2017 Ford Escape: Monthly Update for July 2017
by Cameron Rogers, Staff Writer
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.
What Kind of Fuel Economy Did It Get?
We averaged 19.2 mpg during the month of July, just below the Escape's city rating. We mostly used it for trips around town, so this number isn't surprising. Since we added so few miles in July, the Escape's overall fuel economy didn't budge at all. At 20.9 mpg, we're still 2 mpg below the EPA's combined rating of 23 mpg, a number that's not likely to change much.
Average lifetime mpg: 20.9
EPA mpg rating: 23 combined (20 city/27 highway)
Best fill mpg: 32
Best range: 408.3 miles
Current odometer: 19,749 miles
Maintenance and Upkeep
"The Escape's dashboard looks tired to me, especially compared to new arrivals like the 2017 Honda CR-V and Mazda CX-5. The styling and switchgear hark back to when the current Focus debuted, which seems like eons ago. I like the Sync 3 infotainment system (although Bluetooth playback froze twice on me over the weekend), but it's an island of modernity in a sea of dated contours and controls. The gauges are tacky, too. I salute the Escape's enduring sales success, but it's time for an overhaul in here." — Josh Sadlier, senior manager, content strategy
"Back in January, Ed wrote that he liked the simplicity of our long-term Escape. I totally agree. The Escape might seem a step or two behind the current crop of CUVs in the tech department, but that's OK. Some people prefer knobs and buttons over touchscreens and voice commands. I'm not sure which side of the fence I'm on, but I do know that when I drive the Escape, I appreciate how easy and intuitive the controls are." — Matt Jones, senior consumer advice editor
"I love listening to music from my personal library, and I don't have an unlimited data plan on my phone. These reasons are why I break out my old-school, final-generation iPod Classic when I get tired of satellite radio and podcasts. Sync 3 seems to hate indexing my iPod library. Between the Lincoln Continental and Escape, I usually have to go through several iPod resets and vehicle on-off cycles before I can select music through the touchscreen. With our long-term Chevy Volt, I just plug in the iPod and my music is accessible about 30 seconds later." — Cameron Rogers, staff writer
"The Escape's front center armrest makes an irritating creaking sound whenever you put pressure on it. If you use the armrest as an armrest, in other words. Next time we take the Escape in for service, we'll have it checked out." — Cameron Rogers
"I'm gonna keep beating this drum with current Ford products: There's just not enough driving range for comfort in these cars. I pulled into a gas station today with 257 miles on the Escape's trip meter and an indicated zero — zero! — miles to empty. The computer said I was averaging 18.7 mpg, which is pretty typical for this powerful rig. So we're talking about a real-world range of 250 miles in mixed driving, give or take. Our old Mustang GT had similar issues, as does our current Lincoln Continental. Sure, you can plan around it, but 250 miles? A Chevy Bolt can do that! I'd like to see Ford's gas tanks grow by a few gallons to make 300 miles between fills a distinct possibility. Feels like we're getting shortchanged as things stand." — Josh Sadlier