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Adventure Anywhere Around Millstadt, IL, in the 2020 Ford Escape

The Ford Escape is aptly named. In this SUV, you can travel anywhere you'd like with nothing holding you back. At Mertz Ford in nearby Millstadt, IL, we often recommend the Escape for our customers who are looking for compact SUVs that are modern, stylish, and capable.


What's great about the Escape is that it comes with several engine options. The first choice is a 1.5-liter EcoBoost that'll give you 181 horsepower. It uses auto start/stop technology to boost efficiency, and its paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission to give you the optimal amount of power at various speeds. If you'd like a more spirited drive, you can upgrade to the 2.0-liter EcoBoost. It has the same auto start/stop technology that lets it conserve energy when you're not in motion, and it also uses the eight-speed transmission. With this engine, you'll have 250 horsepower, and this will make the drive around Columbia a lot more fun.

For those of you who want to lower your carbon footprint, we're pleased to offer some alternatives to the traditional gas-powered engines. The 2020 Escape can be a hybrid model, running on a 2.5-liter iVCT Atkinson-cycle engine along with an electric motor. Together, these two components can generate 221 horsepower. The Escape can also come as a plug-in model. The battery can be charged with either a 110-volt or a 240-volt charging cable.

All-wheel drive is available on the Ford Escape. This would be something to consider if you predict that you'll run into tricky situations on occasion. If you know you'll be driving on slippery roads somewhat frequently, we would strongly recommend getting AWD. It can give you a lot more traction since power can be sent to all four wheels around Belleville.

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Ford Escape Trim Levels

The S trim is our base model, and it runs on the 1.5-liter engine around Belleville. It comes with cloth seats, a 60/40 split bench in the second row, and dual chrome exhaust tips. The SE is the next trim available. It can run on the traditional 1.5-liter engine or have a hybrid or plug-in hybrid configuration. Some of its upgrades include heated front seats, electronic temperature control, and a SYNC 3 infotainment system. With the SEL trim, you'll have the opportunity to upgrade to the larger engine or get a plug-in hybrid model.

There are some notable enhancements with the SEL, such as a hands-free liftgate, ActiveX seating material, and a reverse sensing system. At the Titanium level, you'll get the 2.0-liter engine, or you could opt for a hybrid or plug-in hybrid. The Titanium has the best of what's available, and it can come with a Bang & Olufsen 10-speaker sound system, a parking assist function, and LED signature lighting.

Safety Features

Co-Pilot360 is a standard safety suite on the Ford Escape. It consists of blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, automatic emergency braking that can work to prevent frontal collisions, automatic high beams, and a rearview camera. It also has a lane-keeping system that will alert you when you're veering out of a lane in Waterloo. One available feature that always impresses people is Active Park Assist 2.0.

When this program is engaged, the SUV can steer itself into a parallel or perpendicular parking spot. It takes all the stress and uncertainty out of the situation when parking is limited, and the available spots are on the smaller side. Some other available safety features are adaptive cruise control and a lane-centering system that can gently correct your steering.

Technology Features

The technology suite on the 2020 Ford Escape can keep you entertained, connected, and informed around Freeburg. While the base model has a 4.2-inch radio display, all of the other trims have eight-inch touchscreens that are easy to use and very responsive. SYNC3 is the name of the interface, and it comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.

With the use of an available smartphone app called FordPass Connect, you can remotely access some information about your vehicle, and you can even start the engine from the comfort of your own home or wherever you may be. This is convenient when it's especially cold or hot outside, and you'd like to get the cabin to a more comfortable temperature before you get in.

When your Escape can use FordPass Connect, it can be a Wi-Fi hotspot as well, giving you a fast connection to the network. The Wi-Fi can be accessed from within the cabin or anywhere within a 50-foot range of the SUV. With the Titanium trim of the Escape, you'll have more high-end components to enjoy around Smithton.

The premium speaker system includes a subwoofer, the integrated navigation program can keep you moving in the right direction and away from any traffic or construction, and the 12-inch digital gauge display will help you stay aware of how your SUV is doing. Optional on the Titanium is a head-up display that projects certain information onto the windshield, right behind the steering wheel in Columbia.

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For 2020, the Escape was redesigned to have greater appeal to customers. Small details, like a rotary gear shift dial, have added to the sophistication of the cabin and created a more spacious feel. The back row can slide forward for when you want to maximize cargo space or back when you want to increase the legroom. An available panoramic Vista Roof has two parts: a rear skylight and another panel that can tilt up or slide fully open.

From all of this information, you should have a good sense of what the Ford Escape brings to the market. We think it would be a smart choice for anyone who likes compact SUVs for their size and versatility around Millstadt, IL. We look forward to working with you soon!

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