Everyone needs a good getaway vehicle. The Ford Escape fills that niche nicely.
This compact crossover SUV’s ability to leave day-to-day drudgery in the dust starts underneath the hood. Our top trim-level Titanium‘s 250-horsepower, 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder gave it more than enough performance in everyday driving, not to mention a healthy 3,500-pound tow rating. The suspension delivers a comfortable ride quality, but handling is a little soft. Not that it matters much, as the Escape is more about enjoying the act of making a run for it.
How about desired space? There’s surprisingly good room throughout the cabin, including a back seat fit for two adults. Fold those rear seatbacks down, and you’ll find a healthy 65.4 cubic feet of cargo room.
On the technology front, our test model offered the Sync 3 infotainment system, one of the best setups on the market. Several advanced safety features also come standard, including automatic emergency braking, blind spot warning and lane-keeping assist.
For anyone needing to make a break for it, the Ford Escape makes an ideal way to get away.
- Top scores in crash tests
- Hybrid versions boast excellent fuel economy.
- Heated seats are standard in most models, but cooled seats are unavailable.
- The base 1.5-liter turbocharged three-cylinder engine is only adequate.
- For all those times you just want to get away, here’s your crossover.
- Base Price: $24,885
- As Tested: $39,775
- NHTSA: Overall: 5 Stars (out of 5)
- 23/31 (2.0L turbo I4/AWD)