Spanning three generations of production, the Ford Escape has received a refresh for the 2017 model year that gives it an assertive stance, coming and going. Taking the second place in the Ford brand, the only vehicles they sell more of is the venerable Ford F150 pickup. The 2017 Ford Escape and the models that preceded it has become a popular small crossover vehicle that is economical, yet spacious. The 2017 Ford Escape has features that were only a dream when the first Escape hit the market in 2000.  Standard features, engines, transmissions, performance and safety features have evolved on the Ford Escape, since its inception. By comparing trim levels, standard features, powertrains, performance, safety features and economy of the 2017 Ford Escape against its competitors, you can find the best crossover SUV for your needs.


  • Trim levels
  • Standard features
  • Powertrain/Performance

Trim Levels

Available in three trim levels, even the base 2017 Ford Escape S comes well equipped. The Escape S receives a different engine that is not as economical, as those in the Escape SE or Escape Titanium are. The Escape S does not offer all-wheel drive, as the other trim levels do in some style variations. What you get with an Escape S is an economical crossover that offers a SelectShift 6-speed transmission and the same handling of its siblings at a slightly lower price.

The 2017 Escape SE offers a more economical, 1.5-liter EcoBoost®, turbocharged four-cylinder engine that returns better mileage than the S models, 2.5-liter engine. Features are similar to the lesser trim level and paddle shifters, a few more cup holders, and available all-wheel drive on some styles offers you more choices. The top of the line, 2017 Escape Titanium, has the same engine as the SE and both the SE and Titanium and are available with the 2.0 liter EcoBoost® engine. This engine will boost the Escapes towing capacity to a hefty 3,500 pounds.


  • Economical 1.5-liter EcoBoost engine option for SE and Titanium trim levels
  • 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine available on the SE and Titanium
  • S trim is well-equipped for a base model

Standard Features

The Escape S has all of the safety features of the SE and Titanium models, however, some of the creature comforts are lacking. The air conditioners on the Escape S is a manual unit, while the SE, Titanium, are equipped with automatic dual-zone A/C with rear vents, for more rear passenger comfort. All models have power door locks and the SE and Titanium offer a driver’s keypad, entry system as a standard feature. The Titanium features a hands-free power liftgate, garage door opener, memory seats, and outside mirrors and an 110-volt power outlet. For the sport in you, the SE and Titanium feature paddle shifters, and all trim levels have steering wheel mounted audio controls, and tilt and telescoping steering.


  • Well equipped, even at the base model level
  • A/C, power door locks and windows standard
  • SE and Titanium trim both include upscale features as standard


Standard power in the 2017 Ford Escape S is a 2.5-liter iVCT (independent variable cam timing) four-cylinder engine is standard and the only engine that is available for this trim level. The 2017 Ford Escape SE is powered by Ford’s 1.5-liter EcoBoost® turbocharged four-cylinder, as is the top of the line, Escape Titanium. Kicking out 179 horsepower it has enough power to quickly take the Escape to highway speeds. Both the SE and Titanium are available with the 2.0-liter EcoBoost® engine with twin scroll turbo that develops a healthy 245 horsepower and 270- pound-feet of torque.


  • Different powertrains for the S, SE, and Titanium trims give you a choice of power for towing and better gas mileage
  • Two EcoBoost engine options available on SE and Titanium trims
  • Decent horsepower on all trim levels for quick acceleration


Before buying a crossover SUV, look at the 2017 Ford Escape and take one for a spin. You may fall in love with this full-featured SUV that offers tons of features and powerful performance at every trim level.