2021 Ford Explorer vs. Ford Escape

The Ford Explorer and Ford Escape are two of the most popular models in the Ford SUV lineup, but what is the difference between these two vehicles? While both SUVs can be equipped with available all-wheel drive (AWD) or 4WD capabilities, Ford Co-Pilot360™ driver-assist features, and Ford Sync technology, there are also distinctive features that set them apart. Ride along with Vern Eide Ford in Mitchell for a comparison of the 2021 Ford Explorer vs. the 2021 Ford Escape.

2021 Ford Explorer 2021 Ford Escape
Starting MSRP $36,000 $30,705
Engine Power 300 hp @ 550 rpm 181 hp @ 6000rpm
Engine Torque 310 ft.lbs @ 3500 rpm 190 ft-lbs. @ 3000 rpm
Engine Configuration Inline 4Inline 3
Drivetrain All Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive
Transmission 10-speed shiftable automatic 8-speed shiftable automatic
Fuel Economy City/Highway/Combined 20/27/23 mpg 26/31/28 mpg
Fuel Type Regular Unleaded Regular Unleaded
Seating Capacity 7 5

2021 Explorer: South Dakota's Ultimate Exploration Vehicle

The 2021 Ford Explorer is primed for modern-day exploration. Its adjustable interior offers space and comfort for the whole family. And it helps you make the most of every experience with connected technology and an athletic build that's ready for whatever lies ahead.

Adventure Awaits

Explorer helps you make the most of your next big adventure with a rear-wheel-drive platform and your choice of four powerful engines. For additional traction there's available Intelligent 4WD with Terrain Management System™ and seven selectable drive modes. And with the ability to tow a maximum of 5,600 lbs.,* you won't be slowed down, not even with a hefty camper in tow.

*Max towing varies based on cargo, vehicle configuration, accessories and number of passengers.

Seating for Up to Seven

Available third-row PowerFold® seats make it easy to accommodate both passengers and cargo. With the seats up, Explorer can carry seven passengers, or fold them down and make room for cargo.

Pack It All, No Compromises

Explorer delivers when you need configurable cargo space. With the second- and third-row seats in the upright position, you have maximum seating plus enough cargo space to haul the essentials.* For South Dakota's biggest jobs, Explorer provides up to 87.8 cubic feet of cargo space behind the first row.

*Cargo and load capacity limited by weight and weight distribution.

Intuitive Interior Design

Once inside, Sioux Falls area drivers will notice an array of amenities that make for a comfortable and convenient drive. And because it was built for the active lifestyle, you can expect an interior space that accommodates the kids, the dog, the sports equipment, camping gear, and just about anything else you may need on the road to exploration.

2021 Escape: Taking on South Dakota Roads With Versatility and Capability

The 2021 Ford Escape was built for an active lifestyle and offers plenty of options for you to hit the road in your own individual style. Feel like driving a hybrid? The Escape has two versions. There are also four different engines to choose from, with its hybrid 2.5L iVCT Atkinson-cycle I-4 engine having best-in-class fuel economy.* Plus, there are six new packages to choose from and four new colors to make expressing yourself easy. And all of this adds to the fun of the Escape, with its solid reputation for delivering flexible cargo and passenger space, impressive towing, and standard and available tech for connectivity, all of which fit in nicely with its sporty good looks. It's the 2021 Ford Escape and it was designed to make an impression on you, your friends, and even the competition.  

*Actual mileage and range will vary. 14.2-gallon tank. Lowest-range vehicle Escape 2.0L AWD. EPA-estimated ratings: 23 city mpg/ 31 hwy mpg/26 combined mpg. Class is Small Utilities based on Ford segmentation.

For Getting Around and Getting It Done

2021 Escape has made the right features available to get you through your busy schedule. Besides an interior with plenty of cargo space* and best-in-class second-row legroom,** Escape can also help Sioux Falls area drivers park, stay informed, and open up the liftgate when you have your hands full.

*Cargo and load capacity limited by weight and weight distribution.
**Class is Non-Premium Compact Utilities.

Plenty of Legroom

The 2021 Ford Escape gasoline-only model has maximum second-row legroom of 40.7 inches. That's more than the RAV4, CR-V, Compass, and Chevy Equinox.* 

*Based on the second-row row seat in the most rearward position. 

More Towing

Tow more than the RAV4, CR-V, and Jeep Compass. Escape Titanium with its 2.0L EcoBoost® engine has a maximum towing capacity of 3,500 lbs. when equipped with the available Class II Trailer Tow Package.* 

*Max towing varies based on cargo, vehicle configuration, accessories and number of passengers. 

More Cargo Space

Davison County can load up and go! Escape has more cargo space* than the Chevy Equinox, Jeep Compass, and even the Jeep Cherokee.

*Cargo and load capacity limited by weight and weight distribution.

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