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2016 Ford Escape SUV


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2016 Ford Escape SUV Overview

The standard features of the Ford Escape S include Duratec 2.5L I-4 168hp engine, 6-speed automatic transmission with overdrive, 4-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS), side seat mounted airbags, Safety Canopy System curtain 1st and 2nd row overhead airbags, driver knee airbag, airbag occupancy sensor, air conditioning, 17" steel wheels, cruise control, ABS and driveline traction control, AdvanceTrac w/Roll Stability Control electronic stability.

2016 Ford
Escape SUV

Starting at: $23,590

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  • Air conditioning
  • Speed control
  • Power windows
  • 1-touch down
  • 1-touch up
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Illuminated entry
  • Tilt steering wheel
  • Telescoping steering wheel
  • Driver vanity mirror
  • Passenger vanity mirror
  • Emergency communication system
  • Front beverage holders
  • Rear beverage holders
  • Overhead console
  • Driver door bin
  • Passenger door bin
  • Rear door bins
  • Ground clearance (min) - 201mm (7.9")
  • AM/FM radio
  • CD player
  • MP3 decoder
  • Radio data system
  • Steering wheel mounted audio controls
  • Speakers - 6
  • Wireless phone connectivity - Bluetooth
  • 1st row LCD monitors - 1
  • Primary LCD size - 4.2"
  • Basic warranty - 36 months/36,000miles
  • Powertrain warranty - 60 months/60,000miles
  • Corrosion perforation warranty - 60 months/ unlimited distance
  • Roadside assistance coverage - 60 months/60,000miles
  • Max seating capacity - 5
  • Front seats - bucket
  • Front center armrest
  • Rear seats - split-bench
  • Split folding rear seat
  • Engine displacement - 2.5 L
  • Engine horsepower - 168hp @ 6,000RPM
  • Engine torque - 170 lb.-ft. @ 4,500RPM
  • Engine bore x stroke - 89.0mm x 100.0mm (3.50" x 3.94")
  • Compression ratio - 9.70 to 1
  • Curb weight - 1,594kg (3,515lbs)
  • GVWR - 2,096kg (4,620lbs)
  • Towing capacity - 680kg (1,500lbs)
  • Exterior length - 4,524mm (178.1")
  • Exterior body width - 1,839mm (72.4")
  • Exterior height - 1,684mm (66.3")
  • Wheelbase - 2,690mm (105.9")
  • Turning radius - 5.9m (19.4')
  • Front legroom - 1,095mm (43.1")
  • Rear legroom - 935mm (36.8")
  • Front headroom - 1,013mm (39.9")
  • Rear headroom - 991mm (39.0")
  • Front hiproom - 1,392mm (54.8")
  • Rear hiproom - 1,331mm (52.4")
  • Front shoulder room - 1,422mm (56.0")
  • Rear shoulder room - 1,405mm (55.3")
  • Passenger volume - 2,778L (98.1 cu.ft.)
  • Interior cargo volume - 971 L (34 cu.ft.)
  • Interior maximum cargo volume - 1,920 L (68 cu.ft.)
  • Rear cargo - liftgate
  • Power door mirrors
  • Spoiler
  • Bumpers - body-color
  • Engine liters - 2.5
  • Cylinder configuration - I-4
  • Horsepower - 168hp @ 6,000RPM
  • Torque - 170 lb.-ft. @ 4,500RPM
  • Number of valves - 16
  • Variable valve control
  • Sequential multi-point fuel injection
  • Engine location - front
  • Recommended fuel - Regular Unleaded
  • Transmission - 6 speed automatic
  • Manual-shift auto - SelectShift
  • Drive type - front-wheel
  • Limited slip differential
  • Fuel economy combined - 25mpg
  • Fuel tank capacity - 15.1gal.
  • Fuel economy city - 22mpg
  • Fuel economy highway - 31mpg
  • 4 wheel disc brakes
  • ABS brakes
  • Brake assist
  • Dual front impact airbags
  • Dual front side impact airbags
  • Overhead airbag
  • Knee airbag
  • Occupant sensing airbag
  • Panic alarm
  • Ignition disable
  • Electronic stability
  • Traction control
  • Adjustable head restraints - driver and passenger w/tilt
  • Four wheel independent suspension
  • Front anti-roll bar
  • Rear anti-roll bar
  • Power steering
  • Speed-sensing steering
  • Front tires - 235/55HR17.0
  • Rear tires - 235/55HR17.0
  • Wheel size - 17"
  • Fully automatic headlights
  • Delay-off headlights
  • Variably intermittent wipers
  • Rear window wiper
  • Rear window defroster
  • Front reading lights
  • Display - analog
  • Tachometer
  • Compass
  • Low tire pressure warning
  • Trip computer
  • Exterior parking camera rear


