2017 Ford Escape: Monthly Update for December 2016
Travis Langness, Automotive Editor
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.
What Kind of Fuel Economy Did It Get?
Though it wasn't exactly a riveting month for the Escape, it did hit a new high for fuel economy. One of the Escape's four fill-ups this month worked out to 26.2 mpg, which is our first tank to be higher than the EPA's combined city/highway estimate of 25 mpg. Unfortunately, our Escape's lifetime average is still well below the city EPA estimate, and we've yet to meet the highway EPA estimate. Looks like a few light-footed road trips are in order. Here are the details after three months of driving.
Average lifetime mpg: 21.3 mpg
EPA mpg rating: 25 mpg combined (22 city/29 highway)
Best fill mpg: 26.6 mpg
Best range: 338.7 miles
Current odometer: 7,012 miles
Maintenance and Upkeep
Our Escape wasn't due for any scheduled maintenance this month.
"Light steering and a small turning circle give the Escape great maneuverability. Generally speaking, this is one of the easiest cars to drive in our test garage. With its fold-flat second-row seat and boxy interior shape, it is also one of the most versatile." — Mike Schmidt, Senior Manager, Vehicle Testing
"I had doubts that our newly purchased bathtub would fit into the Escape. There wasn't a lot of wiggle room front to back or side to side. But I needed only drop the second row seat flat and slide it in." — Mike Schmidt
"It was more difficult to get my family to agree on a Christmas tree than it was to tie it to the roof of the Escape. The side rails made it quick and easy." — Mike Schmidt