While there are a lot of players in the prospering compact-crossover sector, just the 2017 Ford Escape uses consumers their choice of three four-cylinder engine alternatives, all paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. The powertrain trifecta starts with the naturally aspirated 168-hp 2.5-liter inline-four, which comes only in the base, front-wheel-drive Escape S, a setup that we would certainly suggest missing. Next up is the turbocharged 179-hp 1.5-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder that comes requirement in the 2017 Escape SE and also Titanium trims, and also both of which offer four-wheel drive. Points intensify swiftly from there, with Ford giving SE and Titanium buyers the chance to include a tidy 66 horsepower by inspecting the $1295 choice box for the turbocharged 2.0-liter EcoBoost four, as on the 2017 Ford Escape Titanium evaluated here.
Unsurprisingly, we discovered the 2.0-Liter EcoBoost Escape to present the exact same proficient roadway manners as the previously evaluated 1.5-liter EcoBoost Titanium. That car rode on 18-inch wheels with 235/50 Michelin Latitude Tour HP rubber; our tester sported 19-inch light weight aluminum wheels shod with 235/45 Continental ContiProContact tires. Regardless of this Escape's lower-profile tires, optimum cornering hold on our skidpad gauged the very same 0.85 g as its 1.5-liter sibling, which is still well over average amongst portable crossovers.
The larger wheels and also low-profile rubber didn't convert right into comparable braking efficiency; our 2.0-liter Escape required 184 feet to find to a halt from 70 miles per hour, including 11 feet to the 1.5-liter Escape's efficiency. The 19s do not, nonetheless, upset the Escape's smooth ride. Regardless of framework tuning targeted at offering predictable handling as well as average body activities (as opposed to clinically exact dynamics), the steering and suspension are still tight enough that periodic aggressive inputs don't make it go weak in the knees.
Ranked at 245 horse power and also 275 lb-ft of spin, the EcoBoost 2.0-liter rests near the top of four-cylinder compact-crossover power scores. Just the Subaru Forester with the optional 2.0-liter turbo tops it, taking down 5 more horses for an overall of 250 horse power. Torque is a various story, with the Subie's 258 lb-ft falling 17 notches except the Escape. Although the optional normally aspirated V-6 engines in the Jeep Cherokee, Chevrolet Equinox, and GMC Terrain cover the 2.0-liter EcoBoost in horse power, they fall just except its torque figure.
To compare apples to somewhat smaller apples, the 2.0-liter EcoBoost in our all-wheel-drive Escape Titanium made sauce of the numbers posted earlier by a front-wheel-drive 2017 Escape Titanium with the 1.5-liter EcoBoost engine. With a zero-to-60-mph time of 7.1 secs and also a quarter-mile run of 15.6 secs, the 2.0-liter shaved 2.1- as well as 1.3-seconds off the 9.2- and 16.9-second times returned by the lighter, two-wheel-drive, 1.5-liter Escape. Among the four-cylinder competition, just the previously mentioned Subaru Forester with its 2.0-liter turbocharged flat-four handles to elude this Escape, reaching 60 mph in 6.3 seconds and finishing the quarter in 15 seconds level. The 2.0-liter EcoBoost's horse power prevalence pays dividends in towing, where it's rated to carry 3500 pounds; the 1.5-liter EcoBoost is rated for 2000 pounds, as well as the base 2.5 four-cylinder can pull just 1500 pounds.
This statistical shakedown is not to whet the cravings of power-crazed suburbanites, yet rather to highlight just what the $1295 price costs for the 2.0-liter EcoBoost gives the table. Yet Ford's upcharge for the 2.0-liter's added hustle doesn't stop at the supplier; along with that, Ford suggests (as it performs with the 1.5-liter EcoBoost) that you feed the 2.0-liter engine a steady diet plan of costs gas for optimum performance-- and you'll be purchasing even more of it. The Escape with the larger EcoBoost is EPA rated at 20/27 mpg city/highway, however we might squeeze just 19 mpg from it over 500 miles, even with the standard stop/start system doing its shutdown routine. Did we dip into its meaty, all-hands-on-deck torque much more often compared to the ordinary driver? Definitely. For reference, that's 5 mpg less than the 24 mpg we earned in its 264-pound-lighter doppelgänger with the 1.5-liter EcoBoost engine and also front-wheel drive. In our real-world freeway fuel-economy examination, go for a stable 75 mph, the Escape 2.0 T attained 26 mpg, a single mpg listed below its EPA freeway ranking.
With complete grunt online at a reasonably low 3000 rpm, the power to combine or dart for holes in web traffic is never ever greater than a pedal stomp away. Equipment swaps are performed by a six-speed automated with hand-operated moving capability, the single transmission available across the schedule. Configured for smooth performance instead of split-second action, the transmission will likely never offer the ordinary customer a second thought. Just as soon as did we capture it flat-footed and reduce to respond to an abrupt application of full throttle, where it missed out on a beat prior to downshifting. Changing for yourself is an alternative (by means of steering-wheel-mounted paddles on the SE and Titanium as well as by a thumb activate the change bar), but if compact-class thrills are your ultimate goal, Ford offers a dandy hatch called the Focus ST that will allow you obtain your groove on wherever as well as whenever you desire.