2020 Ford Escape PHEV 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 PHEV 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 PHEV 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 PHEV 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 and available 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 PHEV’s warranty.

Reliability

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The Escape PHEV 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.

Engine

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The Escape PHEV’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 PHEV running on electricity gets better fuel mileage than the NX Series:

MPGe

Escape PHEV

FWD

Electric Motor

109 city/91 hwy

NX Series

MPG

FWD

300 2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

22 city/28 hwy

AWD

300h 2.5 4-cyl. Hybrid

33 city/30 hwy

300 2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

22 city/28 hwy

300 F Sport 2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

22 city/27 hwy

On the EPA test cycle the Escape PHEV running its gasoline engine gets better fuel mileage than the NX Series:

MPG

Escape PHEV

FWD

2.5 4-cyl. Hybrid

43 city/38 hwy

NX Series

FWD

300 2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

22 city/28 hwy

AWD

300h 2.5 4-cyl. Hybrid

33 city/30 hwy

300 2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

22 city/28 hwy

300 F Sport 2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

22 city/27 hwy

The Escape PHEV’s maximum driving range in pure electric mode is 37 miles, about 23 times as far as the NX 300h’s 1.6-mile range.

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Ford Escape PHEV uses regular unleaded gasoline. The NX 300 requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Escape PHEV 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.

Environmental Friendliness

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In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Ford Escape PHEV higher (7 out of 10) than the Lexus NX Series (3 to 7). This means the Escape PHEV produces up to 24.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the NX Series every 15,000 miles.

Tires and Wheels

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The Escape PHEV’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 60 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the NX Series’ standard 65 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Escape PHEV has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the NX Series.

Suspension and Handling

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

Passenger Space

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

The Escape PHEV 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 PHEV 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 PHEV 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 PHEV easier. The Escape PHEV’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 27.9 inches, while the NX Series’ liftover is 31.2 inches.

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

Escape

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

The Escape PHEV 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 PHEV 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 PHEV Titanium offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed 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.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Escape PHEV’s exterior PIN entry system. The NX Series doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Escape PHEV’s exterior PIN entry system. The NX Series doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system.

The Escape PHEV’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.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Ford Escape PHEV Titanium has a standard wireless phone charging system (Qi) for the front seat. The NX Series doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

The Escape PHEV Titanium offers an optional 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 PHEV 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.

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

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