2016 Ford Escape

2016 Ford Escape
2016 Ford Escape

2016 Ford Escape


Vehicle Highlights

  • Fuel Economy: 22 mpg City, 29 mpg Hwy
  • Engine: 1.6 L Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4, 178 HP
  • Transmission: Automatic
  • Drive Train: Four Wheel Drive
  • Passengers: 5
  • Doors: 4

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What You Will Like

The 2016 Ford Escape is a sleek, rakish, modern design, yet it is surprisingly roomy inside. Also surprising is how well the Escape responds and handles -- as if it were a sport wagon. The Escape's powertrains are standouts in this class, both offering more power than you get elsewhere, plus excellent fuel economy. In terms of tech features, between the new "Sync 3" infotainment system, an active park assist system and active-safety features like BLIS, the Escape stands far apart from more plainly presented crossover wagons.

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What's New For 2016

The Ford Escape carries over into 2016 mostly unaltered, though the big change is the addition of Sync 3, a new infotainment system that replaces the old MyFord Touch system of previous years. The system provides a new interface with a capacitive touchscreen. Elsewhere, a Chrome appearance package and a leather package are both available on the SE trim.


  • Basic Warranty: 3 Years / 36,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain Warranty: 5 Years / 60,000 Miles
  • Roadside Assistance: 5 Years / 60,000 Miles

A vehicle's warranty can significant impact your maintenance costs after you drive off the dealer's lot, and it's important to understand the different parts. Typically, a new car warranty includes a Basic warranty, which covers everything except the wear items such as brakes and tires; and a Drivetrain warranty, that covers all the parts that make the car move, such as the engine and transmission

NHTSA Crash Test Rating

  • Frontal Driver: 4 stars
  • Frontal Passenger: 4 stars
  • Side Driver: 5 stars
  • Side Passenger: 5 stars
  • Rollover Rating: 4 stars

The NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) provides consumers with vehicle safety information based on independent testing, primarily front and side crash rating results, and more recently rollover ratings, to aid consumers in their vehicle purchase decisions.

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Specifications for 2016 Ford Escape

