2020 Ford Escape FHEV vs. 2020 Lexus NX Series

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Ford Escape FHEV have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The Lexus NX Series doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

The Escape FHEV has standard Post Collision Braking, which automatically apply the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The NX Series doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

Both the Escape FHEV and the NX Series have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras, driver alert monitors, available all wheel drive and rear parking sensors.

Warranty

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There are almost 13 times as many Ford dealers as there are Lexus dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Escape FHEV’s warranty.

Reliability

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The Escape FHEV has a standard “limp home system” to keep drivers from being stranded if most or all of the engine’s coolant is lost. The engine will run on only half of its cylinders at a time, reduce its power and light a warning lamp on the dashboard so the driver can get to a service station for repairs. The NX Series doesn’t offer a lost coolant limp home mode, so a coolant leak could strand you or seriously damage the truck’s engine.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Ford vehicles are better in initial quality than Lexus vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford fourth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 7 more problems per 100 vehicles, Lexus is ranked 8th.

Engine

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The Escape FHEV’s 2.5 DOHC 4-cylinder hybrid produces 6 more horsepower (200 vs. 194) than the NX 300h’s standard 2.5 DOHC 4-cylinder hybrid.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Escape FHEV gets better mileage than the NX Series:

MPG

Escape FHEV

FWD

2.5 4-cyl. Hybrid

44 city/37 hwy

AWD

2.5 4-cyl. Hybrid

43 city/37 hwy

NX Series

FWD

300 2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

22 city/28 hwy

AWD

300h 2.5 Hybrid

33 city/30 hwy

300 2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

22 city/28 hwy

F Sport 300 2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

22 city/27 hwy

The Escape FHEV has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The NX Series doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping

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The Escape FHEV stops shorter than the NX Series:

Escape FHEV

NX Series

60 to 0 MPH

122 feet

127 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Escape FHEV offers optional 19-inch wheels. The NX Series’ largest wheels are only 18-inches.

Suspension and Handling

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For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Escape FHEV’s wheelbase is 2 inches longer than on the NX Series (106.7 inches vs. 104.7 inches).

Chassis

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The Ford Escape FHEV may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 400 to 450 pounds less than the Lexus NX Series.

Passenger Space

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The Escape FHEV has 32.4 cubic feet more passenger volume than the NX Series (104 vs. 71.6).

The Escape FHEV has 1.8 inches more front headroom, .1 inches more front hip room, .3 inches more front shoulder room, 1.2 inches more rear headroom, 2.8 inches more rear legroom and .7 inches more rear shoulder room than the NX Series.

Cargo Capacity

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The Escape FHEV has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the NX Series with its rear seat up (34.4 vs. 17.7 cubic feet). The Escape FHEV has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the NX Series with its rear seat folded (60.8 vs. 54.6 cubic feet).

A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the Escape FHEV easier. The Escape FHEV’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 27.9 inches, while the NX Series’ liftover is 31.2 inches.

The Escape FHEV’s cargo area is larger than the NX Series’ in almost every dimension:

Escape FHEV

NX Series

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

36.7”/68.3”

36”/71.5”

Max Width

57.3”

53”

Min Width

41.4”

44.3”

Height

32.8”

27”

Towing

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The Escape FHEV’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the NX Series’ (1500 vs. 0 pounds).

The Escape FHEV can be flat towed on all four wheels (dinghy towed), allowing recreational vehicle owners to bring it with them on the road. When they reach their destination, the Escape FHEV can be unhitched and driven around locally. The NX Series can’t be towed flat on the ground.

Ergonomics

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The Escape FHEV Titanium offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed and navigation instruction readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The NX Series doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The Escape FHEV’s standard speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The NX Series’ standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

The Escape FHEV Titanium has a 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The NX Series doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

The Escape FHEV Titanium’s Active Park Assist 2.0 can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, starting, stopping and changing direction automatically. The NX Series doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Recommendations

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The Ford Escape outsold the Lexus NX Series by over four to one during 2019.

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