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2017 Ford Escape Review

The 2017 Ford Escape sits near the top of our compact SUV rankings. It boasts a lineup of powerful turbocharged engines, a comfortable ride, and a well-appointed cabin.

Pros & Cons

  • Lots of cargo room
  • Several user-friendly tech features
  • Agile handling
  • Peppy and fuel-efficient turbocharged engine options
  • Minimal features in the base trim
  • Underpowered base engine
  • Below-average fuel economy with the base engine

New for 2017

  • Updated interior and exterior styling
  • New available 1.5-liter turbo four-cylinder engine
  • Turbocharged engines have fuel-saving stop-start feature
  • Available with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • New safety features available

Rankings & Awards

The 2017 Ford Escape's #1 ranking is based on its score within the 2017 Affordable Compact SUVs category. It is a finalist for our 2017 Best Compact SUV for the Money award and a finalist for our 2017 Best Compact SUV for Families award. Currently the Ford Escape has a score of 8.6 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 49 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 8.7
Performance: 8.5
Interior: 7.8
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.8
Safety: 9.5
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2017 Ford Escape Overview

Is the 2017 Ford Escape a Good Used SUV?

Yes, the 2017 Ford Escape is a fine choice in the compact SUV class. This crossover has generous passenger and cargo space, as well as precise steering and agile handling. The cabin is well-designed and features high-quality materials. On the downside, the Escape has low gas mileage estimates. Additionally, the base model has an underpowered engine and offers scant features.

Why You Can Trust Us

We’ve analyzed 49 Ford Escape reviews, as well as fuel economy estimates, reliability ratings, crash test results, and more, to give you all the information you need to make a smart car-buying decision.

U.S. News & World Report has been reviewing cars, trucks, and SUVs since 2007, and our Best Cars team has more than 75 years of combined automotive industry experience. To remain impartial, we do not accept extravagant gifts from automakers, and an outside source handles our advertising.

How Much Is the 2017 Ford Escape?

Based on 4,048 listings on our site for the 2017 Ford Escape, you can expect to pay between approximately $16,500 and $26,800 for this vehicle. The average list price is $20,300. Prices vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2017 Ford Escape Cost to Own?

The 2017 Ford Escape's estimated five-year costs for fuel, insurance, maintenance, and repairs are about $22,530, or $4,500 per year. By comparison, five-year costs for the 2017 Honda CR-V and 2017 Mazda CX-5 are about $20,940 and $23,070, respectively.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Escape?

For 2018, Ford introduced a new SEL trim and an available turbo-four engine for the Titanium trim. If these changes don't interest you, stick with the 2017 Escape to save some money.

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If you'd prefer a new SUV, consider the 2018 Kia Sportage. Like the Escape, the Sportage has a high predicted reliability rating, a first-rate interior, and a good number of available features. It starts at about $3,000 more than the average 2017 Escape, but it comes standard with more technology, and you'll enjoy a long new-car warranty.

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Which Model Year of the Ford Escape Is Best?

The 2017 Ford Escape is part of a generation that launched for the 2013 model year. Changes for the 2014 model year included the discontinuation of the SEL trim (a new version returned for 2018). For 2016, the SYNC 3 infotainment system replaced the available MyFord Touch system. 2017 models added updated interior and exterior styling and introduced an available 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder EcoBoost engine, a fuel-saving stop-start feature with the turbocharged engines, available Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, new advanced safety features, and a new SYNC Connect system that remotely unlocks and starts the Escape. We recommend going with the 2017 Escape because of its generous list of available features.

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How Reliable Is the 2017 Ford Escape?

The 2017 Ford Escape has an above-average predicted reliability rating of four out of five from J.D. Power. A score of three is considered average.

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2017 Ford Escape Recalls

At the time of this writing, the 2017 Ford Escape has one safety recall. If the power windows are obstructed when they are closing, the auto-reverse feature may take too long to work and close on the object. Make sure this recall is resolved before purchasing the Escape.

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Which Used Ford Escape Model Is Right for Me?

The 2017 Ford Escape comes in three trims: S, SE, and Titanium. The base S trim doesn't come with much, so we recommend the SE trim, which comes with a more fuel-efficient and powerful engine and adds comfort and convenience features like a power-adjustable driver's seat, dual-zone automatic climate control, and satellite radio. If you have more room in your budget, you may want to consider the top-of-the-line Titanium. This trim adds safety features like blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, rear parking sensors, adaptive cruise control, and assisted pre-collision braking.

