2017 Ford Escape
- Optional 2.0-liter turbocharged engine accelerates quickly
- New tech interface features advanced voice control, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto
- Steering and handling feel more like that of a car than SUV
- More room for small stuff, and more power plugs
- Base-model S trim available only with older, less efficient 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine
- Dashboard design looks dated with many small, similar-looking buttons
- New base engine lacks punch
2017 Ford Escape pricingin Ashburn, VA
Which Escape does Edmunds recommend?
Edmunds' Expert Review
Overall rating3.5 / 5
Shopping for a small crossover presents a dizzying array of options, but the Ford Escape is a smart, safe choice among a crop of great contenders. The 2017 Escape receives style and power upgrades, improved small item storage, and an updated tech interface that packs plenty of connected punch.
The Escape offers optional all-wheel drive, respectable fuel economy, a spacious cargo bay and an available hands-free power liftgate. You can outfit the Escape from comfortable casual (the SE trim with no options) to rugged luxury (a loaded Titanium model that can breach $40,000). On the road, its agility instills a level of driver confidence that's rare in this class.
For 2017, Ford has trickled some desirable features such as automatic climate control down to lower Escape trim levels. The old lever-operated parking brake has been replaced by a button, which frees up space for improved small item storage. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration is now available. Finally, there's a new standard 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine in addition to the optional 2.0-liter turbo-four.
Trim levels & features
The 2017 Escape is a compact crossover SUV that comes in S, SE and Titanium trim levels. The S is fairly bare-bones but comes with features such as a rearview camera, Bluetooth, Sync 3 tech interface and smartphone integration. Most buyers will want to start with an SE, which introduces a new engine, nicer wheels, a power-adjustable driver seat and more available options. The top-trim Titanium adds luxury touches such as leather upholstery, a hands-free power liftgate and ambient cabin lighting.
The S starts with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine rated at 168 horsepower and 170 pound-feet of torque, a six-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive. Standard features include 17-inch steel wheels, automatic headlights, LED taillights, MyKey parental controls, cruise control, air-conditioning, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a height-adjustable driver seat, a 60/40-split folding and reclining rear seat, a 4.2-inch central display, a rearview camera, the Sync tech interface with AppLink smartphone integration, Bluetooth and a six-speaker sound system with a CD player and a USB port. Note that this model is generally aimed at business fleet buyers and may not be an easy find on your local dealer's lot.
Upgrading to the SE adds 17-inch alloy wheels (optional on the S), a 1.5-liter turbocharged engine (179 hp, 177 lb-ft), foglights, a keyless entry keypad, rear privacy glass, dual-zone automatic climate control, steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters, rear air vents, an eight-way power-adjustable driver seat (with power lumbar adjustment), upgraded cloth upholstery, a rear center armrest and satellite radio.
Optional on the SE is a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine (245 hp, 275 lb-ft), all-wheel drive, and the SE Technology package (also called Equipment Group 201A), which adds LED daytime running lights, roof rails, rear parking sensors, a 110-volt household-style power outlet, the upgraded Sync 3 technology interface (including an 8-inch touchscreen), a nine-speaker sound system with dual USB ports, and blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert.
The available Cold Weather package includes heated front seats and mirrors, a windshield de-icer and a 110-volt outlet (if not ordered with the Technology package). To this, the SE Leather Comfort package adds an eight-way power passenger seat (with two-way power lumbar adjustment) and leather upholstery. Also available are a hands-free power liftgate (requires the SE Technology package), 18-inch wheels and remote engine start.
At the top of the line, the Titanium combines the SE packages and options listed above with a slick foot sensor that opens the power liftgate. Also included is keyless entry and ignition, ambient interior lighting, driver-seat memory settings, an auto-dimming rearview mirror and a 10-speaker Sony audio system with HD radio. The 2.0-liter engine is also optional for the Titanium, as is adaptive cruise control with forward collision warning.
The Titanium Technology package (Equipment Group 301A) includes xenon headlights with automatic high-beam control, automatic wipers, a heated steering wheel, lane departure warning and intervention, and an automated parallel and perpendicular parking feature (which includes front and side parking sensors).
A Sport Appearance package is available for the SE and Titanium. It adds black 19-inch wheels, black-painted exterior trim, LED daytime running lights and partial leather upholstery. Optional on both the SE and Titanium are a panoramic sunroof and a navigation system.
Noise & vibration4.0
Ease of use4.0
Getting in/getting out4.0
Child safety seat accommodation
Audio & navigation
2017 Ford Escape video
MARK TAKAHASHI: I'm Edmunds editor Mark Takahashi. And here's an Expert Rundown of the 2017 Ford Escape. The Ford Escape is a middle of the road choice among compact crossover SUVs. It does everything well without any particular high or low points. We recommend the SE trim with a potent 2-liter engine since you can pick and choose individual options to suit your needs and budget. The base engine is weak by comparison. In the top trim, a hands-free power liftgate gives you easy access. And the cargo space is about what you'd expect from the class. Passenger space is also pretty much average, as are the materials used throughout the lineup. You get the typical safety features offered on rivals. But the Escape gets high marks for its easy to use SYNC 3 infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Bottom line is the Ford Escape is a solid choice in the compact SUV class. But the newer Honda CR-V and Mazda CX-5 are more refined and better to drive. So we strongly recommend checking these out alongside the Escape.
