Fresh from last year’s update to its styling and equipment, the Ford Escape is back for 2024. Its curvy exterior and sculpted body panels help it avoid the bland appearance of other compact crossovers. The Escape’s welcoming cabin has comfortable room for five, with a sliding second row that lets the occupants prioritize between legroom and cargo space on each drive. For 2024, Ford has dropped the base Edge trim, starting the model lineup with the well-equipped Active. At the same time, the Edge continues its tradition of solid safety performance: the 2024 version has earned a 5-star rating in government crash tests. We concentrate on the conventional gas-only Escape here, but look for our separate pages on the Escape Hybrid and the Escape Plug-in Hybrid.View Inventory
Ford offers five versions of the 2024 Escape: Active, ST-Line, ST-Line Select, Platinum, and ST-Line Elite. A 181-horsepower turbocharged 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine sits under the hood of the Active and ST-Line. Front-wheel drive (FWD) is standard; all-wheel drive (AWD) is optional. The higher trims are strictly AWD and get a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine making 250 horsepower. All trims use an eight-speed automatic transmission; steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters are included with the larger engine.
The EPA’s fuel economy estimates for an Escape with FWD and the base engine are 28 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway, or 26 city/31 highway with AWD. The larger engine delivers 22 mpg around town and 31 mpg on the open road. Towing capacity is up to 3,500 pounds for Escapes that have the upgraded powerplant.
The Active may be the base trim, but it offers a robust roster of comfort and convenience features, highlighted by a power liftgate, proximity keyless entry, dual-zone automatic climate control, an eight-way power driver's seat, and LED headlights with auto on/off. It also has push-button start, fabric upholstery, a 60/40-split folding second-row sliding seat, an 8-inch driver information display, a tilt-and-telescopic steering column, rear privacy glass, a wrapped steering wheel, and 17-inch aluminum wheels.
All three ST-Line trims receive sporty exterior treatments, like a black-mesh front grille, a unique rear spoiler, roof-rack side rails, a rear skid plate, and 18-inch aluminum wheels. Inside, these versions also get a flat-bottomed sport steering wheel and upholstery in a combination of fabric and leatherette. The ST-Line Select is upgraded with a heated flat-bottomed sport steering wheel, LED fog lights, heated side view mirrors, and remote start.
The Platinum skips the athletic looks of the ST-Line for more traditional luxury touches like chrome exterior accents. It also receives heated front seats, Activex upholstery, a ten-way power driver's seat, a six-way power front passenger seat, a heated premium-wrapped steering wheel, a driver's position memory system, a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, a “coast-to-coast” LED lightbar above the front grille, rain-sensing windshield wipers, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and 19-inch wheels. The ST-Line Elite exhibits a combination of the Platinum’s full equipment list and the sporty looks of the ST-Line Select (including upholstery in a mix of cloth and leatherette).
The 2024 Escape comes standard with Ford Co-Pilot360, which has forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, dynamic brake support, blind spot monitoring with cross-traffic alert, lane keeping alert and assist, and a driver alert monitor. The Platinum and ST-Line Elite get a few more standard technologies: adaptive cruise control, evasive steering assist, rear parking sensors, and a surround-view monitor. Those features are optional on the lower trims, although the surround-view monitor is not available on the lowest ST-Line. A semi-automatic parking system is available for the Platinum and ST-Line Elite.
The default version of the SYNC4 infotainment system in the ’24 Escape has an 8-inch touchscreen, wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, SiriusXM satellite radio, and an audio system (six speakers). All trims also have access to a Wi-Fi hotspot and FordPass Connect services. The Platinum and ST-Line Elite get a standard upgrade to a 13.2-inch touchscreen with navigation, which is optional on the lower trims. Every trim is eligible to upgrade to a ten-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system. Wireless device charging is standard in the Platinum and ST-Line Elite and available for the Active and ST-Line Select.