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2020 Ford Escape vs. Honda CR-V


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Escape is all-new for 2020 and the redesign couldn’t come at a more opportune time. Escape plays in the highly competitive Small Utilities class, which has grown into one of the industry's largest and best-selling segments. The all-new Escape debuts in 2020 with dynamic new styling, three engine choices including a hybrid powertrain, an infusion of driver-assist technologies, flexibility and more space. A fourth powertrain option, the Escape plug-in hybrid, is expected to be available in the spring. These improvements put Escape in a position to take command in this thriving segment.


CR-V was once the ruler of the highly competitive Small Utility market but it’s not dominant anymore. The fifth-generation CR‑V, which debuted in 2017, faces plenty of redesigned rivals in the segment, including RAV4 and Forester. Ford Escape could put the pressure on all the segment leaders with an all-new 2020 model that has several advantages over the Honda SUV.


 

WHAT'S NEW WITH THE 2020 ESCAPE?

 

 

Influx of Tech

We call this the smartest Escape ever because it has standard Ford Co‑Pilot360 technologies, available Active Park Assist 2.0 with Reverse Parking Aid and Front Parking Aid, and available Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop-and-Go and Lane Centering.

 

 

All-New Powertrain Lineup

The new 1.5L EcoBoost I‑3 engine produces more horsepower and torque than the previous 1.5L I‑4, but also features cylinder deactivation to help save fuel. Ford showed its innovation by offering an Escape hybrid powertrain as early as 2005, and now that option is back — the all-new 2.5L iVCT Atkinson-cycle I-4 Hybrid with eCVT transmission is available on 2020 Escape. Also the optional 2.0L EcoBoost I‑4provides a performance boost as well as towing capability up to 3,500 lbs.

New Transmission

The new 8‑speed automatic transmission, paired with the gas engines, was designed with real-time adaptive shift capability and enables five standard Selectable Drive Modes to help adapt to road conditions. SelectShift with paddle shifters on the steering wheel puts the driver in control (with the available 2.0L EcoBoost engine).

 

 

Interior Amenities

The rotary gear shift dial in the center console, new to the Escape interior, allows a low-profile design that helps increase storage space. The available 12.3" digital instrument cluster will show changing graphics. In the back, the adjustable second-row 60/40 split seat slides up to 6 inches forwards or rearwards.

New Models

The all-new SE Sport model features the hybrid powertrain as standard. The new Plug-In Hybrid is expected to be available in Spring 2020.

 

 



THE COMPETITION



Powertrain Choices


The performance ratings for both standard engines are nearly identical. However, Escape beats CR‑V in a key regard — selection. Escape SEL includes the available 2.0L EcoBoost I‑4 with higher horsepower and torque ratings. But also, Escape offers a hybrid powertrain with the 2.5L Atkinson-cycle I‑4 engine, which Honda can’t match. CR‑V has an available 1.5L turbocharged engine that adds 6 horsepower over their standard engine.

 

Escape 1.5L

/ -

CR‑V 2.4L

Horsepower

181(2)

-3

184

Torque (lb.-ft.)

190(2)

+10

180

 

Escape 2.0L

/ -

CR‑V 1.5L Turbo

Horsepower

250(2)

+60

190

Torque (lb.-ft.)

280(2)

+101

179

 

Escape 2.5L Hybrid

/ -

CR‑V No Equivalent

Horsepower

163
200 (total)

Torque (lb.-ft.)

155

 
2020 Ford Escape


Towing Capability

2020 Ford Escape
 

Escape allows owners to tow with any of its powertrain choices and offers higher tow ratings than the CR-V. The Honda tows a maximum of up to 1,500 lbs. Escape has the ability to tow up to 2,000 lbs. with its standard 180‑horsepower engine and a maximum 3,500 lbs.(2) with the available 2.0L EcoBoost I‑4.

Escape Towing Capacities

/ -

CR‑V Towing Capacity

2,000 lbs. (1.5L)

+500

1,500 lbs. (1.5L)
3,500 lbs. (2.0L)

+2,000

1,500 lbs. (Hybrid)

+0

 

 


Driver Assistance


Escape offers impressive available features that CR-V does not have. Active Park Assist 2.0 on the Titanium model allows drivers to push a button and let the vehicle park itself in a parallel or perpendicular spot.


Escape offers a 12.3" digital instrument cluster with a customizable display that features changing graphics. Finally, Titanium offers an available head-up display, which lets drivers see their speed, driver-assist alerts and more on a transparent screen while keeping their eyes forward.


2020 Ford Escape Driver Assistance


ADDITIONAL WHY - BUYS

·5 trim levels (S, SE, SE Sport, SEL, and Titatnium)

·4 engine options (1.5L EcoBoost, 2.0L EcoBoost, 2.5L FHEV, and 2.5L PHEV)

·2 hybrid powertrain options (2.5L FHEV and 2.5L PHEV)

·Intelligent AWD options with AWD Disconnect

·Ford Co-Pilot360 Techonologies

·Active Park Assist 2.0

·Adaptive Cruise Control

·Evasive Steering Assist

·LED Fog Lamps available on the Titanium

·LED Headlamps

·B&O Sound System standard on the Titanium

·Selectable Drive Modes


 

 

 

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 Ford Escape

Safety Ratings

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is known for their Top Safety Pick and Top Safety Pick+ ratings.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) created the 5‑Star Safety Ratings Program to provide consumers with information about the crash protection and rollover safety of new vehicles. 

The 2020 Ford Escape (with LED Reflectors on the Titanium) earned the 2019 Top Safety Pick from the IIHS. The Escape also earned a 5-star rating from the NHSTA as well.

 

 


2020 Ford Escape Brochure


We know that prospective compact SUV customers are extremely well educated when researching their next vehicle. That is why Joe Cotton Ford has made these research pages, so it easy to get all the available vehicle information so you can spend less time researching and more time enjoying your purchase.  

We are your local, North Ave, Ford Dealer, proud of our community service and the hassle free and easy experience we offer our customers. Recently voted one of the best places to purchase or service a vehicle by the readers of the Daily Herald for the 6th year in a row. Our honesty and integrity are two of the main reasons our customers have chosen us for all their automotive needs since 1974. Your satisfaction is our top priority, and you have our word on it.

Download the 2020 Escape Brochure


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