For 2017 the Ford Escape gets some major 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 most entertaining to drive 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.