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Model Overview: 2017 Ford Escape Reviews and Specs

Apr 8, 2021 11:37:27 AM / by The Pit Boss

Review of the 2017 Ford Escape

The 2017 Ford Escape is a staple in the Ford lineup that has been popular for years. The 2017 model gets an updated look with the addition of two new powertrains including a 1.5-liter EcoBoost turbo-four and twin-turbo 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine.

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2017 Ford Escape Overview

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As far as other updates are concerned, the Escape features engine stop-start technology, a new steering wheel, and a completely reworked interior. Additionally, other features include an updated automatic parking system, lane-keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality. The ground clearance is lower than the previous model by 0.1 inches with a slightly bigger fuel tank by 0.8 gallons. In the Crossover vehicle realm, the Ford Escape is one of the best-sellers in its compact two-row SUV class

2017 Ford Escape | Photo Source The Car Connection

Photo Source: The Car


2017 Ford Escape Review

The 2017 Ford Escape is the third-generation of the popular model with the vehicle being introduced in 2000. Interestingly, the original model year was jointly developed and released with Mazda of Japan. From then on, the Ford Escape took off. As far as size is concerned, the Escape falls below the Edge, Explorer, Flex, and the Expedition in the beefed-up Ford lineup. 

The 2017 model featured two updated engines. The 1.5-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine makes 179 hp and 177 lb-ft of torque while combined with a six-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters on the steering wheel. The 2.0-liter EcoBoost option is the top of the heap that makes 245 hp and 275 lb-ft of torque. The six-speed automatic transmission remains the same for the 2.0-liter with included paddle shifters. You can choose between a front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive setup as well. 

Concerning the driving experience, the steering reacts quickly without any twitching and the body roll is very small. The standard engine stop-start system can be switched off whenever you choose. There have been some complaints with the 1.5 EcoBoost’s delay with wide-open throttle inputs with acceleration that leaves a lot less to be desired. The Escape offers a hands-free power liftgate that begins by waving your foot under the rear bumper. 

2017 Ford Escape | Photo Source: Motor Trend

Photo Source: MotorTrend


2017 Ford Escape Specs

  • Engine:  4-Cyl 2.5 Liter
  • Trim:  S
  • Class: Mid-Size Utility
  • Horsepower: 168 @ 6000 rpm
  • Transmission: SelectShift 6 Speed Automatic with Manual Mode (L40D)
  • Body Style:  SUV/Crossover
  • Drivetrain: FWD
  • Fuel Type:  Unleaded Regular
  • Seating Capacity:5 persons


2017  Ford Escape Gas Mileage

The 2017 Ford Escape fuel efficiency is rated at 19 City/26 Highway by the EPA. 


2017 Ford Escape Safety Features

The Ford Escape earned a Marginal rating in the small overlap front test, however, it received a rating of Good in four other tests and a Basic rating in front crash prevention. The NHTSA has rated the 2017 Ford Escape with an overall five-star rating out of five stars.


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