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2017 Ford Escape
Select a Different Model (5 Available): S
Fair Market Price $ 14043
Zero to 60 9.1 seconds
Real MPG 19 CTY /26 HWY
Cargo (Std/Max) 34/68 cu.ft.
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2017 Ford Escape MODEL OVERVIEW

You'll Like

  • Quick and responsive steering
  • Good body control makes the crossover feel planted on twisting roads
  • Attractively updated styling

You Won't Like

  • IIHS small overlap test result of Acceptable instead of some competitors' Good rating
  • Somewhat rough ride
  • Slower than competitors

New For 2017

The 2017 Ford Escape gets updated looks, two new powertrains including a 1.5-liter EcoBoost turbo-four and a twin-turbo 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine with new engine stop-start technology, a new steering wheel, and a reworked interior.

The 2017 Ford Escape offers new features including an updated automatic parking system, lane-keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality. The new model has a ground clearance that's lower than its predecessor by 0.1 inches and the fuel tank is slightly bigger than the 2016 version—by 0.8 gallons.

Vehicle Summary

The Ford Escape is one of the best-selling crossovers in its class of compact two-row SUVs. In size, the Escape falls below the Edge, Explorer, Flex, and the Expedition in the Ford lineup.

Front wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive is available on Ford Escape except the base vehicles with the 2.5-liter I-4 engine.

Overview

The 2017 Ford Escape updated engines include a new turbocharged 1.5-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine and a tweaked twin-turbo 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine. The 1.5-liter engine makes 179 hp and 177 lb-ft of torque and is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters on the steering wheel. 2.0 EcoBoost option at the top of the lineup makes 245 hp and 275 lb-ft of torque, and is married to the same six-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters. In 2017 Ford Escapes equipped with the 1.5-liter or the 2.0-liter engines, you can get front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. EPA estimates for the 1.5 EcoBoost are 23/30 mpg city/highway with front-wheel drive and 22/28 mpg with all-wheel drive. Upgrade to the 2.0 EcoBoost and the ratings are 22/29 mpg with front-wheel drive and 20/27 mpg with all-wheel drive.

Base models of the 2017 Ford Escape will come with a naturally aspirated 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 168 hp and 170 lb-ft of torque. The 2.5-liter engine also gets the six-speed automatic transmission as well, but it gets a thumb switch for manual control instead of paddle shifters. The base 2017 Ford Escape with the naturally aspirated 2.5-liter I-4 engine is only available as front-wheel drive. The EPA estimates that the base engine will get 21/29 mpg.

Safety

The 2017 Ford Escape missed Top Safety Pick status from the IIHS because of its Marginal rating in the small overlap front test, though it received a Good rating in four other tests and a Basic rating in front crash prevention (higher scores of Advanced and Superior are also available).

The NHTSA has rated the 2017 Ford Escape with an overall five-star rating (out of a possible five stars).

What We Think

In our First Drive review of the 2017 Ford Escape powered by the 1.5-liter I-4 engine in the SE and the 2.0-liter twin-scroll turbocharged engine in the Titanium edition, we were pleased overall with the changes Ford made to its popular crossover. Sure it's still got some rough ride to it but that's part of what the Escape customer likes. We thought that comfort tire and wheel equipment felt odd on the front-wheel drive SE we drove.

On the road, the steering reacts quickly without being strangely twitchy and the body roll is minimal until you decide to really toss the small crossover into a hard corner. The new standard engine stop-start system is not intrusive enough and can be switched off. In a First Test review, after we'd driven many of the Escape's competitors on the same road on the same day, some editors found issue with the 1.5 EcoBoost's delay with wide-open throttle inputs, with acceleration that's on the slower side of the class.

Cool Fact

The 2017 Ford Escape offers a hands-free power liftgate; just wave your foot under the rear bumper (where the sensor is located) and the liftgate will open.

