- Body Type: SUV
- Drive: FWD
- 36 Months
- Torque: 170 ft-lbs.
- Year: 2016
- Engine Size: 2.5L
- Transmission: Automatic
- Fuel Type: Gas
- Cylinders: 4
- Horsepower: 168 hp
- EPA Mileage (CTY/HWY): 22/31 mpg
2016 Ford Escape Overview
Based on the engaging Ford Focus, the current Escape drives like a Focus on its tiptoes (that’s a compliment) and, when fitted with the turbocharged 2.0-liter engine, it’s one of the quickest small crossovers in this price range. Moreover, the Escape earns its crossover stripes with optional all-wheel drive, respectable fuel economy, a spacious cargo bay and an available hands-free power liftgate with a super-cool foot sensor.
One of our few issues with the current-generation Escape has been the finicky operation of its optional MyFord Touch infotainment system, built with Microsoft know-how but plagued from birth by significant usability issues. Happily, the 2016 Escape gets a clean slate with the introduction of the BlackBerry-powered Sync 3 system, which Ford says has quicker response times and a simplified menu that appears as a strip at the bottom of the central touchscreen. Sync 3 also features intuitive pinch-and-swipe functions, just like a smartphone, while matching the feature-rich excellence of MyFord Touch. Time will tell whether it’s a bigger hit with owners, but based on our initial impressions, it seems to be a real step forward.
Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options
Standard features on the S include 17-inch steel wheels, an integrated blind-spot mirror, MyKey parental controls, full power accessories, keyless entry, cruise control, air-conditioning, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a height-adjustable driver seat, a 60/40-split folding and reclining rear seat, a 4.2-inch central display, a rearview camera, the Sync voice command electronics interface with AppLink smartphone integration, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity and a six-speaker sound system with a CD player and a USB port.
2016 Ford Escape Driving Impression/Review
Some compact crossovers feel tall and bulky from the driver seat, but the Escape just feels like a sporty hatchback with a higher center of gravity. The driving position is also elevated, of course, so you get that SUV-style commanding view of the road, yet the Escape remains firmly planted to the pavement during quick transitions. Fortunately, this dynamic character doesn’t come at the expense of ride comfort, which is exemplary by class standards.
Performance ranges from average with the 2.5-liter and turbocharged 1.6-liter engines to downright spirited with the turbocharged 2.0-liter unit. Although most owners will likely be content with the 1.6-liter turbo’s acceleration and fuel economy, it’s hard to resist the 2.0-liter turbo, as it delivers much more capability with only a modest reduction in fuel efficiency.