The all-new Ford Escape has been completely redesigned for the 2022 model year. It’s now based on the same platform as the Mustang Mach-E electric SUV, and it’s available with a choice of four different powertrains.
The base engine is a turbocharged 1.5 litter three-cylinder that makes 181 horsepower, and it’s paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission.
Ford has redesigned the Escape for the 2020 model year. Since the auto-maker also plans to launch a new 2021 Bronco Sport to serve customers looking for a more rugged compact crossover SUV it designed the Escape for everyday driving on the pavement while giving it plenty of all-wheel capacity Drive (AWD) Ability to handle slush and sand when necessary.
In the past we’ve reviewed Escape SUVs with a standard turbocharged 1.5 litter 3-cylinder engine and an available turbocharged 2.0 litter 4-cylinder pure gas engine. Ford also offers hybrid and plug-in hybrid variants of the SUV.
2022 Ford Escape Review
The 2022 Ford Escape is a small SUV that sits in a sweet spot between the auto-maker’s smaller Ford Eco-Sport and larger Ford Edge and three-row Explorer. It competes in one of the most competitive segments with rivals like the Honda CR-V Jeep Cherokee Mazda CX-5 and Toyota RAV4.
The Escape underwent a complete redesign a few years ago which explains the lack of changes or upgrades for the 2022 model year.
Escape also does a lot of other things right. Its cabin is comfortable and spacious with plenty of technology and advanced driver aids. While its cargo area isn’t top-notch here’s what we’ve come to expect from a small SUV
2022 Ford Escape Space
When it comes to cargo capacity not many compact SUVs can match this Ford. The Escape gives you up to 37.5 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats and 65.4 cubic feet with the rear seats folded down.
Escape can accommodate five people. There’s enough head and legroom in both rows for most adults to sit comfortably.
Further, enhancing the space is the sliding ability of the rear seats a rarity in this class. In addition to being spacious the seats are comfortable and provide all-day support.
The rear outboard seats have two full sets of LATCH connectors and the rear centre seat has a tether anchor. This LATCH system is very easy to use.
2022 Ford Escape Performance
The Escape comes with a 181-horsepower turbocharged three-cylinder engine as standard and a 250-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder. Both are mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission.
The base three-cylinder engine produces enough power to cruise around town or on the highway, but it’s not particularly strong.
For something more exciting check out the four-cylinder option. No matter which engine you use you have to live with the occasional The gears are wrong and often less refined than some rival gearheads.
With its base three-cylinder engine the Ford Escape gets 28 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway which is a decent rating for a small crossover.
If you opt for all-wheel drive the numbers drop to 26/31. Models with the upgraded engine (AWD only) are the least fuel efficient Returns 22/31 mpg city/highway.
The Escape rides smoothly on pavement and its suspension soaks up most road imperfections well. Handling is solid but not necessarily sporty. You’ll notice somebody roll in corners, and you might want better road grip in a front-wheel-drive model.
2022 Ford Escape Interior
The Escape’s cabin is functional and pleasantly furnished. The main controls are easy to reach, and the steering wheel buttons don’t take time to decipher.
The Sync 3 touchscreen interface is clean and simple and operation is simple. The driver’s seat provides you with all-round outward visibility, and It is only slightly hindered by the waistline that rises back.
The seat itself offers many adjustments that can be easily dialled into the perfect position. The disadvantage is that the door armrest is a bit too narrow
Escape Infotainment Bluetooth and Navigation
You’ll want to skip the sparsely equipped SYNC infotainment system that comes standard on this Ford and opt for the intuitive SYNC 3 system.
It has a touchscreen that is easy to see and responds quickly to input. There are also some redundant physical controls that are Not far from the driver’s seat.
- Standard infotainment features: 4.2-inch display six-speaker stereo USB port and Wi-Fi hotspot
- Available infotainment features: 8-inch touchscreen navigation 10-speaker Bang & Olufsen stereo HD Radio Satellite radio Wireless charging for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
- Other Available Features: 12.3″ Digital Instrument Cluster Panoramic Sunroof Single or Dual Zone Automatic Climate Control Push Button Start and Remote Start
2022 Ford Escape Comfort
We are satisfied with the comfort provided by the Escape. The front seats are well-shaped and have a pleasant amount of cushioning.
The rear seats are also comfortable with just the right amount of thigh support for adults. Although our SEL test vehicle was equipped for a Front passenger The next-level Titanium adds a power-adjustable seat a rarity in its class.
