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2017 Ford Escape: Monthly Update for August 2017

by Jonathan Elfalan, Road Test Manager

2017 Ford Escape

Where Did We Drive It?
We gave our long-term 2017 Ford Escape the month of July off after clocking nearly 5,000 miles the month before. Come August, it decided to extend its sabbatical.

During its time of reflection at home, the Escape discovered it doesn't do city life all that well, at least in terms of fuel economy. All that low-end torque is just too available to not dig into every time you have to dive into the traffic stream or run up an on-ramp.

Despite its leisurely month, our Escape still surpassed its 20,000-mile goal early.

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2017 Ford Escape: Monthly Update for July 2017

by Cameron Rogers, Staff Writer

2017 Ford Escape

Where Did We Drive It?
Last month our 2017 Ford Escape traveled nearly 5,000 miles between editor Dan Edmunds' road trip to Oregon and numerous around-town trips, but July saw the Escape's return to normal commuting duties. In fact, it may have been an overcorrection: The Escape added only 973 miles to its odometer last month, far below our target monthly average of 1,700 miles. Still, the Escape is on track to top our overall yearly target of 20,000 miles in short order.

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2017 Ford Escape: Monthly Update for June 2017

by Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing

2017 Ford Escape

Where Did We Drive It?
You could say that our 2017 Ford Escape accumulated a fair bit of mileage this month, but that would be a gross understatement. We added over 4,800 miles this month. Our test isn't yet three-quarters done, but we're already 94 percent of the way to our 20,000-mile target.

I blame myself.

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2017 Ford Escape: Monthly Update for May 2017

by Brent Romans, Senior Editor

2017 Ford Escape

Where Did We Drive It?
We drove our 2017 Ford Escape about 1,700 miles in May. Alongside the normal commuting, we traveled from our Edmunds offices in Santa Monica, California, to Las Vegas for a video-related conference and, later in the month, made a trip to Fresno (home to this year's National Spelling Bee's champion, incidentally).

From all that, we've got newfound commentary about our Escape's fuel economy (maybe it's not as bad as we thought), reporting on a windshield repair, and observations on our Escape's lack of certain desirable features and its merit as a small crossover we'd recommend to friends.

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2017 Ford Escape SE AWD: Monthly Update for April 2017

by Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor

2017 Ford Escape SE AWD

Where Did We Drive It?
Our long-term 2017 Ford Escape racked up close to 1,400 miles this month, during which it served commuter duty and as an escape (har har) vehicle for a hiking trip into the local mountains.

We also installed a roof-mounted cargo box for the Escape's trip into the great outdoors. It made it much easier to pack enough gear for the trip and still leave room for passengers.

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2017 Ford Escape: Installing a Roof Box for Extra Storage

by Travis Langness, Automotive Editor

2017 Ford Escape

I recently took our long-term 2017 Ford Escape on a backpacking trip to the local mountains. I knew ahead of time that space would be limited. Three human passengers, plus a big dog lying across the backseat, meant the cabin would be full. On top of that, we would have three giant internal-frame backpacks and the gear and food required for a weekend of trekking through the woods. More space was needed, so I decided to mount a Thule roof box that we had used previously on a different long-term SUV.

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2017 Ford Escape: Monthly Update for March 2017

by Cameron Rogers, Associate Editor

2017 Ford Escape

Where Did We Drive It?
March was one of the lowest-mileage months on record for our 2017 Ford Escape. Though we added only 1,248 miles to the odometer, we pushed the Escape past the 10,000-mile mark in its sixth month in our fleet. Hitting the halfway point was met with little fanfare (Magrath only buys cakes at the 15K milestone), although we did treat the Escape to a patch when we found a screw lodged in the right rear tire.

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2017 Ford Escape: Performance Tested

by Michael Massey, Vehicle Testing Assistant

2017 Ford Escape

The 2017 Ford Escape received several improvements for this model year, but most of them are cosmetic upgrades and technology enhancements that don't translate into improved performance on the road. We took it to the track anyway, however, since we did go for the optional turbocharged 2.0-liter engine that received a slight power bump this year.

For the record, it only increased from 240 to 245 horsepower and from 270 to 275 lb-ft of torque. Not huge gains, but we know we liked how the engine felt on the road. With that in mind, we decided to take to the track and see what the numbers said.

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2017 Ford Escape: Monthly Update for February 2017

by Travis Langness, Automotive Editor

2017 Ford Escape

Where Did We Drive It?
It was a relatively busy month for our long-term 2017 Ford Escape. On top of its typical L.A. duties, the Escape had some extra cargo strapped to its freshly installed roof rack before hitting the road for Mammoth Mountain. We added a grand total of about 1,600 miles during the month, which left us just shy of the 10,000-mile midpoint of the test — a month ahead of schedule.

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2017 Ford Escape SE AWD: Monthly Update for January 2017

by Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor

2017 Ford Escape SE AWD

Where Did We Drive It?
Our long-term 2017 Ford Escape covered some 1,300 miles during January, easily eclipsing its rather tepid December total but falling well short of its monster November tally.

It traveled widely within the Los Angeles basin, serving as a surfboard transporter, a cargo hauler and a daily runabout for an editor with an especially long commute (southern Orange County to Santa Monica — ugh!).

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2017 Ford Escape: Monthly Update for December 2016

Travis Langness, Automotive Editor

2017 Ford Escape

Where Did We Drive It?
With the holidays in full swing, our long-term 2017 Ford Escape didn't see much serious action. We used it for some commuting to and from the office but not much else. We put about 800 miles on the odometer, which is shy of our monthly goal, but we have nine months to close that gap. If prior long-term tests of crossover SUVs are any indication, we shouldn't have any problem making up the difference.

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2017 Ford Escape: Monthly Update for November 2016

by Josh Sadlier, Content Strategist

2017 Ford Escape

Where Did We Drive It?
Most notably, our long-term 2017 Ford Escape took its talents to Portland this month on a Thanksgiving road trip, with your humble narrator at the helm. It's about 1,950 miles if you stick to Interstate 5, but we detoured through Sonoma on the way up, so our total was closer to 2,100. The Escape also saw consistent commuting use, including a stay with Editor Dan Frio, who lives forever away in southern Orange County. All in all, it was a 3,300-mile month, give or take — a pace we're unlikely to maintain, though it would be neat if we did.

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2017 Ford Escape: Introduction

by Mike Schmidt, Senior Manager, Vehicle Testing on November 3, 2016

2017 Ford Escape

When the Ford Escape was first introduced for the 2001, the idea of the compact SUV hadn't really taken off yet. Today, compact SUVs such as the Escape often outsell their midsize-sedan stablemates thanks to efficient engines, elevated seating positions and abundant features.

For the past several years the Escape has been one of the top-selling vehicles in the category. That success didn't stop Ford from pushing ahead, however; it gave the Escape a minor update to assure it stays competitive. We liked the modest improvements, so we decided to add a midlevel Escape to our fleet to see just how well it stacks up to the competition.

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