2020 Ford Escape PHEV vs. 2020 Toyota Highlander Hybrid

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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 Toyota Highlander Hybrid doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

Both the Escape PHEV and the Highlander Hybrid have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, 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, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras, rear cross-path warning, driver alert monitors and available rear parking sensors.

Warranty

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There are over 2 times as many Ford dealers as there are Toyota 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 Highlander Hybrid 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’ 2020 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Ford vehicles are better in initial quality than Toyota vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 16th in initial quality. With 3 more problems per 100 vehicles, Toyota is ranked 19th.

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 Highlander Hybrid:

MPGe

Escape PHEV

FWD

Electric Motor

109 city/91 hwy

Highlander Hybrid

MPG

FWD

2.5 4-cyl. Hybrid

36 city/35 hwy

AWD

LE 2.5 4-cyl. Hybrid

35 city/35 hwy

2.5 4-cyl. Hybrid

35 city/34 hwy

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

MPG

Escape PHEV

FWD

2.5 4-cyl. Hybrid

43 city/38 hwy

Highlander Hybrid

FWD

2.5 4-cyl. Hybrid

36 city/35 hwy

AWD

LE 2.5 4-cyl. Hybrid

35 city/35 hwy

2.5 4-cyl. Hybrid

35 city/34 hwy

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

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 Highlander Hybrid doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

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 Highlander Hybrid LE/XLE’s standard 65 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

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The Escape PHEV has variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Highlander Hybrid doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

Chassis

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The Ford Escape PHEV may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 450 to 750 pounds less than the Toyota Highlander Hybrid.

The Escape PHEV is 1 foot, 2.4 inches shorter than the Highlander Hybrid, making the Escape PHEV easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Towing

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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 Highlander Hybrid can’t be towed flat on the ground.

Ergonomics

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The Escape PHEV offers a remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The Highlander Hybrid doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

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 Highlander Hybrid 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 Highlander Hybrid 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 Highlander Hybrid 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 Highlander Hybrid’s standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

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 Highlander Hybrid doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

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The Ford Escape outsold the Toyota Highlander by 1950 units during 2019.

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