2017 Ford Escape vs. Its Competition

2017 Ford Escape
Kirk Bell Kirk Bell Senior Editor

Crossover SUVs have replaced sedans in many family garages, and the Escape competes for one of those parking spaces along with a truly impressive group of compact vehicles.

The class leader, the Honda CR-V, has a unique fold-away second-row seat that's best in the class.

As a direct rival, the Mazda CX-5 is probably the best-driving model in this class, so cross-shop that if you're fond of the Escape's sporty side.

The Hyundai Santa Fe Sport pairs five seats with 4-cylinder engines and a lovely and spacious interior.

The Escape also competes with the Hyundai Tucson and Kia Sportage, smaller crossovers with very good gas mileage and in the Kia's case, fun turbo power.

The Toyota RAV4 is only offered with a naturally aspirated 4-cylinder engine, and it's not powerful, though it handles and looks better than in the recent past.

And finally, the Nissan Rogue is fairly refined and well equipped, though its CVT and 4-cylinder make for dull acceleration.

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Quick Specs
6.3
The 2017 Ford Escape foregoes a bit of utility in the name of style and sportiness, making it one of the better crossovers to drive.
7.0
The 2017 Kia Sportage beefs up its sport-shoe styling—and its hardware—as it tackles the crossover-SUV niche head-on.
6.8
The 2017 Nissan Rogue could beat the world of compact crossover SUVs, were it not for mediocre performance and safety ratings.
7.3
There's a RAV4 for just about everyone, and while we applaud Toyota for adding more safety technology for 2017, the competition is worth a good look, too.
8.0
The 2016 Honda CR-V has its priorities in the right place, with lots of space and features—but performance takes a back seat.
MSRP From    
$23,750$23,200$23,820$24,410$23,845
Gas Mileage    
21 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy25 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy25 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4
EPA Class    
Small Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WD
Style Name    
S FWDLX FWDFWD SLE FWD (GS)2WD 5-Door LX
Drivetrain    
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
55555
Passenger Doors    
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style    
Sport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport Utility
Transmission    
Automatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODCVT w/ODAutomatic w/ODCVT w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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