2017 Ford Escape SE 4WD
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability. New remote app. Standard stop/start technology.
Options add significantly to the price. Ride is a bit noisy.
The Escape has always been a popular small crossover, and Ford improves the all-new 2017 model with upgraded technology.
The Escape crossover is one of Ford’s top sellers, but it still lags behind segment leaders and stalwarts, the Honda CR-V and the Toyota RAV-4 . For the completely redesigned 2017 Escape, Ford has done its best attempt to make the popular car even more competitive, but to also not stray too far from what has made it a hit for the company. Fortunately, the 2017 Escape builds on what makes the vehicle a strong seller—good value in terms of performance, fuel efficiency, and technology—and adds to this standard stop/start across the lineup, the new Sync Connect telematics system, and more available driver assists. The biggest downside is that all of this comes at a higher price.
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What Does It Come With?
The $ 1,395 Equipment Group 201A option package adds the Sync 3 infotainment system with Sync Connect and an 8-inch touch screen, an upgraded nine-speaker audio system, roof rails, rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, halogen headlights with LED daytime running lights, one-touch power windows, and a 110-volt outlet. The $1,295 SE Appearance Package includes h alogen projector headlamps with black bezels, LED signature daytime running lamps, black-tinted tail lamps, black front fender grilles, a gloss-black upper grille with chrome inserts and surround, a gloss-black front and rear lower fascia, gloss-black fog lamp surrounds, black roof rails, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and gear shifter, and leather-trimmed seats. Individual options on our test car include $795 for navigation and $495 for a power lift gate.
Another major tech upgrade for the 2017 Escape is that it’s the first Ford vehicle to include Sync Connect and an embedded modem, so you can remotely lock or unlock the doors, start the engine, and locate the vehicle using a smartphone app. Sync Connect also provides a gateway to the new FordPass suite of services, which provides access to everything from parking info to customer loyalty rewards.