The 2022 Ford Escape Hybrid is here for a base selling price of $29,170 and comes with no changes other than the inclusion of a few more color palettes. The 2.5-liter naturally aspirated inline-4 engine mated to the dual electric motors is retained, and the acceleration is up there with the best of the segment. The car also aces when it comes to fuel efficiency. Coming in with three trim configurations for the hybrid variant, there is also pure gasoline and a plug-in hybrid variant, making the Escape quite a versatile offering of the segment.
The 2022 Ford Escape Hybrid ticks most of the boxes for a comfortable and refined compact SUV. The ride quality is going to impress the family buyers, and the car also offers sure-footed driving dynamics. The feature-rich Sync 3 infotainment system, youthful design language, and a long list of safety and driver-assistance features are standard too. Competing with the likes of the Hyundai Tucson Hybrid and Honda CR-V Hybrid, here are 10 things you need to know before buying the 2022 Ford Escape Hybrid.
10 Hybrid Powertrain Is Reasonably Peppy
The 2.5-liter iVCT naturally aspirated inline-4 engine coupled with dual electric motors helps the 2022 Ford Escape Hybrid to come out with 200 hp and 155 lb-ft of torque. The transmission duties are handled by a CVT automatic, and the car comes in both FWD and AWD drivetrain. The car could do 0-60 mph in 7.9 seconds and can tow a maximum of 1,500 lbs.
We found the performance to be surprisingly good, with excellent low-end grunt provided by the electric motors and more than adequate highway performance by the gasoline engine. Even though the acceleration is not going to push you into the seats, it doesn't need any planning for a quick overtake. The CVT transmission is reasonably seamless, with no major lag to report.
9 Comes Loaded With Driver-Assistance Features
With the Ford Co-Pilot360 coming in as standard across the three trims, it comes loaded with all the driver-assistance features, like forward-collision warning, automated emergency braking, lane departure warning, lane-keeping assist, blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert. All the regular safety features are on board too.
Similar to the outgoing 2021 model year, the 2022 Escape Hybrid is entirely constructed in high-tensile steel and aluminum, and that does make the car feel quite rigid and strong. All of these helped the 2022 Escape Hybrid to get a 5-star rating in the overall crash safety section of the NHTSA and the 2022 top safety pick title in the IIHS crash tests.
8 Youthful Design Language
Ever since the fourth generation of the Ford Escape came out in 2020, people have always admired the clean proportions and body lines, making it looks pretty impressive from all angles. Even though this 2022 iteration sees little to no changes when it comes to the exterior design, the blacked-out hexagonal grille, muscular hood design, the best-in-class width and height add to the road presence quite well.
The side profile doesn't come out as ravishing, especially in comparison to the front-end, however, we do admire the subtle fender flares, 19" machine-finished alloy wheels, and the side cladding, all of which gives it a more purposeful character. The rear end gets LED taillights, a dual exhaust system, and a neatly integrated rear spoiler. However, we found the rear to be a bit bland. There are a few optional exterior features as well.
7 Pliant Ride Quality Sees No Changes
The 2022 Ford Escape Hybrid is one of the comfiest offerings of the compact hybrid SUV segment, and this is one of its biggest USPs. Coming in at a base selling price of $29,170, the softly sprung suspension setup makes the Escape Hybrid an utter joy during those long road trips. The wide rubber and the reasonably high profile tires that come wrapped in 19" wheels also partly contribute to the ride quality.
If you are someone who enjoys slow-speed driving, we would recommend you to get the Ford Escape Hybrid over the rivals, as it manages to absorb everything that you throw at it. The highway traveling experience will also not disappoint anyone, as there is very minimal pitching and bobbing. However, we would recommend the lower trims that come with 17" wheels, if you want a magic-carpet-like traveling experience.
6 Spacious Cabin
Get into the front seat of the Ford Escape Hybrid and you would be at home immediately. There are no ergonomic flaws and the cabin is also very airy. You will admire the impressive headroom and legroom, which is more than adequate for even the taller folks. However, the shoulder room of 57.6" is roughly the same as the rivals. There are many cubbyholes and storage spaces too.
We also found the seat to be pretty supportive, with more than adequate padding and decent lower back support. The rear is pretty wide and can accommodate three passengers with reasonable comfort. However, both the Honda CR-V Hybrid and the Hyundai Tucson Hybrid came out with slightly better legroom when compared to the Escape Hybrid.
5 Interior Quality Is A Little Disappointing
The interior quality is mediocre at best, and this is one area that all the previous model years of the Escape are quite famous for. Lay your hands over the dashboard, and you would be surprised with the bargain-basement material selection, especially in the upper half of the dashboard. There are quite a lot of uneven panel gaps and fitment issues as well.
All the other common touchpoints in the form of door cards, climate control and infotainment buttons and knobs, and many more also look a level cheaper than the rivals like the Hyundai Tucson Hybrid and Honda CR-V Hybrid. The leather upholstery that comes with the top-of-the-line Titanium trim doesn't come out as the most premium of the lot, either.
4 Comes With Sync 3 Infotainment System
The Sync 3 is the latest infotainment system from the Ford stable, and this is offered with the 8" touchscreen display that is neatly integrated into the center of the dashboard. Coming with buttons and knobs, we found the infotainment to be super smooth and refined, with excellent intuitiveness and no lag and stutters anywhere. The display quality is top-notch too.
There are steering mounted controls as well, and that helps the driver to use the infotainment with minimal fuss. All the much-needed features like Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Applink, Bluetooth connectivity, audio streaming, and many more are standard. The 6-speaker audio system provides a decent audio experience too.
3 Brakes Offer Great Bite And Progression
We found the braking performance offered by the 2022 Ford Escape Hybrid to be quite similar to the rivals like the Tucson Hybrid and CR-V Hybrid. This can also be validated through the 70-0 mph braking distance of 168 feet. The regenerative braking is present, and we found it to be not very intrusive. It also managed to shed speed quite effectively.
The braking of the Escape Hybrid is done by the 4-wheel disc brakes, and it also gets all the bells and whistles like ABS with EBD, 4-wheel ventilated rotors, brake assist, hill hold control, and many more. The braking bite is incredible, and there's nothing to complain about regarding progression either. However, we wish the brake pedal offered a bit more feedback since it felt quite wooden.
2 Not Fun To Drive
Gearheads would need to move away from this compact hybrid crossover as it will not strike a chord when it comes to driving dynamics. The main reason for this is the softly sprung suspension system that is made for ride quality and nothing else. This leads to a car that has quite a lot of body roll when going sprightly around corners.
The car also hates being pushed, as could be witnessed through the understeer. The tires squeal for mercy and the driver would need to back off from the gas pedal to steer the car and come out in one piece. Even if you get the AWD variant, things are not going to take a massive turn in terms of driving experience. The steering lacked feel and feedback as well, however, it was quite precise.
1 Very Fuel Efficient
The 2022 Ford Escape Hybrid is the most frugal offering of the segment. Coming with a hybrid powertrain mated to a CVT automatic, this compact SUV manages to sip the fuel, even if you are going to drive like a maniac. With the FWD drivetrain, the car could do 44 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highways, equating to 41 mpg combined.
With a 14.3-gallon fuel tank capacity, the Escape Hybrid had the highest tank range of 629 miles on the highways, surpassing the Tucson Hybrid with 520 miles and the CR-V Hybrid with 560 miles. Along with the Hybrid variant, Escape can also be had with the plug-in hybrid variant, which has an impressive MPGe rating of 105. It can do 37 miles on the electric motor as well.