Ford builds the fourth-generation Escape crossover in four trim levels: S, SE, SEL, and Titanium. All come with front-wheel-drive and an automatic transmission. A hybrid is available on the SE and SEL, and it is standard on the Titanium. A plug-in hybrid powertrain is also available, providing owners with all of the hybrid's efficiency, plus the ability to run solely on electricity for short distances.
Pricing starts around $25,000 for the S trim. Buyers get Ford Co-Pilot 360, a suite of driver safety assists like automatic high beams, blind-spot monitoring, lane-keep assist, forward-collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and a backup camera. Other notable features are cloth seats, a Sync infotainment system, a 4.2-inch LCD, a compass, six speakers, and a 4G LTE WiFi hotspot.
The SE adds many popular features for approximately $27,000. It comes with a Sync 3 infotainment system, an 8.0-inch LCD touchscreen with swipe capability, satellite radio, proximity keyless entry, push-button start, smart-charging USB ports, body-color mirror caps and door handles, and chrome exterior accents.
At about $29,500, the SEL strikes a balance between in-cabin amenities and value. It gets heated front seats, leatherette upholstery, a 10-way power driver's seat, a heated steering wheel, a keyless entry keypad, LED daytime running lights, dual-zone climate control, power liftgate, fog lamps, 18-inch dark stainless-painted wheels, and rear parking sensors.
The top-of-the-line Titanium Hybrid retails for roughly $33,500. It has ambient lighting, a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster, a power passenger seat, a perimeter alarm, LED fog lamps, a motion-activated liftgate, front parking sensors, rain-sensing wipers, a B&O premium sound system, adaptive cruise control, lane-center assist, and voice-activated navigation.
Those who want to amplify the Escape's sporty exterior can add an appearance package with sleek body styling and unique wheels. Adaptive cruise control is available along with a host of other advanced safety equipment.