Ford has just announced its 2020 Ford Escape Hybrid, and it’s quite impressive. In fact, it will be the most-efficient small SUV on the market in the new year. It barely beat out Toyota’s 2019 RAV-4 in terms of fuel-efficiency and overall performance.
Escape Hybrid vs. RAV-4
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its fuel economy ratings recently, and the results indicate that the 2020 Ford Escape Hybrid outperforms the 2019 Toyota RAV-4, but not by much.
According to CNET, “The RAV4 Hybrid return[s] an estimated 41 city, 38 highway and 40 combined.” The Escape Hybrid, however, has an estimated mpg of 44 city, 37 highway, and 41 combined. This allows the vehicle to travel approximately 582 miles before needing to take a pit stop to fill up.
But There Is a Catch…
However, there is one caveat that may keep the Escape Hybrid from surpassing the RAV-4 in regard to total sales. Toyota’s model “comes exclusively with all-wheel drive,” whereas the Escape comes with both a two-wheel and all-wheel option.
This means that although the Escape has more than one option in regard to driving performance, once a driver opts to use all-wheel drive, its fuel economy takes a slight hit and drops to 43 city, 37 highway, and 40 combined—tying the RAV-4. The amount of efficiency gained by using two-wheel drive is very negligible.
Ford Escape Hybrid Finer Details
According to The Car Connection, Ford’s new small SUV hybrid comes equipped with several innovative technologies:
- An Eco Mode “that makes the vehicle run more efficiently”
- An EV Coach “that lets drivers… hone efficient driving techniques”
- “34.4 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats”
- A battery that is “one third the size of the battery in the first Escape Hybrid”
- A starting price of $29,450 for the two-wheel option and an additional $15,00 for all-wheel drive
Another Hybrid Crossover Option
If you aren’t sure if a small crossover SUV is right for you, look no further than the KIA Niro. Although it’s only slightly smaller than both the 2020 Escape and the 2019 RAV-4, the vehicle’s performance is well worth looking into.
The KIA Niro returns 51 mpg in the city, 46 on the highway, and a whopping 49 combined. Of course, those numbers mean a trade-off in power. The 1.6 liter, four-cylinder engine only produces 139 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque compared to the 2.5-liter engine inside the Ford Escape. However, if “get-up-and-go” isn’t a priority, the small sacrifice in size may just be what you’re looking for.