The compact crossover SUV segment has exploded in recent years as buyers seek more space and a higher vantage point over the previously popular midsize family sedans. With many different manufacturers entering the compact crossover market, there is a wide range of vehicles from which to choose at all different price levels. The 2020 Ford Escape and 2020 Hyundai Tucson are two compact crossovers that offer excellent value to buyers.
2020 Ford Escape
The 2020 Ford Escape is the fourth generation of this popular SUV, and the latest model got a complete redesign. With updated styling, larger dimensions, less bulk, and a choice of engine options, the 2020 Ford Escape is a tough contender in the compact crossover class. It offers excellent space, especially in the rear with a 60/40 split-fold-flat and sliding rear seat that offers more cargo space as well as best-in-class second-row legroom.
The 2020 Ford Escape is available in five different model configurations: S, SE, SEL, Titanium, and Titanium Hybrid. Starting at $28,549, the Escape comes standard with front-wheel drive (FWD) but all-wheel drive (AWD) is available on all trim levels. FordPass Connect and Ford SYNC entertainment system are standard on all models.
The Escape offers 8.6 L/100km city and 7.1 L/100km highway fuel economy with the standard 1.5-litre EcoBoost engine featuring Auto Start-Stop Technology. The Ford Co-Pilot360 suite of driver-assist technologies also comes standard on all models, providing blind-spot monitoring, pre-collision assist, lane-keeping assist, rearview camera, and more for drivers to remain safe on the road.
2020 Hyundai Tucson
Starting at $26,099, the 2020 Hyundai Tucson is available in five model versions: Essential, Preferred, Luxury, Urban Edition, and Ultimate. The standard engine option is a 2.0-litre GDI 4-cylinder that provides 160 horsepower and 10.1 L/100km city and 7.9 L/100km highway fuel economy. Just like the Escape, FWD comes standard but AWD is available as an upgrade.
In terms of capacity, the Tucson offers a good deal of space for both passengers and cargo with 2,894 litres total passenger volume and 877 litres with the rear seats up (with the second row folded down, the Tucson offers 1,754 litres of space). For the base price, the Essential version comes standard with such items as a 7-inch touchscreen display, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, and heated front seats.
For safety, the 2020 Hyundai Tucson comes standard with automated emergency braking and lane-keeping assist on the lowest-priced Essential model. Additional driver-assist technologies are available at an additional price.
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Both the 2020 Ford Escape and 2020 Hyundai Tucson offer great value and technology at a decent price. While the Hyundai offers a lower starting price and longer warranty, the best bet, in the long run, is the 2020 Ford Escape. With more power, better handling, better fuel economy, more space, and more standard driver-assist technologies, the 2020 Ford Escape is a great option for buyers wanting a reliable and capable compact crossover.