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2016 Ford Escape

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2016 S 4dr Front-Wheel Drive
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Price:   -  From $23,590
2016 SE 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $25,790
2016 SE 4dr 4x4 Price:   -  From $27,540
2016 Titanium 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $29,995
2016 Titanium 4dr 4x4 Price:   -  From $31,745


Ever since it debuted for 2001, Ford’s Escape set the pace for the growing compact crossover SUV market. Last redesigned for the 2014 model year, the Escape gives shoppers a greater choice in four-cylinder engines than most models: a 2.5-liter, and a pair of direct-injected EcoBoost fours (1.6 or 2 liters), each promising a different towing capacity and slightly different gas-mileage estimate.

What's New for 2016

A newly available SYNC 3 communications/entertainment system has a fresh interface that uses a capacitive touchscreen, similar to those in tablets and smartphones. New One Box Search features, included with the available navigation system, let users look up points of interest or enter addresses, as they might with an Internet search engine.

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Choosing Your Ford Escape

For the first time, Escape SE can have a leather comfort package, adding heated leather seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, heated power mirrors, and one-touch front/rear windows. A chrome appearance package now is available for the SE trim, including 19-inch chrome wheels and partial leather seats.

Cargo space is an ample 34.3 cubic feet, doubling when the rear seatbacks are folded. Standard safety features include AdvanceTrac with roll stability control, Safety Canopy side-curtain airbags for first and second rows, and an SOS Post-Crash Alert System.

Ford’s Escape offers three engine choices: 1.6-liter EcoBoost at 178 horsepower for the SE and Titanium series; 2-liter EcoBoost (240 horsepower), also for SE/Titanium; or regular 2.5-liter (168 horsepower), which is unavailable in the Titanium. Both EcoBoost engines are direct-injected for greater efficiency. Fuel economy is estimated at 22 mpg city/31 mpg highway with the 2.5-liter; EcoBoost engines are slightly more thrifty. Ford’s six-speed automatic transmission offers SelectShift manual gear-selection.

Three trim levels are available: S, SE, and Titanium.

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Basic entry-level Escape has standard 2.5-liter engine and six-speed automatic, but 1.6- and 2-liter EcoBoost four-cylinders are available. Only front-wheel drive is offered. SYNC, rearview camera, remote keyless entry, reverse sensing, tilt/telescoping steering column, and 17-inch steel wheels are standard. Curve Control technology can automatically slow down the Escape when cornering at excessive speed.

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Adds $1,900 with the 2.5-liter engine. The 1.6-liter EcoBoost is only $300 higher, but the 2-liter EcoBoost adds a further $1,495. Offered with front-wheel or all-wheel drive (for an additional $1,750), the SE comes with a Secure Code keyless entry keypad, 10-way power driver’s seat with power lumbar, foglamps, and 17-inch alloy wheels. Front-drive SE with the 1.6-liter engine gets an estimated 23/32 mpg (city/highway); AWD, 22/30 mpg. Ford’s “intelligent” all-wheel drive analyzes data from 25 signals, including wheel speed, gas-pedal position, and steering-wheel angle. It makes this analysis 20 times faster than an eyeblink.

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Available only with either the 1.6- or 2-liter EcoBoost engine, the top model adds $4,085 to the SE’s MSRP. Standard Titanium equipment includes a hands-free liftgate, leather upholstery, dual-zone automatic air conditioning, Sony 10-speaker audio with HD radio, SYNC 3, power front seats, roof rack rails, and 18-inch wheels. Available Active Park Assist can locate a parallel-parking space and automatically steer the vehicle into it, as the driver operates only the gas and brake pedals. A Blind Spot Information system with cross-traffic alert also is included in that Tech package.

CarsDirect Tip

Picking the best Escape isn’t so easy. Even before thinking about options, you have to choose between three engines and three trim levels, with front- or all-wheel drive. That being said, we’d opt for the SE over the basic S, preferably with helpful all-wheel drive and an EcoBoost engine, which is more modern and efficient than the familiar 2.5-liter four-cylinder.

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Our expert ratings are based on seven comprehensive criteria: quality, safety, comfort, performance, fuel economy, reliability history and value.

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: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.

: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.

: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.

: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.

: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.

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With sporty good looks and an enthusiast-friendly personality to match, the 2016 Ford Escape compact crossover SUV offers strong performance and decent utility in a family-friendly package.

Pricing and Equipment

The 2016 Ford Escape is available in three trim levels. All are equipped with a six-speed automatic transmission; front wheel-drive is standard.

