Since its introduction, the Ford Escape has been one of America's best-selling small crossover SUVs. Ford has a keen knack for designing SUVs that appeal to a wide range of buyers. With the original Escape, Ford combined the styling and four-wheel-drive capability of a traditional SUV with the size, practicality and driving characteristics of a midsize car. Later Ford Escapes have most of the same attributes but dispense with the rugged style of the early models in favor of a more modern look. They're also more refined inside and out, better equipped and generally more enjoyable to drive.
In reviews, the Ford Escape has impressed our staff with its road manners. The Escape can confidently tackle a winding road, and the ride is compliant enough to take the edge off the bumps and ruts of poorly maintained city streets. Any of the available engines will provide a livable balance of performance and fuel efficiency, so it's not necessary to get a loaded Escape unless you're intent on having every possible amenity.