Among competitors in the market compact crossover Ford Escape offers consumersa choice of three four-cylinder engines with a six-speed automatic transmission. The powertrain starts with the naturally aspirated 168-hp 2.5-liter inline-four, which comes only in the base. The next is the turbocharged 179-hp 1.5-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder that comes standard in the 2017 Escape SE and Titanium trims. For $1295 Ford offer to buyers additional 66 horsepower option box for the turbocharged 2.0-liter EcoBoost.
The EcoBoost 2.0-liter with 245 horsepower and 275 lb-ft is one of the best engine in compact crossover segment. Only turbocharged 2.0-liter Subaru Forester boasts such engine.
In comparison with 1.5-liter EcoBoost engine tested crossover with 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine is faster on 2.1- and 1.3-seconds with a zero-to-60-mph and a quarter-mile run. This speed it takes for 7.1 seconds and 15.6 seconds. In the speed test the only turbocharged 2.0-liter Subaru Forester can compete, reaching 60 mph in 6.3 seconds and completing the quarter in 15 seconds. However, 2.0-liter EcoBoost will handicap in towing. This engine easily cope with 3500 pounds, while engines 1.5-liter EcoBoostcope with 2000 pounds, and the base 2.5 four-cylinder can tug only 1500 pounds.
Extra engine power affects more fuel consumption of 2.0-liter EcoBoost. In addition Ford recomends you to refuel vehicle with premium fuel for maximum performance. The Escape with the bigger EcoBoost is EPA rated at 20/27 mpg city/highway.
3000 rpm enough for movement in the city traffic and easy overtaking. Gear swaps are performed by a six-speed automatic with manual shifting capability. Transmission programmed to switch smoothly and not to fast. Ford Escape has an option shifting for yourself via steering-wheel-mounted paddles, but if you want thrills – buy Focus ST.
2.0-Liter EcoBoost Escape rode on 18-inch wheels with 235/50 Michelin Latitude Tour HP rubber that allows maximum cornering grip. Our 2.0-liter Escape required 184 feet to come to a halt from 70 mph. The steering and suspension are still taut enough despite chassis tuning aimed at providing predictable handling and unremarkable body motions.
Along with all the benefits 2017 Ford Escape has a significant disadvantage – is its price. Starting with a base of $31,745 for a FWD Escape Titanium, test model has some additional options that make it much more expensive. the aforementioned 2.0-liter EcoBoost, navigation with voice activation, adaptive cruise control, 19-inch painted aluminum wheels, Ruby Red metallic paint and, finally, Equipment Group added to based price $5770.
At that price, buyers will find a host of alternatives, including less well-equipped versions of Ford’s larger Edge and Explorer, which should be a serious consideration for buyers looking for maximum space or Mazda CX-5, Honda CR-V, both of which offer more rear-seat room.