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2017 Ford Escape: Monthly Update for September 2017

by Brent Romans, Senior Editor

2017 Ford Escape

Where Did We Drive It?
Our yearlong test of our 2017 Ford Escape is drawing to a close. We've got about another month to go and then it's off to the pasture with this one. Discounting the day that I locked the ignition key inside, September was an uneventful month for our Escape. Nothing broke and nobody ranted about anything. It was just 1,200 steady miles of utility-enhanced driving plus a brief stop at a Ford dealer for a 20,000-mile scheduled service.

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2017 Ford Escape: Monthly Update for August 2017

by Jonathan Elfalan, Road Test Manager

2017 Ford Escape

Where Did We Drive It?
We gave our long-term 2017 Ford Escape the month of July off after clocking nearly 5,000 miles the month before. Come August, it decided to extend its sabbatical.

During its time of reflection at home, the Escape discovered it doesn't do city life all that well, at least in terms of fuel economy. All that low-end torque is just too available to not dig into every time you have to dive into the traffic stream or run up an on-ramp.

Despite its leisurely month, our Escape still surpassed its 20,000-mile goal early.

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2017 Ford Escape: Monthly Update for July 2017

by Cameron Rogers, Staff Writer

2017 Ford Escape

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.

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2017 Ford Escape: Monthly Update for May 2017

by Brent Romans, Senior Editor

2017 Ford Escape

Where Did We Drive It?
We drove our 2017 Ford Escape about 1,700 miles in May. Alongside the normal commuting, we traveled from our Edmunds offices in Santa Monica, California, to Las Vegas for a video-related conference and, later in the month, made a trip to Fresno (home to this year's National Spelling Bee's champion, incidentally).

From all that, we've got newfound commentary about our Escape's fuel economy (maybe it's not as bad as we thought), reporting on a windshield repair, and observations on our Escape's lack of certain desirable features and its merit as a small crossover we'd recommend to friends.

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2017 Ford Escape SE AWD: Monthly Update for April 2017

by Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor

2017 Ford Escape SE AWD

Where Did We Drive It?
Our long-term 2017 Ford Escape racked up close to 1,400 miles this month, during which it served commuter duty and as an escape (har har) vehicle for a hiking trip into the local mountains.

We also installed a roof-mounted cargo box for the Escape's trip into the great outdoors. It made it much easier to pack enough gear for the trip and still leave room for passengers.

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2017 Ford Escape: Monthly Update for December 2016

Travis Langness, Automotive Editor

2017 Ford Escape

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.

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2017 Ford Escape: Monthly Update for November 2016

by Josh Sadlier, Content Strategist

2017 Ford Escape

Where Did We Drive It?
Most notably, our long-term 2017 Ford Escape took its talents to Portland this month on a Thanksgiving road trip, with your humble narrator at the helm. It's about 1,950 miles if you stick to Interstate 5, but we detoured through Sonoma on the way up, so our total was closer to 2,100. The Escape also saw consistent commuting use, including a stay with Editor Dan Frio, who lives forever away in southern Orange County. All in all, it was a 3,300-mile month, give or take — a pace we're unlikely to maintain, though it would be neat if we did.

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2017 Ford Escape: Introduction

by Mike Schmidt, Senior Manager, Vehicle Testing on November 3, 2016

2017 Ford Escape

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.

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