The Ford Escape has 1.5- and 2.0-liter turbocharged engines with a start/stop system. Unfortunately, fuel economy isn't great with the 1.5-liter, at just 23 mpg overall, and when the engine shuts off at idle the A/C weakens. 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. 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. Advanced safety features such as forward-collision warning are optional.