Compare 2021 Ford Escape vs 2021 Ford Explorer

2021 Ford Escape vs 2021 Ford Explorer
2021 Ford Escape 2021 Ford Explorer


1.5L Turbo I-3 2.3L Turbo I-4


181 hp 300 hp

  MPG (City/Highway)

28/34 * 27/29 *

  Seating Capacity

5 Passengers 7 Passengers

  Cargo Space

65.4 cu. ft. 87.8 cu. ft.

2021 Ford Escape vs 2021 Ford Explorer

Serving Richardson, TX

Are you trying to decide which Ford SUV model is the right option for you? While there are many well-designed models for you to consider, you may have already narrowed down the options to the Escape and the Explorer. The 2021 Ford Escape is a compact crossover SUV that accommodates five passengers. The Ford Explorer is a midsize SUV with three rows of seating for up to seven passengers. What else should you know about these popular Ford models before you make your final selection from our inventory at North Central Ford?


The behind-the-wheel experiences that these models deliver are significantly different. The base engine for the Escape is a 1.3-liter EcoBoost engine that sips fuel while putting out 181 horsepower. A hybrid engine that produces 200 net horsepower and a turbo gas engine that delivers 250 horsepower are also available. The 2021 Explorer’s primary engine is a 300-horsepower, 2.3-liter turbo, four-cylinder machine. Three other powertrains are available, and one of these is a V6 hybrid engine that produces 318 horsepower. The two other gas powertrains are a turbo 3.0-liter, V6, 365-horsepower engine, and a high-output version of this V6 engine that generates 400 horsepower.


While these Ford models are close siblings, they stand far apart in their designs. The 2021 Escape has rounded, smooth curves with thick molding on the bottom of the side panels. The large headlights have smoothed-over corners, and the small grille sits close to the bottom of the front bumper. In comparison, the Explorer has a boxier profile that expresses its power from front to rear. The large grille is directly connected to stretched headlights that run horizontally. The sides are prominently contoured with strong, angled accentuation.


These models have a few shared features, including the Ford Co-Pilot 360 assistive safety features that are standard for all trim levels. Some or all trims for both models have a Bang & Olufsen sound system, remote start, leather material, a hands-free liftgate, and smart device integration. The Explorer has a more robust speaker configuration, a larger touch display screen, a tri-zone auto climate management system, and a wireless charging pad.

Are you ready to get more familiar with the Escape and the Explorer? To inquire about the options in our current inventory and to make arrangements for a test drive comparison of the powertrains that you are interested in, contact the North Central Ford team today.

* EPA-estimated city/hwy mpg for the model indicated. See for fuel economy of other engine/transmission combinations. Actual mileage will vary. On plug-in hybrid models and electric models, fuel economy is stated in MPGe. MPGe is the EPA equivalent measure of gasoline fuel efficiency for electric mode operation.