Undoubtedly one of our favorites in this competitive segment, the small 2017 Ford Escape utility vehicle offers advanced technology features, athletic driving dynamics, and an inviting interior. And with its turbocharged and high-potent engines, agile handling, comfortable seating, and high-tech features galore, it is undeniably appealing. Its date of release should be expected in August 2017.
These segment is well known for its many talents including but not limited to plenty of utility and to some extent – towing. Be it loading up goods from Costco, taking your lovely angels to school, or going on a ski trip. Conspicuously missing and often the main cause of dissatisfaction is a sense of fun.
But not anymore, with the redesigned 2017 Ford Escape, you won’t be forced to look elsewhere as it comes with all the amenities necessary to offer you a spirited driving. It drives and feels like the Ford Focus to some extent as it shares most of its mechanical underpinnings with it. This therefore means you get respectable fuel economy ratings, a super cool front sensor, an optional AWD, and one of the best acceleration in its class.
However, we are a bit concerned about its limited interior room relative to its competitors, missing cabin storage cubbies, and a finicky base control layout. Otherwise, the Escape comes chock full of desirable features and tech list.
However, it is always imperative to check out other alternatives before ultimately deciding on one vehicle. As such, you should check out the 2017 Mazda CX-5 model – offers most of the Escape’s capabilities but offers an updated infotainment system. But if you are looking for something extra, both the “A” rated 2017 Toyota RAV4, and 2017 Honda CR-V are great options. And unlike the Escape, they offer a spacious cabin and cargo spaces, are exceptionally easy to drive, and offer plenty of customization.
Although larger, the 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport is also a great option for those looking for a peppy performance. Nevertheless, the Ford Escape for 2017 remains a smart choice due to its array of practicality and exceptional talents.
Trims Available – Ford Escape
The 2017 Ford Escape SUV is available in three trims: base S, mid-trim SE, and the top-of-the-line Titanium trim. The Hybrid is covered separately.
Interior Review & Exterior Colors – 2017 Ford Escape
The Escape S trim’s list of standard features includes a rearview camera, full power accessories, an integrated blind-spot monitor, 17-inch steel wheels, Bluetooth phone and audio controls, a 4.2-inch central display, reclining and folding 60/40-split rear seats, MyKey parental controls, a CD player, Bluetooth phone and audio control, the Sync voice command electronics interface, a height-adjustable driver seat, air-conditioning, integrated blind-spot mirror, a six-speaker sound system, a rearview camera, and a tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel.
Stepping up to the SE trim gets you a rear center armrest, a rear privacy glass, a 1.6L turbocharged engine, a satellite and HD radio, foglights, automatic headlights, an upgraded cloth upholstery, an eight-way power-adjustable driver seat, and a rear privacy glass.
The SE’s Convenience package optionally available tacks in dual USB ports, an 8-inch touchscreen interface, a 110-V household style power outlet, automatic climate control (dual-zone), rear parking sensors, roof rails, and a nine-speaker sound system.
At the pinnacle of the trim level is the Titanium trim which adds driver memory settings, an eight-way power adjustable passenger seat, exclusive foot sensor, a rearview camera, HD and satellite radio, and a power liftgate.
- Wheelbase: 105.9 in
- Length: 178.1 in
- Width: 72.4 in
- Passenger volume: 98 cu ft
- Cargo volume: 34 cu ft
- Curb weight: 3603 lb
- Top Speed: 116 mph
- 0-60: 7.2 sec
- MPG: 22/31 (city/highway)
- Available Exterior Colors: Deep Impact Blue Metallic, Electric Spice Metallic, Ingot Silver Metallic, Magnetic Metallic, Oxford White, Shadow Black…
- Towing Capacity: 3,500 lbs.
2017 Ford Escape Engine Specifications
As of this writing, Ford has made available three engines beneath the hood of the 2017 Ford Escape. Standard on the S model is a 2.5L four-cylinder engine good for 168 hp and 170 lbs. ft. of torque. The fuel economy as per the preliminary EPA projections are 31/22/25 mpg on the highway/city/combined.
A 1.6L turbocharged engine is shared between the SE and Titanium models and generates 178 horsepower and 184 lbs. ft. of torque. According to test drives conducted, a time of 8.7 seconds is what you need to zoom past 60 mph.
Speculated to be offered as an option to both the SE and Titanium trims is the 2.0L turbocharged engine rated at 240 horsepower and 270 lbs. ft. of torque. Although not confirmed, fuel economy returns are estimated to be 28/21/23 mpg.
2017 Ford Escape Release Date & Price
The window sticker features an MSRP starting from $23,590. As for its date of release, various sources point to AUGUST 2017.
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