Enthusiasts like us tend to focus on Ford’s recent penchant for building fire-breathing performance cars like the Mustang GT350, Focus RS, and the stunning GT. But let’s not overlook the fact that Ford has a pretty impressive passenger car business. Among Ford’s popular offerings is the Escape crossover, a vehicle that’s stuck fighting it out in one of the toughest segments on the planet.
With that in mind, Ford has made a significant update to the Escape for model year 2017, adding an Edge-inspired front fascia while tweaking the rear end. Most noticeable is the new the domineering two-slat, hexagonal grille. The old Escape’s headlights have also been tweaked and given a more premium feel along the way, courtesy of new LED running lamps. LEDs are also found out back in the reshaped taillights.
The cabin’s adjustments are rather small, with the most notable change coming to the steering wheel. Where consumers will really benefit, though, is with the Escape’s adoption of Ford’s latest Sync 3 infotainment system. The new system delivers snappier performance than its much-maligned predecessor, while also boasting a new smartphone app called Sync Connect, which allows owners to remotely monitor their vehicle, check fuel levels, lock and unlock doors, and start the engine.
The three-engine lineup starts at the 2.5-liter, naturally aspirated four, before moving on to more impressive EcoBoost offerings. A 1.5-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder replaces the old 1.6, while the enjoyable 2.0-liter EcoBoost sits at the top of the range.
Check out our live images from the floor of the 2015 LA Auto Show for a closer look at the new Escape.