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    Ford Refreshes the Escape for 2023

      A nip and a tuck for Ford's popular compact crossover.

    Today, Ford unveiled the refreshed 2023 Ford Escape. The ’23 Escape offered evolutionary styling over the outgoing model and several safety and technology evolutions as well.  

    Added to the lineup this year is a new ST-Line model, an appearance package that makes the standard Escape look sportier. Offered in base ST-Line, ST-Line Select, and ST-Line Elite, the ST-Line packages use the same 1.5-liter Ecoboost, 2.0-liter Ecoboost, and 2.5-liter hybrid engines found in the rest of the Escape lineup.  Visually, the ST-line gets a black mesh grill, monochrome moldings, and a large single-wing rear spoiler.  The ST-line Elite has an available “coast to coast” LED light bar that spans the distance between the headlights for a distinct look.

    Inside, the ST-Line comes solely in an ebony interior with red stitching on the doors, seats, armrest, and steering wheel.2024 Ford Escape ST 009.webp

    The other trim names have changed for 2023 as well. Gone are S, SE, SEL, and Titanium, respectively replaced by Base, Active, and Platinum.  Base model Escapes come with an ebony interior, while higher trim customers can select ebony or space gray. The infotainment system has been upgraded with a 13.2-inch screen that has Alexa and cloud connectivity built in. The infotainment system is capable of over-the-air updates at times the customer schedules.

    Powertrains carry over largely unchanged from the previous model.  The base engine is the 1.5-liter 3-cylinder Ecoboost producing 180 horsepower. The 2.0-liter Ecoboost producing 250 horsepower also remains. Both engines are paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission. 

    The Ford Escape was the first hybrid crossover, and it keeps its hybrid options with a 2.5-liter standard hybrid and a plug-in version with a larger battery capacity. In front-wheel drive configuration, the hybrid is expected to produce a combined 210 horsepower. All engine options can be had in front-wheel or all-wheel drive. 2024 Ford Escape PHEV 001.webp

    Ford touts that no matter which powertrain a customer selects, they can enjoy over 400 miles of driving range, with the plug-in hybrid version stretching to nearly 550-miles.

    The Escape Plug-In Hybrid model features four EV modes that allow drivers to select the settings most suitable for their individual needs.  

    • In Auto EV mode, the vehicle decides whether to run on gas or electric power
    • In EV Now mode, drivers can operate on all-electric driving
    • In EV Later mode, drivers can switch to full gas-powered driving to conserve electric miles for later
    • In EV Charge mode, drivers can continue to charge the battery while driving and generate electric-only miles to use later

    Ford Co-Pilot360 has been enhanced with a 360-degree camera system, Intersection Assist 2.0 to help avoid collisions with pedestrians during turning, an enhanced blind spot assist that will nudge the steering wheel in the event of an obstacle in the way. Additional available new technologies include Intelligent Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop-and-Go, Predictive Speed Assist, Rear Cross Traffic Braking, Reverse Brake Assist, Evasive Steering Assist and Connected Built-In Navigation.

     

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    The 2023 Ford Escape is built in Louisville, KY and will go on sale in early 2023.

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    5 hours ago, Drew Dowdell said:

    Ford touts that no matter which powertrain a customer selects, they can enjoy over 400 miles of driving range, with the plug-in hybrid version stretching to nearly 550-miles.

    This needed to be put in there because the previous gen, and assuming current gen, had tiny tanks with "okay" fuel economy. Unless I'm doing a lot of highway miles, I can hardly get 300 miles out of a tank. This was, by far, the biggest complaint amung Escape/MKC owners in groups. My Escape with the 2.0 was the same. I think my MKC has a slightly larger tank 15.5 gal vs 15.1 gal. I'm curious what the tank size is on this new/refreshed Escape. 

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    Interesting the press release has limited info on the actual specifics of the updated product line.

