA Front Rating

5 Stars

NHTSA Side Rating

5 Stars

NHTSA Rollover Rating

4 Stars

  • Recalls: 0
  • NHTSA Investigations: 0
  • NHTSA Consumer Complaints: 0
  • Awards: N/A

While the 2024 Ford Escape has not received any NHTSA complaints or investigations, the 2023 model, which is mechanically identical was the subject of
3 recalls and 26 complaints
. The most dominant complaints included issues with the engine, electric system, and crash avoidance system. The recalls in 2023 includes a recall for faulty instrument panel lighting, risk of fire from engine failure, and risk of fire from a cracked fuel injector. All of the issues regarding the recalls should have been resolved prior to the launch of the 2024 model year.


Warranties

Ford’s standard warranty coverage applies to its entire model lineup, and it runs on par with what other automakers are offering today. The basic bumper-to-bumper warranty comes in at 3 years or 36,000 miles, while the powertrain warranty and safety restraint system warranty runs for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Diesel-powered engines are protected for 5 years or 100,000 miles and hybrid/electric-specific unique equipment is protected for 8 years or 100,000 miles. Corrosion perforation coverage runs for 5 years, but there’s no mileage warranty for this specific warranty.

Bumper-To-Bumper

3 Year / 36,000 Miles

Powertrain

5 Year / 60,000 Miles

Safety Restraint System

5 Year / 60,000 Miles

Corrosion (Perforation Only)

5 Year / Unlimited

Diesel Engine

5 Year / 100,000 Miles

Hybrid/EV Unique Components

8 Year / 100,000 Miles


2024 Ford Escape Versus Its Competitors

As a compact crossover, the Ford Escape has a wide range of competitors, but in this case, we’re going to look to two very popular options in this segment: the Toyota RAV4 and the Chevrolet Equinox. Both models are designed to be family friendly and are great for use as daily drivers at their core. As such, in general, all three models are meant more for on-road adventures, however, the RAV4 might be a little more capable off the beaten path. Let’s take a deeper look at these solid alternatives to see what they bring to the table.

How The Ford Escape Compares To The 2024 Toyota RAV4

  • 2024 Ford Escape 2024 Toyota RAV4
    Model Escape RAV4
    Engine 1.5-Liter | 2.0-Liter | 2.5-Liter 2.5-liter I-four
    Transmission 8-speed auto | CVT Eight-speed automatic
    Torque 155 – 280 LB-FT 184 LBS-FT
    Driveline FWD | AWD Front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive
    MSRP $29,495 – $40,500 $28,275
    Towing Capacity Up to 3,500 Pounds 1,500-3,500 pounds


The Toyota RAV4 is offered in a wide variety of trims, with the most capable being the off-road oriented TRD. Be that as it may, the engine choices available are pretty slim with all non-hybrid models being powered by a 2.5-liter inline-four with 203 horsepower. These models come standard with an eight-speed automatic transmission and are FWD by default, though AWD is an optional extra. Fuel economy runs as high as 35 mpg on the highway, which isn’t too bad for a vehicle with a naturally aspirated engine. Hybrid models come with a 2.5-liter engine as well, though, total system output is rated at 219 horsepower, of which 176 comes from the engine and 54 from the electric motor. All hybrid models come with AWD as standard and feature an electronic CVT transmission (E-EVT in Toyota talk). Like the Escape, the RAV4 is capable of some light towing, with a range of anywhere between 1,500 and 3,500 pounds depending on the model and equipment level.


On the inside, the RAV4 pushes the boundaries of what an affordable mainstream crossover can offer, though, base models still rock an analog gauge cluster. You can opt for a 12.3-inch gauge cluster on the XLE Premium and TRD model, but it does come standard on the Limited Trim. An 8.0-inch infotainment system is standard, and it was recently updated to provide a snappier response as well as OTA updates, but upper trim levels come with a larger including a 12.0-inch display in the RAV4 TRD. The RAV 4 also sits on the affordable side of the compact crossover market with a starting price of $28,475. Pricing for non-hybrid models tops out at $38,780. RAV4 Hybrid models are priced from $31,475 to $39,780.

How The Ford Escape Compares To The 2024 Chevrolet Equinox


  • 2024 Ford Escape 2024 Chevrolet Equinox
    Model Escape Chevrolet Equinox
    Engine 1.5-Liter | 2.0-Liter | 2.5-Liter 1.5-Liter Inline-Four
    Transmission 8-speed auto | CVT 6-Speed Automatic
    Horsepower 180 – 250 Horsepower 175 HP
    Torque 155 – 280 LB-FT 203 LB-FT
    Driveline FWD | AWD FWD | AWD
    MSRP $29,495 – $40,500 $29,595 – $34,795
    Fuel Economy Up to 42 MPG Up to 30 MPG
    Towing Capacity Up to 3,500 Pounds 1,500 LBS

While models like the Ford Escape and Toyota RAV4 are offered in a wide range of trim levels, the Chevrolet Equinox is limited to just four: LS, LT, RS, And Premier. Despite the trim level hierarchy (and the RS badge) all models are powered by a 1.5-liter inline-four that delivers 175 horsepower and 203 pound-feet of torque. Shifting duties are handled by a six-speed automatic, and AWD is an option. Fuel economy for FWD models comes in at 26 mpg in the city, 31 mpg on the highway, and 28 mpg combined. AWD models take a small hit to the fuel economy, but nothing really all that noticeable. This puts the Equinox pretty much on par with the Escape if you count out the hybrid models.


All of this said, the current Equinox is being replaced for the 2025 model year by a completely redesigned model, so you shouldn’t be surprised when I tell you that the interior of the 2024 model looked a bit dated. It feels very mid-2010s inside with the infotainment system embedded in the center stack, the low-sitting center console, and the overly round wraparound design. The new model is much more modern and in line with what the Escape offers to the point that it might be a bit more advanced. The new Equinox comes with a digital instrument cluster, an 11-inch infotainment system, and a more angular interior design. Until that model goes on sale, the Equinox starts out at $27,995 with FWD and climbs to as high as $34,795 for the Premier AWD model.

How Much Does The Ford Escape Cost?

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There are five different trim levels of the Ford Escape for 2024 plus the range-topping Plug-In hybrid, which is now a standalone trim in the lineup. Pricing for the entry-level Escape Active comes in at $29,495 with prices increasing incrementally to as much as $36,965. The Escape PHEV has a sticker price of $40,500. All prices displayed here do not include tax, destination, registration, or other fees.

Trim Level

MSRP

Ford Escape Active

$29,495

Ford Escape ST-Line

$30,490

Ford Escape ST-Line Select

$33,540

Ford Escape ST-Line Elite

$37,960

Ford Escape Platinum

$36,965

Ford Escape Plug-In Hybrid

$40,500


Is It Worth Buying A 2024 Ford Escape?

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The Ford Escape makes for a great compact family car that still offers a fair amount of cargo capacity and towing capability. Its entry-level pricing is largely in line with the competition, with it being $100 cheaper than the current Chevy Equinox but nearly $1,000 more expensive than the Toyota RAV4. In terms of safety and reliability, there aren’t too many issues to be concerned with, though, if you want the latest and greatest, it might be best to look at models like the 2025 Chevy Equinox or wait a few more years for the next-gen Escape to hit the market. That said, you really can’t go wrong with the Ford Escape as long as you’re not expecting it to handle any major off-road adventures or to tow the house and more.


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