The Ford Escape is a popular SUV with a comfortable, roomy interior and a satisfying number of conveniences and features to make driving a pleasure anywhere you go. Ford recently restored the option of hybrid powertrains to the Escape, which means buyers can benefit from better fuel economy while they enjoy the same comforts and versatile cargo space for less money at the pump. With the 2021 Ford Escape Hybrid, buyers have three trim options: the entry-level SE Hybrid, the mid-range SEL Hybrid, and the top-tier Titanium Hybrid.
Expect a smooth ride and responsive performance behind the wheel, and utilize the selectable drive modes to tune the 2021 Escape Hybrid’s capability to the specific conditions of the road. Connectivity for devices and a well-sorted infotainment system are user-friendly and simple to put to work, so your time in the Escape keeps you in touch hands-free. Voice-activated systems, remote services which can be activated through your smartphone, and an available Bang and Olufsen audio system are just a few of the features that blend technology and entertainment seamlessly with your Escape Hybrid.
Safety features for the 2021 Escape Hybrid are generous across the hybrid trims. Conveniences like Auto High-Beam Headlamps mean you can focus on the road ahead, while the available Active Park Assist 2.0 is upgraded to make finding a space and fitting into it as easy as pressing a button. Other features to help mitigate or prevent accidents will help the driver with braking and steering so you know your Escape Hybrid can avoid impacts on the road. The 2021 Ford Escape Hybrid works perfectly as a family vehicle with its flexible interior space and bountiful comforts, whether you choose the economical SE or the more luxurious Titanium trim. The 2021 Escape Hybrid has features to suit any lifestyle and driving need.
Every 2021 Escape Hybrid is equipped with a 2.5-liter inline-four gas engine paired with an 88 kW electric motor which powers the Escape with up to 200 horsepower of capability. For trailering, the Ford Escape Hybrid offers the ability to tow up to 1,500 pounds, enough for a small boat or camper for those weekend getaways. A continuously variable transmission smoothly adapts to speed changes automatically, and drivers will find the powertrain responsive and satisfying from behind the wheel. Standard front-wheel drive moves the 2021 Escape Hybrid, and the option of adding all-wheel drive is available for all hybrid trims. Ford’s all-wheel drive system will automatically disconnect when it’s not needed, so you save on fuel.
When road conditions change, the 2021 Ford Escape Hybrid adapts with five selectable drive modes. Choose Eco to save on fuel when you’re cruising on the highway, or spice up driving with sport mode to increase the throttle response and stiffen the steering for even more responsive performance. On days when the roads get icy, or you have to drive on loose gravel, choose Slippery mode to handle your stability and traction control. Deep snow and sand mode can power your Escape through soft surfaces where traction may be tough to manage, or simply choose Normal mode when you need to drive in town on the pavement.
Each mode automatically adapts to the conditions and utilizes the systems that work behind the scenes to keep your Escape going no matter what nature or the cities throw at you. Driving the Escape Hybrid daily won’t be any different than driving a normal gas-powered vehicle. Even with hybrid systems operating, the pedals will all respond as you normally expect. Systems onboard will capture power to recharge the battery through regenerative braking that readily transitions when you hit the pedal because Ford has taken the time to develop a hybrid that feels natural and effortless. You may forget you’re driving a hybrid until you realize your gas tank stays fuller for longer.
The pace of modern life can be hectic, but with an SUV like the 2021 Ford Escape Hybrid, it utilizes technology to merge your devices with your vehicle to help make your life simpler. Combine the deft systems onboard the Escape with the interior comfort, and allow yourself to relax into the calming environment your SUV provides. Standard features like the eight-inch touchscreen loaded with the user-friendly SYNC 3 infotainment system make interacting with the apps similar to the way you use your smartphone or tablet. Use Apple CarPlay or Android Auto to connect your smartphone to the infotainment so you can listen to your favorite music or podcasts, or use the standard FordPass Connect app to access remote services like starting or finding your vehicle from anywhere.
Before you open the door of your Escape Hybrid, the intelligent access unlocks your vehicle when it senses your key, and then once you sit behind the wheel, the push-button ignition gets you on your way. The standard dual-zone climate control automatically maintains your cabin comfort while your passengers relax in the roomy seating. Both front and rear seats are adjustable, and the second-row seats slide forward and back to make more room for either passengers or cargo for ultimate flexibility. Cargo space in the rear easily accommodates all your luggage, groceries, or gear with up to 34.4 cubic feet of volume in the trunk area, which is double the size of an average midsize sedan trunk. Expand the cargo space to a max of 60.8 cubic feet by folding the rear seat down if you need to travel with larger items.
Available features, even for the SE trim, include luxuries like a panoramic sunroof that brightens and opens up the interior and heated front seats or a heated steering wheel for those cold days that need a little warmth to welcome you outside. Wireless charging makes it possible to travel without the need for remembering phone cords, also available with the SE trim as an option.
For the mid-level SEL, the interior upgrades in appearance with faux leather upholstery and available driver’s seat memory to make switching between drivers a quick affair. Fully enliven your experience in your Escape Hybrid with the Titanium trim, which comes standard with the premium ten-speaker Bang and Olufsen audio system that brings your music to life. Add the option of the head-up display to keep your eyes on the road while you drive, and enjoy the atmosphere with standard ambient lighting to soothe or excite your drive according to your mood.
The 2021 Ford Escape was awarded a five-star overall safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which is the highest score it can achieve for overall safety. Ford prioritizes safety with the 2021 Escape Hybrid by making its CoPilot 360 suite of driver-assist technology standard for all trims. With safety features that automatically act to help avoid accidents, your Escape is equipped to handle the road in any situation.
On the highway, the Blind Spot Information System with Cross-Traffic Alert watches the traffic around and behind you, so you won’t change lanes when another vehicle is approaching. Cruise with ease when you turn on the available Intelligent Adaptive Cruise Control that can slow down for traffic in front of you and then resumes your set speed when the way clears. To help avoid an accident, available Evasive Steering Assist can help you take the safest direction around a potential impact when a vehicle stops suddenly in your path. The standard Pre-Collision Assist with Automatic Emergency Braking sees a potential impact ahead and automatically applies the brakes, so you stop in time.
Additional safety features that work behind the scenes include torque vectoring control and AdvancTrac with roll stability control to help maintain control of your vehicle in slippery or adverse driving conditions. Parents will love MyKey, which allows for setting parameters like speed or volume controls to make sure your young new drivers are safe even when you aren’t in the Escape with them. Available features like the Active Park Assist 2.0 can locate a potential parking spot, then it can park your SUV, so you don’t have to struggle with fitting into a space.
Available for the Titanium trim, SiriusXM with Traffic Link can guide you around slow-downs on your route so you can avoid long delays by sitting in traffic. With so many safety features, the 2021 Ford Escape Hybrid has what you need to keep you and your passengers safe whether you drive long distances or just run errands close to home.
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