    New Ford Escape with Advanced Hybrid Engines and a Sporty ST-Line Is More Stylish and Smarter Than Ever | Ford Media Center

    @ccap41 Found it in the fine print at the very bottom of the press release. Weird is that the best range estimate is only 481 FWD Hybrid, far cry from Nearly 550 miles and it seems depending on which engine you choose then you get one of 4 different tank sizes. Makes me go Hmmmmmm 🤔

    *2.5-liter Hybrid (HEV) Front wheel drive (FWD) range calculation based on 14.3-gallon tank and a targeted EPA-estimated rating of 41 combined MPG. 2.5-liter Hybrid (HEV) All-wheel drive (AWD) range calculation based on 14.3-gallon tank and targeted EPA-estimated rating of 40 combined MPG. 2.5-liter Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV) front wheel drive (FWD) EPA-estimated range of 481 miles. Range calculation based on a 11.1-gallon tank (excludes reserve tank capacity), EPA-estimated charge depleting electric range of 37 miles and combined city / highway label rating of 40 mpg. 1.5-liter EcoBoost front wheel drive (FWD) Range calculation based on 14.8-gallon tank and a targeted EPA-estimated range of 444 miles. 28 City mpg, 34 Highway mpg, 30 Combined mpg. 1.5-liter EcoBoost All wheel drive (AWD) Range calculation based on 15.7-gallon tank and a targeted EPA-estimated range of 440 miles. 26 City mpg, 31 Highway mpg, 28 Combined mpg. 2.0-liter EcoBoost All wheel drive (AWD) Range calculation based on 15.7-gallon tank and a targeted EPA-estimated range of 408 miles. 22 City mpg, 31 Highway mpg, 26 Combined mpg. Actual range varies with conditions such as external environment, vehicle use, vehicle maintenance, lithium-ion battery age and state of health.

    I will give them credit as it does seem to have a much nicer interior than the outgoing model.

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    1 minute ago, riviera74 said:

    Four different tank sizes.  All of them smaller than 15.8 gallons.  Why so small?

    Right, I thought it was interesting and I noticed that the 2.0L EcoBoost with AWD with the 15.7 gallon tank is the worst mpg at 408 estimated miles per tank. I get that they Hybrids would get higher mpg on smaller tanks, but it does make me wonder why they could not use the 15.7 gallon tank across the whole product line to simplify and reduce cost as I have to think having 4 different tanks built is a higher cost than all standardized on a single 15.7 gallon tank.

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    1 minute ago, riviera74 said:

    Four different tank sizes.  All of them smaller than 15.8 gallons.  Why so small?

    And it's still quite a bit larger than it once was! 15.8 really isn't bad for something getting over 30mpg on the highway. The real kick in the nuts is people driving in a lot of stop and go or short commutes getting 18-20mpg with the 2.0T and only getting 230-250 miles to a tank(13 gallons, assuming one isn't running the tank dry). 

    Anybody know what the CR-R and RAV4 have for tank sizes? 

    Just now, David said:

    Right, I thought it was interesting and I noticed that the 2.0L EcoBoost with AWD with the 15.7 gallon tank is the worst mpg at 408 estimated miles per tank. I get that they Hybrids would get higher mpg on smaller tanks, but it does make me wonder why they could not use the 15.7 gallon tank across the whole product line to simplify and reduce cost as I have to think having 4 different tanks built is a higher cost than all standardized on a single 15.7 gallon tank.

    The hybrid probably has packaging difficulties, having to cram a battery down there as well. I'd think it would make the most sense to have the same tank size for the ICE Escapes and then one for the hybrids. 

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    22 minutes ago, ccap41 said:

    Anybody know what the CR-R and RAV4 have for tank sizes? 

    Rav 4 has a 14.5-gallon tank size for all models including the Hybrid.

    I am assuming you meant CR-V which has a 14-gallon tank across all models and hybrid through 2020 and starting in 2021 and to now including the 2023 model they all have 19.5-gallon tank size.

    If you meant the HR-V their smaller CUV, then that is 13.2-gallon size through 2021 and in 2022, they reduced it to 12.4-gallon size for all models including hybrid.

    I think both Toyota and Honda get the lean manufacturing of using a single tank. If the Ford Hybrid has packaging size issues and has to have only the 14.3-gallon size tank, then they should have just standardized on that for all models IMHO.

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    20 minutes ago, David said:

    Rav 4 has a 14.5-gallon tank size for all models including the Hybrid.

    I am assuming you meant CR-V which has a 14-gallon tank across all models and hybrid through 2020 and starting in 2021 and to now including the 2023 model they all have 19.5-gallon tank size.

    If you meant the HR-V their smaller CUV, then that is 13.2-gallon size through 2021 and in 2022, they reduced it to 12.4-gallon size for all models including hybrid.

