Ford Escape passed a long way from its humble boxy look to a very modern and stylish SUV. The first and second generations of the model were developed together with Mazda, while the newer generation of the model and the 2016 Ford Escape are based on the new generation of the Kuga. New Escape will certainly remain competitive with its price which won’t be much different than the price of the previous model.
The main exterior changes to the 2016 Ford Escape are at the front end. It comes with a new grille and with a new pair of slimmer and more angular headlights that now use LED daytime running lights with Xenon main light as standard. New version is available in three trim levels: S, SE and Titanium. The SE trim level is also featured with a chrome trim on the front grille, chrome door handles, side-mirror skullcaps, roof rails, rear license plate applique and liftgate applique.
Interior wise, the things will pretty much remain identical to the older model. The real change will be in the used materials which are now of higher quality and nicer. The dashboard will be covered with either soft plastic or leather while the seats are offered with standard heating, and with an optional ventilation system. Only the base trim does not come with all the options and you will have to opt for the SE model that is available with leather package that brings heated leather seats and a leather-coated steering wheel.
2016 Ford Escape Review
The 2016 Ford Escape will come with the same three engine options as before. The base S trim model will be powered with a 2.5-liter inline 4 capable to produce 168 hp and 170 pound-feet of torque. It will be a direct carry over from the previous generation and there will be no impact on the model’s fuel economy. Higher trim model will have the same 1.6-liter EcoBoost, but it will make slightly more power and torque, 178 hp and 184 pound-feet of torque. This engine will also use 10% less fuel thanks to the improvements which were made to the injection system.
The top of the range models will be powered with the current 2.0-liter engine producing 240 hp and 270 pound-feet of torque. The base S trim model comes exclusively with the 2.5-liter engine, while SE and Titanium models offer the 1.6-liter as a standard and the 2.0-liter as an optional one. FWD system will be standard for all models, while with EcoBoost engines the AWD system will be available too. The engines will be mated with a six-speed automatic transmission with a select-shift that allows manual control.
Fuel economy is decent and with base 2.5 liter naturally aspirated I4 unit we are getting 22/31 mpg while the 1.6 liter EcoBoost engine returns 23/32 mpg when equipped with front wheel drive and 22/29 mpg when delivered with all-wheel drive. Most powerful 2.0 liter EcoBoost returns 22/30 mpg and 21/28 mpg when 4WD is added.
Safety wise, this SUV comes equipped with an active park assist, blind spot information system and MyKey programmable vehicle key. Furthermore we are getting ABS, EPAS (Electric power-assisted steering) and AdvanceTrac with Roll Stability Control. It is important to offer high level of safety because most drivers use SUV’s like this one for all their family needs. At this point we are still waiting for the official release date but since we have all details about this car we do expect it to come in the next few weeks, or during the fall of this year.
The price of the new Ford Escape will remain on the same level. The price for the base model starts at $23,450. The higher models are, of course, better equipped so the price will be also higher. So, for the better equipped SE model the price will be around $26,000. The Titanium model will probably have a starting price just under $30,000. However, if you are looking for a fully loaded 2016 Ford Escape Titanium with all of the equipment included, it will cost you over $38,000.