2017 Ford Escape Expert Rundown
Looking for a great SUV that's a smart, safe choice among a crop of great contenders? The 2017 Ford Escape might be a good match. Here's a quick rundown of what we like, what we don't and the bottom line from the Edmunds editors.
Features & Specs
Our experts’ favorite Escape safety features:
- Enables the owner to set speed limits/alerts, audio system volume and satellite radio content restrictions for other drivers of the Escape.
- Lane Keeping System
- Alerts the driver when the car starts to drift out of its lane by vibrating the steering wheel and adding correctional steering if needed.
- Blind-Spot Information System (BLIS)
- Illuminates an indicator light in the side mirror when a vehicle enters the blind spot. Also includes integrated rear cross-traffic alert.
2017 Ford Escape for Sale
The Ford Escape returns in 2017 as a popular cornerstone to its class with no shortage of strengths. Fairly good fuel economy, available all-wheel drive, useful cargo space and optional hands-free power liftgate combine to strongly embody compact-crossover features we expect. The Escape surprises with responsive steering and impressive handling.
Interior updates are modest, but the 2017 cabin includes several new practical storage areas throughout. One that stands out is a convenient storage ahead of the shift lever that seems perfectly made for a phone.
The Escape's dashboard design could stand a refresh, but you can opt for the new Sync 3 upgrade to significantly improve the look. Ford's Sync 3 interface woos infotainment fans and tech lovers with full smartphone integration by means of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
FordPass with the Sync Connect ownership app allows you to remotely connect to the Escape from your smartphone. Additional 2017 technology updates bring the Escape in line with contemporary safety options offered to drivers across the class, including lane-departure prevention, a driver drowsiness monitor and adaptive cruise control with forward collision alert.
The exterior design is evolved with Ford's newly imagined modern front-end styling as seen throughout its model line.
Ford gives the 2017 Escape two new turbocharged EcoBoost four-cylinder engines. The 1.5-liter replaces the previous 1.6 but offers comparatively similar power and fuel economy. But at this size the turbo appears to improve fuel economy more than it does off-the-line speed. Performance seekers should consider a bump up to the updated 2.0-liter turbo engine if they can. This powerplant puts out more horsepower and torque than in previous years. With a zero-to-60 time of less than 7 seconds, the 2.0-liter earns the Escape a nod as one of the quickest-to-accelerate compact crossovers out there.
The 2017 Escape's varying models have near-ranking fuel economies ranging from a combined 23 to 26 mpg. The FWD 1.5-liter turbo achieves an EPA-rated 26 mpg combined (23 city/30 highway) while the AWD 2.0 turbocharged option is rated 23 mpg combined (20 city/27 highway).
Three trim levels are available: S, SE and Titanium. You'll find select desirable options to be more affordable or even standard for 2017, like Ford's automatic climate control system which is newly standard on the midgrade SE trim level. S is the base trim. SE offers several enticing upgrades and customization routes such as the SE Technology package, Cold Weather package and Leather Comfort package. The fully featured Titanium sets the bar high with a broad suite of luxuries as well as its exclusive foot sensor for the power liftgate. Even sportier styling is possible thanks to the Sport Appearance add-on available for both the SE and Titanium trim packages.
With so many options, choosing the perfect crossover may seem like a challenge. Let Edmunds help find the one that is just right for you.
2017 Ford Escape Overview
The 2017 Ford Escape is offered in the following submodels: Escape SUV. Available styles include SE 4dr SUV (1.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A), SE 4dr SUV AWD (1.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A), Titanium 4dr SUV AWD (1.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A), Titanium 4dr SUV (1.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A), and S 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 6A).
What do people think of the 2017 Ford Escape?
Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2017 Ford Escape and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2017 Escape 3.5 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2017 Escape.
Edmunds Expert Reviews
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What's a good price for a New 2017 Ford Escape?
2017 Ford Escape Titanium 4dr SUV AWD (1.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A)
The 2017 Ford Escape Titanium 4dr SUV AWD (1.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $34,780. The average price paid for a new 2017 Ford Escape Titanium 4dr SUV AWD (1.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A) is trending $7,598 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $7,598 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$27,182.
The average savings for the 2017 Ford Escape Titanium 4dr SUV AWD (1.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A) is21.8% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
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2017 Ford Escape Titanium 4dr SUV (1.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A)
The 2017 Ford Escape Titanium 4dr SUV (1.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $31,335. The average price paid for a new 2017 Ford Escape Titanium 4dr SUV (1.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A) is trending $8,420 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $8,420 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$22,915.
The average savings for the 2017 Ford Escape Titanium 4dr SUV (1.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A) is26.9% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
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Should I lease or buy a 2017 Ford Escape?
Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.