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Date posted: July 5, 2016

2017 Ford Escape 1.5L EcoBoost FWD

Ford’s second-bestselling nameplate behind only the F-series pickup, the Escape perennially ranks among the sales leaders in the booming compact-crossover segment. To defend that position in the face of rising competition, the company cooked up this refreshed version for 2017.

So What’s New?

The 2017 Escape Titanium we drove for this test boasted a host of new features, starting with its 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Making 179 horsepower and 177 lb-ft of torque, it represents the middle of the Escape’s revised powertrain lineup—a 168-hp 2.5-liter four-cylinder remains the base powerplant; a new 245-hp 2.0-liter twin-scroll turbocharged four is the hot one. A six-speed automatic is still the only transmission in the lineup and comes with paddle shifters if you choose either turbocharged engine. Both turbo versions also come standard with automatic stop/start, which functions smoothly but can be turned off.

A redesign of the center stack and console—wave goodbye to the lever-actuated parking brake—added enough new cubbies to accommodate the devices of even the most connected family, and there are plenty of 12-volt and USB power points to make sure those devices stay charged. The Sync 3 infotainment system, which was new for 2016, is intuitive and quick, and it’s standard in all but the base trim level. New this year is Sync Connect, an app that can remotely start a connected vehicle, preheat or precool the cabin, and check fluid and battery-charge levels, among other functions. Paired with FordPass (available via the same app), this is Ford’s first step toward an imagined future where everything from service appointments to parking reservations to purchases at restaurants and stores can be made using the Ford portal.

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Source: caranddriver.com


   
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