Ford Escape is the youngest nameplate in Ford, just 16-year-old. And thanks to the expansion of SUV demand, sales number of this SUV is growing from year to year. In 2015, that number reached a record of 306.492. Since the trend for SUV demand will continue and even rise, Ford made some key updates for 2017 model year. In addition to the facelift, they also managed to improve safety rating for 2017 Ford Escape, but later on that.
2017 Ford Escape – New Design
New model received new grille and headlights. They received hexagonal shape, which replaced previous trapezoidal looking grille. Fog lights that flank the air intake also got a hexagonal look. At the sides, there aren’t any significant changes. As for the rear end, the tailgate is slightly larger, while redesigned rear lights have blockier shape. Down below there are dual exhaust pipes while two-inch trailer hitch receiver is optional. The tailgate of 2017 Ford Escape has a hands-free feature, meaning all you need to do to open it is swipe your foot under the bumper while having the key in your pocket. There are also three new colors to choose from, Canyon Ridge, White Gold, and Lightning Blue.
2017 Ford Escape – Interior Features
More changes can are found in the interior. The dashboard is completely new, with new styling, lines, while driver now has color information screen with four analog gauges. In the middle of the center console, engineers mounted 8-inch touchscreen. On it, Ford’s SYNC 3 software is found which is now easier to operate and has better graphics. Climate controls are just below and furthermore down USB port and the 12-volt socket is installed. The flat surface of console holds the shifter knob, two cup holders, and some storage compartments of somewhat smaller volume. The steering wheel on 2017 ford Escape is also new and as an option, it can have heating feature.
2017 Ford Escape – Engine Lineup
New Escape comes in three available trim levels, S, SE, and Titanium. On base S level, there is naturally aspirated 2.5-liter iVCT engine with 168 horsepower and 170 lb-ft of torque. It is FWD with six-speed automatic transmission, and no optional engine is available. SE and Titanium come with new 1.5-liter EcoBoost which combines two technologies, direct injection and turbocharging. This one produces 179 horsepower and 177 lb-ft of torque and Auto Start-Stop system comes as standard. FWD and six-speed automatic are standard but there are also optional features, unlike the base model. For $1.750 extra, you can have Escape’s Intelligent 4WD system. This system lets you send 100% power to either axle. That is not all. For $1.295, under the hood, there will be 2.0-liter Twin-Scroll EcoBoost which produces 245 horsepower and 275 lb-ft of torque.
2017 Ford Escape – Improved Safety Rating
In the introduction, we mentioned that Ford managed to improve safety. Over the years when IIHS introduced small overlap test, Escape struggled to obtain anything more than worst rating “P” (poor). But 2017 Ford Escape now has “A” (acceptable) rating for this crash test. Even without reaching the “G” (good) rating or anywhere near the Top Safety Pick award, this is a colossal improvement. So if safety is one of your concerns you should go for 2017 model year.
2017 Ford Escape – Price
With these updates, sales of Escape will surely continue to flourish. But there are also other very good vehicles in this segment such as Mazda CX-5, Honda CR-V, Chevrolet Equinox and other. Nevertheless interested or not in other car makers, take a look at base prices and EPA estimates for 2017 Ford Escape below.
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