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What Does Ford's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Ford offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles six years old or less and with fewer than 80,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. For its certified pre-owned vehicles, Ford extends the original new-car powertrain warranty to seven years from the original sale date or 100,000 miles. These vehicles also get a one-year/12,000-mile limited warranty after the original three-year/36,000-mile new-car warranty expires. Each Ford CPO vehicle must pass a 172-point inspection. Additional benefits like vehicle history reports, towing, and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Ford warranty page carefully.

Ford does not have one of the better CPO programs among affordable carmakers. According to our analysis, Chevy, GMC, Honda, Kia, and Mazda all have better programs.

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How Safe Is the Escape?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2017 Ford Escape the highest rating of Good in four crash tests, the second-highest rating of Acceptable in the driver-side small overlap front test, and the lowest-possible rating of Poor in the passenger-side small overlap test. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration awarded the Escape a perfect a five-star overall rating, with five stars in the frontal and side crash tests and four stars in the rollover tests.

The Escape comes standard with a rearview camera. The top-tier Titanium trim features rear cross traffic alert, blind spot monitoring, and rear parking sensors. Some models may have optional safety features such as parallel and perpendicular parking, automatic high beams, and lane keep assist.

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2017 Ford Escape Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2017 Ford Escape or 2017 Honda CR-V?

The 2017 Honda CR-V is another crossover compact SUV that fares well in our rankings. While the Escape has ample passenger and cargo space, the CR-V offers even more. The CR-V also has better gas mileages estimates and more available advanced safety technology. However, the Escape comes with a more powerful lineup of engines, a slightly higher predicted reliability rating, and a lower average list price. These two earn a similar score in our rankings, so you’re your purchase decision boils down to your personal preference.

Which Is Better: 2017 Ford Escape or 2017 Mazda CX-5?

The 2017 Mazda CX-5’s lone available engine doesn’t match the available horsepower of the Escape’s most powerful engines. However, the CX-5 exceeds the Escape's overall performance thanks to outstanding handling and precise steering. Despite this athleticism, the CX-5 maintains a compliant ride. Additionally, the Mazda has spacious, comfortable seats and a refined cabin that features a much larger infotainment system than the one in the Ford. The Escape, however, has more cargo space, a marginally higher predicted reliability rating, more available engines, and a lower average list price than the CX-5. Both are good compact SUVs, but the CX-5's sportier ride and more upscale interior give it a slight edge.

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2017 Escape Performance

How Does the 2017 Ford Escape Drive?

The Escape’s 168-horsepower four-cylinder base engine delivers subpar acceleration. If you step up to either the SE or Titanium trim, you'll get a more potent 179-horsepower, turbocharged (EcoBoost) four-cylinder. A six-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive are standard. Top-level trims are available with all-wheel drive and a 245-horsepower, turbocharged four-cylinder engine.

Does the 2017 Ford Escape Get Good Gas Mileage?

With its standard engine, the 2017 Ford Escape delivers 21 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway, which are low estimates for the class. The 2017 Honda CR-V and 2017 Mazda CX-5 deliver 26/32 mpg city/highway and 24/31 mpg city/highway, respectively. Stepping up to the Escape's higher trims will give you a more comparable rating of 23/30 mpg.

2017 Ford Escape Towing Capacity

When properly equipped with a towing package available on the two top trims, the 2017 Ford Escape can tow up to 3,500 pounds. That's more than most competitors, including the CR-V and CX-5.

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2017 Escape Interior

How Many People Does the 2017 Escape Seat?

The 2017 Escape seats five in two rows. Thanks to spacious, comfortable seats, adults will have no qualms sitting in either row. Base models come standard with cloth upholstery. Leather-trimmed upholstery, leather upholstery, and heated front seats are available in some higher trims.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2017 Ford Escape?

There are two full sets of LATCH car-seat connectors on the rear outboard seats, plus an upper tether on the middle seat. The middle seat can also borrow lower anchors from both outboard seats. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Escape a Marginal rating for its ease of use.

2017 Ford Escape Features

The Escape comes standard with a voice-controlled SYNC infotainment system, a six-speaker audio system, and a USB port. Ford's MyKey system – which allows you to set speed and radio volume limits – is also standard. Some models include a 10-speaker premium audio system, HD Radio, a SYNC 3 touch-screen infotainment system, an extra USB port, dual-zone climate control, satellite radio, and remote start.

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2017 Ford Escape Dimensions

Ford Escape Cargo Space

The 2017 Escape has 34 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats and 68 cubic feet with the second row folded down, which is a generous amount of space for its class. Additionally, the Escape has a low cargo floor, so loading heavy objects should be easy. The Titanium trim even comes with a foot-activated hands-free power liftgate.

2017 Escape Length and Weight

The 2017 Escape is nearly 15 feet long and weighs more than 3,500 pounds.

Where Was the 2017 Ford Escape Built?

The 2017 Escape was built in Kentucky.

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