What Is It?
The 2017 Ford Escape compact crossover arrives at the 2015 LA Auto Show with more technology, two new engines and revised styling, all thanks to a midcycle revamp. The looks have been tweaked to be more like the Ford Edge, the Escape’s midsize-crossover cousin.
The first new engine is a turbocharged 1.5-liter 4-cylinder making 180 horsepower, and it’s standard in the SE and Titanium trims. There’s also the option of a 245-hp turbo 2.0-liter 4-cylinder. Both units have a hybridlike stop and start function for better fuel consumption.
Tech-wise, the 2017 Ford Escape is the company’s first vehicle to come with SYNC Connect, which allows users to locate their car, lock and unlock the doors and start the engine remotely via a smartphone app. A suite of now-common safety features is also available, such as forward-collision warning, adaptive cruise control, lane-keep assist and parking assist.
To be announced. The current 2015 Escape starts at $24,345 (including $895 destination charge), so it shouldn’t be too different.
When Can You Get It?
Add It to Your Shopping List Because…
The Escape is a perennially popular crossover choice. It’s always had good engines and one of the more entertaining suspension setups. Now, it’s been updated to include the most modern technology.
Other Cars to Consider
2016 Honda CR-V — The Honda CR-V is totally capable and always worth considering.
2016 Mazda CX-5 — The Mazda CX-5 gives the Escape a run for its money in the driving-fun stakes.
2016 Toyota RAV4 — The Toyota RAV4 is another big seller of the class along with the Honda.
Used Ford Edge — The Ford Edge provides more space, a more powerful engine and more luxury appointments than the Escape.