Ford Escape Review

The Ford Escape is Ford’s smallest SUV offering in the United States, but it’s also one of their best-selling. Based on the Focus platform, this SUV offers a lot of technology and features for a good price. Here’s a few reasons why you might want to consider the Escape for your next vehicle.

Powering the Escape is either a 1.6L or 2.0L turbocharged 4-cylinder engine. Basically, if you want the most power, go with the bigger engine. While the small engine is more fuel efficient, the difference isn’t that much and the extra power is worth the upgrade.

You can get the Escape in either front-wheel or all-wheel drive. Obviously, if you live in cold or snowy climates you’ll want the all-wheel drive, but your fuel economy does take a hit with the all-wheel drive model.

Since it’s built on top of the Focus platform, it shares many things with the Focus, including most of the interior pieces. But you have some great options with the Escape, including Ford’s new SYNC 3 infotainment system. If you’re familiar with MyFord Touch, SYNC 3 takes it a step further by offering a faster and more enjoyable experience. It also supports 3rd party apps like Pandora and Spotify.

On the premium trim models, you get HID headlights, heated seats, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert. High-end models can also be equipped with Active Park Assist. This technology will seek out an open parallel parking space for you, and automatically steer into the spot. All you have to do is control the throttle and the brakes. If you aren’t good at parallel parking, this system takes the guesswork out of it and parks like a pro every single time.

Another cool feature available on the Escape is the automatic rear hatch. If you approach the rear of the vehicle with the key fob in your pocket, all you have to do is kick your foot underneath the rear bumper and the rear hatch will open. If you have your hands full with groceries or a kid, this is a great feature since you don’t have to reach for your key fob or press the button on the hatch to open it.

For a small SUV there’s still a decent amount of space for 5 people, and decent storage in the back. The Ford Escape sells well for a reason, and that’s because it offers practicality, performance, and features all for a good price.

Chad Kirchner
the authorChad Kirchner
In addition to Chad Kirchner's work here, he's a freelance automotive journalist for outlets around the world.

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