Buyer's Guide

2022 Ford Escape
Select a Different Model (8 Available): S AWD
Fuel Economy $ 26 / 31 mpg
Cargo (Std/Max) 38/65 cu.ft.
Seating (Std/Max) 5/5
Horsepower 181
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2022 Ford Escape MODEL OVERVIEW

Pros

  • Agile handling
  • Standard driver assist tech
  • Hybrid and plug-in options

Cons

  • Cut-rate interior materials
  • Underwhelming base engine
  • Flat, unsupportive driver's seat

Ford introduced the current, fourth-generation Escape for the 2020 model year and the only changes for 2022 are a few new—and blue—paint options: Atlas Blue Metallic, Flight Blue Metallic, and Iced Blue Metallic. In addition to the conventional model, Ford also offers a hybrid and a plug-in hybrid. The Escape competes in the compact SUV segment alongside familiar players including the Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4, and Nissan Rogue. 

What We Think

The compact SUV class is crowded and competitive, but the Escape still manages to feel distinctive. Ford's available 2.0-liter turbo-four provides strong acceleration, although the standard turbo-three struggles with refinement. Every Escape feels light on its feet if you're driving quickly. Ride quality is decent, too, but large impacts can send shudders through the body.

Although the cabin feels spacious, it's difficult for the Ford to compete with the expertly packaged segment-leading Honda CR-V. The Escape does, however, earn extra points for its sliding second-row bench, which allows buyers to prioritize rear legroom or cargo capacity. Ford's Sync 3 infotainment setup is intuitive and relatively quick, but it would be nice to see the latest Sync 4 system.

All that said, materials in the interior feel cheap. There's hard plastic everywhere and the seats feel underpadded and lack support. As a package, we like the Escape's practicality and decent dynamics, but other compacts offer more refinement. If you're going to buy an Escape, we'd recommend the hybrid.

Performance and Efficiency

Ford offers a pair of small-displacement turbocharged engines under the hood of the Escape, both of which route their power through an eight-speed automatic transmission. The entry-level Escape is the only vehicle in its segment—for now, at least—that offers a three-cylinder engine. In this case, it's a 1.5-liter turbocharged three-cylinder developing 181 hp and 190 lb-ft of torque. FWD is standard and AWD is optional. 

Testing a three-cylinder FWD Escape, we recorded 0-60 mph in a respectable 8.4 seconds. Fuel economy numbers from 2021 read 26-27/31-33 mpg city/highway. 

Those seeking a bit more oomph can upgrade to a 2.0-liter turbo-four generating a hearty 250 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque, and AWD is standard. When we tested this variant, it reached 60 mph in 6.9 seconds. As for efficiency numbers, the 2.0-liter returns 23/31 mpg (2021 model year). 

Safety Ratings and Features

The Escape is among the safer cars in the compact SUV space. First off, it earned a five-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA. Ford's small SUV also received a 2021 Top Safety Pick from the IIHS, as long as you get the LED headlights included on the Escape Titanium. The Escape's standard headlights get a Marginal rating and therefore, examples equipped with them don't qualify for the TSP.

However, even the base Escape S includes Ford's Co-Pilot360 collection of driver assist active safety features. Automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, lane keep assist, and automatic high beams are all standard. The Escape Titanium adds park assist and stop-and-go adaptive cruise control.

Cargo Space and Interior Room

The Escape offers some of the most interior room in the segment, with passenger space besting the class-leading Honda CR-V. That said, the Honda provides its buyers with more cargo space.

Legroom (front/rear) Cargo Space (seats up/down)
2022 Ford Escape 42.4/40.7 inches 37.5/65.4 cubic feet
2022 Honda CR-V 41.3/40.3 inches 39.2/75.8 cubic feet

 

Technology

We struggle to think of a vehicle with a smaller infotainment screen than the base Escape S; the entry-level compact makes do with a puny 4.2-inch display that doesn't even have touch functionality. SE models and above get a big upgrade to an 8.0-inch touchscreen display that adds Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and satellite radio. 

Titanium models get integrated navigation and a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster. While most trims work with a six-speaker audio system, a premium 10-speaker B&O audio setup is available on the SEL and standard on the Titanium.

Ford Makes Other Cars Based on the Escape?

Perhaps Ford's greatest achievement with the Escape is the breadth of vehicles it has built on the same platform. For starters, there's the Bronco Sport, a retro-styled subcompact with tweaked suspension, more ground clearance, and a unique AWD system. If you need more utility, Ford recently started building a pint-sized pickup positioned below the Ranger—the Ford Maverick.

Recommended Trim

Ford offers four distinct trims of the Escape, ranging from just less than $27,000 for a base Escape S with FWD to a little over $37,000 for an Escape Titanium. For our money, we'd pick one of the middle trims. If you're feeling a little fancy, the Escape SEL seems like a nice middle ground. It includes the leatherette upholstery, power liftgate, heated front seats, and dual-zone climate control, plus all of the Co-Pilot360 features that are standard across the range. Plus, the Titanium's adaptive cruise control, digital instrument cluster, and premium audio are all available as options.

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2022 FORD ESCAPE SPECIFICATIONS
OVERVIEW
FEATURES
WARRANTY/RECALL
SAFETY
REBATES
Engine Name
Engine: 3-Cyl Turbo 1.5 Liter EcoBoost®
Transmission Name
Transmission, 8 Speed Automatic with Manual Mode (448)
Trim
S AWD
Class
Mid-Size Utility
Horsepower
181
Standard MPG
26/31
Body Style
SUV/Crossover
Drivetrain
AWD
Fuel Type
Unleaded Regular
Seating Capacity
5/5
Package Invoice Retail
Show Full Specs
Corrosion Warranty Miles
Unlimited
Maintenance Warranty Months
none
Corrosion Warranty Months
60
Powertrain Warranty Miles
60,000
Full Warranty Miles
36,000
Powertrain Warranty Months
60
Full Warranty Months
36
Roadside Assistance Miles
60,000
Maintenance Warranty Miles
N/R
Roadside Assistance Months
60
IIHS Best Pick
0
NHTSA Rating Front Driver
Not Rated
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
N/R
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
Not Rated
IIHS Front Small Overlap
N/R
NHTSA Rating Front Side
Not Rated
IIHS Overall Side Crash
N/R
NHTSA Rating Overall
Not Rated
IIHS Rear Crash
N/R
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
Not Rated
IIHS Roof Strength
N/R
NHTSA Rating Rollover
Not Rated
Amount Description Expiry Date
$0 0% Financing for a maximum term of 36 Months - Ford announces special APR financing on select models. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 01-31-2022
$0 0.9% Financing for a maximum term of 48 Months - Ford announces special APR financing on select models. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 01-31-2022
$0 1.9% Financing for a maximum term of 60 Months - Ford announces special APR financing on select models. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 01-31-2022
$0 3.9% Financing for a maximum term of 72 Months - Ford announces special APR financing on select models. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 01-31-2022
$0 4.9% Financing for a maximum term of 75 Months - Ford announces special APR financing on select models. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 01-31-2022
$0 5.9% Financing for a maximum term of 84 Months - Ford announces special APR financing on select models. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 01-31-2022
$750 Ford announces a Bonus Cash on select models for eligible college students. 01-03-2023
$1000 Ford announces a Certificate Program on select models.. 01-31-2022
$1000 Ford announces a Bonus Cash on select models. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 01-31-2022
$1250 Ford announces a Bonus Cash on select models for eligible returning lessees. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 01-31-2022
$2000 Ford announces a Bonus Cash on select models to be used as trade in assistance. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 01-31-2022