Standard Equipment

  • Safety Options
    • Advancetrac w/Roll Stability Control Electronic Stability Control (ESC) And Roll Stability Control (RSC)
    • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
    • Side Impact Beams
    • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
    • Rear Parking Sensors
    • and Rear Collision
    • Low Tire Pressure Warning
    • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
    • Safety Canopy System Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
    • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
    • Driver Knee Airbag
    • Mykey System -inc: Top Speed Limiter, Audio Volume Limiter, Early Low Fuel Warning, Programmable Sound Chimes and Beltminder w/Audio Mute
    • Rear Child Safety Locks
    • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Rear Center 3 Point, Height Adjusters and Pretensioners
    • Back-Up Camera
  • Entertainment Features
    • Turn-By-Turn Navigation Directions
    • 2 LCD Monitors In The Front
    • SYNC 3 Communications & Entertainment System -inc: enhanced voice recognition, 8" LCD capacitive touchscreen in center stack w/swipe capability, AppLink, 911 Assist and two smart charging USB ports
    • 390w Regular Amplifier
    • Integrated Roof Antenna
    • Radio w/Seek-Scan, Clock, Steering Wheel Controls, Voice Activation and Radio Data System
    • Radio: AM/FM Single CD/MP3 -inc: Sony Audio 10 speakers, HD Radio, speed compensated volume and SiriusXM satellite radio w/6 month prepaid subscription (48 contiguous states/service NOT AVAILABLE in Alaska or Hawaii)
  • Exterior Features
    • Wheels: 18" Sparkle Nickel Painted Aluminum
    • Tires: P235/50R18 A/S -inc: steel mini spare wheel w/mini space-saver spare tire
    • Steel Spare Wheel
    • Compact Spare Tire Mounted Inside Under Cargo
    • Clearcoat Paint
    • Body-Colored Front Bumper w/Metal-Look Rub Strip/Fascia Accent
    • Body-Colored Rear Bumper w/Gray Rub Strip/Fascia Accent and Metal-Look Bumper Insert
    • Gray Bodyside Cladding and Gray Wheel Well Trim
    • Chrome Side Windows Trim
    • Body-Colored Door Handles
    • Body-Colored Power Heated Side Mirrors w/Convex Spotter, Manual Folding and Turn Signal Indicator
    • Fixed Rear Window w/Fixed Interval Wiper, Heated Wiper Park and Defroster
    • Variable Intermittent Wipers
    • Deep Tinted Glass
    • Fully Galvanized Steel Panels
    • Lip Spoiler
    • Chrome Grille
    • Power Liftgate Rear Cargo Access
    • Tailgate/Rear Door Lock Included w/Power Door Locks
    • Roof Rack Rails Only
    • Fully Automatic Aero-Composite Halogen Headlamps w/Delay-Off
    • Front Fog Lamps
    • Perimeter/Approach Lights
    • Laminated Glass
  • Interior Features
    • Split-Bench Front Facing Manual Reclining Fold Forward Seatback Rear Seat
    • Heated Leather-Trimmed Buckets w/60/40 Rear Seat -inc: 10-way power driver and passenger seat w/power lumbar adjust, driver seat memory, driver seat back map pocket
    • Manual Tilt/Telescoping Steering Column
    • Gauges -inc: Speedometer, Odometer, Engine Coolant Temp, Tachometer, Trip Odometer and Trip Computer
    • Power Rear Windows and Fixed 3rd Row Windows
    • SYNC Services Mobile Hotspot Internet Access
    • 5 Person Seating Capacity
    • Leather/Metal-Look Steering Wheel
    • Front Cupholder
    • Rear Cupholder
    • 3 12V DC Power Outlets
    • Compass
    • Keypad
    • Proximity Key For Doors And Push Button Start
    • Remote Keyless Entry w/Integrated Key Transmitter, Illuminated Entry, Illuminated Ignition Switch and Panic Button
    • Remote Releases -Inc: Proximity Cargo Access
    • Garage Door Transmitter
    • Cruise Control w/Steering Wheel Controls
    • HVAC -inc: Underseat Ducts and Console Ducts
    • Voice Activated Dual Zone Front Automatic Air Conditioning
    • Illuminated Glove Box
    • Driver Foot Rest
    • Full Cloth Headliner
    • Interior Trim -inc: Piano Black Instrument Panel Insert, Metal-Look Door Panel Insert, Piano Black Console Insert, Chrome And Metal-Look Interior Accents
    • Leatherette Door Trim Insert
    • Leather/Metal-Look Gear Shift Knob
    • Driver And Passenger Visor Vanity Mirrors w/Driver And Passenger Illumination
    • Day-Night Auto-Dimming Rearview Mirror
    • Full Floor Console w/Covered Storage, Mini Overhead Console w/Storage, 3 12V DC Power Outlets and 1 AC Power Outlet
    • Fade-To-Off Interior Lighting
    • Front And Rear Map Lights
    • Full Carpet Floor Covering -inc: Carpet Front And Rear Floor Mats
    • Carpet Floor Trim
    • Cargo Area Concealed Storage
    • Trunk/Hatch Auto-Latch
    • Cargo Space Lights
    • Memory Settings -inc: Door Mirrors
    • FOB Controls -inc: Trunk/Hatch/Tailgate and Remote Engine Start
    • Interior Concealed Storage, Driver / Passenger And Rear Door Bins, 2nd Row Underseat Storage and Audio Media Storage
    • Delayed Accessory Power
    • Power Door Locks w/Autolock Feature
    • Power 1st Row Windows w/Front And Rear 1-Touch Up/Down
    • Systems Monitor
    • Trip Computer
    • Analog Display
    • Outside Temp Gauge
    • Manual w/Tilt Front Head Restraints and Manual Adjustable Rear Head Restraints
    • Front Center Armrest and Rear Center Armrest
    • Securilock Anti-Theft Ignition (pats) Engine Immobilizer
    • Perimeter Alarm
    • Air Filtration
    • 3 12V DC Power Outlets and 1 AC Power Outlet
  • Mechanical Features
    • Strut Front Suspension w/Coil Springs
    • Short And Long Arm Rear Suspension w/Coil Springs
    • 4-Wheel Disc Brakes w/4-Wheel ABS, Front Vented Discs, Brake Assist and Hill Hold Control
    • Brake Actuated Limited Slip Differential
    • Permanent Locking Hubs
    • Quasi-Dual Stainless Steel Exhaust w/Chrome Tailpipe Finisher
    • 15.1 Gal. Fuel Tank
    • Electric Power-Assist Speed-Sensing Steering
    • Front And Rear Anti-Roll Bars
    • Gas-Pressurized Shock Absorbers
    • Battery w/Run Down Protection
    • Automatic Full-Time Four-Wheel Drive
    • Transmission w/SelectShift Sequential Shift Control and Oil Cooler
    • GVWR: 4,760 lbs
    • 3.51 Axle Ratio
    • Transmission: 6-Speed Automatic w/SelectShift
    • Engine: 1.6L EcoBoost -inc: active grille shutters