  • The base Escape S is powered by a 2.5-liter inline-four-cylinder engine. Standard features include a rearview camera, power windows with driver’s one-touch up/down, voice-activated SYNC infotainment, and remote keyless entry. Pricing starts at $23,100.
  • The Escape SE is powered by a turbocharged 1.6-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine. Key standard features include 17-inch alloy wheels, dual chrome exhaust tips, SYNC 3 voice activated technology, and more. All-wheel drive is optional. Pricing begins at $25,300.
  • The nicely equipped top-trim Escape Titanium receives a turbocharged 2-liter Ecoboost four-cylinder engine and is available in front- or all-wheel drive. Standard feature highlights include a power panoramic Vista Roof, a hands-free foot-activated lift-gate, leather-trimmed seats, and 17-inch aluminum alloy wheels. Titanium models start at $29,505.

Performance Pros

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  • The 2016 Ford Escape is fun to drive, offering precise steering and excellent handling capabilities. The 168-horsepower 2.5-liter engine offers a decent balance between power and economy at 22 mpg city and 31 mpg highway. The smaller, but more powerful, 1.6-liter EcoBoost engine delivers 178 horsepower and an impressive 184 pound-feet of torque. The tiny, spirited engine does a nice job pulling the Escape around town and along the highway with up to 23 mpg city and 32 mpg highway.
  • Enthusiasts will want to opt for the larger 2-liter Ecoboost engine that creates 240 horsepower and a hearty 270 pound-feet of torque. The feisty powerplant is enough to let the Escape zip around with authority while still achieving up to 22 mpg city and 30 mpg highway.
  • All Ford Escapes, regardless of engine, only require regular unleaded gasoline.
  • All models also include Ford’s Torque Vectoring Control that simultaneously adjusts the speed between the front wheels to enhance cornering agility and reduce understeer.
  • Another standard feature is Ford’s AdvanceTrac with Roll Stability Control, a brake-based electronic stability control system that uses a roll-rate sensor to monitor the Escape’s roll motion, applying brakes and modifying engine power to provide optimal safety even under adverse road conditions.
  • The Escape can tow up to 3,500 pounds.

Performance Cons

Those looking for a comfy ride may find the sporty nature of Ford’s Escape a little too harsh.

Interior Pros

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The Ford Escape’s compact look belies its roomy interior. With excellent room for four adults or two adults and three children, the 2016 Escape makes for a great vehicle for smaller families looking for the versatility of an SUV, but desiring the enhanced driving dynamics and fuel economy of a hatchback.

  • The nicely-appointed interior, especially for the segment, includes a standard rearview camera, Ford’s SYNC infotainment system, USB and Bluetooth connectivity, and more.
  • Rear cargo space is excellent and configurable thanks to the 60/40 split rear seat.

Interior Cons

  • The driver-centric cockpit and aggressive interior styling take away from visibility.
  • The interior design feels disjointed and ready for a refresh, which is coming for the 2017 model year.

The Most Pleasant Surprise

The MyFord Touch and SYNC systems are far better than previous years, but still come with a bit of a learning curve for newbies.

The Bottom Line

The 2016 Ford Escape is a youthful, sporty compact crossover that does a lot to stand out in a crowded and ever-growing segment. While the base engine provides adequate power for the small SUV, the Limited’s turbocharged 2-liter gives the little utility vehicle the punch that it deserves to live up to the enthusiast-flavored styling. Families will like the roomy interior and cargo space, and wallets will appreciate the fuel-efficiency and ability to use regular unleaded.

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Specs & Features

Overall Crash Safety Rating
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.5L I-4 / 168 HP / 170 ft.lbs.
6-spd SelectShift w/OD
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
22 / 31 / 26 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.5L I-4 / 168 HP / 170 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
22 / 31 / 26 Mpg
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Rear Suspension
Independent Short And Long Arm
Spare Tire And Wheel
Compact Steel
Fuel Tank
15.1 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Regular Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
67.8 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
98 Cu.ft.
Exterior Length
178.1 "
Exterior Width
72.4 "
Exterior Height
66.3 "
Front Headroom
39.9 "
Rear Headroom
39.0 "
Front Legroom
43.1 "
Rear Legroom
36.8 "
Front Shoulder Room
56.0 "
Rear Shoulder Room
55.3 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
3,515 Lbs.
Wheel Base
106 "
Turning Radius
19.4 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
17.0 " Steel / 17.0 " Silver Aluminum
Clearcoat Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote Convex Spotter
Front Body-colored
Grille Moldings
Rear Spoiler
Stainless Steel
Interior Features
Passenger Capacity
Seat Trim
Front Seat Type
Heated Front Seats
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
Front Armrests
Rear Armrests
Rear Seats
60-40 Split-bench
Radio & Infotainment
Am/fm, Clock, Seek-scan
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Telescopic Tilt
Climate Control
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Rearview Mirror
One Touch Open Window
Tinted Windows
Light / Deep
Vanity Mirrors
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Blind Spot Sensor
Lane Departure Warning
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Security Systems
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Major Components Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
Roadside Assistance Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Corrosion Perforation
60 Months / Unlimited Miles
Accessories Months

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