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