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Ford's new Escape looks the same, incorporates big changes (pictures)

It may just show a new grille, but the new Escape also benefits from a new, 1.5-liter engine and a built-in data modem for its telematics system.

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For its 2017 model year, Ford keeps much of the exterior look and original chassis of the Escape, but updates the engine offerings and electronics.

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The Escape is Ford's second best selling vehicle, behind the F-150 pickup truck.

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The 2017 Escape comes in S, SE and Titanium trims.

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Ford gave the Escape's grille a redesign, and incorporated active shutters for better aerodynamics.

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New driver assistance features include adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping assistance, but these are only available at the top trim.

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In S trim, the Escape gets a 2.5-liter four cylinder engine. Above that, it gets a 1.5-liter turbocharged engine, and an option for a 2-liter turbocharged engine.

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Front-wheel-drive comes standard, with all-wheel-drive available in the SE and Titanium trim models.

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The Escape drives comfortably, and uses an idle-stop feature to save gas in traffic.

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Sync 3 is Ford's new infotainment system, incorporating navigation, digital audio and phone integration, available in the two upper trims for the Escape.

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Ford Connect, a new data service, is available for the Escape, enabling telematics features such as remote start and location tracking.

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Sync 3 also supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

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The Escape starts at around $24,000, but can be optioned up in high trim to over $35,000.

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FordPass® enables 2017 Ford Escape owners to use available SYNC® Connect to stay in contact with their vehicle.
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The remote start functionality of SYNC® Connect lets FordPass® customers precondition their vehicle for added comfort and convenience on those hot or cold days.

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