2017 Ford Escape First Drive Review: Refreshed with New Look, New Tech [Video]

The Ford Escape is one of the top-selling crossovers in the country and among Ford’s top-sellers, behind only the F-Series truck and Fusion midsize sedan. For 2017, the Ford Escape has been refreshed and comes with significant changes such as a new look, two new powertrains, an improved interior, and many new hi-tech features.

Visual enhancements include a new grille that adopts styling cues from the Ford Edge. It’s part of a new front fascia that is a little less cluttered than the previous model’s front features. This relatively minor change makes for a big improvement to the Escape’s overall appearance.

The SE and Titanium models come with a new 180-horsepower 1.5-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder. The Escape SE and Titanium can be ordered with four-wheel drive and optional 2.0L twin-scroll turbocharged EcoBoost four-cylinder that produces 245-horsepowert. All engines come linked with six-speed automatic transmissions and paddle-shifters added for Escape SE and Titanium.

Ford’s recommended towing capacity when properly equipped is 1,500 pounds for the 2.5-liter, 2,000 pounds for the 1.5L turbo and 3,500 pounds for the 2.0L turbo.

Inside, a more upscale cabin accommodates all five passengers. The driver now has the use of SYNC 3, Ford’s latest infotainment software. The Escape is the first Ford product to ship with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability.

Additionally, the Escape is also debuting SYNC 3’s newest feature called SYNC Connect. Coming with a free, five-year subscription, SYNC Connect allows owners to remotely start, lock and unlock, monitor diagnostics, and track vehicle location from a securely connected smartphone.

Now the new 2017 Escape come with Ford’ s modern assortment of safety systems, including the blind spot information system, hill-start assist, auto high-beam control, and the foot-operated rear tailgate. New for the Escape is adaptive cruise control, Enhanced Active Park Assist, Lane-Keeping System, and the Driver Alert System.