Tech Specs

  • Brakes Features
    • Brake ABS System - 4-Wheel
    • Disc - Front (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Disc - Rear (Yes or ) - Yes
  • Cargo Area Dimensions Features
    • Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³) - 67.8
    • Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³) - 34.3
    • Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³) - 34.3
  • Engine Features
    • Engine Order Code - 99X
    • Engine Type - Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4
    • Displacement - 1.6 L/98
    • Fuel System - Gasoline Direct Injection
    • SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM - 178 @ 5700
    • SAE Net Torque @ RPM - 184 @ 2500
  • Exterior Dimensions Features
    • Wheelbase (in) - 105.9
    • Length, Overall (in) - 178.1
    • Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) - 72.4
    • Height, Overall (in) - 66.3
    • Tread Width, Front (in) - 61.5
    • Tread Width, Rear (in) - 61.6
    • Min Ground Clearance (in) - 7.9
  • Fuel Tank Features
    • Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) - 15.1
  • Interior Dimensions Features
    • Passenger Capacity - 5
    • Passenger Volume (ft³) - 98.1
    • Front Head Room (in) - 39.9
    • Front Leg Room (in) - 43.1
    • Front Shoulder Room (in) - 56
    • Front Hip Room (in) - 54.8
    • Second Head Room (in) - 39
    • Second Leg Room (in) - 36.8
    • Second Shoulder Room (in) - 55.3
    • Second Hip Room (in) - 52.4
  • Mileage Features
    • Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) - 25
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) - 22
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) - 29
  • Steering Features
    • Steering Type - Rack-Pinion
    • Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) - 38.8
  • Summary Features
    • Vehicle Name - Ford Escape
    • Body Style - Sport Utility
  • Suspension Features
    • Suspension Type - Front - Strut
    • Suspension Type - Rear - Short And Long Arm
    • Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) - Strut
    • Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) - Short And Long Arm
  • Tires Features
    • Front Tire Size - P235/50HR18
    • Rear Tire Size - P235/50HR18
    • Spare Tire Size - Compact
  • Trailering Features
    • Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) - 2000
    • Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) - 200
    • Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) - 2000
    • Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) - 300
    • Maximum Trailering Capacity (N/A) - 2000
  • Transmission Features
    • Drivetrain - Four Wheel Drive
    • Trans Order Code - 446
    • Trans Type - 6
    • Trans Description Cont. - Automatic w/OD
    • First Gear Ratio (:1) - 4.58
    • Second Gear Ratio (:1) - 2.96
    • Third Gear Ratio (:1) - 1.91
    • Fourth Gear Rato (:1) - 1.44
    • Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) - 1.00
    • Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) - 0.74
    • Reverse Ratio (:1) - 2.94
    • Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) - 3.51
  • Vehicle Features
    • EPA Classification - Small Sport Utility Vehicles 4WD
    • Annual CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year - 7.1 (Est)
  • Weight Information Features
    • Base Curb Weight (lbs) - 3645
  • Wheels Features
    • Front Wheel Size (in) - 18 X 7.5
    • Rear Wheel Size (in) - 18 X 7.5
    • Spare Wheel Size (in) - Compact
    • Front Wheel Material - Aluminum
    • Rear Wheel Material - Aluminum
    • Spare Wheel Material - Steel

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Available Colors

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  • Deep Impact Blue Electric Spice Ruby Red Metallic Tinted Clearcoat White Platinum Metallic Tri-Coat
  • Deep Impact Blue
  • Electric Spice
  • Ruby Red Metallic Tinted Clearcoat
  • White Platinum Metallic Tri-Coat

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The Ford Escape is sleek and contemporary, rakish, even daring, the old boxy profile left behind when it was redesigned for the 2014 model year. The broadly arched shape of today’s Escape asserts a sporty demeanor.

While seeking to produce a compact crossover SUV that’s exciting to drive, Ford might have cut back a bit on comfort and utility. Even so, you get helpful cargo space and reasonably good passenger room. All-wheel drive is available for wintry conditions; front-wheel drive is standard.

Underway, the Escape provides crisp steering, along with strong and responsive powertrains. Ford’s smallest crossover handles more like a small car than an SUV. Ride quality ranks as firm, but hardly harsh, and the suspension is compliant. Road manners are emphatically sporty, rivaled only by those of the Mazda CX-5. Few others come close to the Escape’s responsive handling and confident body control.

Redesigned for the 2014 model year, the Escape sees little change for 2016, except that SYNC 3 is replacing the MyFord Touch infotainment control, which has drawn considerable criticism. New chrome appearance and leather comfort packages are available for the 2016 Escape SE.

Three powertrain choices are offered. At base S level is a well-proven 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, making 168 horsepower. Though aimed at fleet use, it’s smooth and perfectly suited for suburban duties. The popular choice is a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder, rated 178 horsepower. Acceleration is about the same as the 2.5-liter, but the turbo and a more torquey nature combine to make transmission downshifts less frequent.

For more energetic performance, the 240-horsepower, 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder can hit 60 mph in less than eight seconds. That’s still not quick but plenty sprightly around town. A well-behaved 6-speed automatic is the sole transmission.

An optional active park assist system can evaluate parallel-parking spots and steer the Escape into one.

