(Posted on Apr 20, 2019 at 05:44AM by Danielle Smyth)
Ford’s best-selling vehicle after the F-series pickup is the Ford Escape. At the beginning of April, the redesigned compact SUV made its first appearance at a Greenfield Village media preview in Michigan. The 2020 Ford Escape is a response to consumer demand for more passenger space. This is its first major redesign since 2013.
"The Escape is arguably the most important vehicle for Ford behind the F-Series," said Jessica Caldwell, executive director of industry analysis at Edmunds, an online car shopping network. "Small SUVs are not only the best-selling segment, they have displaced the midsize sedan as America's favorite family vehicle."
The standard 2020 model has 40.7 inches of backseat legroom (up from 37.3 inches in the 2019 model). The hybrid has slightly less, only 38.9 inches. But the back seat also slides back in the gas-powered models. There’s also more rear cargo space. The new Escape can hold a full-size dog crate or all your golf clubs.
Both the gas-powered Escape and a hybrid will be in showrooms by fall 2019, and a plug-in hybrid with a range of more than 30 miles should be available by spring of 2020.
If you’re curious about the 2018 Ford Escape SEL, stop by Sound Ford near Seattle to take one for a test drive or to have a look at all our new and pre-owned vehicles.