2020 Ford Escape FHEV vs. 2020 Lexus UX Series

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Safety

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Both the Escape FHEV and the UX Series have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front and rear seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, post-collision automatic braking systems, 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 UX 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 31 more horsepower (200 vs. 169) than the UX 200’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4-cylinder. The Escape FHEV’s 2.5 DOHC 4-cylinder hybrid produces 19 more horsepower (200 vs. 181) than the UX 250h’s standard 2.0 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 UX Series:

MPG

Escape FHEV

FWD

2.5 4-cyl. Hybrid

44 city/37 hwy

AWD

2.5 4-cyl. Hybrid

43 city/37 hwy

UX Series

FWD

200 2.0 DOHC 4-cyl.

22 city/31 hwy

AWD

250h 2.0 4-cyl. Hybrid

21 city/29 hwy

The Escape FHEV has 3.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the UX Series Hybrid’s standard fuel tank (14.2 vs. 10.6 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Escape FHEV has 1.8 gallons more fuel capacity than the UX Series’ standard fuel tank (14.2 vs. 12.4 gallons).

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 UX Series doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping

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The Escape FHEV stops shorter than the UX Series:

Escape

UX Series

60 to 0 MPH

122 feet

129 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 UX Series’ largest wheels are only 18-inches.

The Escape FHEV offers an optional space-saver spare tire so you can replace a flat tire and drive to have the flat repaired or replaced. A spare tire isn’t available on the UX Series; it requires you to depend on its run-flat tires, which limits mileage and speed before they are repaired. If a run-flat is damaged beyond repair by a road hazard your vehicle will have to be towed.

Suspension and Handling

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For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Escape FHEV’s wheelbase is 2.8 inches longer than on the UX Series (106.7 inches vs. 103.9 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Escape FHEV is 1.4 inches wider in the front and .8 inches wider in the rear than on the UX Series.

Passenger Space

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The Escape FHEV has 13.6 cubic feet more passenger volume than the UX Series (104 vs. 90.4).

The Escape FHEV has 2.8 inches more front headroom, .4 inches more front legroom, 1.4 inches more front hip room, 2.6 inches more front shoulder room, 3 inches more rear headroom, 5.8 inches more rear legroom, 1 inch more rear hip room and 3.1 inches more rear shoulder room than the UX Series.

Cargo Capacity

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The Escape FHEV has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the UX Series (34.4 vs. 21.7 cubic feet).

Towing

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The Escape FHEV has a 1500 lbs. towing capacity. The UX Series has no towing capacity.

Ergonomics

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The power windows standard on both the Escape FHEV and the UX Series have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Escape FHEV is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The UX Series prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

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 UX 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 UX 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 UX Series doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Recommendations

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The Ford Escape outsold the Lexus UX Series by over 14 to one during 2019.

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