A few years ago, Ford made a controversial decision: It would discontinue all its sedans and hatchbacks, focusing its lineup instead on SUVs and pickup trucks. The idea was that if most customers would rather buy a more expensive, more profitable vehicle, Ford didn’t want to stop them. The risk was losing customers who really didn’t want an SUV.
The 2021 Ford Escape is the company’s answer to those customers. This compact crossover suv is a friendly, approachable vehicle that avoids looking big or macho. It’s easy to drive, fuel-efficient, and relatively affordable. And aside from big pickup trucks, the Escape is not only Ford’s best-selling model but also one of the best-selling vehicles in America. Still, the compact crossover segment is hotly competitive. Let’s go over the Escape’s pros and cons to see whether it’s the best option for you.