2022 Ford Escape vs. 2022 Ford Explorer

2022 Ford Escape vs. Explorer: What’s the Difference?

The Escape and Explorer are two popular Ford SUV options, as they both offer reliability, versatility, comfortability, and security — but what is the difference between the two? Our team at Spirit Ford compiled the following comparison guide to help you make an informed decision. If you’d like to set up a test drive or have any questions, give us a call at (734) 529-5521 or send us a message.

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2022 Ford Escape vs. Explorer at Spirit Ford in Dundee, MI


The 2022 Ford Escape is a two-row compact crossover.

  • Two gas engines and two hybrid powertrain choices
  • Minimalist cabin with optional upgrades
  • Intuitive technology
  • Standard driver assistance features

The 2022 Ford Explorer is a three-row mid-size SUV.

  • Three engine options and one hybrid powertrain
  • Rear-wheel drive (RWD) or intelligent four-wheel drive (4WD)
  • Off-road amenities
  • Upscale cabin
  • Standard driver assistance features

2022 Ford Escape

1.5L EcoBoost I3

Horsepower: 181 HP
Torque: 190 lb.-ft.
Drivetrain: FWD or AWD

2.0L EcoBoost I4

Horsepower: 250 HP
Torque: 280 lb.-ft.
Drivetrain: AWD

2.5L I4 Hybrid

Horsepower: 200 combined HP
Torque: 155 lb.-ft.
Drivetrain: FWD or AWD

2.5L I4 Plug-In Hybrid

Horsepower: 221 combined HP
Torque: 155 lb.-ft.
Drivetrain: FWD

2022 Ford Explorer

2.3L EcoBoost turbo I4

Horsepower: 300 HP
Torque: 210 lb.-ft.
Drivetrain: RWD or 4WD

3.0L EcoBoost V6

Horsepower: 400 HP
Torque: 415 lb.-ft.
Drivetrain: RWD or 4WD

3.3L hybrid V6

Horsepower: 318 HP
Torque: 322 lb.-ft.
Drivetrain: RWD or 4WD

Fuel Economy

The fuel economy you receive in the Ford Escape or Ford Explorer depends on which engine you choose. The 2022 Ford Escape has between 26 and 30 combined MPG rating for its gas engines, with the hybrid powertrain offering 41 combined MPG and the plug-in hybrid powertrain offering 105 combined MPGe. The 2022 Ford Explorer has between 19 and 27 combined MPG ratings.

While both models share similar available features — such as LED lighting and a hands-free liftgate — the design cues are what give them individuality. The 2022 Ford Explorer boasts a boxy, more structured body with distinctive chrome bodyside moldings. In comparison, the 2022 Ford Escape features a curvier, round design with narrow lights and a lower set grille.

Available features of the Ford Explorer and Ford Escape include:

  • Roof rack side rails
  • Heated side view mirrors
  • Privacy glass
2022 Ford Explorer exterior countryside

2022 Ford Explorer

A key difference between the Ford Escape and Explorer is interior size. The five-passenger Ford Escape offers 104 cubic feet of passenger volume and a maximum cargo capacity of 65.4 cubic feet. The seven-passenger Ford Explorer has a passenger volume of 152.7 cubic feet and a maximum cargo capacity of 87.8 cubic feet.

Exceptional interior design is apparent within the Ford Escape and Explorer. Both models are outfitted with cloth or ActiveX™ upholstery, with the Explorer offering standard leather upholstery on higher trims. Depending on the trim, you can warm up with heated front seats. Select Explorer trims also have ventilated front seats, as well as heated second-row captain’s chairs. Choose a comfortable temperature with single-zone manual or dual-zone automatic climate control in the Escape, and tri-zone automatic climate control in the Explorer.

2022 Ford Explorer interior front side

2022 Ford Explorer

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