The Ford Escape can be purchased with hybrid and plug-in hybrid powertrains, though turbo three- and four-cylinder engines are still available.

The Hyundai Tucson, Mazda CX-5, and Volkswagen Tiguan all have more sophisticated cabins than the one found in the Ford Escape.

Still, the Escape comes standard with driver-assistance systems and can be customised with abundant optional luxury and convenience items.

What's New for 2022?

The 2022 Ford Escape has three new blue options: Atlas Blue, Flight Blue, and Iced Blue.

Midrange SEL with front-wheel drive is the greatest bargain. The SEL adds rear parking sensors and driver-seat memory settings.

Faux leather interior, remote start, heated steering wheel, hands-free power liftgate, fog lamps, and roof-rack side rails.

Engine, Transmission, and Performance

The 2022 Escape features a variety of powertrains, starting with a 181-hp turbocharged 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine.

The turbo three accelerated an all-wheel-drive Escape SE to 60 mph in 7.7 seconds; the plug-in hybrid matched this.

The intriguing upgrade is to the 250-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder, which can achieve a time of 5.7 seconds in the identical zero-to-60-mph test.

Both gas engines use an 8-speed automatic transmission. Honda CR-V hybrid and Toyota RAV4 Prime are new competitors.

Range, Charging, and Battery Life

The plug-in hybrid's 11.2-kWh battery pack provides 37 miles of electric-only driving, according to the EPA.

We were only able to travel 25 miles on the highway during our highway fuel economy testing before the Escape switched to gasoline power.

Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG

The EPA expects that the turbocharged 1.5-liter three-cylinder front-wheel drive Escape will have the best fuel economy.

It gets 27 city, 33 highway, and 30 combined mpg; all-wheel drive decreases those statistics to 26/31/28.

Interior, Comfort, and Cargo

The Escape's nicely appointed and spacious cabin has low-rent plastic panels on the doors and lower centre console.

Infotainment and Connectivity

While base S versions include a 4.2-inch radio display and AM/FM radio, SE and upwards receive an 8.0-inch touchscreen.

All Escape models include a smartphone app for telematics and remote start, but the Titanium is the most connected.