Most people don't associate SUVs with road-holding capabilities, but that's exactly what the 2016 Ford Escape is all about. Drivers are treated to a truly engaging experience each time, but passengers are surrounded by a genuinely inviting cabin.
Three trim levels are offered for the 2016 Ford Escape: S, SE and Titanium. A 2.5-liter Duratec four-cylinder is the standard engine for the S. It puts out 168 horsepower and 170 lb.-ft. of torque for a combination of efficiency and ability. The SE and Titanium feature a standard 1.6-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine. Thanks to a combination of turbocharging and direct injection, output is surprisingly stout at 178 horsepower and 184 lb.-ft. of torque. Those who want even more performance can opt for the 2.0-liter EcoBoost, which raises the bar dramatically at 240 horsepower and 270 lb.-ft. of torque. All three engines are mated to an advanced 6-speed automatic transmission, which switches between gears smoothly. Front-wheel drive is standard, but available all-wheel drive is great for dealing with bad weather conditions.
Both active and passive safety systems are standard and available for the 2016 Ford Escape. On the active end of the spectrum is AdvanceTrac with Roll Stability Control, using sensors, traction control and the ABS system to predict when intervention is needed to keep the vehicle on the road. A prime example of the passive safety systems is the airbag setup with roll-fold technology for the side curtains. Instead of hitting a person's head if it's resting against the side windows, the design actually rolls the airbag safely between the body part and glass.
Anyone who simply climbs into the 2016 Ford Escape can tell immediately that the SUV offers a more premium experience. Top-grade materials are used throughout, while the overall design is clean and modern. Drivers enjoy a pleasant Ice Blue lighting for the gauges, making them easy to read. Air conditioning is standard for all trims, while the SE and Titanium have a dual-zone electronic automatic temperature control system. All models include an overhead console, which includes a convenient sunglasses holder. At least six cupholders are also standard. On the Titanium, an auto-dimming rearview mirror uses a sensor to detect headlights from behind, so the driver isn't blinded in any situation. Another great optional feature is the power panoramic roof. The glass panel over the front of the SUV can tilt and open all the way, letting fresh air in with the touch of a button.