Ford Escape in Maquoketa, IA

 

Escape the ordinary

The Escape has quickly become one of the most popular models offered by Ford Motor Corporation. Surpassed only by the venerable F-150, the Escape has carved out a huge slot in the Ford line-up.

With its’ standard 1.5L turbocharged four-cylinder, the Escape scoots along at a snappy pace. However, if you opt for the twin turbo 2.0L engine you’ll get a 60 plus horsepower boost. Some older Escapes have the 1.6L four-cylinder or a 2.5L non- turbocharged inline 4.

One of the best features of the new Escape is the latest Sync 3 infotainment system. This new system debuted for 2016 and offers a vastly more sensible, intuitive, and quick-reacting interface compared to older models. The new system includes a pinch-to-zoom map feature on the 8.0-inch touchscreen and improved voice recognition. Further reducing one’s need to remember anything is the new FordPass with Sync Connect app, which helps owners locate the car in a parking lot, check fuel and fluid levels, start the engine, pre-heat or -cool the cabin, find a local dealer, and communicate with a service advisor via voice, text, or email.

The Escape has plenty of cargo room. With the rear seats upright there is 34 cubic feet of storage space. With the rear seats folded flat the space doubles to 68 cubic feet. This should be plenty of space for hauling the groceries or materials for a weekend project around the house.

The entry-level S model is only available with front-wheel drive and starts out at $24,495. The SE model offers more equipment like the turbo 1.5-liter engine, paddle shifters, and 1-to-2-mpg better fuel economy for just $25,995. Step up to a Titanium model with all available goodies for under $40,000. The lower-priced models will suffice for most drivers, but the Titanium offers a lot of luxury features to tempt buyers. With the compact-crossover segment still expanding, this easier-to-use, easy-to-drive, and easier-to-look-at Escape likely will remain the company’s bestselling non-pickup for years to come.