2017 Ford Escape: Monthly Update for March 2017
by Cameron Rogers, Associate Editor
Where Did We Drive It?
March was one of the lowest-mileage months on record for our 2017 Ford Escape. Though we added only 1,248 miles to the odometer, we pushed the Escape past the 10,000-mile mark in its sixth month in our fleet. Hitting the halfway point was met with little fanfare (Magrath only buys cakes at the 15K milestone), although we did treat the Escape to a patch when we found a screw lodged in the right rear tire.
What Kind of Fuel Economy Did It Get?
The Escape spent most of March puttering around town, which predictably dragged down its overall fuel economy. Over the course of 1,248 miles, we consumed 67.634 gallons of gas for an average of 18.45 mpg (amazingly, within 0.01 mpg of last month's average of 18.46. You can't teach that kind of consistency, folks). Overall fuel economy dipped to 20.5 mpg from 20.8.
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: 10,977 miles
Maintenance and Upkeep
"We started up our Ford Escape after it had been parked for a couple days to find a TPMS warning light. After a quick inspection, we found a screw in the rear passenger-side tire. Our late-afternoon discovery necessitated a trip to a local Just Tires shop because of its late closing time. The cost was about 30 minutes of our time and 34.73 of our dollars." — Michael Massey, Vehicle Testing Assistant
"There's an odd sound coming from the chassis and I can't put a finger on it. I noticed it initially a few weeks ago but wasn't sure it was specific to the car. Then this morning, as I was accelerating on a freeway on-ramp, I heard it again. It's a low, hollow noise from the chassis that almost sounds like something is hitting or rubbing the inner wheelwell. It doesn't happen consistently enough to pinpoint, but it has happened enough times that I know something abnormal is going on. A quick visual check didn't produce any clues, so I guess I'll wait and see if anyone notices before we bother taking it into the dealer." — Ed Hellwig, Senior Editor