The Ford Escape compact SUV model was a collaborative project developed jointly with the Mazda Motor Corporation. For Mazda, that model went on to be sold as the Mazda Tribute from 2000 to 2011. For Ford, the sport utility vehicle was known as the Maverick in China, the Kuga in Europe, and the Escape in North America. Additionally, it was rebadged as the Mariner through Ford’s now retired Mercury division.
First released in 2000, the 2001 Ford Escape featured a unibody design that differed from body-on-frame pickup truck-based designs of the era. Another way the Escape stood out from the back was its early exploration of hybrid SUVs. The first Ford Escape Hybrid model, debuting in 2004, was the first hybrid SUV produced for sale (rather than just being a concept) and the first hybrid from an American manufacturer, premiering alongside the hybrid versions of Chevrolet and GMC pickup truck models.
Now early into its fourth generation, the Ford Escape continues to succeed as a proudly American-built SUV.
- 2021 Ford Escape (Starting MSRP $25,555)
- 2021 Ford Escape Hybrid (Starting MSRP $28,030)
- 2021 Ford Escape Plug-In Hybrid (Starting MSRP $33,075)
- Pros: The Ford Escape compact SUV comes with an attractive exterior aesthetic, standard safety technology features, and a variety of powertrain options, including available hybrid models.
- Cons: With a high starting price for its baseline trim, the Escape also lacks polish with lackluster cabin materials and a weak standard engine.
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