2017 Ford Escape: Monthly Update for August 2017
by Jonathan Elfalan, Road Test Manager
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.
What Kind of Fuel Economy Did It Get?
During the month of August, we turned the fewest miles and the lowest average fuel economy since taking ownership of the our 2017 Ford Escape. With commuting making up the majority of the 322-mile month, our Escape returned a disappointingly low 17.4 mpg average. This was enough to drop our lifetime economy by a tenth of an mpg — no big deal — right as we clicked over our 20,000-mile target. We've got one more month to go on our full year of ownership.
Average lifetime mpg: 20.8
EPA mpg rating: 23 combined (20 city/27 highway)
Best fill mpg: 32.0 miles
Best range: 408.3 miles
Current odometer: 20,071 miles
Maintenance and Upkeep
"Having tested the turbo 1.5-liter-powered Escape just this past week, I really appreciate the difference just a half-liter makes. The smaller engine car weighed in at 3,620 pounds, roughly 200 pounds lighter than our long-term car due in part to its front-wheel-drive layout, but was 2.5 seconds slower getting to 60 mph. On top of this, the 1.5-liter car is only rated 1 mpg better across the board. I'll gladly make that trade for the 2.0-liter's juice." — Jonathan Elfalan, road test manager
"Sync 3 might be great overall, but the satellite radio streaming quality is garbage. I like audiophile quality. I can't afford it, but I like it. And I can tolerate a wide range of sound quality, but not the overcompressed warble that comes through the Escape's speakers when listening to SiriusXM. The sibilance on vocals, the phasing cymbals — it's bad. Like Napster-circa-2000-96-kbps bad.
"Satellite radio inherently has these bandwidth/compression issues, but the radio receivers in most of our other long-term cars sound decent. The Escape stands out as awful." — Dan Frio, staff writer
"I've got to say I'm a little surprised our Escape clicked over to 20K miles so soon. I figured the compact size and limited range of this thing would dissuade people from driving it anywhere but around town. Shows you what I know." — Kurt Niebuhr, photo editor
"I did nearly everything I could to break 19 mpg for the tank of gas I burned driving around town, but it was no good. I like the sauce of this motor, but if you so much as look at the throttle pedal funny, you get 4 mpg. I know others on staff have hit and exceeded the EPA numbers on this thing, but I just don't have the self-control. I blame it on the boost. ..." — Kurt Niebuhr