2021 Ford Escape vs. Its Competition

2021 Ford Escape
Aaron Cole Aaron Cole Managing Editor

The Escape and Bronco Sport share some powertrains and broad strokes, but they’re Irish twins in the Ford crossover lineup.

The Bronco Sport is the brawnier sibling, the Escape (especially the hybrid) is the brains of the family.

The RAV4 and CR-V are sales juggernauts and offer hybrid powertrains, so they should be on any shopper’s list.

The Forester is a Best Car to Buy winner thanks to its ability to meld two into one: utility and function with bona fide off-road chops.

The Equinox takes a year off this year ahead of an update next year; discounts should be plentiful.

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2021 Ford Bronco Sport2021 Ford Bronco Sport
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2021 Honda CR-V (CR-V Hybrid)2021 Honda CR-V2021 Subaru Forester2021 Subaru ForesterGet Your Price2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime2021 Toyota RAV4Get Your Price
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The 2021 Ford Escape is the softer side of the Blue Oval’s small crossover 1-2 combo.
The 2021 Chevy Equinox draws closer to the Blazer in looks and mission.
The 2021 Ford Bronco Sport carves out a new all-terrain niche for one of the most beloved off-road names in auto history.
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The 2021 Honda CR-V wins hundreds of thousands of wallets each year and it’s no surprise: it’s spacious, comfortable, efficient, and quiet.
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A recent Best Car To Buy winner, the 2021 Subaru Forester notches big wins in utility and safety as one of our most recommended crossover SUVs.
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The 2021 Toyota RAV4 is the meat-and-potatoes crossover for many buyers; the RAV4 Prime supplies the all-electric range.
MSRP From     
N/A$23,800$26,660N/A$24,795$26,050
Gas Mileage     
23 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy25 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy26 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy25 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-3Turbocharged Gas I4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-3N/ARegular Unleaded H-4Regular Unleaded I-4
EPA Class     
Small Sport Utility Vehicles 4WD2WD Sport Utility VehicleN/AN/ASmall Sport Utility Vehicles 4WDSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WD
Style Name     
S AWDFWD 4-Door LBase 4x4N/ACVTLE FWD (SE)
Drivetrain     
All WheelFront Wheel DriveFour Wheel DriveN/AAll WheelFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555N/A55
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
Sport UtilitySport Utility VehicleSport UtilityN/ASport UtilitySport Utility
Transmission     
Automatic w/ODAutomaticAutomatic w/ODN/ACVT w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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