The plug-in hybrid (PHEV) version of the Ford Escape SUV is finally with dealers, about two years after the standard version went on sale.
Various delays prompted Ford
to push back the 2021 Escape PHEV from summer 2020 to fall 2021. A fire risk related to the SUV’s battery initially pushed back the SUV’s on-sale date, which was later delayed due to the global computer chip shortage that has hounded every automaker.
Inventory on Autotrader shows various Escape PHEV SUVs now showing up in dealer inventories. The PHEV version of the Escape costs $34,320 to start, or about $5,000 more than the cheapest Escape Hybrid. The PHEV is rated at 37 miles of all-electric range and 105 MPGe, and it qualifies for various federal, state, and even local incentives.
The Escape PHEV comes only with front-wheel drive.
The Ford Escape Plug-In Hybrid
Like the standard Escape Hybrid, the PHEV is offered in SE, SEL, and Titanium trim levels for the short 2021 model year. The SEL costs about $2,800 more and adds parking sensors, heated seats, and a few other features. The range-topping Titanium runs $40,130 to start, and it includes adaptive cruise control and a B&O audio system. Loaded up with a package containing leather seats, extra-cost paint, a trailer hitch, and a few other items, the Escape PHEV runs about $44,000.
All prices quoted include a mandatory $1,245 destination charge.
This story originally ran on Autotrader.com.