The Ford Escape is one of the best-selling crossover SUVs, and one of the best handling utility vehicles, too. It's due this year for a mid-life refresh--and that updated crossover was introduced at the LA Auto Show before it goes on sale next year.
The 2017 Ford Escape's good looks are still in evidence for the new model year, but there are some changes. The front and rear ends have been restyled--and in front, the new grille makes the Escape look more like the mid-size Edge. The interior's been touched up with new colors and higher-quality trim, a new steering wheel, new controls and more sound deadening for a quieter ride.
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Bigger changes come under the hood, where the Escape has two new engines for the new model year. The base 2.5-liter four-cylinder carries over, but there's a new turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder like the one in the Fusion sedan. Ford hasn't released power figures yet, but it shouldn't be much different from today's 1.6-liter turbo four. At the top of the range, there's a new 2.0-liter turbo four, which should turn in power numbers like the 245 horsepower it puts out in the Edge.