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2016 Ford Escape
Select a Different Model (5 Available): S
Fair Market Price $ 13140
MPG (EPA) 22 CTY /30 HWY
Cargo (Std/Max) 34/68 cu.ft.
Seating (Std/Max) 5/5
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2016 Ford Escape MODEL OVERVIEW

New for 2016

The 2016 Ford Escape gains the new Sync 3 infotainment system. Two new exterior colors are offered, Shadow Black and Electric Spice. SE models can now be had with the Chrome Appearance package.

Vehicle Summary

The 2016 Ford Escape is a two-row crossover that slots under the larger Edge and three-row Explorer. Front-wheel drive is standard while all-wheel drive is available except on models equipped with the base 2.5-liter I-4

Overview

A 2.5-liter I-4 with 168 hp and 170 lb-ft of torque is the base engine and is paired to a six-speed automatic transmission. Two turbocharged I-4s are also available, a 1.6-liter rated at 178 hp and 184 lb-ft and a 2.0-liter producing 240 hp and 270 lb-ft. Both turbo-fours require premium fuel to achieve their rated power and torque figures, and are mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. Fuel economy is class competitive with front-drive models at 22/31 mpg city/highway with the 2.5-liter I-4, 23/32 mpg with the 1.6-liter turbo-four and 22/30 mpg with the 2.0-liter turbo-four. Opting for all-wheel drive drops fuel economy down to 22/29 mpg with the 1.6-liter and 21/28 mpg with the 2.0-liter. Cargo space is generous in the 2016 Escape at 34.3 cubic feet behind the split-folding rear seats and 67.8 cubic feet with them down.

Safety

In addition to the standard dual front, front-side, and side-curtain airbags, the 2016 Escape also comes with a driver's knee airbag. Blind spot warning is available on the range-topping Titanium trim as part of the Titanium Technology package.

Trims, Packages, and What's Standard

On the base S trim, standard features include a six-speaker audio system, Ford's Sync infotainment system, cloth upholstery, 60/40-split folding rear seats, a 4.2-inch touchscreen, a rearview camera, and 17-inch steel wheels. The mid-level SE trim adds 17-inch alloy wheels, the 1.6-liter turbo-four, eight cupholders, a compass and temperature display in the instrument cluster, automatic headlights, a nine-speaker audio system, and 10-way power driver's seat. Range topping Titanium variants come with heated 10-way power front seats with driver's side memory, leather upholstery, Sync 3 infotainment system with an eight-inch touchscreen, a Sony audio system, remote start, interior ambient lighting, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, dual-zone climate control, a hands-free power liftgate, and 18-inch alloy wheels. Navigation, HID headlights, active park assist, and blind spot warning are available as standalone options or as part of optional packages.

What We Think

In a 2014 First Test review of an Escape SE powered by the 1.6-liter turbo-four, we said that for a crossover, it's entertaining to drive with good grip, quick turn-ins, and responsive brakes. However, in terms of hauling capability, the Escape falls short of more capacious rivals like the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4. We also noted in a 2013 Escape Titanium First Test review, that the 240-hp 2.0-liter turbo-four provides plenty of power for passing and merging. Furthermore the available tech features such as Ford's Sync system is user-friendly and has an intuitive voice command function. In a comparison test that also included the Toyota RAV4, Mazda CX-5 and Subaru Forester, the Escape placed fourth because of its bumpy ride, inconsistent cabin build quality, and poor observed fuel economy. Additionally, the tiny 1.6-liter turbo-four struggles to pull the Escape and loses breath quickly especially on the highway.

You'll Like:

  • Entertaining to drive for a crossover
  • User-friendly tech features
  • 0-liter turbo-four is the engine to get

You Won't Like:

  • Bumpy ride
  • 6-liter turbo I-4 loses breath quickly
  • Inconsistent interior build quality

Key Competitors

--Stefan Ogbac

2016 FORD ESCAPE SPECIFICATIONS
OVERVIEW
FEATURES
WARRANTY/RECALL
SAFETY
Engine Name
Engine: 4-Cyl 2.5 Liter Duratec
Transmission Name
Transmission, SelectShift 6 Speed Automatic with Manual Mode (L40D)
Trim
S
Class
Mid-Size Utility
Horsepower
168@6000
Standard MPG
22/30
Body Style
SUV/Crossover
Drivetrain
FWD
Fuel Type
Unleaded Regular
Seating Capacity
5/5
Package Invoice Retail

