Car and Driver Reviews the 2017 Ford Escape: Strong Swimmer in a Sea of Small Crossovers

Ford's (already great) Escape, has received a significant mid-cycle refresh for 2017. The result, according to Car and Driver, is an even better small crossover that stands out from the crowd with it's handsome, athletic stance, a revamped cabin that now has the Ford's excellent SYNC 3 infotainment system, and new EcoBoost engine options that add power and fuel efficiency to the menu.

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The base engine in the Escape is still a 2.5-liter four-cylinder that makes 168 horsepower and 170 pound-feet of torque. It's rated at a respectable 21 mpg city and 28 mpg highway by the EPA. New for 2017 are two EcoBoost engines. The smaller of the two is a 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that produces 179 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque. It's good for an EPA fuel economy rating of up to 23 mpg city and 30 mpg highway. Meanwhile, the bigger (and more expensive) 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder manages to pump out 245 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque, while still getting up to 22 mpg city and 29 mpg highway. With the 2.0-liter turbo, the 2017 Ford Escape can pull up to a class-leading 3,500 pounds. Escapes with either EcoBoost engine are also available with all-wheel drive./p>

The Escape comes in three trims for 2017: S, SE and Titanium. Car and Driver recommends the Escape SE for most crossover shoppers. It comes with dual-zone automatic climate control, a cloth interior, a power driver's seat and a six-speaker stereo system. Car and Driver also recommends adding the 201A Equipment Group package for $1395. That will get you nicely outfitted with Sync 3 and Sync Connect (which pairs with your smartphone and allows you to lock and unlock and even remote start your Escape right from your devices), an 8.0-inch touchscreen, blind-spot monitoring with cross-traffic alert, reverse sensing, voice recognition, and extra USB port.

If leather upholstery is important, opt for the Escape Titanium. You'll also get a better audio system - a 10-speaker Sony setup - along with a rear 110-volt outlet, a hands-free power liftgate and the full suite of Ford's new advanced driver-assist systems, which includes adaptive cruise control, automatic high beams, lane keeping alert and assistance, collision warning with brake support and enhanced active park assist.

We have a great selection of new 2017 Ford Escape models, outfitted with a range of engine and trim level combinations, in stock here at Bill Utter Ford. Our experienced sales professionals can help you compare models and choose an Escape with features that suit your lifestyle. We're located at 4901 South I-35 E. in Denton, TX, and we're also close to the towns of Lewisville, Frisco, Flower Mound and Roanoke. Stop by today, or give us a call at (888) 471-2361 to schedule time for a test drive.

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