2017 Ford Escape
The 2017 Ford Escape is a compact SUV with seating for up to 5 people and a choice of engines starting at 168 horsepower. It’s available as either 4-wheel drive or front-wheel drive and comes equipped with plenty of new tech features.
The Ford Escape has very nimble handling and an efficient and zippy turbocharged engine with decent acceleration. The base engine has lower fuel econonmy than average so it’s worthwhile upgrading to the more powerful engine.
There have been quite a few changes to the Escape for the 2017 model year. These include updates to the interior and exterior styling as well as a new 1.5 liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine. The larger 2.0 liter turbocharged engine has had an increase of horsepower and also features a stop-start system to save on fuel.
The 2017 Ford Escape comes with the choice of three engines. The base engine is the 2.5 liter 4-cylinder engine that delivers 168 horsepower and uses a 6-speed automatic transmission. Acceleration with this engine is OK but it has below average fuel economy with 21 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway. Most buyers would want to upgrade to the EcoBoost for quicker acceleration and better fuel economy.
The mid level engine is the 1.5 liter EcoBoost 4-cylinder engine that makes 179 horsepower. It’s more fuel efficient than the base engine and has a stop-start system to conserve even more fuel. Fuel economy with this engine is 23 mpg in the city and 30 on the highway.
The top engine for the Ford Escape is the 2.0 liter EcoBoost 4-cylinder engine that is able to deliver 245 horsepower. With virtually the same fuel economy as the base engine you can’t go wrong with this one. It’s powerful enough for high speeds, accelerates fast and can tow up to 3,500 pounds.
The mid and top level engine both come with the stop-start system and are available with all-wheel drive. The Ford Escape blends comfort and performance into one vehicle and does it quite well. For this reasont the Escape ranks near the top of the compact SUV class.
The interior of the Ford Escape comes with all the latest technology and there’s been plenty of upgrades and updates for the 2017 model. The top trims come equipped with the new Ford SYNC 3 infotainment system with touch screen. The front seats are comfortable and roomy and there’s plenty of leg and headroom for the rear passengers. The 2017 Escape has an updated interior design with more soft touch materials and a more luxurious feel to it.
The 2017 Ford Escape comes in three trims, the Escape S, Escape SE and the Escape Titanium. The MSRP for the Escape S is $23,600. The other two models use the more powerful and fuel efficient engine. The Escape SE has a starting price of $25,100 and the Titanium has a starting price of $29,100.
While the 2017 Ford Escape is one of the top ranked compact SUVs because of its nimble handling and efficient turbo-charged engine there are a few worthy competitors to consider. The 2016 Mazda CX-5 is sportier and gets better fuel economy. The 2016 Honda CR-V doesn’t have the performance of the Ford Escape but it does have better fuel economy, more comfortable passenger seats on long rides and lots of rear seat legroom.