Ford brings three different 2020 Escape crossovers to the party, and any of them provides efficient and brisk transportation. Love driving? You’ll want the turbo-4. Love your money? Stick with the turbo-3. Love saving gas? Ford has two hybrids for you, both a gas-electric Escape and a coming plug-in hybrid.
We base this rating on what’s likely to be the most commonly purchased Escape, the front-drive SUV with the turbo-3-engine. That rates a 6 on our scale; if either the hybrid or the turbo-4 became the leaders, we’d add another point. (Read more about how we rate cars.)
Buy an Escape S, SE, or SEL, and the 3,299-pound front-drive Escape comes with a 1.5-liter turbo-3 pegged at 181 horsepower and 190 pound-feet of torque. (A disclaimer: Ford recommends 91-octane gas for its turbo engines but rates them on less common 93-octane fuel….