The 2024 Ford Escape Plug-in Hybrid is a compact SUV that offers a blend of performance, efficiency, and versatility. It is one of the few plug-in hybrid models in its segment, competing with the likes of the Toyota RAV4 Prime, the Hyundai Tucson Plug-in Hybrid, and the Kia Sportage Plug-in Hybrid. But what makes the Escape Plug-in Hybrid stand out from the crowd? Here are some of the key features and benefits of this eco-friendly vehicle.
Impressive Electric Range and Fuel Economy
One of the main advantages of the Ford Escape Plug-in Hybrid is its ability to run on electric power alone for up to 37 miles, according to the EPA. This means that you can drive around town or commute to work without using any gas as long as you have access to a charging station. The Escape Plug-in Hybrid can be fully charged in about 3.5 hours using a 240-volt Level 2 charger or in about 10.5 hours using a standard 120-volt outlet.
When the battery runs low, the Escape Plug-in Hybrid switches to its hybrid mode, which uses a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and an electric motor to deliver a combined output of 221 horsepower. The hybrid system also allows the Ford Escape Plug-in Hybrid to achieve an estimated fuel economy of 41 mpg in the city and 38 mpg on the highway, which is significantly better than the gas-only Escape models. The Ford Escape Plug-in Hybrid has a total driving range of 530 miles, which is comparable to some of the best hybrid SUVs on the market.
Spacious and Comfortable Interior
The 2024 Ford Escape Plug-in Hybrid does not compromise on interior space and comfort despite having a large battery pack under the rear seat. The cabin can accommodate up to five passengers, with plenty of headroom and legroom in both rows. The seats are supportive and well-cushioned, and the driver’s seat offers 10-way power adjustment and memory settings. The Ford Escape Plug-in Hybrid also offers a range of available features to enhance the comfort and convenience of the occupants, such as:
- Heated and ventilated front seats
- Heated steering wheel
- Dual-zone automatic climate control
- Panoramic sunroof
- Wireless charging pad
- 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster
- 13.2-inch touchscreen infotainment system with SYNC 4, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and navigation
- Bang & Olufsen sound system with 10 speakers
- Ford Co-Pilot360 driver assistance package, which includes adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, automatic emergency braking, and more.
The Ford Escape Plug-in Hybrid also offers a decent amount of cargo space, with 34.4 cubic feet behind the second row and 60.8 cubic feet with the second row folded down. The cargo area features a power liftgate, a 12-volt power outlet, and a sliding floor that can be adjusted to create a flat load floor or a hidden storage compartment.
Stylish and Functional Exterior
The 2024 Ford Escape Plug-in Hybrid has a sleek and modern exterior design that reflects its eco-friendly nature. The front fascia features a trapezoidal grille with active shutters, LED headlights and daytime running lights, and a sculpted hood. The side profile showcases a sloping roofline, black cladding, and 18-inch machined-face aluminum wheels. The rear end features LED taillights, a roof spoiler, and a dual exhaust system.
The Escape Plug-in Hybrid also offers some exterior features that enhance its functionality and visibility, such as:
- Roof rails
- Power-folding heated mirrors with integrated turn signals and puddle lamps
- Rain-sensing wipers
- LED fog lights
- Hands-free foot-activated liftgate
- 360-degree camera system
- Front and rear parking sensors
The Escape Plug-in Hybrid is available in six exterior colors: Agate Black, Antimatter Blue, Carbonized Gray, Iconic Silver, Oxford White, and Star White.