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2020 Ford Explorer vs. 2020 Ford Escape

The 2020 Ford Escape and Explorer are both family-friendly SUVs with ample cargo capacity. Which SUV you select will depend largely on how many people you expect to be driving regularly, how much luggage or hockey equipment you need to haul, and what type of power you're searching for in an engine. The following 2020 Ford Explorer vs. 2020 Ford Escape showcase was compiled to help you go over space, starting price, engine options, and available technology.

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Explorer vs. Escape
Pricing, Seating Capacity, Cargo Space

Escape

2020 Ford SUV Model

Explorer

$24,885

Starting MSRP

$36,675

Five

Seating Capacity

Seven

65.4 cu.-ft.

Max. Cargo Space

87.8 cu.-ft.

2020 Ford Escape in blue driving down a city road

Explorer vs. Escape
What Are the Trim Options?

Depending on the combination of features that are on your must-have list, you can take advantage of a variety of price points on either of these Ford SUVs. Check out our Explorer trims or Escape trims guides for more information on what each has to offer. 

2020 Ford Escape

  • S - starting at $24,885 MSRP
  • SE - starting at $27,105 MSRP
  • SE Sport Hybrid - starting at $28,265 MSRP
  • SEL - starting at $29,265 MSRP
  • Titanium - starting at $33,550 MSRP

2020 Ford Explorer

  • XLT - starting at $36,675 MSRP
  • Limited - starting at $48,130 MSRP
  • ST - starting at $55,025 MSRP
  • Platinum - starting at $58,535 MSRP

Explorer vs. Escape
Power & Handling

Live a spirit of adventure in either the 2020 Ford Escape or Explorer. Both of these SUVs have front- or all-wheel drive options. Which drivetrain you choose will depend on your inclement weather driving style. If you anticipate towing a light boat or camper for weekend getaways, the 2020 Ford Escape has a maximum towing capacity of 3,500 lbs. and the 2020 Ford Explorer can tow a maximum of 5,600 lbs.

Engine Options

There is a diverse selection of Escape and Explorer engine options available. The following information breaks down the MPG, horsepower, and torque specs of each powertrain:

2020 Ford Escape Engines

1.5L EcoBoost® Engine

2020 Ford Escape


Horsepower
181 HP
Torque
190 lb.-ft. of torque
MPG
27 City / 33 Highway

2.0L EcoBoost®

2020 Ford Escape


Horsepower
250 HP
Torque
280 lb.-ft. of torque
MPG
23 City / 31 Highway

Hybrid 2.5L iVCT Atkinson-Cycle I4

2020 Ford Escape


Horsepower
200 HP
Torque
155 lb.-ft. of torque
MPG
44 City / 37 Highway

Plug-in Hybrid 2.5L iVCT Atkinson-Cycle I4

2020 Ford Escape


Horsepower
221 HP
Torque
155 lb.-ft. of torque

2020 Ford Explorer Engines

2.3L EcoBoost®

2020 Ford Explorer


Horsepower
300 HP
Torque
310 lb.-ft. of torque
MPG
21 City / 28 Highway

3.0L EcoBoost® V6

2020 Ford Explorer


Horsepower
365 HP
Torque
380 lb.-ft. of torque
MPG
18 City / 24 Highway

3.3L Hybrid V6

2020 Ford Explorer


Horsepower
318 HP
Torque
336 lb.-ft. of torque

Explorer vs. Escape
Size & Dimensions

The 2020 Ford Explorer and 2020 Ford Escape each offer different levels of space capacity, so investigate the following dimension breakdown to discover which SUV has the room you need.

2020 Ford Escape

Vs.

2020 Ford Explorer

37.5 cu.-ft.

Trunk Space

18.2 cu.-ft.

40 in.

First Row Headroom

40.7 in.

39.3 in.

Second Row Headroom

40.5 in.

N/A

Third Row Headroom

38.9 in.

42.4 in.

First Row Legroom

43 in.

40.7 in.

Second Row Legroom

39 in.

N/A

Third Row Legroom

32.2 in.

106.7 in.

Wheelbase

119.1 in.

180.5 in.

Length

198.8 in.

85.6 in.

Width

89.3 in.

66.1 in.

Height

69.9 in. (70.2 in. on Platinum trim)

Dashboard of a 2020 Ford Escape

Explorer vs. Escape
Tech Features

Modern-day tech tools are at your disposal aboard both the Explorer and Escape. A B&O® sound system by Bang and Olufsen can be found on both SUVs, meaning that your favorite music will sound at its best for your listening pleasure. FordPass Connect™ has 4G LTE Wi-Fi® capability which gives you the ability to use your smart devices easily. And SiriusXM® Satellite Radio makes diversifying your listening choices simple.

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