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2017 FORD ESCAPE SPECIFICATIONS
OVERVIEW
FEATURES
WARRANTY/RECALL
SAFETY
Engine Name
Engine: 4-Cyl 2.5 Liter
Transmission Name
Transmission, SelectShift 6 Speed Automatic with Manual Mode (L40D)
Trim
S
Class
Mid-Size Utility
Horsepower
168@6000
Standard MPG
21/29
Body Style
SUV/Crossover
Drivetrain
FWD
Fuel Type
Unleaded Regular
Seating Capacity
5/5
Package Invoice Retail

Engine: 4-Cyl 2.5 Liter

Std Std

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

Std Std

Exterior Color, Canyon Ridge Metallic

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Shadow Black

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, White Gold Metallic

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Magnetic Metallic

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Lightning Blue

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Ingot Silver Metallic

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Oxford White

N/C N/C

Brake Assist System

Std Std

Brakes, 4 Wheel Disc w/ABS

Std Std

Electronic Brake Distribution

Std Std

Remote Start

$470 $495

Air Conditioning: Climate control

Std Std

Apps Control

Std Std

Bluetooth®

Std Std

Cargo Hooks

Std Std

Connection To External Entertainment Devices

Std Std

Cruise/Speed Control

Std Std

Cup Holders, Front and Rear

Std Std

Multi-Function Display Screen

Std Std

Power Locks

Std Std

Power Outlet, 12v

Std Std

Power Windows

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

Smart Card/Key

Std Std

Storage Box

Std Std

Axle Ratio, 3.510

Std Std

Compass

Std Std

Driver Modes: Engine Mapping

Std Std

External Temperature

Std Std

Fuel Tank, 16.2 Gallon

Std Std

Tachometer

Std Std

Traction Control, Electronic

Std Std

Drive: Front-Wheel Drive

Std Std

Splash Guards

INCLUDES: Mud Flaps
$199 $210

Bumpers, Front and Rear Body-Colored

Std Std

Door Handles (Exterior), Black

Std Std

Doors, Front-Hinged Front and Rear

Std Std

Mud Flaps

CONTAINED IN: [63S] Splash Guards
Grp Grp

Spoiler, Roof

Std Std

Windows, 3rd Row

Std Std

Windows, Rear Side

Std Std

Window, Rear

Std Std

Rear Door

Std Std

All-Weather Floor Mats

$71 $75

Cargo Area Protector

$86 $90

Armrest, Front Seat Center

Std Std

Console

Std Std

Floor Covering, Carpet In Passenger And Load Area

Std Std

Floor Mats

Std Std

Light, Cargo Area

Std Std

Steering Wheel: Tilt telescoping steering wheel

Std Std

Vanity Mirror: Driver and passenger vanity mirror

Std Std

Interior Cargo Cover

$128 $135

LED Lights

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 Curtain

Std Std

Airbag, Side

Std Std

Airbags, 7

Std Std

Airbags, Knee

Std Std

Glass, Tinted

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

Std Std

Limited Slip Differential

Std Std

Low Tire Pressure Indicator

Std Std

Parking Distance Sensors, Rear View Camera

Std Std

Passenger Assist Handles

Std Std

Roll Stability Control

Std Std

Seatbelts, Front

Std Std

Seatbelts, Rear

Std Std

Windshield Wipers, Variable Intermittent

Std Std

Rear Seats, Split Bench Split Folding

Std Std

Seat Upholstery, Cloth

Std Std

Seating, 5

Std Std

Seats, Dual Front Bucket

Std Std

Seat Upholstery/Color, Charcoal Black Cloth

N/C N/C

Antenna

Std Std

Remote Audio Controls

Std Std

Six Speakers

Std Std

Audio System, Sync® AM/FM Radio, MP3/CD Player with Color Screen

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

Wheels, 17 Inch Alloy Sparkle Silver Painted

$565 $595

Wheel Locking Nuts

$71 $75

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
5
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
Good
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
4
IIHS Front Small Overlap
Acceptable
NHTSA Rating Front Side
5
IIHS Overall Side Crash
Good
NHTSA Rating Overall
5
IIHS Rear Crash
Good
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
5
IIHS Roof Strength
Good
NHTSA Rating Rollover
4