2023 Ford Escape PHEV & Hybrid: Everything we know

The Ford Escape is getting a facelift for the 2023 model year, three years after entering the fourth generation. Here’s everything we know about the 2023 Ford Escape Hybrid and the 2023 Ford Escape PHEV:

Design & Features

The 2023 Ford Escape Hybrid will have a European styling like the 2022 model but feature new contemporary design elements. We have created a rendering based on changes seen in the spy pictures of the facelifted Escape that are floating on the web (view on Ford Authority). The spy pictures showed the updated SUV in a new ST-Line grade.

The 2023 Escape Hybrid pictured in our rendering gains sweptback headlamps that look more aggressive and reminiscent of the Jaguar I-Pace, a narrow light band connecting the headlamps, a new hexagonal radiator grille positioned higher, repositioned brand logo (on the radiator grille), new fog lamp housing, and a revised bumper at the front. Overall, the restyled mask of the new model makes the SUV feel more assertive.

2023 Ford Escape PHEV render
The 2023 model will continue with the Plug-in Hybrid variant that targets customers who prioritize gas mileage. The 2023 Ford Escape PHEV would appeal to young millennials and downsizing boomers.

At the rear, the tail lamps have a new cluster design, but their shape is the same. The tailgate, bumper, and exhaust pipe design look no different from the current model. The interior may look the same as well, as one of the spy pictures from Ford Authority has indicated, with small changes expected to the trim colors. Unlike the current Escape, BlueCruise hands-free highway driving feature that’s usable on over 130,000 miles of North American roads could be included in the 2023 model.

Specifications

There’s no word on the specifications of the 2023 Ford Escape Hybrid or any of the 2023 Escape variants yet. However, we don’t expect drastic changes in the specification sheet.

The 2022 Escape Hybrid and 2022 Escape Plug-in Hybrid share a 2.5L naturally aspirated gas engine that produces 165 hp and 155 lb.-ft of torque. Both models have an electric motor assisting the engine and an eCVT. The Escape Hybrid, available in FWD and AWD, gets a combined output of 200 horsepower, while the Escape Plug-in Hybrid model, which is FWD-only, gets a higher system output of 221 hp. Below are their efficiency figures, as rated by EPA:

Aspect\Specification2022 Escape Hybrid FWD2022 Escape Hybrid AWD2022 Escape Plug-in Hybrid FWD
Combined Fuel Economy41 MPG40 MPG105 MPGe
EV Mode Driving RangeNANA37 miles
Total Driving Range582 miles568 miles520 miles
2022 Ford Escape Hybrid’s efficiency figures compared with 2022 Ford Ford Escape Plug-in Hybrid (Source: EPA)

Like the 2022 model, the restyled plug-in hybrid SUV will be very fuel efficient and should be a top selling point, with nationwide average gas prices hovering at around $5 per gallon. If a customer drives less than 30 miles a day, they can rely mostly on the electric power of the Escape PHEV and charge the battery once they get home.

Price & Release Date

The 2023 Ford Escape Hybrid could go on sale in the U.S. by early fall 2022, with prices starting at under USD 31,000. The refreshed PHEV version is expected to start at under USD 36,000.

2023 Ford Escape Hybrid FAQs

What is the 2023 Ford Escape Hybrid release date?

The 2023 Ford Escape Hybrid could go on sale in the U.S. by early fall 2022.

What will be the 2023 Ford Escape Hybrid price?

The 2023 Ford Escape Hybrid could start at under USD 31,000. The 2023 Ford Escape PHEV is expected to start at under USD 36,000.

Which models will rival the 2023 Ford Escape Hybrid?

The competitors will include the Kia Sportage Hybrid, Hyundai Tucson Hybrid, and 2023 Honda CR-V Hybrid.