Autotrader: Ford's new Escape PHEV reaches a wide ranging 100 MPGe

Rated at 100 miles per gallon equivalent

Launches just over $ 33,000

Entitlement to federal tax credit

Up to 60 km range only with electricity

The latest powertrain offering in the recently revamped Ford 2020
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Escape is also the most efficient with a speed of 100 mpg. Technically, the Ford Escape Plug-in Hybrid earns 100 MPGe, with the EPA calling the last letter "equivalent". This is the rating the government agency gives to vehicles like this when using an electrified powertrain.

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The Ford Escape is completely new for 2020 and already offers a hybrid model together with standard petrol drives. The regular 2020 Ford Escape Hybrid together earns an impressive 41 mpg. Thanks to its larger battery, the Ford Escape Plug-in Hybrid exceeds this number to 100 MPGe.

Performance and efficiency

Like the standard Escape Hybrid, this plug-in model combines a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine with an electric motor with a total output of 200 hp. Thanks to the larger battery, the plug-in model can travel a considerable distance with electricity alone – up to 60 km. Between electrification and the petrol engine, the total range of the Ford Escape PHEV is EPA rated at 530 miles.

According to Ford, charging times are 10 to 11 hours on a standard 110 volt outlet or less than 3.5 hours on a 240 volt level 2 line.

Choice of three borders

The 2020 Ford Escape Plug-in Hybrid is available now and is available in three versions: SE (from $ 33,040 plus target fee), SEL ($ 35,620) and Titan ($ 36,435). These prices are several thousand dollars higher than the standard hybrid, but the PHEV also offers potential cost savings in addition to its efficiency.

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Plug-in vehicles are eligible for federal tax credits. While the EPA has not yet announced full tax credit incentive for the 2020 Escape PHEV, a similar sibling, the Ford Fusion Energi Sedan, is eligible for a $ 4,609 loan.

All models have standard safety functions such as forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, lane keeping assistant and monitoring of the blind spot. Apple
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The automatic integration of CarPlay and Android is also included. The premium titanium models offer amenities such as adaptive cruise control, premium audio from Bang & Olufsen, leather interior and a digital 12.3-inch instrument cluster.

New territory for SUVs

While hybrid SUVs have been around for a while – in fact, the original first-generation escape hybrid was the world's first hybrid sport utility vehicle when it made its debut 15 years ago – plug-in hybrid SUVs are relative New. The Ford Escape PHEV was recently launched, and what appears to be an excellent competitor is just around the corner.

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The 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime is a plug-in version from Toyota
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The best-selling compact SUV to hit the stores this summer. In contrast to the Ford Escape PHEV, which is only equipped with front-wheel drive, the Toyota RAV4 Prime is all-wheel drive. (The standard Ford Escape Hybrid also offers AWD.) The Toyota offers a lot more power – 302 horsepower – and Toyota says the RAV4 Prime will reach a speed of 0 to 60 mph in just 5.7 seconds. In addition, the RAV4 Prime is estimated at 42 miles with electricity alone – 5 more than the Ford.

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But plug-in hybrid RAV4 will start several thousand higher than the Ford: $ 38,100.

In addition to its lower price, the Ford can boast that its 100 MPGe rating is 6 higher than the Toyota expects. The rivalry should be exciting and has only just begun.

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Already victorious are car buyers who now live in a world where they can have the benefits of an SUV and fuel efficiency that were once thought impossible.

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