2020 Ford Escape vs. Its Competition

2020 Ford Escape
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

No rival matches the 2020 Escape for the breadth of its underhood options.

The Toyota RAV4 has SUV styling and its hybrid is rated at 40 mpg combined.

The Honda CR-V lacks a hybrid option, but its interior is tops for spaciousness and its optional turbo-4 delivers good, if not blistering acceleration.

The Subaru Forester’s value and features are impressive, as are its massive cargo bay.

Look to the Chevy Equinox for a low base price, but don’t look for its former turbodiesel option, which has been deleted.

The Mazda CX-5 prioritizes sporty handling and turbo power over a spacious interior, so it may wind up being the Escape’s most direct rival.

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Quick Specs
6.6
The 2020 Ford Escape takes a more refined tack, and brings its hybrid edition back into vogue.
6.5
The 2020 Honda CR-V hits right at the heart of many buyers’ needs: comfortable, spacious, quiet, and efficient.
6.7
The 2019 Mazda CX-5 sates solo drivers with good handling and tasteful lines, but bigger families will want to move up in size.
6.8
The 2019 Subaru Forester is a well thought-out crossover SUV with exceptional space, a great ride, and standard AWD without a fuel-economy penalty.
6.5
With a dollop of refinement, the 2019 Toyota RAV4 would be a solid home run.
MSRP From     
$24,885$23,800N/A$24,350$24,295$25,650
Gas Mileage     
22 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy26 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy25 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Turbocharged Gas I4N/ARegular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded H-4Regular Unleaded I-4
EPA Class     
Small Sport Utility Vehicles 2WD2WD Sport Utility VehicleN/ASmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 4WDSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WD
Style Name     
S FWDFWD 4-Door L w/1SMN/ASport FWD2.5iLE FWD (Natl)
Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveN/AFront Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
55N/A555
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
Sport UtilitySport Utility VehicleN/ASport UtilitySport UtilitySport Utility
Transmission     
Automatic w/ODAutomaticN/AAutomatic w/ODCVT w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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