2017 Ford Escape: Monthly Update for February 2017
by Travis Langness, Automotive Editor
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.
What Kind of Fuel Economy Did It Get?
The Escape's efficiency here has been underwhelming so far. This month it used roughly 86 gallons of 87 octane for an average of 18.5 mpg. That brought its lifetime average down from 21.4 mpg to 20.8 mpg, which is 17 percent lower than the combined EPA estimate of 25 mpg.
Also worth noting is the Escape's relatively limited real-world range in our hands. We've only notched six tanks of 300 miles or more, with our best tank stuck on 338.7 miles since last fall. The tank itself holds 15.7 gallons, so the math says a 400-mile run is within reach. A light-footed road trip is clearly in order to see if we can set a more respectable record.
Average lifetime mpg: 20.8
EPA mpg rating: 25 combined (22 city/29 highway)
Best fill mpg: 29.3
Best range: 338.7 miles
Current odometer: 9,730 miles
Maintenance and Upkeep
"I can see why compact SUVs are becoming the go-to vehicle for families. Our Escape has all the space you need 90 percent of the time. Whether you're hauling people or cargo, it has just enough room to squeeze it all in. Plus, when you're running errands and navigating parking lots, its smaller size makes it far easier to maneuver into tight spots and around sharp turns. As nice as it is to have a third row sometimes, the larger dimensions that come along with it can be a pain." — Ed Hellwig, Senior Editor
"Recommend upgrading to a trim level that has a leather-wrapped steering wheel. Ours has a vinyl covering that feels very cheap. Almost sticky. However, the shape of the rim itself is outstanding, with contours right where your hands need them." — Jay Kavanagh, Engineering Editor
"These seats are excellent. Initial comfort is good, bolstering is respectable for a vehicle in this class, and I love the material. Everyone is pushing faux leather into the market that looks good but doesn't feel nearly as nice. It's so refreshing to have a quality cloth seat to sit on." — Travis Langness, Automotive Editor