    I think both Toyota and Honda get the lean manufacturing of using a single tank. If the Ford Hybrid has packaging size issues and has to have only the 14.3-gallon size tank, then they should have just standardized on that for all models IMHO.

    I did mean CR-V and thank you for the information.

    14.3 gallon tank would just be too small for this size vehicle. Yes, it'll save them some dollars but I think it'll upset many of customer while doing that. 

    Got me a little more curious and the Equinox has multiple size tanks as well, 15.6 & 14.9 gal. The Cherokee and CX-5 both use the same size across the board. 

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    3 minutes ago, ccap41 said:

    I did mean CR-V and thank you for the information.

    14.3 gallon tank would just be too small for this size vehicle. Yes, it'll save them some dollars but I think it'll upset many of customer while doing that. 

    Got me a little more curious and the Equinox has multiple size tanks as well, 15.6 & 14.9 gal. The Cherokee and CX-5 both use the same size across the board. 

    Ford has stated that they want to move people to Hybrids over gas only in easing people into EVs. The Ford Mavrick Hybrid is their top seller. With this in mind, it would make sense to me to only manufacture the Escape with the 14.3 gallon tank allowing the Hybrid to be the top MPG auto which for those that need range, would move people into the Hybrid. I believe Hond and Toyota have done this for the same reason, move people to where you want them to buy.

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    23 hours ago, David said:

    Interesting the press release has limited info on the actual specifics of the updated product line.

    New Ford Escape with Advanced Hybrid Engines and a Sporty ST-Line Is More Stylish and Smarter Than Ever | Ford Media Center

    @ccap41 Found it in the fine print at the very bottom of the press release. Weird is that the best range estimate is only 481 FWD Hybrid, far cry from Nearly 550 miles and it seems depending on which engine you choose then you get one of 4 different tank sizes. Makes me go Hmmmmmm 🤔

    *2.5-liter Hybrid (HEV) Front wheel drive (FWD) range calculation based on 14.3-gallon tank and a targeted EPA-estimated rating of 41 combined MPG. 2.5-liter Hybrid (HEV) All-wheel drive (AWD) range calculation based on 14.3-gallon tank and targeted EPA-estimated rating of 40 combined MPG. 2.5-liter Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV) front wheel drive (FWD) EPA-estimated range of 481 miles. Range calculation based on a 11.1-gallon tank (excludes reserve tank capacity), EPA-estimated charge depleting electric range of 37 miles and combined city / highway label rating of 40 mpg. 1.5-liter EcoBoost front wheel drive (FWD) Range calculation based on 14.8-gallon tank and a targeted EPA-estimated range of 444 miles. 28 City mpg, 34 Highway mpg, 30 Combined mpg. 1.5-liter EcoBoost All wheel drive (AWD) Range calculation based on 15.7-gallon tank and a targeted EPA-estimated range of 440 miles. 26 City mpg, 31 Highway mpg, 28 Combined mpg. 2.0-liter EcoBoost All wheel drive (AWD) Range calculation based on 15.7-gallon tank and a targeted EPA-estimated range of 408 miles. 22 City mpg, 31 Highway mpg, 26 Combined mpg. Actual range varies with conditions such as external environment, vehicle use, vehicle maintenance, lithium-ion battery age and state of health.

    I will give them credit as it does seem to have a much nicer interior than the outgoing model.

     

    Those ranges are calculated on the combined MPG, not the highway. I think their disclaimers at the bottom have some off info. The current Escape hybrid is rated 44 highway / 37 City.  Since the powertrain is carrying over, I would assume it is still the same. 44 mpg * 11.1 gallon = 488...  + 37 miles of EV range = 525 miles. Note that the PHEV tank size says "excludes reserve capacity"... even just 1/2 a gallon will get you to 550.  So, yes, if you're driving north to south in Florida at highway speeds, you'll get 550 miles of range.

    1 hour ago, David said:

    Right, I thought it was interesting and I noticed that the 2.0L EcoBoost with AWD with the 15.7 gallon tank is the worst mpg at 408 estimated miles per tank. I get that they Hybrids would get higher mpg on smaller tanks, but it does make me wonder why they could not use the 15.7 gallon tank across the whole product line to simplify and reduce cost as I have to think having 4 different tanks built is a higher cost than all standardized on a single 15.7 gallon tank.

