There are some legends in the compact crossover segment that continue to lead the segment as some of the top-selling models – the Ford Escape being one of them. For the 2017 model year, the Ford Escape is stepping up the game with an all-new exterior design, a slightly revamped interior, and the status as being the only compact crossover to offer three four-cylinder options.
The Ford Escape has always been on the top best-selling compact crossover models list and it continues to evolve to keep its spot on the list as other competitors like the Honda CR-V and the Mazda CX-5 are working very hard to bring down this American-made model. With that in mind, let’s take a closer look at the all-new 2017 Ford Escape and see how it stacks up to its competitors.
The exterior of the 2017 Ford Escape has come a long way from its third-generation redesign that was introduced in 2012 as a part of Ford’s “One Ford” strategy. The strategy called for offering the company’s model on a more global scale and the European Ford Kuga paved the way for the Ford Escape we have grown to love today.
However, the 2017 Ford Escape takes a strong departure from its early third-generation days with a strong facelift to the front end and a sleeker rear end. The front of the 2017 Ford Escape is highlighted by a sleek new grille and a sharp new design for the headlamps creating for a bolder look. The taillamps have also been redesigned for a more rugged look to the overall design for this awesome crossover.
The 2017 Ford Escape sits on a wheelbase that measures 105.9 inches with an overall length of 178.1 inches. The height for the 2017 Ford Escape comes in at 66.3 inches with an overall width that measures 72.4 inches.
In our opinion, we really like the new bold and rugged look of the 2017 Ford Escape. It really helps it set itself apart from the competition that opts for a more reserved and simple look. Every angle of the new 2017 Ford Escape is definitely sharp and tough looking.
Take a seat inside the 2017 Ford Escape and you’ll notice some slight improvements to the early days of the third-generation model. Some of the things you’ll notice include a new push-button electronic parking brake, a re-positioning of the gearbox that now allows for easier access to the climate control buttons, and a media bin at the bottom of the center stack that houses a USB port and a power outlet. Other changes include two new storage bins, a larger armrest, better cupholders, and a new steering wheel.
Standard features on the 2017 Ford Escape S include a SYNC voice recognition communication and entertainment system, AM/FM single CD/MP3 with six speakers, rear-view camera, keyless entry, Ford MyKey, tire pressure monitoring system, USB/AUX connectivity and more. The 2017 Ford Escape SE adds dual-zone climate control, paddle shifters, an upgraded leather steering wheel, a panoramic roof, ten-way power driver seat, and more. The top-of-the-line 2017 Ford Escape Titanium adds hands-free foot-activate liftgate, leather seats, a Sony audio system with ten speakers, remote start, SYNC3 as a standard option, ten-way power driver and passenger seat and much more. The SYNC3 system, which can be added to other models as an option, also features a larger 8-inch LCD touch screen and interface. The 2017 Ford Escape is also the first Ford vehicle to offer Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity for your smartphone needs.
Space-wise, the 2017 Ford Escape offers 60/40 split rear seats that allow for 34 cubic feet of cargo room behind the second row and 68 cubic feet of room when the second row is folded. Legroom wise, front passengers enjoy 43.1 inches of legroom and rear passengers get 37.3 inches.
The 2017 Ford Escape offers three engine choices including a base 2.5 liter four cylinder engine that produces 168 horsepower and 170 lb-ft of torque. The other two engines include a 1.5-liter four-cylinder EcoBoost making 179 horsepower and a 2.0-liter twin-scroll EcoBoost making 245 horsepower. All engines come standard with a six-speed automatic transmission. The 2.5-liter engine is only available as a front wheel drive model while the other two engine choices are available with 4WD.
Fuel efficiency-wise, the most efficient model is the FWD 1.5 liter four-cylinder EcoBoost which returns an EPA-estimated fuel economy of 23/30 mpg* (city/highway) or 26 mpg combined.
Safety-wise, the 2017 Ford Escape is available with a range of advanced driver assistance technologies including adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, parking sensors, automatic parallel parking, blind spot monitoring with cross traffic alert, and SYNC Connect.
With all that being said, the 2017 Ford Escape is definitely hanging on to its position as being one of the best-selling vehicles in the United States. With a great looking exterior, advanced technologies, superior safety features, the 2017 Ford Escape is rewriting what you should expect from a vehicle in this segment. Prices for the 2017 Chevrolet Trax start at $23,600**. Visit your local AutoNation Ford dealer for a test drive today.
*Fuel economy values (mpg) are EPA estimates. Actual mileage will vary and depends on several factors including driving habits and vehicle condition.
**Vehicle MSRP excludes taxes, title, transportation, options, and dealer fees.