Review: 2017 Ford Escape

For drivers on the search for a midpoint between SUV durability and sedan fuel efficiency, a crossover provides the best of both worlds. For more than 15 years, Ford has produced one of the most recognizable crossovers on the road, the Escape, and this year’s model offers some impressive improvements that make it one of the best crossovers available. Here are some of the standout features of the 2017 Ford Escape.

New From the Inside Out

When a car manufacturer releases an updated version of its flagship crossover each year, you can’t expect a ground-up redesign each time. That said, Ford has taken what works and added some very welcome additions to make the Escape better than ever, starting with the interior cabin. A redesigned steering wheel allows a better view of the gauge cluster, and in some cases, is available in a heated version. The car shifter has been moved back to allow better access to climate control, with the rest of the center console gaining better cupholders and more space for personal objects.

Of course, it’s not just the interior redesigns that make the new Ford Escape worth checking out. After all, it’s what’s under the hood that’s just as important. This year’s Escape S–the base model–keeps last year’s 2.5-liter engine. However, the two other available models, the SE and Titanium, come outfitted with an upgraded 1.5-liter EcoBoost engine or 2.0-liter Ecoboost with turbocharging and automatic start-stop to increase fuel efficiency.

Smart Features

Nowadays, technology plays a crucial role in our lives, and that doesn’t change when you get behind the wheel. A good on-board system is a must-have for today’s driver, so Ford has made it easy to bring your technology to the Escape, no matter if you’re an Android or iPhone user – the 2017 Ford Escape is compatible with both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Plus, the new FordPass app for phones boasts impressive features such as remote start and vehicle lock, all from the touch of your phone’s screen.

The Ford Escape’s tech capabilities extend to the actual driving experience, with many options designed to help your drive be as safe and comfortable as possible. For instance, the Enhanced Active Park Assist keeps a lookout for available spaces and helps guide you into your spot, while Collision Warning with Brake Support alerts to possible collisions ahead of you. One of the more interesting features, however, is the Lane-Keeping Aid mode, which rumbles your steering wheel if the vehicle senses you’re drifting out of your lane.

The Safety You Expect of a Ford

While creature comforts and a vehicle’s get-up-and-go are certainly important to many drivers, there’s perhaps nothing more crucial than vehicle safety. Ford may be best known for its innovative and reliable designs, but drivers who pick Ford also know they’re driving the safest cars on the road. The 2017 Ford Escape is no different.

This year’s Ford Escape has earned the five-star rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which is the highest rating from the most commonly accepted standard of vehicle safety. With standard antilock brakes and airbags covering the front seats, driver’s knees, and sides of the vehicle, you can drive in comfort knowing that you’re less likely to be in an accident, and in the case that you are, you’re better protected from harm.

The 2017 Ford Escape is the height of crossover design, technology, and safety. So, for drivers on the lookout for a vehicle that provides ample space, great fuel efficiency, and all the other features that make a vehicle fun and comfortable to drive, they could certainly do worse than Ford’s most recent contribution to the crossover market.

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