    They give that space to the battery.

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    6 hours ago, riviera74 said:

    What is GMs answer to these Ford hybrids?  And are they selling at a dealership near you?

    I think GM is throwing in the towel on gas or hybrid SUVs and just going electric.  Which could be a brilliant move if they execute it correctly from both a product and production standpoint.

    Escape is $27,500 starting up $39,900 plus destination, options.  If  Equinox EV is $32,500 to $45,000 depending on how the tax credit goes, Equinox might be cheaper, maintenance and no gas is a big savings.  That’s game over.

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    15 hours ago, riviera74 said:

    What is GMs answer to these Ford hybrids?  And are they selling at a dealership near you?

    And why would they waste money on something that is clearly on the way out for them (anything tied to ICE). As it has already been pointed out, GM is all in on EVs so makes ZERO sense to invest in an "one foot out the door" hybrid. Besides, past attempts at hybrids by GM have had little if any real success.

     

    Hope that sums up why they don't need to sell them at a dealership near you.

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    I'm still surprised they never utilized the Volt's powertrain in other vehicles prior to going all-in on EVs. 

    I'd love to have an Equinox/Terrain-sized vehicle with a plug-in setup, like the Escape's. Better yet would be the next size vehicle up, Blazer/Edge plug-ins. 

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    21 minutes ago, ccap41 said:

    I'm still surprised they never utilized the Volt's powertrain in other vehicles prior to going all-in on EVs. 

    I'd love to have an Equinox/Terrain-sized vehicle with a plug-in setup, like the Escape's. Better yet would be the next size vehicle up, Blazer/Edge plug-ins. 

    I agree with @surreal1272 that at this point in time, no reason to invest in Hybrids at this point in the changeover of products.

    I Totally agree with you that GM missed the boat in that especially with the Volt 2.0 they should have rolled this powertrain into CUVs across the product groups. I have friends that have the Volt with the 2.0 powertrain and love it. They also have wondered why GM did not roll it out in the subcompact space of Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac for CUVs and if they could which from an engineering standpoint it appears they could have beefed it up to handle more weight in a compact and midsize.

    History, water under the bridge and @smk4565 nailed it in his response that GM can really take on market share if they can nail their EV roll out of the Equinox and whatever they roll out for Buick, GMC and Cadillac.

    Right packaging with options, right price and marketing and GM can dominate this especially with Toyota and others that are playing catchup in EVs, having to reboot to use Mega Casting, etc.

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    23 hours ago, David said:

    I agree with @surreal1272 that at this point in time, no reason to invest in Hybrids at this point in the changeover of products.

    I Totally agree with you that GM missed the boat in that especially with the Volt 2.0 they should have rolled this powertrain into CUVs across the product groups. I have friends that have the Volt with the 2.0 powertrain and love it. They also have wondered why GM did not roll it out in the subcompact space of Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac for CUVs and if they could which from an engineering standpoint it appears they could have beefed it up to handle more weight in a compact and midsize.

    History, water under the bridge and @smk4565 nailed it in his response that GM can really take on market share if they can nail their EV roll out of the Equinox and whatever they roll out for Buick, GMC and Cadillac.

    Right packaging with options, right price and marketing and GM can dominate this especially with Toyota and others that are playing catchup in EVs, having to reboot to use Mega Casting, etc.

    If GM were a company with a cost effective hybrid system like Ford or Toyota, it would make sense for them to continue to release vehicles with hybrids like Toyota and Ford.   But Voltec is apparently pretty expensive to do. Notice the only vehicle that got something similar to Voltec was the CT6.  But even then, it wasn’t true Voltec because the gasoline engine provided propulsion as well as generation. 

    I don’t think it could have been mounted transversely with an engine larger than the 1.5. Would people buy a very expensive plug-in Blazer with a 1.5? I’m not so sure. 

    On 10/27/2022 at 9:46 AM, ccap41 said:

    I'm still surprised they never utilized the Volt's powertrain in other vehicles prior to going all-in on EVs. 

    I'd love to have an Equinox/Terrain-sized vehicle with a plug-in setup, like the Escape's. Better yet would be the next size vehicle up, Blazer/Edge plug-ins. 

