by Mike Schmidt, Senior Manager, Vehicle Testing on November 3, 2016
When the Ford Escape was first introduced for the 2001, the idea of the compact SUV hadn't really taken off yet. Today, compact SUVs such as the Escape often outsell their midsize-sedan stablemates thanks to efficient engines, elevated seating positions and abundant features.
For the past several years the Escape has been one of the top-selling vehicles in the category. That success didn't stop Ford from pushing ahead, however; it gave the Escape a minor update to assure it stays competitive. We liked the modest improvements, so we decided to add a midlevel Escape to our fleet to see just how well it stacks up to the competition.