The 2017 Ford Escape S features a refreshed appearance. Outside, its athletic lines, reinforced by its sculpted hood, prominent grille and LED taillamps, gives it a striking appearance. Inside, Ford designed the new Escape with functionality in mind. The best representations of this are the media bin to house your phone and the central location of the instrument panel, giving you easy access to controls.
Design aside, the 2017 Ford Escape provides for virtually every need. Its three engine choices allow buyers to select a model based on performance requirements such as fuel efficiency or power capabilities.
Overall, the 2017 Ford Escape S offers many enticing options to buyers. With this said, comparing this model to others in its class is an excellent way to determine if it’s the right buy for you. Here’s a closer look at how the new Escape performs relative to other compact SUVs in performance capabilities, fuel efficiency, cargo space, safety performance and price.
The base model of the 2017 Ford Escape has an original price of $23,600, making it an affordable buy compared to other models in its class, where the average price is $26,195.
There are more affordable compact SUVs available. The Jeep Compass Sport has a lower starting price of $21,795, and the Subaru Forester 2.5i PZEV starts at $22,595, so be mindful of these factors when considering the Ford Escape.
It’s also important to note Ford created three models of its new Escape. The 2017 Ford Escape S is its base model, featuring standard offerings such as a rear view camera, its SYNC entertainment system and its 2.5L iVCT engine. If you wanted more fuel efficient offerings then you would need to upgrade to either the 2017 Ford Escape SE (starting at $25,100) or the Ford Escape Titanium (beginning at $29,100). Therefore, depending on your needs, you might pay significantly more than the base price.
With these things in mind, let’s see how the 2017 Ford Escape S performs against its competition.
As noted above, the 2017 Ford Escape S comes equipped with a 2.5L iVCT engine. This offering isn’t the best in regard to fuel efficiency, as it delivers 21 city mpg and 29 highway mpg for a combined 25 mpg output. This is par for the course for several models in its class, as the Kia Sportage LX delivers the same efficiency outputs.
At the same time, there are much more efficient options available in its class. The Chevrolet Trax achieves a combined 29 miles per gallon while the Subaru Outback 2.5i earns 28 combined mpg, illustrating if fuel economy is important to you, there are better options available unless you upgrade to a more expensive Escape model.
Horsepower and Towing Capacity
Another indicator of a compact SUV’s value is how its power capabilities hold up to its competitors. While this won’t be applicable in every situation, many buyers enjoy finding an SUV with ample power for trips and tows.
The 2017 Ford Escape S doesn’t hold up well in either regard. Equipped with its standard engine offering it generates 168-horsepower. Again, this is more than plenty for most. However, if you want to maximize power, there are better options available. The Kia Sportage LX achieves a 181-horsepower output while the Jeep Cherokee Sport delivers an impressive 184 horsepower.
Concerning towing capacity, the 2017 Ford Escape S generates respectable performance by hauling up to 1,500 pounds. At the same time, it’s output is below par relative to the 2,000-pound average set by other compact SUVs.
Therefore, it’s important to be mindful of the Escape’s performance deficiencies when considering a compact SUV.
The 2017 Ford Escape S delivers generous interior space with its 68 cubic feet of cargo room and 34 cubic feet of trunk space. To provide a comparison, the Hyundai Tucson SE possesses 31.00 cubic feet of trunk space while the Kia Sportage LX has only 30.70 cubic feet of trunk space. In both regards, the Ford Escape delivers more interior space, making it an appealing buy for those who want maximum room for passengers and cargo.
Ford equipped its new Escape with its latest technological offerings. Its curve control and torque vectoring control feature reads road conditions and your vehicle’s speed as you approach a curve. If it determines you’re approaching the curve too fast it reduces throttle and activates anti-lock braking to provide better handling around tight corners. This is an excellent standard feature you won’t find on comparable models like the 2017 Chevrolet Trax.
The 2017 Ford Escape also comes available with a bevy of unique technological safety tools such as adaptive cruise control with collision warning with brake support. With this feature, you control how fast you want to go and the preset distance you keep from the vehicles in front of you. From there, the system reads traffic conditions and adjusts speed to achieve the desired distance of traffic. It also pre charges the brakes to give you better braking performance if it reads a collision is imminent.
The 2017 Ford Escape S touts great affordability relative to other models in its class. It also delivers ample interior room both in terms of cargo and trunk space to provide you with the versatility needed to meet your storage solutions. This model also comes equipped with the latest safety innovations some of which you won’t find in comparable models.
The new Escape doesn’t deliver confidence inspiring performance. Its fuel efficiency is sub par compared to models like the Chevrolet Trax, which is less expensive than the Escape as well. Further, the Escape’s towing capacity and horsepower output are both below its class averages, meaning if you crave power the 2017 Ford Escape S won’t be the right fit for you.
Affordable, spacious and safe, if these are your three main priorities, you’ll love the new Escape.