2017 Ford Escape
If you need to get away…away, the compact Ford Escape crossover is certainly up to the job. And for 2017, it’s been updated to help do that job even better.
You can’t miss the new front end. Gone is the slatted and drop-jaw face we’ve known since the 2013 model year, and in its place the single big mouth opening from the Ford Edge. The rest of the exterior gets a pretty mild rework.
A new Sport Appearance Package adds blacked-out wheels and trim accents.
But under the skin changes are a lot more meaningful.
PATRICK LUCAS: “The interior is where you’re really going to notice the difference. A completely redesigned cabin. Although it looks familiar, the ergonomics are much better…lots more small item storage, SYNC3 debuts, road noise, NVH, stuff like that has been cut down significantly. So it’s just a much more comfortable place to spend some time.”
JOHN DAVIS: Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are supported, too.
New engine choices give the Escape more ways to go, as the 1.5 liter and 2.0 liter EcoBoost I4s are now both available. Horsepower rates 179, and 245. The 2.5 liter, naturally aspirated I4, with 168 horsepower, is also still offered.
Safety and convenience features now include lane-keeping assist, active park assist, and engine auto stop/start.
On sale now, the 2017 Ford Escape starts just over $24,000.
Engine: 1.5 liter / 2.0 liter / 2.5 liter
Horsepower: 179 / 245 / 168
Price: Starts just over $24,000