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2017 Ford Escape KBB Expert Review

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By Bob Nagy

Strategically updated for 2017, the Ford Escape becomes an even more attractive alternative in the popular compact-SUV segment that includes the Honda CR-V, Kia Sportage, Hyundai Tucson, Mazda CX-5, Mitsubishi Outlander Sport and Toyota RAV4. Tasteful but effective exterior restyling enhances the Escape’s curb appeal while a comprehensive remake of its roomy, comfortable 5-passenger cabin elevates both visual sophistication and user-friendliness. Available in S/SE/Titanium trims and front- or all-wheel drive, the 2017 Escape also introduces a host of advanced tech touches including Ford’s Sync 3 infotainment system with Sync Connect along with support for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. This versatile Ford offers three engines -- including two new, more powerful and more efficient EcoBoost 4-cylinders -- that help the Escape retain its best-in-class tow ratings.

You'll Like This Car If...

Buyers in the market for a stylish compact SUV that’s roomy, comfortable and capable with state-of-the-art infotainment features and class-leading tow ratings will find an ideal travel mate in the 2017 Escape.

You May Not Like This Car If...

Save for personal styling preferences, there’s not a great deal to ding in this latest iteration of the Escape. The Mazda CX-5 has more sporting character and the Honda CR-V offers marginally more cargo space, but Ford’s highly adaptable hauler makes an impressive case for itself on every functional front.

What's New for 2017

Ford’s most popular SUV model has received a comprehensive mid-cycle update for 2017. More sophisticated exterior styling is complemented by a major interior redesign that introduces its latest Sync 3 infotainment package. New EcoBoost engine choices and a full complement of active driver-assist systems round out the roster of changes.

Driving It Driving Impressions

Ford’s latest Escape continues to be an attractive choice for the subcompact-crossover-SUV set, thanks to its driver-accommodating cabin rework and a well-sorted suspension that serves up a commendable mix of comfort and confidence. While not as overtly sporty as the Mazda CX-5, body roll in the twisties is fairly well controlled, abetted by the Escape’s standard AdvanceTrac with Roll Stability Control. A high nose, prominent A-pillars and relatively large turning circle do impact its abilities in super-tight confines but have little effect on busy city streets or freeways where new available features like Lane-Keeping Assist/Aid, Adaptive Cruise Control and Forward Collision Warning with brake support complement existing Blind Spot Information and Hill Start Assist systems. Both new EcoBoost engines smoothly and swiftly serve up impressive power, while the Escape’s optional Intelligent 4-Wheel Drive on-demand system seamlessly but efficiently adds more capability on slick road surfaces or when the pavement ends.

Favorite Features

Standard on Titanium and available on SE, the 2017 Escape debuts the most sophisticated form of Ford’s Sync 3 system to date. It now includes support for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay while offering a new Sync Connect feature that lets owners remotely control various vehicle functions using their smartphone.

Ford has materially elevated the Escape’s selection of available driver assists for 2017 by making Lane Keeping Alert/Lane Keeping Aid, Adaptive Cruise Control and Collision Warning with brake support, Automatic High Beams and Enhanced Active Park Assist new options on the top-line Titanium model.

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