2017 Ford Escape Review May 3, 2016 by Cedric (Driver Weekly)
The new 2017 Ford Escape stands out from the previous model year with more advanced technology, features, and quality materials on the interior. The changes for the 2017 model year are considered a mid-cycle update, and there are plenty of changes to enjoy, including upgrades to the powertrain and styling.
Although you get the same general configuration options as the previous model year, the engine lineup is different. The S, SE, and Titanium trims are all available with either front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive once again. Picking the Escape S puts you in control of the familiar and well-reviewed 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine. Instead of the old 1.6-liter engine, the higher trims now come with a brand-new 1.5-liter turbocharged EcoBoost 4-cylinder. If that isn’t enough power, you can go with a 2-liter turbocharged EcoBoost 4-cylinder instead. This engine is already available on the Edge, and it gives you 245 horsepower and 275 pound-feet, so you can expect similar output.
The SUV maintains its compact size, making it easy to maneuver and park, and preserves the familiar look of the previous edition. The rear and front ends, however, have been updated. You will notice that the grille is closer to the one found on the Edge, something that gives the Escape a rugged look. Inside, the vehicle has higher-quality materials.
In the past, drivers have complained about the ride quality in the Escape, although they tended to love its handling. Ford took care of this issue for the 2017 model by increasing the size of the rear dampers and swapping out the progressive-rate springs with linear-rate ones. There is also new windshield sealing, improved side mirrors that are more aerodynamic, acoustic side glass, a shielded underbody, a 360-degree hood seat, and front wheel well insulation. In addition to the stylistic changes, the interior is quieter thanks to insulated A-pillars and doors.
Interior and Technology
The new model has a quiet interior and smooth drive assisted by the improved steering wheel giving you 5-way controllers that complement the revised vent design and updated climate controls. Instead of the traditional parking brake, the new model has an electronic one that gives you more space for storage on the center console and lets Ford increase the size of the center armrest. The technology offerings are also impressive. All models have basics, such as AM/FM/CD player and a USB port. If you use the USB ports for charging, you will notice that they complete the task twice as fast. The SUV also comes standard with the Sync system and the MyKey system, which lets parents put limits in place for their teen drivers, specifically focusing on speed and volume of music. Higher trims have Sony audio, HD radio, Sync 3 infotainment, an 8-inch touchscreen, rear parking sensors, rear cross-traffic assist, blind spot monitoring, and lane-departure warning featuring lane-keep assist.
If you were interested in the previous Ford Escape, you will be even more attracted to the 2017 model year, with improved technology and features, power, and driving experience.