2021 Hyundai Tucson vs. 2021 Ford Escape: Here Is Our Verdict

By Max Anthony •  Updated: 03/05/21 •  4 min read

The 2021 Tucson and the 2021 Escape are two of the most prominent crossover SUVs available today. They both offer many trim options, which are loaded with technology. They are both practical, and can seat up to 5 passengers. The following is a comparison of the 2021 Hyundai Tucson and 2021 Ford Escape:

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Compare 2021 Hyundai Tucson vs. 2021 Ford Escape:

Engine and Performance

In the 2021 Tucson, you can get two different four-cylinder engines; a 164-hp 2.0-liter or a 181-hp 2.4-liter (available on the top 4 trims); both team with a six-speed automatic. 0 to 60 times with both the powertrains are about 8.8 seconds.

The 2021 starts with a 181-hp producing 1.5-liter three-cylinder turbo, with a choice of AWD or FWD available. You can also upgrade to a 250-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder, which can get the 2021 Escape to 60 in 5.7 seconds.

Both the engines are connected to eight-speed automatics. Ford also offers two Escape hybrids, with one being a plug-in. The powertrains in them include a 2.5-liter four-cylinder and two electric motors combining to produce 221-hp.


The 2021 Tucson has a smart looking cabin, which is well-built and the controls are user-friendly. The basic color-scheme is all black, but the beige upholstery is offered as an option. Cloth seating is standard, with the fabric countering stains, odors, and static. Leather seats are standard on the Limited and Ultimate models as standard equipment.

The Escape’s cabin, has been handsomely styled and designed spaciously, for both the front and rear seat occupants. You also get highly textured cloth seat upholstery as standard, while upgrading to higher trim levels can get you faux-leather seating surfaces or genuine leather in the top-of-line model.

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Passenger and Cargo Space
2021 Hyundai Tucson vs. 2021 Ford Escape
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In the 2021 Ford Escape, you can get 68.3 cubic feet of usable space with the seats folded, while the 2021 Tucson can provide up to 61.9 cubic feet with the same configurations. The Ford Escape offers a bit more front head- and legroom than the Hyundai Tucson, and slightly more legroom in the back.

Safety and Fuel Economy

The 2021 Tucson is rated for 23mpg in the city, 28mpg on the highway, and 25mpg combined. The Escape is better in this regard, rated for 23 MPG in the city, 27 MPG on the highway, and 30 MPG combined. The Hybrid Escape can do 100 MPGe, and 37 on just electricity.

The Hyundai Tucson has received 5-stars from the NHTS, just like the Ford Escape. Both have received a TSP from the IIHS. Standard driver-assistance features in both are automated emergency braking (FCA in the Escape is additional) and lane-keeping assist add an extra layer of protection.

The Ford Escape has a package of driver-assistance features, called the Co-Pilot360, as standard on every Escape model. The 2021 Escape also provides standard blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alerts. The Tucson offers adaptive cruise control, and many other options. 

Price and Warranty

The Tucson has a starting price of $24,840, while the Escape starts from $26,080, and its hybrid from $33,040 (reduced to $26,197 after tax credits).

Hyundai offers the most competitive warranty coverages in the market, and also the longest powertrain coverage. The Limited warranty covers 5 years or 60,000 miles, the Powertrain warranty covers 10 years or 100,000 miles, and Complimentary maintenance is offered within 3 years or 36,000 miles. 

The Ford Escape‘s warranty package is poor in comparison to the Hyundai Tucson. The Limited warranty covers 3 years or 36,000 miles, and the Powertrain warranty covers 5 years or 60,000 miles. The Hybrid component warranty is different, covering 8 years or 100,000 miles.

2021 Hyundai Tucson vs. 2021 Ford Escape: Verdict : Our Verdict

While both the SUVs offer a lot, the 2021 Ford Escape is the winner. It has more diverse engine options, (including two hybrid ones), better cargo space and legroom. It also gives more safety features on all trims. 

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Max Anthony

Max is a gizmo-savvy guy, who has a tendency to get pulled into the nitty gritty details of technology and cars. He attended UT Austin, where he studied Information Science. He’s married and has three kids, one dog and a GMC truck and a Porsche 911. With a large family, he still finds time to share tips and tricks on cars, trucks and more.