What’s New for 2017:
- Exterior styling updates
- Interior design revisions
- Upgraded interior materials
- New EcoBoost engine options
- New safety and convenience technologies
For the 2017 model year, Ford refreshes the Escape, a 5-passenger compact crossover SUV. When it goes on sale, it will continue to compete with a long list of similar vehicles, including the Chevrolet Equinox, GMC Terrain, Honda CR-V, Hyundai Tucson, Jeep Cherokee, Kia Sportage, Mazda CX-5, Nissan Rogue, Subaru Forester, Toyota RAV4, and Volkswagen Tiguan.
Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options
The 2017 Escape is available in S, SE, and Titanium trim levels. A Convenience package is available for the SE version, adding additional stereo speakers, new Sync Connect technology, a 110-volt 3-prong power outlet, rear park-assist sensors, and a blind-spot warning system with rear cross-traffic alert.
A new Sport Appearance package equips the Escape SE or the Escape Titanium with blacked-out exterior trim, blacked-out 19-in. wheels, dark-tinted headlight bezels and taillights, partial-leather seats with a V-shaped pattern, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and gear shifter.
Under the Hood
Ford continues to offer a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine in the Escape S. It is paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission and powers the front wheels.
Standard for the Escape SE and Escape Titanium, a new turbocharged, 1.5-liter, 4-cylinder EcoBoost engine features direct fuel injection, twin-scroll turbocharger design, and new automatic engine start/stop technology. All-wheel drive (AWD) is an option with this engine, which comes with a 6-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters.
Available for the Escape SE and Titanium, a new turbocharged, 2.0-liter, 4-cylinder EcoBoost engine features the same engineering upgrades as the smaller EcoBoost power plant. It, too, has a 6-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters, and it can be paired with AWD.
As this overview was published, Ford had not finalized horsepower and torque ratings for the Escape’s three engines.
As this overview was published, the EPA had not finalized fuel-economy ratings for the Escape’s three engines.
Safety Features and Ratings
A reversing camera is standard for the 2017 Escape, and the standard Sync technology provides free access to 9-1-1 Assist service.
New safety technologies include a driver drowsiness monitoring system, lane-departure warning and lane-keeping assist system, and an adaptive cruise control system with forward-collision warning and brake support. Note that Ford’s brake-support system merely prepares the vehicle to brake with hard force once the driver steps on the pedal. It is not an automatic emergency braking system.
Continuing from the previous year, the 2017 Escape is also available with a blind-spot warning system, rear cross-traffic alert, and automatic high-beam headlights.
Crash-test ratings for the 2017 Escape had not been established as this overview was published.
For the 2016 model year, Ford upgraded the Escape to its new Sync 3 infotainment system, which features faster response to inputs, a capacitive-touch screen with swipe and pinch-to-zoom capability, and enhanced voice-recognition technology. Sync 3 is also Siri-compatible, and Ford can update the software via Wi-Fi as it brings out new features.
New for a Sync Connect smartphone app uses FordPass technology to allow owners to remotely start the engine, activate the power door locks, check the fuel level, and more. It also features a vehicle location service.
Ford also upgrades the Escape’s Active Park Assist technology for adding the ability for the SUV to steer itself into perpendicular parking spaces and to offer what the company calls “park out” assist when the vehicle is crowded into a parallel space.