    Albert is still pretty skeptical on getting a full EV for now.  I don’t think he’ll do it until after living with my EValanche for a while.  But a plug-in hybrid would probably suit him.  We went to the mall last weekend and there was a Corsair on display there that we could sit in. He seemed to like it… so maybe a Corsair Grand Touring is on the horizon…. 

    I think he’ll remain skeptical about EVs until we make a few trips to his sister in Virginia in the EValanche and the charging network grows with the latest federal initiatives. 

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    39 minutes ago, Drew Dowdell said:

    But Voltec is apparently pretty expensive to do. Notice the only vehicle that got something similar to Voltec was the CT6.

    Totally forgot about the CT6 Plug-In. At least at $76K new, it was a far better deal than Cadillac's first plug in...

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    1 hour ago, surreal1272 said:

    Totally forgot about the CT6 Plug-In. At least at $76K new, it was a far better deal than Cadillac's first plug in...

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    I will say that I loved the dash and interior on this plug-in. Cadillac just way overestimated what the public was willing to pay.

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    50 minutes ago, David said:

    I will say that I loved the dash and interior on this plug-in. Cadillac just way overestimated what the public was willing to pay.

     

    2 hours ago, surreal1272 said:

    Totally forgot about the CT6 Plug-In. At least at $76K new, it was a far better deal than Cadillac's first plug in...

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    It was one of Cadillac’s finest interiors at the time and in some ways exceeded that of the CT6 and latest Escalade.  But it was a very compact 2-door with nearly unusable back seats and the performance, while good, didn’t match the price tag when the Model S was similarly priced. 

    It was a gamble by GM that Elon’s Supercharging network wasn’t going to be robust enough to get people to give up gasoline entirely for a Tesla.  Tesla built out their network much faster than expected and the rest is history.

    Still, I would totally daily one of these. I was in the final round of interviews for a job that would have nearly doubled my salary but been a much longer commute in distance (though, perversely, the same time)… and I was looking one of these to be my commuter scooter if I got it. There are far worse ways to spend 35 miles each way every day by yourself.

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    48 minutes ago, Drew Dowdell said:

    It was one of Cadillac’s finest interiors at the time and in some ways exceeded that of the CT6 and latest Escalade.  But it was a very compact 2-door with nearly unusable back seats and the performance, while good, didn’t match the price tag when the Model S was similarly priced. 

    Oh I agree. I actually liked it but the price and it being a two door killed it before it ever had a chance to succeed. I am with you on the daily driver aspect though. I'd take this over the Volt, hands down.

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    On 10/27/2022 at 8:31 AM, surreal1272 said:

    And why would they waste money on something that is clearly on the way out for them (anything tied to ICE). As it has already been pointed out, GM is all in on EVs so makes ZERO sense to invest in an "one foot out the door" hybrid. Besides, past attempts at hybrids by GM have had little if any real success.

     

    Hope that sums up why they don't need to sell them at a dealership near you.

    i would like to compare that Toyota's hybrid numbers, brand wide.

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    1 hour ago, regfootball said:

    i would like to compare that Toyota's hybrid numbers, brand wide.

    Compare them all you want. Here’s the facts though. Toyota succeeded with Hybrids while GM did not. Also a fact, GMs investment in EVs means no room for more failed hybrids. It’s really that simple. Not sure how you can even think it is worthwhile, at this point, for GM to reinvest in any hybrid tech. 
     

    Here’s just a sample of Toyotas hybrid numbers. This stat covers hybrids and EVs which really highlights what I am saying about Toyota and their hybrids. Their numbers include next to No EVs. It’s basically all hybrids and plug ins. 
    https://www.statista.com/statistics/1284452/united-states-hev-phev-quarterly-sales-by-brand/

     

    Another source:

    https://www.reuters.com/business/autos-transportation/us-hybrid-electric-car-sales-hit-record-highs-2022-01-06/

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    49 minutes ago, surreal1272 said:

    Not sure how you can even think it is worthwhile, at this point, for GM to reinvest in any hybrid tech. 

    Ignore the above response @regfootball for that really wasn't directed at you. That should have been "Not sure how ANYONE..."

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    So that’s 121,000 sales GM doesn’t compete with. Plus hybrid sales are moving up. Ford has many vehicles with hybrid like the maverick. GM keeps losing market share, do we ever wonder why?  Seems to me hybrids are expanding in the market due to reasonable cost and demand and high mpg. Of course GM wouldn’t want a part of that!

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