  MSRP Engine Transmission City/Hwy mpg
S 2016 Ford Escape SUV S Search New $23,590   168-hp 2.5L 4-cyl  6-spd auto  22 / 31  
SE 2016 Ford Escape SUV SE Search New $25,650   173-hp 1.6L 4-cyl  6-spd auto  23 / 32  
SE 2016 Ford Escape SUV SE Search New $25,650   173-hp 1.6L 4-cyl  6-spd auto  23 / 32  
SE 2016 Ford Escape SUV SE Search New $25,790   178-hp 1.6L 4-cyl  6-spd auto  23 / 32  
SE 2016 Ford Escape SUV SE Search New $27,400   173-hp 1.6L 4-cyl  6-spd auto  22 / 29  
SE 2016 Ford Escape SUV SE Search New $27,400   173-hp 1.6L 4-cyl  6-spd auto  22 / 29  
SE 2016 Ford Escape SUV SE Search New $27,540   178-hp 1.6L 4-cyl  6-spd auto  22 / 29  
Titanium 2016 Ford Escape SUV Titanium Search New $29,735   173-hp 1.6L 4-cyl  6-spd auto  23 / 32  
Titanium 2016 Ford Escape SUV Titanium Search New $29,735   173-hp 1.6L 4-cyl  6-spd auto  23 / 32  
Titanium 2016 Ford Escape SUV Titanium Search New $29,995   178-hp 1.6L 4-cyl  6-spd auto  23 / 32  
Titanium 2016 Ford Escape SUV Titanium Search New $31,485   173-hp 1.6L 4-cyl  6-spd auto  22 / 29  
Titanium 2016 Ford Escape SUV Titanium Search New $31,485   173-hp 1.6L 4-cyl  6-spd auto  22 / 29  
Titanium 2016 Ford Escape SUV Titanium Search New $31,745   178-hp 1.6L 4-cyl  6-spd auto  22 / 29  


Driving Impression

New Car Test Drive

Handling agility is the main attraction of the Ford Escape. It handles like a driver-engaging hatchback that’s a bit taller than usual. Order it with the 2.0-liter turbocharged engine, and it accelerates like one. Among the compact crossover-SUV group, the Escape stands alongside Mazda’s CX-5 in providing an exhilarating driving experience, even with the base engine.

Smoothly competent, if somewhat tame, the base 2.5-liter engine delivers enough energy to satisfy most owners. Although the midrange 1.6-liter turbo has been the popular favorite, we like the responsiveness of the 240-horsepower, 2.0-liter turbo. Ford’s 6-speed automatic functions well with either turbocharged engine. Instead of paddle shifters, you get a rocker switch on the gearshift lever.

Unless you’re in the Snow Belt, all-wheel drive may not be necessary; but it can help maintain traction on non-wintry slick pavements. AWD models are heavier, thus consuming more fuel, as well as more costly. When the snow flies, however, an all-wheel-drive Escape fitted with snow tires would be a mighty vehicle.

The Escape benefits from what’s called Torque Vectoring, which helps the car run through corners with greater finesse. The system uses antilock braking to restrain an inside front wheel, when slippage is detected. Even without that assistance, the Escape’s refined road manners shine brightly.

Crisp, weighty steering and superior body control make the Escape’s hatchback profile seem appropriate. Feedback from the road could be better, though that’s common in this class.

EPA ratings have the Escape 2.5-liter with front-drive at 22/31 mpg City/Highway. The Escape with the 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder is rated 23/32 mpg, versus 22/30 mpg for the 240-horsepower 2.0-liter EcoBoost turbo. In comparison, a base Honda CR-V is EPA-rated at 23/33 mpg.

Walk Around

New Car Test Drive

Compared to rivals, the Escape occupies a small footprint. Several inches shorter than a Honda CR-V, its wheelbase is nearly three inches longer.

Essentially based on the Ford Focus, the Escape shows certain influences from that model, notably in hatchback form. More than most compact crossovers, the swoopy Escape maintains a determined, almost aggressive, stance. A quick look immediately suggests its nimble handling talents.

Up front, the small slot-like grille looks to be an odd-on, more than an integral design element. The top Titanium model gets a little more visual distinction with silver roof rails, radiator shutters, and 18-inch machined aluminum wheels.

Interior Overview

New Car Test Drive

Inside, an Escape feels about the same size as a Mazda CX-5 or Hyundai Tucson, but smaller than Toyota’s RAV4. Exterior sportiness carries over to the nearly cockpit-like interior. The instrument panel holds a relatively complicated group of controls.

Interior appointments rank among the best in class. Passenger space is generous, but the wraparound dashboard style cuts into knee and leg room. The open feel that marked early Escapes is gone. Thick roof pillars affect visibility, too.

Front seats are slim and somewhat firm. Because of limited width, there’s just enough space for two adults in the rear seat. Cargo space is plentiful, due to the flat cargo floor.

Folding the rear seatback is a simple, single-motion process, causing the headrests to flip down as well. A clever power option opens the back hatch by simply swinging your foot under the rear bumper.


New Car Test Drive

Ford Escape has features most want in a compact crossover SUV, along with sporty behavior and appearance. A loaded Titanium model can approach the $40,000 mark, at which point we’d consider a Lincoln MKC. The 2017 Escape will have revised styling and two new turbocharged engines.

Driving impressions by The Car Connection. James M. Flammang contributed to this report.

Model Lineup

New Car Test Drive

The 2016 Ford Escape S ($23,590) comes with front-wheel drive and the 168-hp 2.5-liter engine, air conditioning; six-speaker audio, CD player; power windows, rearview camera, SYNC, cloth seats. Standard safety equipment includes six airbags and a rearview camera.

Escape SE ($25,790) has the 178-hp 1.6-liter turbo and adds satellite radio, power driver’s seat, keypad entry, foglamps, and 17-inch wheels. SE AWD ($27,540) adds all-wheel drive.

Escape Titanium ($29,995) gets leather-trimmed seats, heated front seats, SYNC 3 infotainment, dual-zone climate control, Sony 10-speaker audio, 18-inch wheels, pushbutton start, rear parking sensors, and a hands-free tailgate. Titanium AWD ($31,745) adds all-wheel drive. HID headlights, blind-spot monitoring, and active parking assist are grouped into a Technology Package.

The 240-hp 2.0-liter engine is an option ($1,195) for SE and Titanium.

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