The 2022 Ford Escape is a compact SUV that slots between the smaller Ford EcoSport and larger models like the Ford Edge and Ford Explorer. Customers of the Sedona Ford dealer report they like the Escape’s pleasant styling, comfortable seats, smooth ride, and excellent fuel economy. There’s lots of room to transport passengers and cargo. Escape drivers also appreciate this model’s long list of standard driver assistance features.
According to the Sedona Ford dealership, the 2022 Escape seats five passengers and is offered in four trim levels, listed as S, SE, SEL and Titanium. All trims except the Titanium are powered by a turbocharged 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine that generates 181 horsepower and 190 lb-ft of torque, teamed to an eight-speed automatic gearbox. Front-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is available.
The Escape Titanium is equipped with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that puts out 250 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque, connected to the eight-speed automatic. This unit is available on the SEL trim and gets standard all-wheel drive.
All models except the S are available as a hybrid with a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine paired with an electric motor. This powertrain produces a total of 200 hp. Power is sent to the front wheels via an automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard, and the Titanium Hybrid gets available all-wheel drive. There’s also a plug-in hybrid Escape variant, which we’re not covering in this review.
EPA-estimated fuel economy for the base 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine is rated at 28 mpg city/34 mpg highway for front-wheel-drive models and 26 mpg city/31 mpg highway with all-wheel drive.* The 2.0-liter turbo-four returns 23 mpg city/31 mpg highway. The hybrid powertrain checks in with 44 mpg city/37 mpg highway for front-wheel-drive models and 43 mpg city/37 mpg highway when equipped with all-wheel drive.
CNET praised the 2022 Ford Escape, writing: “Inside, the Escape is spacious. Front seat room is generous, and the back seats can slide fore and aft, better accommodating taller passengers. The cabin’s layout is intuitive, with large, clearly marked climate controls. Everything is built from nice materials -- the Escape’s cabin feels as good as any other compact crossover. … [With] its well-built cabin, strong tech game and excellent ride comfort, the Escape makes a strong argument for being a top contender in this class.”
Standard features for the base S trim include 17-inch steel wheels, a height-adjustable driver’s seat, an audio system with six speakers, a 4.2-inch central display screen, and a Wi-Fi hotspot. Standard driver assistance features include forward collision mitigation, a blind-spot monitor, and lane departure mitigation.
The 2022 Ford Escape is very safe. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the Escape a Top Safety Pick. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2022 Escape its highest rating of five stars for overall safety.
* All vehicle mileage based on 2022 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.