In 1995, Toyota introduced the first small crossover suv in America. That original RAV4 was a big hit, and Ford wasted little time putting a direct competitor on the road. Still ahead of the curve when it arrived in 2000, the first Ford Escape was exactly the right shape, size, and price, making it an instant hit.
Half a decade later, Ford beat everyone to the punch by debuting a gas-electric hybrid version of the Escape. Effortlessly efficient, the Escape proved its mettle serving in New York City taxi fleets, and Ford says some of them are still prowling the streets of Manhattan today. Given the abuse they must endure, that’s downright miraculous. Now, after Ford put it on ice for seven years between 2013 and 2019, the Escape Hybrid returns better than ever. Here are 10 things you need to know about the 2020 Ford Escape Hybrid.