2020 Ford Escape vs. 2020 Lexus UX Series

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Safety

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Both the Escape 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 front 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’s warranty.

Reliability

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The Escape 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’s standard 1.5 turbo 3-cylinder produces 12 more horsepower (181 vs. 169) and 39 lbs.-ft. more torque (190 vs. 151) than the UX 200’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4-cylinder. The Escape’s optional 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder produces 69 more horsepower (250 vs. 181) than the UX 250h’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4-cylinder hybrid.

As tested in Motor Trend the Ford Escape (base engine) is faster than the UX 200:

Escape

UX Series

Zero to 60 MPH

8.4 sec

8.5 sec

As tested in Motor Trend the Ford Escape 2.0 turbo is faster than the UX 250h:

Escape

UX Series

Zero to 60 MPH

6.9 sec

8.3 sec

Quarter Mile

15.3 sec

16.3 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

89.3 MPH

87.3 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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An engine control system that can shut down some of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Escape 1.5 Turbo’s fuel efficiency. The UX Series doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

Regardless of its engine, the Escape’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) Lexus only offers an automatic engine start/stop system on the UX Series Hybrid.

The Escape FWD’s standard fuel tank has 4.2 gallons more fuel capacity than the UX Series Hybrid’s standard fuel tank (14.8 vs. 10.6 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Escape AWD’s standard fuel tank has 3.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the UX Series’ standard fuel tank (15.7 vs. 12.4 gallons).

The Escape 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’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

The Escape stops shorter than the UX Series:

Escape

UX Series

60 to 0 MPH

128 feet

137 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

137 feet

143 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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

The Escape has a standard 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’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 is 1.4 inches wider in the front and .8 inches wider in the rear than on the UX Series.

The Escape Titanium AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the UX 200 (27.7 seconds @ .64 average G’s vs. 28.2 seconds @ .62 average G’s).

Chassis

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The front grille of the Escape uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The UX Series doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space

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

The Escape 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, 7.6 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 has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the UX Series (37.5 vs. 21.7 cubic feet).

Towing

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The Escape has a 2000 lbs. towing capacity. The UX Series has no towing capacity.

Ergonomics

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The power windows standard on both the Escape and the UX Series have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Escape 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 SE/SEL/Titanium’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 SE/SEL/Titanium’s exterior PIN entry system. The UX Series doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system.

The Escape’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 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 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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