2020 Ford Escape PHEV vs. 2020 Lexus UX Series

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Safety

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Both the Escape PHEV 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 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 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.

Engine

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

MPGe

Escape PHEV

FWD

Electric Motor

109 city/91 hwy

UX Series

MPG

FWD

200 2.0 DOHC 4-cyl.

29 city/37 hwy

AWD

250h 2.0 4-cyl. Hybrid

41 city/38 hwy

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

MPG

Escape PHEV

FWD

2.5 4-cyl. Hybrid

43 city/38 hwy

UX Series

FWD

200 2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

29 city/37 hwy

AWD

250h 2.0 4-cyl. Hybrid

41 city/38 hwy

The Escape PHEV can drive on battery power alone for up to 37 miles. The UX Series must run its internal combustion engine to move.

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Ford Escape PHEV uses regular unleaded gasoline. The UX Series requires premium for maximum efficiency, 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 UX Series doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Escape PHEV’s brake rotors are larger than those on the UX Series:

Escape

UX Series

Front Rotors

13 inches

12 inches

Rear Rotors

11.9 inches

11.1 inches

Tires and Wheels

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

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

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 UX Series can’t be towed flat on the ground.

Ergonomics

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The power windows standard on both the Escape PHEV and the UX Series have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Escape PHEV 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.

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 UX 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 UX 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 UX Series’ standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

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

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

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