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Is the Ford Escape a Good SUV?
The Ford Escape is a very good SUV overall that checks most of the boxes for “sport” and “utility,” with an engaging driving experience, ample passenger room, and above-average cargo space. The cabin is also one of the nicest in the class, with high-quality materials and a pleasing design.
However, you‘ll probably want to upgrade from the Escape’s base model. Few features and a near complete lack of options make a standard Escape somewhat unimpressive. It will get you where you need to go, but that’s about it. The standard engine feels underpowered and returns low fuel economy estimates as well. Upgrading to one of two higher trim levels gets you a more powerful and efficient engine and access to many other options that make the Escape a more capable and enjoyable daily driver.
When it comes to horsepower, Ford’s 7-passenger Explorer SUV for 2017 delivers at every level. From the standard 290-horsepower V6 to the fuel-efficient 280-horsepower turbo 4-cylinder available in the base, XLT and Limited trims, Ford places choice front and center.
Need more “oomph”? Try out the Sport and Platinum trim’s 365-horsepower twin-turbocharged V6. Capable for sure, the Explorer delivers excellent passing and pulling power and its heavily weighted steering and taut suspension give this big SUV impressive cornering ability, although its high beltline and massive front bumper make maneuvers in tight quarters a bit harrowing.
Ford has done an excellent job keeping road, engine and wind noise out of the cabin, and all but the rearmost occupants felt the seating was both comfortable and supportive. The Explorer’s adaptive cruise control works well, but we wish it offered fully autonomous braking like the Honda Pilot, not just collision warning.