2017 Ford Escape SE AWD: Monthly Update for April 2017
by Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor
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.
What Kind of Fuel Economy Did It Get?
The Escape averaged 20.2 mpg over the course of the month, which wasn't enough to move its lifetime average. April's fuel economy result extends the Escape's streak of performing considerably below its EPA combined estimate, and even below its city number.
Some of April's fuel-heavy ways are attributable to the aforementioned roof cargo box. Still, the Escape's track record of delivering underwhelming fuel economy grows increasingly unlikely to reverse as the miles continue to pile up.
Average lifetime mpg: 20.5
EPA mpg rating: 25 combined (22 city/29 highway)
Best fill mpg: 29.3
Best range: 338.7 miles
Current odometer: 12,366 miles
Maintenance and Upkeep
"The Escape is definitely a sporty option in this segment. It feels urgent and ready to make a pass at just about any time. Throttle response in town and on the highway are excellent. While there may be more comfortable options in the compact SUV segment, this one certainly makes sense as a driver's car." — Travis Langness, automotive editor
"I'm on record as saying the new 2017 CR-V's 1.5-liter turbo engine is good enough to make me wonder if I'd miss the Escape's 2.0-liter turbo. Well, I'm not wondering anymore. I took the Escape home for the first time in a while and was impressed anew by the eager acceleration and exceptional refinement of this motor. The CR-V turbo is a step above the small-crossover norm, for sure, but the 2.0-liter Escape is clearly an additional step up. I also like how the Escape's conventional automatic transmission downshifts smartly whenever I punch the gas — there's none of the delayed ramp-up to peak power you get with Honda's continuously variable automatic transmission." — Josh Sadlier, senior manager, content strategy
"I finally found the limits of the Escape's turbocharged engine. OK, maybe not the extreme limits, but at least a situation where I wasn't overwhelmed by its performance. I was headed down the local toll road, which is a wide-open stretch of highway with lots of hills. With two teenagers onboard and a cargo bay full of weekend bags, the Escape had trouble maintaining its speed up some of the steeper inclines. It wasn't terrible, but it was the first time that this Escape felt anything but eager to accelerate." — Kelly Hellwig, manager of content production
"The color on this thing is fantastic in the sun. It just looks like a dull brown sometimes in the shade, but it really pops in sunlight. Kudos, Ford." — Travis Langness