2017 Ford Escape Review

2017 Ford Escape

2017 Ford Escape

Serving Seneca, Anderson, and Greenville, SC


2.5-Liter Inline 4

Fuel Economy:

21 city / 29 hwy mpg *


168 hp


170 lb-ft


6-Speed Shiftable Automatic


For 2017, the Escape has been outfitted with a new lineup of three engine sizes. The base motor is a 2.5 liter 4-cylinder power plant that outputs 168 horses while offering 21 mpg city and 29 mpg highway. For the more fuel conscious, a 1.5 liter 4-cylinder EcoBoost engine uses turbocharging to achieve 179 horsepower while supplying a surprising 23 mpg city and 30 mpg country. For the power drivers, a 2 liter 4-cylinder twin-scroll turbocharged engine delivers 245 horses with 22 mpg city and 29 mpg highway. As the name implies, twin-scroll turbocharging works by gathering exhaust from two cylinders at a time to keep the turbocharger constantly near its maximum capacity. All engines are coupled with a 6-speed shiftable automatic transmission. The 1.5 and 2 liter engines are also equipped with stop/start technology to get an extra measure of fuel savings. These two engines also have the option of four-wheel drive. This configuration lowers mileage by one or two miles per gallon.


A compact designation doesn’t mean the Escape is short on interior room. Up front, driver and front passenger can expect 39.9 inches of headroom and 43.1 inches of legroom. The second tier offers 39 inches of headroom and 37.3 inches of leg room. With both rows in use, cargo space is a generous 34 cubic feet. Dropping the second row down expands carrying capacity to 68 cubic feet. Of course, a 60/40 split allows one side to remain up if desired. If this isn’t enough, the SUV can pull an additional 3,500 pounds. Depending on the model, the roomy seats can come upholstered in either cloth or leather. Enjoying the ride is aided by the additions of various sound-dampening technologies like noise insulation in the front doors and wheel wells, underbody shielding, acoustic glass, and sound-proof windshield sealant.


To take advantage of the quiet interior, an AM/FM/CD player with six speakers and a USB port are standard on even the basic model. The Ford Sync 3 system used to control this and other features is activated through a touchscreen that reaches 8 inches in size on the Titanium model. High-end luxuries also include such options as heated 10-way automated seats and a 110 volt outlet.


Along with a solid body and frame that provide a safe platform, all models of the 2017 Escape include standards like antilock brakes, airbags, traction and stability control, tire pressure monitoring, and a rear view camera. Taking things an extra mile, smart safety options include frontal collision warning, lane keeping and assist, blind spot warning, and rear cross traffic warning. There’s even a feature that facilitates parallel parking.

Compact SUVs have become one of the best sellers in the modern vehicle market. Like sedans, they can strike a good balance between people and cargo. They really shine, though, in quickly converting into serious freight haulers. With the second seating row lowered, there’s tons of space that, unlike sedans or hatchbacks, is both vertical and horizontal. The revamped 2017 Ford Escape fits this category perfectly. The 5-passenger vehicle not only morphs easily into a moving machine while providing the high clearance everyone expects from an SUV, it also offers impressive extra towing capacity for those particularly demanding occasions.

The 2017 Ford Escape provides all the comfort room associated with a sedan, but it can change into a cavernous hauler when circumstances call for it. To get a better idea of all its capabilities, take one out for a test run at our dealership today.

* EPA estimated MPG may vary by transmission, trim and individual driving behavior.