LOS ANGELES -- As Ford's most popular model behind the F-150, any update to the Escape small SUV carries a lot of weight. For the 2017 model year, Ford revises the styling slightly, creates more room in the cabin, adds two efficient engine options, and gives it new driver assist and cabin electronics features.
Ford will still offer its 2.5-liter four cylinder engine for the Escape, but complements that with two engines from its Ecoboost line, a 1.5-liter and 2-liter. Those engines use turbocharging and direct injection to produce more power and retain fuel economy.
Ford rolled out its new Sync 3 infotainment system in the 2016 Escape, and has included that in the freshened 2017 model, as well as adding a new telematics system with app-based remote control over things like the door locks.