With an inviting interior design and advanced technology features, the 2017 Ford Escape makes it into our list of favorites in the small crossover utility vehicles. Other highlights for 2017 include strong performance figures and high fuel economy ratings from its turbocharged engines, a comfortable seating, and a high-quality cabin. Its release date should be expected sometime in the first half of 2017.
Compact crossovers make for great choices when it comes to going on a ski weekend trip, taking kids to school, commuting to work, or loading up lots of cargo from Costco. Unequivocally missing, though, is a sense of fun. In all fairness, the Escape drives like a Focus on tiptoes, but on the upside, it is among the fastest crossovers in the segment in terms of price comparison.
It also offers respectable fuel economy ratings, a voluptuous cargo bay, a hands-free power liftgate, and improved traction thanks to the optional all-wheel drive system. Also for 2017, the Escape comes equipped with a BlackBerry-powered Sync 3 system that, unlike the previous Myford Touch infotainment system plagued by usability issues since its conception, offers a simplified menu and faster response times.
Whether or not its interior is refined lies solely on an individual preferential taste, but what we know is that lots of technologies are offered including but not limited to a rearview camera, USB connectivity, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, voice controls, and a 4.2” central display. The cabin also offers a premium feel and a rewarding ride quality thanks to the premium materials and suspension upgrades.
Even its many levels of bells and whistles don’t enable it become an unparalleled choice in its class. Some of the rivals in this class include 2017 Honda CR-V, Hyundai Santa Fe 2017, Toyota Rav4, and the Mazda CX-5 for 2017.
Trim Options – 2017 Ford Escape
Titanium, SE, and S trim levels are offered for the compact 2017 Ford Escape crossover. The Ford Escape Hybrid review is offered separately.
2017 Ford Escape Exterior Review & Interior Changes
Accessories and features offered for the Escape S include full power accessories, a 4.2” central display screen, 17-inch steel wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control, a telescopic-and-tilt steering wheel, a rearview camera, a USB port, smartphone app integration, a folding and reclining 60/40-split seat, keyless entry and ignition, an integrated blind-spot monitor, Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity, the Sync voice command electronics interface, MyKey parental controls, and a blind-spot monitor with rear cross traffic alerts.
Opting for the Escape SE trim model adds a rear center armrest, automatic headlights, 17” alloy wheels, a satellite radio, keyless entry and ignition, upgraded cloth upholstery, and an adjustable driver seat.
Options available for the SE trim model include a windshield wiper de-icer, full leather upholstery, a nine-speaker sound system, automatic dual-zone climate control, roof rails, a power liftgate, remote ignition, a power liftgate, heated front seats, heated mirrors, and an 8” touchscreen interface.
The range-topping Escape Titanium trim model adds an eight-way passenger seat, HD radio, a rearview auto-dimming mirror, ambient interior lighting, a power liftgate, a 10-speaker Sony audio system, keyless entry and ignition, xenon headlights, 19” alloy wheels, rear-cross traffic alerts, a blind-spot monitor with rear-cross traffic alert, distinct trim colors, automatic wipers, and driver memory settings.
2017 Ford Escape Engine Specs & Fuel Economy
Motivation is offered by three engines mated to a front wheel drive and a six-speed automatic transmission system. To start off with, a four-cylinder engine is offered under the hood of the Escape S model and offers an output of 168 hp and 170 lbs. ft. of torque.
The Escape SE and Titanium trim models offer a four-cylinder turbocharged 1.6L mill rated at 184 pounds-ft. of torque and 178 horsepower. The 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder engine good for 240 horsepower and 270 pounds-ft. of torque is offered as an option.
Zipping from 0-60 mph with the 1.6 FWD only needs 8.7 seconds – a slightly quicker acceleration than an average crossover in this class.
When it comes to the fuel economy, expect the 1.6 AWD-equipped Titanium to return 22/29/25 mpg in the city/highway/combined, and 23/32/26 mpg for the FWD version.
A fully-loaded 2017 Ford Escape should be expected to achieve a maximum towing capacity of about 3,500 pounds.
Its top speed should be expected on its release date, as the details are still under wraps as of this writing.
Wheelbase: 105.9 in
Length: 178.1 in
Width: 72.4 in
Passenger volume: 98 cu ft
Cargo volume: 34 cu ft
Curb weight: 3603 lb
Top Speed: 116 mph
0-60: 7.2 sec
MPG: 22/31 (city/highway)
Available Exterior Colors: Deep Impact Blue Metallic, Electric Spice Metallic, Ingot Silver Metallic, Magnetic Metallic, Oxford White, Shadow Black…
Towing Capacity: 3,500 lbs.
2017 Ford Escape Release Date & Price
The Escape price is expected to start from an MSRP of $$23,590. It should go for sale sometime in the first half of 2017.