Comparing the Ford Ecosport with the Ford Escape: Which Is Right For You?

August 11th, 2021 by

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Visit Our Ford Dealership Near You to Take a Test Drive in These New SUVs

While the EcoSport feels relatively new in the U.S., it’s been driven all over the world since 2003 before debuting here in 2018. But the Escape, a staple on American soil since 2000, feels much more commonplace than its smaller brother.

Because they’re very different vehicles, hatchback crossover shoppers like to look at both of them to determine which will suit them best. And at Zeck Ford in Itasca, Texas, you can test drive them, plus any other new and used Ford vehicles, to find your perfect match.

Today, we’ll take a look at the 2021 model year for both the Escape and the EcoSport to show you their similarities and differences at our Texas Ford dealership.

Ford Engine Basics

If it’s zip and zest you’re looking for, the 2021 Escape beats the EcoSport every time, achieving zero to 60 miles per hour in just 7.7 seconds with a base three-cylinder engine. The 2021 EcoSport, however, took 9.8 seconds for the same feat.

An Escape equipped with the turbo four-cylinder hit 60 miles per hour in just 5.7 seconds.

None of these are on par with souped-up sports cars, but they’re still going to provide you with the get-up-and-go you need on the highway in Fort Worth or Dallas.

2021 Ford EcoSport Engines

The base engine in the EcoSport is a 123-horsepower turbocharged three-cylinder. A 166-horsepower four-cylinder also is available. Both come with a six-speed automatic transmission.

Despite these diminutive engine sizes, the EcoSport is almost as capable of towing as the Escape, pulling up to 2,000 pounds with the four-cylinder!

2021 Ford Escape Engine Options

The 2021 Escape comes with a base engine with 181 horsepower with a turbocharged 1.5-liter three-cylinder and either front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. You also can choose the 250-horsepower turbo 2.0-liter four-cylinder. Both come with an eight-speed automatic transmission.

If you’re looking for a hybrid powertrain, the Escape won’t disappoint. You’ll have two options: a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with two electric motors that reach 221 horsepower, either with a plug-in or without.

Fuel Economy Comparisons from Our Ford Dealer

The EcoSport’s three-cylinder engine earns up to 29 miles per gallon on the highway, with the four-cylinder achieving about the same fuel economy.

The Escape’s base engine gets about 30 miles per gallon combined fuel economy, dropping to 28 miles per gallon with all-wheel drive options or four-cylinder engines. The Escape with the turbo-three and all-wheel drive managed an impressive 35 miles per gallon on the highway, while the turbo-four with all-wheel drive reached 31. The plug-in hybrid does best, with up to 44 miles per gallon.

The disparity in fuel economy between the EcoSport and the Escape is made up for in the EcoSports much lower purchase price.

Zeck Ford Texas Purchase Price Comparisons

When it comes to the car loan you may need to take out to purchase one of Ford’s small SUVs, the EcoSport will have the lowest effect on your pocketbook. Its base model starts at just $21,640.

A fully-decked-out EcoSport with the Titanium trim level runs $28,140 MSRP, while the SES version with four-wheel drive is $28,820.

The base Escape starts at $26,800, more than $5,000 more than the EcoSport, and the Escape Titanium will cost you $37,300 MSRP. If you want a hybrid, expect to pay about $40,130.

Size Differences

If you’re looking for the biggest option of Ford’s small SUVs, the Escape wins every time. It boasts 19 additional inches in length, plus is both taller and wider than the EcoSport.

The Escape offers 65.4 cubic feet of cargo volume behind the first row of seats, and 37.5 cubic feet under the hatch. Backseat passengers, especially adult ones, will be happier in the Escape.

The EcoSport offers 50 cubic feet behind the front seats, and 20.9 cubic feet under the hatch.

Safety Features of New Ford SUVs

Both the EcoSport and the Escape are safe vehicles, although the Escape does come with additional standard safety features that are merely optional on the EcoSport.

The EcoSport has available safety features including blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and rear parking sensors. A back-up camera is always standard.

A new Ford Escape is equipped with the Blue Oval’s Co-Pilot360, a driver-assistance package full of safety features, including forward-collision warning with automated emergency braking, lane-departure warning with lane-keeping assist, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, and a back-up camera.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration awarded five stars to the 2021 Ford Escape, while the smaller 2021 Ford EcoSport got four.

Which is Best to Buy at Our New and Used Car Dealership?

Whether the EcoSport or the Escape are right for you depends on your performance expectations, size needs, and budget! Both are great vehicles to own, and regardless of which you buy, we can help you maintain it at our Ford Service Center here at our dealership.

Come visit us in Itasca, Texas, and take a test drive of both of these small SUVs. Our no-pressure, haggle-free personal shoppers will show you what the Zecksperience is all about while you’re here, and you could drive away in a new Ford SUV the very same day.

Call us at 254-221-9015 to schedule an appointment today.

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