2017 Ford Escape Overview
The 2017 Ford Escape is a small crossover utility vehicle that carries a starting MSRP of $23,600. The Ford Escape has been significantly restyled for the 2017 model year. Changes to the vehicle include updated exterior styling, new entertainment technology, and more powerful engine options. The new Escape competes in the same segment as the Toyota RAV4, Honda CR-V, and Mazda CX-5.
What’s New for the 2017 Ford Escape?
Ford’s Sync 3 infotainment system has been updated and now features an enhanced voice recognition system, as well as quicker response times. Another new feature is FordPass with the Sync Connect app, which can be used to start the Escape’s engine, check fluid levels, or simply just locate the vehicle in a crowded parking lot, among other uses. The new Escape also benefits from a refreshed exterior design, new color options, and a redesigned cabin. The 2017 Ford Escape is offered in three trim levels: S, SE, and Titanium.
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2017 Ford Escape Exterior
The 2017 version of the Ford Escape wears a new hexagonal grille, which replaces the trapezoidal shaped grille of the previous model year. The 2017 Escape also features new bold headlight and taillight designs, as well as sporting a new aluminum hood. Consumers who are looking for a more fierce design may opt for the new Sport Appearance package, which provides 19-inch Ebony Black painted alloy-wheel wheels and black accents around the grille, mirror caps, and lamp bezels. Exterior color options for the new ’17 Escape include Lightning Blue Metallic, Canyon Ridge Metallic, and Shadow Black.
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Exterior available on the 2017 Ford Escape S
- Molded-in-color black door handles, Molded-in-color black upper grille, Black lower grille, Molded-in-color black sideview mirror caps, Black beltline moldings, Body-color liftgate, Non-configurable daytime running lamps, LED taillamps, Molded-in-color Sterling Gray lower front and rear fascia, Molded-in-Color Sterling Gray bodyside cladding, Molded-in-color Sterling Gray wheellip molding, Manual liftgate, 17-inch steel wheels with Sparkle Silver-painted covers, Halogen reflector headlamps
Exterior available on the 2017 Ford Escape SE
- Body-color door handles, Silver-painted front upper grille with chrome bar insert and surround, Gloss body-color sideview mirror caps, Bright beltline molding, Fog lamps, Dual chrome exhaust tips, Molded-in-color silver front and rear skid plates, 17-inch Sparkle Silver-painted aluminum wheels
Exterior available on the 2017 Ford Escape Titanium
- Heated exterior mirrors with memory, security approach lamps, and turn signal indicators; LED signature lighting; Silver-painted roof rack side rails; Hands-free power liftgate with foot-activation; Windshield wiper de-icer; 18-inch Sparkle Silver-painted aluminum wheels
2017 Ford Escape Performance
The 2017 Ford Escape comes standard with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that pumps out 168 horsepower and 170 lb-ft of torque. Taking a step up to the SE and Titanium trims means your Escape will feature a new 1.5-liter four-cylinder turbo motor rated at 179 horsepower and 177 lb-ft of torque. Lastly, a 2.0-liter twin-scroll turbo four-cylinder is also available that’s good for 240 horsepower and 270 lb-ft or toque. Both of the turbo options include auto start/stop technology that’s designed to improve fuel economy, while all three engine options are matched with a six-speed automatic transmission with SelectShift capability. Furthermore, the 2017 Escape is capable of towing up to 3,500 pounds when equipped with the 240-horsepower turbo engine, as well as the intelligent all-wheel drive system.
2017 Ford Escape Efficiency
When equipped with the standard four-cylinder engine, the 2017 Ford Escape yields EPA-estimated fuel economy of 21 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway. For those people seeking the best fuel efficiency possible, the Escape’s new 1.5-liter turbo engine helps this small crossover achieve EPA-estimated fuel economy of up to 23 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. In addition, the ‘17 Escape comes standard with a 15.7 gallon fuel tank.
2017 Ford Escape Interior
The 2017 Ford Escape provides seating for up to five people and comes with significant changes for the new model year. A new electronic parking brake has been added and the shifter has been moved further back, which allowed for a restyled center console that includes improved cupholders and storage space. Besides offering new USB ports and a redesigned steering wheel, the 2017 Escape also offers an updated version of the Sync 3 infotainment system with 8-inch touchscreen. The new infotainment system is said to be much more responsive and comes with improved voice recognition technology than the prior version. As for storage space, the 2017 Escape offers 34 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats and that number grows to 68 cubic feet when the rear seats are folded downward.
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Interior available on the 2017 Ford Escape S
- Center floor console with armrest, Overhead console with sunglasses storage, 6 cup holders, Driver’s side footrest, Carpeted first and second row floor mats, Two second row coat hooks, Front and rear center dome lights with theatre dimming, Manual day/night rearview mirror, Urethane steering wheel with cruise and audio controls, Driver and front passenger visor vanity mirrors, Four powerpoints, Power windows with driver’s side one touch/down, Autolamp with headlamp courtesy delay, Cloth front bucket seats, 6-way manual driver seat, 60/40 split-fold-flat rear seat backs, Ice Blue® instrument panel cluster lighting, AM/FM single CD/MP3 with 6 speakers, SYNC® Enhanced Voice Recognition Communication and Entertainment System, Remote Keyless-Entry System
Interior available on the 2017 Ford Escape SE
- Dual-zone electronic automatic temperature control (DEATC) with rear air duct, 10-way power driver seat with power lumber adjust, Steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters, 8 cup holders, Compass and outside temperature display, Illuminated driver and front passenger visor vanity mirrors, Chrome door release levers, SecuriCode™ Keyless-Entry Keypad, SiriusXM Satellite Radio
Interior available on the 2017 Ford Escape Titanium
- Leather-wrapped steering wheel with cruise and audio controls, Leather-trimmed front bucket seats, Auto-dimming rearview mirror, Leather-wrapped gear-shift knob, Power front and rear windows with one-touch/down, Ambient lighting, 10-way power passenger seat, Driver seat memory, Reverse sensing system, BLIS® with Cross-Traffic Alert, Perimeter Alarm, Audio System from Sony® with 10 speakers, Power converter 110-volt outlet in place of rear center console Powerpoint, Intelligent Access with Push-Button Start, Universal garage door opener, Remote start system, SYNC® 3, SYNC® Connect
2017 Ford Escape Safety
While every model of the 2017 Ford Escape comes standard with a rear view camera and LED tailights, Ford also offers additional safety technology such as its adaptive cruise control system, which allows the driver to set a predetermined speed, but when sensors detect a slower moving vehicle directly ahead, it can adjust the speed of the Escape until the driver passes the slower automobile. The new Escape also offers a lane-keeping system that will alert the driver via vibrations in the steering-wheel if the Escape is veering out of its lane.
Standard Safety Features
- Mini spare tire
- Personal Safety System™ with dual-stage driver and front-passenger airbags
- Driver Knee Airbag
- Front seat-mounted side-impact airbags
- Safety Canopy System
- Belt Minder® (Driver and Front Passenger)
- Brake Assist
- Head restraints
- Height-adjustable and retractable three-point safety belts
- Lower Anchors and Tether Anchors for Children (TATCH)
- SOS Post-Crash Alert System™
- Tire Pressure Monitoring System
- Rear View Camera
- AdvanceTrac® with Roll Stability Control™
- SecuriLock® Passive Anti-Theft System
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