The second best-selling in Ford’s line-up next to their F series of trucks, the Ford Escape can be found almost anywhere on the streets, hence it’s not surprising since the 2017 Ford Escape 1.5 Ecoboost is such a versatile crossover that owning one is a better choice than opting for the then standard family sedan. Crossovers have this sense of better space thanks to its taller greenhouse which better fits people hauling. While crossovers and sedans have their own highs and lows, when it comes to practicality, crossovers come out on top.
The 2017 Ford Escape 1.5 Ecoboost is More of a Major Refresh Than a New Model
The 2017 Ford Escape 1.5 Ecoboost was based on the Focus platform but is now bigger. For the next generation, the Escape now features a muscular look and now sports Ford’s new hexagonal grille for keeping up with the new company image. Depending on the angle, the Escape will look bigger than it actually is and the new front face just looks so muscular especially when paired with the various contours on all over the body. The other big change that make it technically the next generation is the new line of EcoBoost engines. For this trim, we get the 1.5-liter turbo variant which pumps out 179hp. All Escapes come equipped with 6-speed automatics and all come with paddle shifts.
As a crossover the interior is obviously catered for family use. Noticeable changes include an electric parking brake, new cubbies to accommodate various items, additional 12-volt and USB outlets, and the addition of the Sync 3 infotainment system. Cargo space is generous on the 2017 Escape 1.5 Ecoboost and rear legroom is plenty for adults of average height.
Driving the 2017 Ford Escape 1.5 Ecoboost with the 1.5-liter is a rather boring experience especially when not pushing the engine too hard. Driving dynamics are solid, the Escape is fairly agile, controlled and predictable, but there’s some unwanted body roll here and there, and the steering is uncommunicative. Ride comfort is commendable and soaks up road imperfections with ease. The problem is fuel economy as the engine performs sluggishly without boost and that’s usually the boring phase when the turbo didn’t add boost yet. More boost than “eco” it’s kind of a nit-pick as normal drivers would not use boost that often anyway. When pushing the engine though its fuel economy degrades to around 24mpg average which is not good for a tiny 1.5-liter.
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