DOHC, 4 valves per cylinder, variable intake + exhaust-valve timing
Compression ration (x:1)
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)
173 @ 5,700
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)
184 @ 2,500
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)
Though it's not powerful, the Escape offers ample torque early in the rev range, which makes leaving the line easy. Minimal power braking generates just-right wheelspin off the line. Beyond that, there's no reason to do anything but hold your foot down and let the transmission do its job. Manual shifting is slower and it shifts at redline in S mode anyway.
Uneventful braking, which is good. The Escape stops straight and true without wander. Moderate dive is present but the Escape's brake pedal remains consistent throughout.
Slalom: Moderate body roll is present during hard transitions but communication is good. Limits are modest here thanks to fairly conservative ESC tuning. Still, the Escape is well mannered and lets the driver remain in control. Skid pad: Remarkably good balance here with ESC off, but slower than with it on. This little SUV will rotate off throttle, which makes it fun around the skid pad. With ESC on it will drive right to the limit of the front tires.