Around town and on the highway the Escape rides with a smooth and composure. It’s also fairly quiet at high speeds with road noise being the main source of sound intrusion.
On hot days the automatic climate system provides less airflow than you might expect.
2022 Ford Escape Storage
The Escape’s cargo area of 33.5 cubic feet is average for the segment. We like the low floor and high seat backs which give you plenty of vertical storage before luggage interferes with rear visibility.
The rear seats cannot be folded flat, but the outer seat belts can be unfastened from the seats Holster, so there are no obstacles when loading cargo.
Interior storage is much better with large cabinets in the front and large door pockets in the back. All cupholders have anti-tipping labels which is fairly uncommon in this type of vehicle.
2022 Ford Escape Test Gas Mileage
Escape owners are very pleased with the fuel economy of this SUV. When equipped with the standard turbocharged 1.5 litter 3-cylinder engine it returns 28-30 mpg in combined driving.
The more powerful turbocharged 2.0 litter 4-cylinder engine with AWD only is rated at 26 mpg.
The Escape Hybrid is so efficient that the EPA expects it to hit 40-41 mpg in combined driving.
The Escape plug-in hybrid should offer 37 miles of all-electric driving and 40 mpg combined.
I evaluated the Escape PHEV in Auto EV mode. At the end of the 75.2-mile journey the Escape plug-in hybrid had accumulated 53.1 miles of electric driving range averaging 70.4 miles per gallon.
2022 Ford Escape Fuel Economy
According to the EPA the turbocharged 1.5 litter three-cylinder model with front-wheel drive will offer the highest fuel economy estimates among the non-hybrid Escape models. It’s rated at 27 mpg city 33 mpg highway and 30 mpg combined;
Adding all-wheel drive brings those numbers down to 26 mpg city 31 mpg Highway and 28 mpg combined. We tested an all-wheel-drive model with the turbocharged three-cylinder engine and achieved an impressive 35 mpg on the 75-mph highway fuel economy route.
While the larger turbocharged 2.0 litter four-cylinder with all-wheel drive is rated at 23 mpg city 31 mpg highway and 26 mpg mpg combined, and we ended up with a highway result of 32 mpg in our testing.
For those looking for the most efficient Escape the plug-in hybrid model has fuel economy ratings of up to 44 mpg city; in our testing the Escape PHEV returned 36 MPGe on our highway fuel economy route.
2022 Ford Escape Models
The 2022 Escape is a small SUV available in four trim levels: S SE SEL and Titanium. By default, most trims are powered by a turbocharged 1.5 litter three-cylinder engine (181 horsepower 190 lb-ft of torque) mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission.
Titanium standard and optional The SE and SEL are a fuel-consumption 2.5 litter hybrid system (200 hp total) driving the wheels via a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). Those looking for more motivation can opt for SEL and Titanium trim level.
Three-cylinder and hybrid systems are available with front- or all-wheel drive while the turbo four-wheel drive is only available with AWD.
2022 Ford Escape Prices
The 2022 Ford Escape Vignale AWD went head-to-head with the top-of-the-line versions of most rivals in testing as its sticker price starts at $5.
It’s in line with the Mazda CX-5 Akira 2.5T AWD ($53180) and Toyota RAV4 Edge AWD Hybrid ($52700).
2022 Ford Escape pricing:
- Ford Escape FWD: $36,490
- Ford Escape ST-Line FWD: $38,490
- Ford Escape ST-Line AWD: $41,490
- Ford Escape Vignale FWD: $47,090
- Ford Escape Vignale AWD: $50,090
- Ford Escape ST-Line PHEV FWD: $53,440
The all-new 2022 Ford Escape will be available in four trim levels: S SE Sport Hybrid SEL and Titanium. The base model S comes standard with a 180-horsepower turbocharged 1.5 litter three-cylinder engine an eight-speed automatic transmission front-wheel drive and a suite of driver assists including automated emergency breaking with pedestrian detection. All-wheel drive is available as an option.
The SE trim adds fog lamps roof rails and a hands-free power lift gate. The Sport Hybrid comes with a 198-horsepower 2.0 litter four-cylinder engine and electric motor for a combined system output of 209 horsepower.
It also has all-wheel drive and gets an EPA estimated 44 mpg in combined city/highway driving.
The 2022 Ford Escape doesn’t beat rivals in the compact SUV class, but it does many things well. At the top of the list is its spacious interior as it has more passenger and cargo space than many rivals.
It’s not the sportiest or fanciest vehicle but if those Not your primary concern then consider test-driving this Ford SUV.