Nathan argues that the Ford Escape led its class when Ford introduced this latest version back in 2012. However, now that we are five years into this car’s life, the competition has had some time to adjust. Now the Ford is only the fourth best selling car in its class. Despite this, Nathan still likes the Ford, but wants to help explain why it is that this vehicle has fallen from its throne.
There are definitely a lot of things about the vehicle that Nathan Likes. First is the 2.0L Ecoboost engine which makes 245 horsepower and 275 lb-ft of torque. This is mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission which powers all four wheels. Nathan thinks that this drive-train offers more than ample power, as well as an engaging driving experience, despite the numb steering.
Efficiency is certainly not a weakness of this car. The 2.0L engine gets 20 MPG city and 27 on the highway for a combined 23 MPG. This doesn’t lead the class by any means but it is still quite adequate.
So what happened with the Ford that has lead to this car no longer being the class leader? Nathan’s biggest gripe is with the interior of the car. He offers that it isn’t a bad place to be, but that it also isn’t that great of a place to be. The lack of some modern amenities, such as push-button start, make the 2017 Ford Escape feel a bit antiquated compared to its class-leading competitors. Also on the list of downfalls is the lack of interior room. While Nathan can fit in the backseat, it certainly doesn’t look very comfortable.
There is a lot to be said about the 2017 Ford Escape, and to find out what else Nathan makes of this vehicle, be sure to watch the full video!