2016 Ford Escape Review
The 2016 Ford Escape is essentially a tall wagon not unlike most compact crossover SUVs. It’s a sporty one, at that, and that tells everything from the way in which it drives to the way in which it does not quite coddle its passengers. It is rakish, sporty, and modern, and it stands as quite an about face from what it was a few model years ago when it made the transition from a substantially more boxy shape.
The Escape carries over to 2016 with only a few minor changes, and versus rivals that include the Honda CR-V, Hyundai Santa Fe Sport, Toyota RAV4 and others, it continues to search (and drive) in a sportier, more car-like manner, with crisp handling, powerful, responsive powertrains, and reasonably good passenger space.
2016 Ford Escape Exterior
Ford gave the Escape a daring redesign 3 years ago, nudgingOK, shoving from the conventional SUV styling doldrums and into its rakish, exciting new shape.
With the new look came a dynamic, occasionally perplexing cockpit. The modern look the motorist strikes inside the Escape is less familiar, more daring than ever before, contoured and greatly styled. It wraps around the front occupants in a swoopy, finely comprehensive manner which makes other compact crossover insides feel boring. In turn, it loses the open, airy feel of the first-generation Escape, and the rakish look has some trade-offs, like endangered visibility and thicker roof columns and less knee and legroom. Such is the price of modernity.
2016 Ford Escape Interior
Some of the details are prepared for a rework, and luckily the Escape is near its midlife refresh. At center, a wide ribbon of high-gloss gray plastic, with some climate and sound functions, loops around these a set of center stack controls, with a piano-like layout of buttons and tall, lanky air vents. At the top of this Matterhorn of modernity, ironically, is a CD slot the one relic of the previous decade we can spot inside the new Escape from a dozen feet away. Time for it to go. Oddly, there’s another horizontal airport beneath the LCD screen that seems to exist to cool the climate controls and knee caps. There’s a good deal of visual complexity in here that could use a calm hand and a stylistic “delete” button.
2016 Ford Escape Features
Ford offers a trio of power plants in the Escape to underpin that assignment. The base one will not leave anyone wanting more: it’s a smooth, competent, boring 2.5-liter four-cylinder that is primarily aimed at fleet buyers. It’s cheap but actually does not feel that way once it is assembled a head of steam.
The most popular Escape powertrain, in this generation, has been the midrange turbo four. The 1.6-liter engine provides straight-line acceleration roughly on par with the 2.5-liter engine not to mention with the RAV4 or CRVbut tops those with a torquey, assured feel that doesn’t lead to as much downshifting on the interstates, in our expertise.
For the top performer, the 240-hp, 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 pushes the Escape to 60 miles per hour in less than eight seconds. It’s the powerplant we had choose has the clout to separate the Escape from practically every other crossover SUV in its class.
A six-speed automatic is the only transmission for the lineup, and it functions just fine. It is mated well to the turbo engines, and the shift points strike a superb balance between straight-line acceleration and gas mileage.
The Escape comes with front-wheel drive in almost all of its forms, but if you are not in the Snow Belt you should not think of all-wheel drive (AWD) as required. With all-wheel drive, you get some additional heft. In the Escape’s instance, the comparatively straightforward AWD arrangement splits power between the front and rear wheels to change power up to 100 percent to the ending that still has a clasp.
2016 Ford Escape Performance
Most versions of the Ford Escape come with the features we’d want in a fundamental crossover SUVbut if you aren’t attentive, the price tag can press close to $40,000.
If you desire to be sure it stays simple, the foundation Escape S is no stripped down, misery. It contains air conditioning; an AM/FM/CD player with six speakers; an auxiliary jack; power windows; cloth seats; and the 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine and the 6-speed automatic for around $24,000.
A step up from that is the Escape SE, which adds on typical satellite radio; a 10-way power driver’s seat; 17-inch wheels; keypad entry on the door frame; and Ford’s Bluetooth-driven SYNC controller, which uses voice commands to run telephone and sound systems, with information shown on a 4.0-inch color screen.
As well as the top 240-hp inline 4, the Titanium also steps up to heated mirrors, 19-inch wheels, keyless ignition, and fog lamps. You’ll also get a hands-free tailgate, which lets you wave a foot under the bumper to open or shut the tailgate mechanically, and a passenger-side power front seat.
HID headlights, blind-spot monitors, park assistance, and rain-sensing wipers are grouped together into a Titanium Technology Package.
At that price, we are unsure why you wouldn’t elect for a luxury-brand crossover like Ford’s own Lincoln MKC.
2016 Ford Escape Video
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