The Low Down
With summer right around the corner and visitors flocking to La La Land, we took the new Escape out and tested it for a mini cruise out to Malibu. What we found was an extremely comfortable ride, with plenty of space for passengers and beach gear. The 2016 Ford Escape is all you need to pile in friends, family, or furniture!
Based around the Focus model, the Escape has got to be one of the fastest little crossovers in its range. The interior of the 2016 Escape is much more luxury than you’d expect of a Ford. The amount of space in the cabin is a little shocking when you first sit down, you feel like you could lounge on a 14 hour road trip with no problems, with plenty of space inside the glove box and the center console seems to go straight down into Narnia. This is the ideal car for a Costco run.
The 2016 Ford Escape comes in 3 trim levels:
S: As the base model, you get: 17” steel wheels, blind-spot mirror, MyKey parental controls, full power accessories, keyless entry, cruise control, AC, adjustable driver seat, 60/40 folding AND reclining rear seat, 6 speaker sound system with CD player and USB.
SE: This upgrade includes 17” alloy wheels, 1.6 liter turbocharged engine, automatic headlights/fog lights, keyless entry keypad, rear privacy glass, eight way power adjustable driver seat, upgraded cloth upholstery, rear center armrest and satellite radio.
*Optional SE Convenience pack adds: roof rails, power liftgate, 18” wheels, remote ignition, rear parking sensors, dual-zone auto climate control, 110 volt household style power outlet, Sync 3 technology interface with 8” touchscreen, 9 speaker sound system with dual USB ports.
*SE Leather Comfort package adds: heated mirrors, leather upholstery and heated front seats.
*Cold Weather Package includes: heated seats and mirrors plus windshield wiper de-icer!
Titanium: The top of the line model marries the SE packages with a super exclusive foot sensor for the liftgate, keyless entry/ignition, ambient interior lighting, eight way power adjustable passenger seat, driver memory settings, auto-dimming rearview, and 10 speaker Sony audio system with HD radio.
*Titanium options include: Technology package with xenon headlights, blind-spot mirroring, rear cross-traffic alert, automatic wipers and self parking system, plus 19” alloy wheels.
You can also have a stunning panoramic sunroof and navigation system as option on the SE and Titanium models.
Fitted with a turbocharged engine, this zippy little crossover has optional all wheel drive, pretty fair fuel economy, an enormously spacious cabin and cargo, and a super handy hands-free power liftgate just by using a foot sensor. (Hello! Ideal for pet owners and parents alike).
If there’s one thing we could quickly point out that this car needs some help with, it’s the brakes. No matter how gradually or gently you try easing into them, the car pretty much slams to a fast holt no matter if you’re 5 or 50 miles an hour. Which for safety ratings is great, but daily comfort level not so much. That being said, the Escape offers the driver with a pretty confident level of “I got this” the second you hop in the driver’s seat.
The 2016 Escape comes with 3 engine offers depending on the trim level you choose. Six speed automatic transmission and FWD are standard across all three trim levels, with AWD only offered on SE and Titanium levels.
*Standard on the S is a 2.5 liter 4 cylinder engine, which is the cheapest option for fuel economy when you upgrade to the SE. Fuel economy is 25 MPG.
*SE and Titanium come standard with turbocharged 1.6-liter 4 cylinder with 26 MPG for FWD, or 25 MPG for AWD.
*SE and Titanium have optional turbocharged 2.0 liter 4 cylinder with 25 MPG for FWD, and 23 MPG for AWD.
Standard for the 2016 Escape include; antilock disc brakes (touchy), traction and stability control, front seat side airbags, driver knee airbag, and full-length side curtain airbags. Also standard are rearview camera and blind spot mirrors.
Also on the Escape is Ford’s MyKey, which lets car owners set electronic parameters for reckless teens with no boundaries.
Optional for Titanium is a blind-spot warning system with cross-traffic alerts.
The Escape earned an overall 4 out of 5 stars for safety, including total frontal-impact crash protection, and five stars for side-impact protection.
Standard for the Escape include: 4.2” central display, bluetooth phone/audio connectivity, 6 speaker sound system, CD player, and USB. Some premium features include rearview camera, USB connectivity, and useful voice control.
A brand new BlackBerry powered touchscreen infotainment system labeled Sync 3 has replaced last year’s super confusing MyFord Touch, much to our excitement. You can plug your smartphone into the USB port hidden inside the center console which syncs up to your audio system for easy listening and no bluetooth hassle necessary! It’s got quicker response time and a super simple menu screen for fast and easy navigating. So long, MyFord Touch – you won’t be missed!
Starting at $23,590
Why this Car?
As a quick, small SUV with sharp steering, this model is really amazing for growing families or even recommended for those of you who just love towing your friends around or work for Uber. If you’re an artist or musician who tow around lots of materials and need some space without wanting to drive a massive car, this would be ideal for your lifestyle! This car in no way feels clunky or bulky – it’s more of a sporty hatchback that’s a little taller than most.