2020 Ford Escape SEL Review

October 24, 2019

Ford is working on refreshing their SUV & Crossover lineup like this all-new 2020 Ford Escape SEL AWD. We go in-depth on our review of this compact crossover. 

 

We want to extend a big thanks to Yergeau Ford in Acton Vale, Québec for letting us borrow their new 2020 Ford Explorer Platinum to film this episode. Find out more about their dealership here: https://www.yergeauford.ca/eng/

 

The Ford Escape was for the longest while Ford's entry-level crossover until their recent launch of the EcoSport, but the Escape is still the go-to vehicle for families looking for space and versatility in the compact crossover segment. The all-new 2020 Ford Escape brings a complete overhaul of this vehicle including a new exterior look and design along with a modern interior. This test vehicle comes equipped with three options including the alloy rims, panoramic sunroof, and Ford Co-Pilot 360 Assist which adds blind spot monitoring and adaptive cruise control with stop & go.

 

Our full tour and review of this SEL AWD trim goes over the exterior changes along with the features found on this near-top trip, including the new 2.0L EcoBoost 4 cylinder engine which produces more power than the average consumer crossover in this segment. We discuss some of the areas where improvement can be made such as the halogen-only headlights, with the LED lights being reserved for the top-end Titanium trim only. 

 

We go over the interior design and layout of the 2020 Escape including the new centre console area and updated Sync3 infotainment system, along with the optional 12.3" driver information cluster available on the Titanium trim. Features on the interior include heated front seats, driver memory, automatic climate control, LED interior lighting, panoramic sunroof, a new drive mode selector with multiple terrain management profiles, and ActiveX synthetic leather seating.

 

We then take the 2020 Ford Escape SEL on a road test to talk about how it performs and handles from a daily driving perspective, and what buyers can expect from the 8 speed automatic transmission and 2.0L EcoBoost engine.

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