IF I WAS IN charge of making a slogan for the newly refreshed 2020 Ford Escape, it would be this: Escape from mediocre. While most SUVs in its class are arguably boring to drive and bland, the new 2020 Escape is anything but. From its surprisingly comfortable and luxurious interior, to its surprisingly competent driving capabilities, the new 2020 Ford Escape is in my opinion a class leader in the SUV market.
The first thing that I noticed jumping into the Escape is how well put together it felt. Despite being known as the “affordable” SUV, Ford didn’t cut any corners on the interior with its fixtures and buttons all feeling premium. Even the normal analog gauges and dashes were replaced with digital screens which was a big plus in my book. My model even had a hologram on the windscreen displaying my speed and other data. Most importantly however, the Escape felt very roomy with plenty of trunk space and for a brief moment I thought I was actually driving its bigger brother, the Ford Explorer.
On the road the Escape was surprisingly good for an SUV. The Escape felt sporty and tracked the road with surprising agility. Body roll was kept at bay for an SUV and the Escape had good road feel. It was also powerful enough with its 2.0L EcoBoost engine but there was unfortunately just a tiny bit of turbo lag. My model had AWD which lent me confidence when driving in deep snow and I was even able to get up a steep unplowed hill near my neighbourhood so I can confirm it works as advertised.
In conclusion the Escape is a real winner in my book and a big improvement from its past generations. From its surprisingly comfortable, roomy and luxurious interior to its competent and surprisingly sporty driving characteristics, the Escape is anything but mediocre. I really believe that the Escape should be the class leader and I encourage you to check it out if you are in the market for an affordable but feature packed SUV.
Written & Photos: Alex C.