TestDriveNow Auto Critic Gets Behind the Wheel of the 2017 Ford Escape and Likes What He Finds

Ford's Escape is a compact SUV that's been big hit with crossover/SUV shoppers for a number of years, offering great interior space, a handsome, low-key build and any number of features and options to keep you and your passengers riding in comfort. Recently, well-known auto writer Steve Hammes of TestDriveNow spent some time behind the wheel of the refreshed 2017 Ford Escape, and reports that Ford continues to improve the Escape in key areas from year to year to keep it feeling constantly fresh.

In particular, Hammes likes the two new EcoBoost engine options for the 2017 Escape, which is available with all-wheel drive in all about the front-wheel-drive-only base model. The base Escape comes with the engine it has last year - a 2.5-liter four-cylinder that makes 168 horsepower and 171 pound-feet of torque. But the EcoBoost engines offers distinct advantages. The smaller of the two is a 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that produces 179 horsepower and 177 pound feet of torque, and manages to achieve EPA-rated fuel economy of up to 23 mpg city and 30 mpg highway. Then there's the bigger 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that delivers 245 horsepower and 275 pound-feet torque, and has a best-in-class tow rating of up to 3,500 pounds.

TestDriveNow's Hammes is a big fan of Ford's new SYNC 3 infotainment system, which is simple and intuitive and works easily with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. He also likes the overall visibility in the Escape, which has a large front windshield, and the notes that the car-like seating positions are comfortable without being too high (or hard to climb in and out from).

Jack Kain Ford is top Ford dealership in the greater Lexington, KY area, and we regularly have a terrific selection of all the latest Ford models, including the Escape. Our showroom is conveniently located in nearby Versailles, KY, and we'll also close to Georgetown and Lawrenceburg. Stop by today, or give us a call at (888) 685-1211 and we'll setup time for test drive that fits your schedule.

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