Cargo Management System (Fleet)

INCLUDES: Cargo Area Cover (/Rear Parcel Shelf); Roof Rails; Storage Box NOT AVAILABLE WITH: [41H] Engine Block Heater (Fleet); [60S] Reverse Sensing System (Fleet); [61X] Roof Cross Bars (Fleet); [94B] Smoker's Package (Fleet)
$369 $395

Smoker's Package (Fleet)

INCLUDES: Ashtray; Cigar Lighter NOT AVAILABLE WITH: [62S] Cargo Management System (Fleet); [41H] Engine Block Heater (Fleet); [60S] Reverse Sensing System (Fleet); [61X] Roof Cross Bars (Fleet); [85T] Tonneau Cover (Fleet)
$89 $95

Engine: 4-Cyl 2.5 Liter Duratec

Std Std

Transmission, SelectShift 6 Speed Automatic with Manual Mode (L40D)

Std Std

Exterior Color, Electric Spice Metallic

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Ingot Silver Metallic

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Magnetic Metallic

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Oxford White

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Shadow Black

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Sunset Metallic

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Deep Impact Blue Metallic

N/C N/C

Brake Assist System

Std Std

Electronic Brake Distribution

Std Std

Brakes, Power 4 Wheel Disc with 4 Wheel ABS

Std Std

Air Conditioning: Climate control

Std Std

Apps Control

Std Std

Bluetooth®

Std Std

Cargo Hooks

Std Std

Cruise/Speed Control

Std Std

Multi-Function Display Screen

Std Std

Power Locks

Std Std

Power Outlet, 12v

Std Std

Power Windows

Std Std

Reverse Sensing System (Fleet)

INCLUDES: Parking Distance Sensors, Rear Camera and Radar NOT AVAILABLE WITH: [62S] Cargo Management System (Fleet); [41H] Engine Block Heater (Fleet); [61X] Roof Cross Bars (Fleet); [94B] Smoker's Package (Fleet); [85T] Tonneau Cover (Fleet)
$228 $245

Storage Box

CONTAINED IN: [62S] Cargo Management System (Fleet)
Std Std

Telematics

Std Std

Text To Speech / Speech To Text

Std Std

Trip Computer

Std Std

Trunk/Hatch Release, Remote

Std Std

Ventilation System

Std Std

Voice Activating System, Sync, with Radio Settings, Phone

Std Std

Connection To External Entertainment Devices

Std Std

Cup Holders, Front and Rear

Std Std

Smart Card/Key

Std Std

Compass

Std Std

Axle Ratio, 3.510

Std Std

Engine Block Heater (Fleet)

INCLUDES: Block Heater NOT AVAILABLE WITH: [62S] Cargo Management System (Fleet); [60S] Reverse Sensing System (Fleet); [61X] Roof Cross Bars (Fleet); [94B] Smoker's Package (Fleet); [85T] Tonneau Cover (Fleet)
$32 $35

Fuel Tank, 15.1 Gallon

Std Std

Tachometer

Std Std

Traction Control, Electronic

Std Std

Block Heater

CONTAINED IN: [41H] Engine Block Heater (Fleet)
Grp Grp

Drive: Front-Wheel Drive

Std Std

Door Handles (Exterior), Black

Std Std

Mud Flaps

CONTAINED IN: [63S] Splash Guards
Grp Grp

Roof Cross Bars (Fleet)

INCLUDES: Roof Rails NOT AVAILABLE WITH: [62S] Cargo Management System (Fleet); [41H] Engine Block Heater (Fleet); [60S] Reverse Sensing System (Fleet); [94B] Smoker's Package (Fleet); [85T] Tonneau Cover (Fleet)
N/C N/C

Roof Rails

CONTAINED IN: [61X] Roof Cross Bars (Fleet); [62S] Cargo Management System (Fleet)
Pkg Pkg

Splash Guards

INCLUDES: Mud Flaps
$196 $210

Spoiler, Roof

Std Std

Windows, 3rd Row

Std Std

Windows, Rear Side

Std Std

Bumpers, Front and Rear Body-Colored

Std Std

Doors, Front-Hinged Front and Rear

Std Std

Window, Rear

Std Std

Ashtray

CONTAINED IN: [94B] Smoker's Package (Fleet)
Pkg Pkg

Cargo Area Cover (/Rear Parcel Shelf)

