The insatiable SUV niche is plagued with every kind of models with numberless features. But currently, one of the best entry-level SUVs was created by Ford.
The 2016 Escape is arguably the most entertaining SUV to drive. It’s agile and with tons of power. Indeed, it does not drive like an SUV instead as a sedan. The exterior is modern with an aggressive and sporty look. The interior is dotted with upscale materials, acceptable cutting-edge features and with the same contemporary base as the exterior.
Of course, a powerful engine often translates into an awful fuel efficiency. However, thanks to the Escape’s turbocharged engines, it achieves a surprising rate in fuel efficiency.
Ford is well-known for improving year by year its lineup. In outgoing models of the Escape, people complained about the terrible experience using MyFord infotainment system. Now the car maker has taken the bull by the horns and replaced it with the new Sync 3 by Blackberry.
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Let’s review this athletic SUV.
Powerplants and Performance
The 2016 Escape is offered in three engine variants. All engines are equipped with a six-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel-drive system as standard while the S trim is available with the all-wheel-drive system.
On the S trim, a standard a 2.5-liter four-cylinder is available producing 168 horsepower and 170 lb-ft of torque. Fortunately, the fuel efficiency is excellent for SUV and it is rated at 22 mpg in city and 31 mpg on the highway.
Meantime, SE and Titanium come standard with a turbocharged 1.6-Liter four-cylinder that cranks out 178 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque. For a standard engine, this SUV is faster than the average model in its segment, sprinting from standstill to 60 mph in 8.7 seconds. The fuel efficiency drops slightly at 26 mpg combined with the front-wheel-drive system and 25 mpg combined with an all-wheel-drive system.
The fastest engine is optional on the SE and Titanium trim. A 2.0-Liter turbocharged four-cylinder can produce 240 horsepower and 270 lb-ft of torque. The performance is excellent and probably the best of its class, sprinting from standstill to 60 mph in 7 seconds straight. The fuel economy remains at 25 mpg combined with FWD and 23 mpg combined with AWD.
The Performance is exhilarating without any doubt and the fuel efficiency is insane. But the Escape is not only fast. It’s a beast in term of handling, similar to its sporty little brother, the Focus. Also, the Escape is capable of towing 4,500 pounds.
Exterior Beauty and Interior
The exterior is brilliant, with sharp lines and seductive curves. It is a really attractive car from any point of view. The HID headlights and dual chrome exhaust pipes along with 19-inch wheels are the most striking features of its aesthetic.
The same intrepid and modern concept was brought into the interior. The Escape’s cockpit is comfortable but, at first, a little bit overwhelming. Thanks to its new infotainment, the problem that Escape had in the past is solved. While the front seats are extremely comfortable and roomy enough, the rear and the cargo space don’t. It’s a little bit tiny compared with other rivals.
In cutting-edge features, the Escape is also a winner. Features as a moonroof, a Sony Audio System, cruise function and controls on the steering wheel, Ford’s self-parking, leather seats, and no-touch liftgate are available in higher trims.
The Bottom Line: Is it for me?
This car is for you if you are looking for a balanced car in every single feature. It has an entertaining performance and drive experience, with an impressive fuel economy backing it up.
This car is not for you if you are looking for a lot of space in either cargo space or back row. Also, the Escape doesn’t count with a third-row and the Off-road capabilities are not the best of its segment.
Starting price at US$23,100.