Not everything is perfect, of course. The Escape doesn’t feel as roomy as the Honda CR-V or Toyota RAV4 do. Its dashboard cuts into knee space, and the seats feel a bit too firm. In real-world driving, gas mileage has fallen below EPA estimates.

Crash-testing hasn’t been trouble-free, either. While the Escape earned mostly fine scores from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, it was rated Poor in the small-overlap frontal test. Federal testing by NHTSA brought only a four-star overall rating (five stars for side impact).


The 2016 Ford Escape S ($23,590) comes with front-wheel drive and the 168-hp 2.5-liter engine, air conditioning; six-speaker audio, CD player; power windows, rearview camera, SYNC, cloth seats. Standard safety equipment includes six airbags and a rearview camera.

Escape SE ($25,790) has the 178-hp 1.6-liter turbo and adds satellite radio, power driver’s seat, keypad entry, foglamps, and 17-inch wheels. SE AWD ($27,540) adds all-wheel drive.

Escape Titanium ($29,995) gets leather-trimmed seats, heated front seats, SYNC 3 infotainment, dual-zone climate control, Sony 10-speaker audio, 18-inch wheels, pushbutton start, rear parking sensors, and a hands-free tailgate. Titanium AWD ($31,745) adds all-wheel drive. HID headlights, blind-spot monitoring, and active parking assist are grouped into a Technology Package.

The 240-hp 2.0-liter engine is an option ($1,195) for SE and Titanium.


Compared to rivals, the Escape occupies a small footprint. Several inches shorter than a Honda CR-V, its wheelbase is nearly three inches longer.

Essentially based on the Ford Focus, the Escape shows certain influences from that model, notably in hatchback form. More than most compact crossovers, the swoopy Escape maintains a determined, almost aggressive, stance. A quick look immediately suggests its nimble handling talents.

Up front, the small slot-like grille looks to be an odd-on, more than an integral design element. The top Titanium model gets a little more visual distinction with silver roof rails, radiator shutters, and 18-inch machined aluminum wheels.


Inside, an Escape feels about the same size as a Mazda CX-5 or Hyundai Tucson, but smaller than Toyota’s RAV4. Exterior sportiness carries over to the nearly cockpit-like interior. The instrument panel holds a relatively complicated group of controls.

Interior appointments rank among the best in class. Passenger space is generous, but the wraparound dashboard style cuts into knee and leg room. The open feel that marked early Escapes is gone. Thick roof pillars affect visibility, too.

Front seats are slim and somewhat firm. Because of limited width, there’s just enough space for two adults in the rear seat. Cargo space is plentiful, due to the flat cargo floor.

Folding the rear seatback is a simple, single-motion process, causing the headrests to flip down as well. A clever power option opens the back hatch by simply swinging your foot under the rear bumper.

Driving Impressions

Handling agility is the main attraction of the Ford Escape. It handles like a driver-engaging hatchback that’s a bit taller than usual. Order it with the 2.0-liter turbocharged engine, and it accelerates like one. Among the compact crossover-SUV group, the Escape stands alongside Mazda’s CX-5 in providing an exhilarating driving experience, even with the base engine.

Smoothly competent, if somewhat tame, the base 2.5-liter engine delivers enough energy to satisfy most owners. Although the midrange 1.6-liter turbo has been the popular favorite, we like the responsiveness of the 240-horsepower, 2.0-liter turbo. Ford’s 6-speed automatic functions well with either turbocharged engine. Instead of paddle shifters, you get a rocker switch on the gearshift lever.

Unless you’re in the Snow Belt, all-wheel drive may not be necessary; but it can help maintain traction on non-wintry slick pavements. AWD models are heavier, thus consuming more fuel, as well as more costly. When the snow flies, however, an all-wheel-drive Escape fitted with snow tires would be a mighty vehicle.

The Escape benefits from what’s called Torque Vectoring, which helps the car run through corners with greater finesse. The system uses antilock braking to restrain an inside front wheel, when slippage is detected. Even without that assistance, the Escape’s refined road manners shine brightly.

Crisp, weighty steering and superior body control make the Escape’s hatchback profile seem appropriate. Feedback from the road could be better, though that’s common in this class.

EPA ratings have the Escape 2.5-liter with front-drive at 22/31 mpg City/Highway. The Escape with the 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder is rated 23/32 mpg, versus 22/30 mpg for the 240-horsepower 2.0-liter EcoBoost turbo. In comparison, a base Honda CR-V is EPA-rated at 23/33 mpg.


Ford Escape has features most want in a compact crossover SUV, along with sporty behavior and appearance. A loaded Titanium model can approach the $40,000 mark, at which point we’d consider a Lincoln MKC. The 2017 Escape will have revised styling and two new turbocharged engines.

Driving impressions by The Car Connection. James M. Flammang contributed to this report.

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