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For 2017 the Ford Escape received a few updates, including new 1.5- and 2.0-liter turbocharged engines with start/stop capability and advanced safety features such as forward-collision warning. The fleet-footed Escape has impressive handling prowess, which makes it one of the sportiest models in the small-SUV class. It also has a taut, controlled ride and a quiet interior, but the rear seat is a bit low and the cushion is short. The impressive Sync 3 system is standard, replacing the old MyFord Touch infotainment system. One new feature is Sync Connect, a smartphone app that allows owners to use their cell phone to lock and unlock their Escape, remotely start the engine, and track the vehicle location via GPS. Reliability has improved to average.

Road Test

Solid, sophisticated, and athletic, the fun-to-drive Ford Escape delivers agile handling and a taut, yet supple ride. Its cabin is one of the quietest in the class. Overall, this small SUV feels more substantial than most of the competition. With its...

Highs

  • Feels substantial for a small SUV
  • Relatively quiet inside

Lows

  • Forward-collision warning is only optional on top-trim
  • Automatic emergency braking isn't available at all

Best Version to Get

The best deal is an SE with the 1.5-liter EcoBoost engine and the SE Technology package, which includes desirable features like Sync 3 and blind-spot monitoring.

Specifications

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
AWD , Front
Warranty
  • Basic: 3 year/36,000 miles
  • Powertrain: 5 year/60,000 miles
  • Rust through: 5 year/unlimited
  • Roadside aid: 5 year/unlimited
Body Styles
4-door SUV
Transmissions Available
  • 6-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 1.5-liter 4 turbo (179 hp)
  • 2-liter 4 turbo (245 hp)
  • 2.5-liter 4 (168 hp)

Ratings

Safety
Performance
Comfort / Convenience
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