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Ford claims that it sells every Escape it can make, and we have no reason to doubt that. It's already a top-tier choice in the red-hot compact crossover class, and this year delivers even more of what buyers want: efficiency, technology, and convenience.

What's New for 2017

The Escape receives a pair of new Ecoboost engines for enhanced performance and efficiency, and its styling has been updated at the front and rear. Available for the first time are tech features like adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist, and Ford's Sync 3 infotainment and connectivity platform. Interiors have been repackaged to allow for more storage places. There's also a new Sport Appearance package for Ecoboost models.

Choosing Your Ford Escape

As before, the Escape offers room for five passengers along with 34 cubic feet of cargo space. With the rear seat folded, there's a maximum of 68 cubic feet available. The height of the load floor can be adjusted to better accommodate what you're carrying.

The base engine remains a 2.5-liter four-cylinder with 168 horsepower. You can upgrade one of two new Ecoboost turbocharged four-cylinder engines: a 1.5-liter that produces 179 horsepower, or a 2-liter good for 245 horsepower. Both engines feature automatic stop-start technology for enhanced efficiency and can be paired with all-wheel drive. (The 2.5-liter is available with front-drive only.)

Engine availability and major features vary by trim level:

S

Gets the 2.5-liter engine along with all the expected standard equipment in this class. The six-speaker sound system includes the Sync voice-activated interface. Outside are 17-inch steel wheels and black trim.

SE

Comes standard with the 1.5-liter Ecoboost and upgrades such as a power driver seat, dual-zone automatic climate control, satellite radio, and automatic headlamps. The 2-liter Ecoboost is available as a standalone option. The exterior receives chrome and body-color trim, along with aluminum wheels. The SE Technology packages adds blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, rear parking sensors, upgraded headlamps, three additional audio speakers, and the latest version of Sync, known as Sync 3, which permits remote communication with the vehicle using your smartphone. There's also an SE Cold Weather package with heated front seats, wipers, and side mirrors. The Leather Comfort package includes all that, plus a power passenger seat and leather upholstery and trim. Finally, you can dress up the outside with the new Sport Appearance package, which tacks on 19-inch black wheels and gloss black trim.

Titanium

Gets all of the SE's options as standard, except for the Sport Appearance package, which remains available. Other features include a 10-speaker Sony sound system, a hands-free power liftgate, and remote start. Exclusive to the Titanium is option package 301A, which adds lane keeping assist, an automated parking system, rain-sensing wipers, and xenon headlamps with automatic high beams. Models so equipped are eligible for adaptive cruise control and a forward collision warning system that can pre-charge the front brakes.

A panoramic sunroof can be added to any SE or Titanium model.

CarsDirect Tip

The base S is by no means dreary, but the lack of Ecoboost availability would make us skip it (and most buyers do). The SE is highly scalable to your preferences, which makes it the sensible choice. Whether to upgrade to the Titanium depends on your need for advanced safety technology and what you're willing to pay for it.

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