2020 Ford Escape SEL Features and Specs
The 2020 Ford Escape is the first year of the compact SUV crossover's fourth generation, and there are lots of reviews all over the internet. But let's say for a moment that you've already decided that you're going to buy one, but you’re not sure which model to go for. To help you out were going to look specifically at the Ford Escape SEL trim level, so here are some features and specs of the 2020 Ford Escape SEL to look out for.
You have three different engines to choose from in the SEL versions of these popular Ford SUVs. The standard engine is Ford's sensational and multi-award-winning 1.5-liter EcoBoost turbo-three, which in this case outs out 181 horsepower and 190 lb.-ft. of torque and is seriously fuel-efficient. If that's not enough power for your liking and you’re happy to use a little more gas, there's then the option of a 2.0-liter EcoBoost that boasts 250 horsepower and 280 lb.-ft. of torque. Both engines send the power to the front or all four wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission.
As you might expect these days, there's now also the option of a hybrid powerplant for the Ford Escape SEL. The system is good for 200 horsepower and 209 lb.-ft. of torque, and that power goes to the front wheels through an eCVT transmission.
Exterior features and styling
Although the styling updates to the exterior are relatively minor for a new generation, they have had quite an impact on the looks of the Escape. The front fascia looks very modern and very sporty, and the overall silhouette follows very much along the same lines.
Being a model just below the range-topper, the Escape SEL comes standard riding on a very attractive set of 18-inch Machine-Face alloys with the option to upgrade them to a set of 19s if you prefer.
The SEL seats are Ford's Active X™ Seating Material, which is a type of partial-leather surface that's been designed to withstand greater wear and tear than the standard cloth seats. Other standard interior features include the Sync® 3 infotainment system with Bluetooth connectivity and Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ compatibility, FordPass™ Connect, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, a Heated and leather-wrapped steering wheel, and Electronic Automatic Temperature Control with rear air duct.
Other features worth noting include a rearview camera, torque vectoring control, auto high beam headlights, Ford MyKey, remote keyless-entry, SecuriCode keyless entry keypad, Pre-Collision Assist with Automatic Emergency Braking, a Lane-Keeping System, and the BLIS® Blind-Spot Monitoring System with Cross-Traffic Alert.
Many buyers choose these small SUVs for the fuel economy they offer, and the new Escape can be seriously frugal. The 2.0-liter turbo-four with AWD is rated at 23 mpg in the city, 31 mpg on the highway and 26 mpg combined, and it just gets better from there. The turbo-three with front-wheel-drive returns 27 mpg in the city, 33 mpg on the highway and 30 mpg combined, while the hybrid is rated at a superb 44/37/41 mpg.*
* EPA-estimated city/highway mpg based on base engine/transmission configuration. See fueleconomy.gov for fuel economy of other engine/transmission combinations. Actual mileage will vary. On plug-in hybrid models and electric models, fuel economy is stated in MPGe. MPGe is the EPA equivalent measure of gasoline fuel efficiency for electric mode operation.