THEY’RE EVERYWHERE, THEY’RE EVERYWHERE!
… the 2017 Ford Escape
by Jim Corbran
On my way to my sister’s house over the weekend I couldn’t help but take note of the number of Ford Escapes on the road these days. It really hit home when I arrived and found three of them parked at or around her house.
The Escape was Ford’s original compact crossover, introduced for model year 2001. Mazda (then a partner with Ford) and Mercury had their own versions over the years: the Tribute and Mariner, respectively. Calendar year sales for 2001 were an impressive 164,184. That number has climbed to 307,069 for 2016, which makes it Ford’s current second-best seller after the F-series. (Interestingly, Ford sold a version of the early Escape in both Europe and China badged as a Ford Maverick.)
For model year 2017, the Escape has undergone a freshening. With a new hood and grille up front and new rear quarter panels which incorporate redesigned taillights and liftgate, the new Escape has a cleaned-up more modern look about it.
The Escape is the first Ford vehicle to make auto start-stop technology standard with either of the two EcoBoost engine offerings — a 1.5L or a 2.0L four cylinder unit. The base engine is a 2.5L four which is neither an EcoBoost nor does it have the start-stop feature. Most of us by now are familiar with start-stop, but if you’re new to the game, it shuts off the engine during common stops, and restarts it automatically when you release the brake pedal, saving fuel while idling at stop signs, red lights, and such.
Inside the new Escape you’ll find a push-button electronic parking brake, which once and for all removes the clumsy pull-up handle between the front seats. leaving a much more uncluttered look as well as more space for cupholders and the new, larger armrest. The floor-mounted shifter has also been moved back some to provide easier access to the climate controls on the center stack. There’s now a media bin located there, as well as a USB outlet and a covered power outlet. A new steering wheel has buttons for audio and climate control, and the glove box has been redesigned for easier access to stored items.
Pricing for the base model Escape S with front-wheel-drive starts at $23,750. It includes the 2.5L engine, six-speed automatic, 60/40 folding rear seats, 17” steel wheels with plastic covers, am/fm/cd/mp3 player with six speakers, and more. If you want 4-wheel-drive, you’ll have to move up to the Escape SE, which starts at $25,250 (and then add another $1,750 for the optional 4WD). The SE adds the 1.5L EcoBoost engine, dual-zone climate control, 10-way power driver’s seat, dual chrome exhausts, and more. The Top rung Escape Titanium ($29,250) comes with the 2.0L EcoBoost, Bi-Xenon headlamps, foot-activated liftgate, 18” aluminum wheels, leather, paddle shifters, and more.
It’s not hard to see why the Escape is so popular. It’s a handy size for a family of four (or five), attractive, and competitively priced.
You can read more, or build your own (see mine above), here: ford.com
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… the 2017 Ford Escape”
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