CONTAINED IN: [85T] Tonneau Cover (Fleet); [62S] Cargo Management System (Fleet)
Pkg Pkg

Cargo Area Protector

$84 $90

Cigar Lighter

CONTAINED IN: [94B] Smoker's Package (Fleet)
Pkg Pkg

Console

Std Std

Floor Covering, Carpet In Passenger And Load Area

Std Std

Light, Cargo Area

Std Std

Steering Wheel: Tilt telescoping steering wheel

Std Std

Tonneau Cover (Fleet)

INCLUDES: Cargo Area Cover (/Rear Parcel Shelf) NOT AVAILABLE WITH: [41H] Engine Block Heater (Fleet); [60S] Reverse Sensing System (Fleet); [61X] Roof Cross Bars (Fleet); [94B] Smoker's Package (Fleet)
N/C N/C

Vanity Mirror: Driver and passenger vanity mirror

Std Std

All-Weather Floor Mats

$70 $75

Armrest, Front Seat Center

Std Std

Floor Mats

Std Std

Reading Lights, Front

Std Std

Black driver and passenger power door mirrors

Std Std

Rear View Mirror

Std Std

Paint, Metallic

Std Std

Advancetrac With RSC

Std Std

Airbag, Front

Std Std

Airbag, Side

Std Std

Airbag, Side Curtain

Std Std

Airbags, 7

Std Std

Airbags, Knee

Std Std

Daytime Running Lights (Fleet)

INCLUDES: Lights, Daytime Running
$42 $45

Glass, Tinted

CONTAINED IN: [924] Privacy Glass (Fleet)
Std Std

Head Restraints

Std Std

Headlight Control, Dusk Sensor

Std Std

Headlights, Halogen

Std Std

Hill Holder

Std Std

Isofix Preparation

Std Std

Lights, Daytime Running

CONTAINED IN: [942] Daytime Running Lights (Fleet)
Std Std

Limited Slip Differential

Std Std

Low Tire Pressure Indicator

Std Std

Parking Assistance

Std Std

Parking Distance Sensors, Rear Camera

Std Std

Passenger Assist Handles

Std Std

Privacy Glass (Fleet)

INCLUDES: Glass, Tinted
$256 $275

Roll Stability Control

Std Std

Seatbelts, Front

Std Std

Seatbelts, Rear

Std Std

Theft Deterrent System

Std Std

Windshield Wipers, Variable Intermittent

Std Std

Parking Distance Sensors, Rear Camera And Radar

CONTAINED IN: [60S] Reverse Sensing System (Fleet)
Grp Grp

Rear Seats, Split Bench Split Folding

Std Std

Seat Upholstery, Charcoal Black Cloth

N/C N/C

Seat Upholstery, Cloth

Std Std

Seating, 5

Std Std

Seats, Dual Front Bucket

Std Std

Audio System, AM/FM Radio, MP3/CD Player

Std Std

Remote Audio Controls

Std Std

Antenna

Std Std

Six Speakers

Std Std

Power Steering

Std Std

Suspension, Front Strut/Rear Multi-Link w/ Coil Springs

Std Std

Spare Tire, Limited Use w/Steel Rim

Std Std

Tires, P235/55HR17 All Season BSW

Std Std

Wheel Locking Nuts

$70 $75

Wheels, 17 Inch Alloy Sparkle Silver Painted

$555 $595

Wheels, 17" Steel with Wheelcovers

Std Std

Wheels, Single Rear

Std Std
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Corrosion Warranty Miles
unlimited
Maintenance Warranty Months
none
Corrosion Warranty Months
60
Powertrain Warranty Miles
60000
Full Warranty Miles
36000
Powertrain Warranty Months
60
Full Warranty Months
36
Roadside Assistance Miles
60000
Maintenance Warranty Miles
none
Roadside Assistance Months
60
IIHS Best Pick
0
NHTSA Rating Front Driver
4
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
Good
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
4
IIHS Front Small Overlap
Poor
NHTSA Rating Front Side
5
IIHS Overall Side Crash
Good
NHTSA Rating Overall
4
IIHS Rear Crash
Good
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
5
IIHS Roof Strength
Good
NHTSA Rating Rollover
4