Learn More About Buying a 2017 Ford Escape in the Greater Kansas City area.
Finding a compact crossover vehicle that is wallet-friendly is hard enough. Finding one that has a large cargo area, an optional all-wheel drive and power lift gate with a foot sensor, and also gets great gas mileage makes the task even more difficult. Add to that a vehicle that is safe and secure on the road yet has an agile, sporty feel and it might seem impossible. Yet that is what you get when you decide on the Ford Escape for 2017, and you can purchase it right here in Kansas City.
To begin with, the car's interior has the luxurious amenities that past incarnations of this model have included, but the price has come down. There is a lot of additional storage space, and with the excellent interior design you have a place for your smartphone and other belongings.
In terms of safety, the Ford Escape comes with innovative new features like its forward collision alert (that avoids or at least mitigates the effects of a possible crash) and lane departure prevention (that gently takes the vehicle back into its correct lane if it starts to veer from it).
The engine of the Escape has been tweaked for 2017 so that there is increased fuel economy with the same great performance and power. That is done with a 1.5-liter turbocharged engine that replaces the old four-cylinder 1.6-liter engine. If you yearn for even more power, you can upgrade to a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine that gives more torque along with more horsepower. This means that the Escape is among the fastest in its vehicle category and one of the most versatile choices ever available.
The compact crossover vehicle has as its basic model the Ford Escape S. Standard on this version is air conditioning, cruise control, steel 17-inch wheels that you can opt to get in alloy, a driver seat that is adjustable for height, a rear seat that folds and reclines, automatic headlights along with LED taillights, a camera for backing up, and a steering wheel that tilts and telescopes.
Other great features are the Sync tech system that lets you integrate your smartphone and provides Bluetooth and a sound system with a CD player, a USB port, and six speakers. You will also get the MyKey program, which lets the main driver set limitations on the speed and location of other drivers, particularly teens in the family. This gives parents a nice sense of control and can allay the worries that come with the role.
When you want to upgrade a bit, you will want to look at the Ford Escape SE. It replaces the steel wheels with alloy ones, has a keyless entry keypad, a driver seat that adjusts eight ways, rear privacy glass, a 1.5-liter turbocharged engine and better upholstery, In addition, you get dual climate control that is automatic, thicker windows on the front and sides, a rear center armrest, air vents in the back, satellite radio, and steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters.
With the Titanium level you will get every SE option and package available, along with a foot sensor that works the power liftgate, ambient interior lighting, a rearview mirror that dims automatically, keyless entry and ignition, memory settings, and ten speakers and HD radio on the Sony audio system.
SE and Titanium levels can be bought with a sunroof and a navigation system. If you seek something racier, you can purchase the Sport Appearance package on the latter two models. With this you get leather upholstery, black 19-inch wheels, LED running lights for daytime, and black exterior trim.
Ford has re-imagined the Ford Escape, drawing from previous iterations for enhanced power and even better handling.
Those with an eye on the bottom line will appreciate the S edition, Ford's base Escape model. Buyers can go with the standard front-wheel drive or opt for the all-wheel drive option with an upgrade to the SE and Titanium models. Powered by a 6-speed transmission on all models, Ford has outfitted the S edition with a 4-cylinder 2.5-liter engine that can stand up to daily drives.
Ford further improved the SE and Titanium models with a better 1.5-liter 4-cylinder engine, running on 179 horsepower and a powerful full 172 lb.-ft. of torque. Want even more power? Ford offers further customization with an upgrade to a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine, providing a powerful 245 horsepower and 275 lb.-ft. of torque.
When getting behind the wheel and needing power, the Escape won't disappoint. The 1.5-liter engine accelerates quickly and won't falter. The 2.0-liter engine delivers even more rapid acceleration. With the upgrade, there really isn't a sacrifice in gas mileage.
Overall, the Ford Escape can hang in with the best. The Escape offers competitive and satisfying gas mileage for the crossover class. The 1.5-liter engine clocks in at 23 mpg in the city, 30 mpg on the busy highways and an overall respectable 26 mpg.
The 2.0-liter option with the standard front-wheel drive will deliver 22 mpg driving around the city streets, 29 mpg while cruising down the highway and 25 mpg overall. Those choosing to upgrade to the all-wheel drive will only notice a slight lowering of fuel economy of just 2 mpg.
The 2.5-liter engine for those choosing Ford's base S model is 29 mpg in the metropolitan areas, 29 on the interstate and 24 mpg overall.
Driving the 2017 Ford Escape is a breeze as the steering is responsive. The new design retains an athletic feel and you will feel secure during quick turns on the road.
When you look quickly at the inside of the Ford Escape for 2017, your first impression might be that it looks pretty much the same as the 2016 model. However, upon further examination, you will come to realize that Ford has made some smart changes. In fact, they explicitly state that they have paid attention to passenger comfort so that everyone in the vehicle has a satisfying road experience. For one thing, the new electronic parking brake that comes standard saves enough space to allow for there to be additional storage areas in the center console.
A few soft touch buttons have been added to make the vehicle easier to operate, and the whole presentation is certainly sleek and contemporary. The car's function has been upgraded with the addition of a few new features such as Android and Apple Carplay support. With Sync 3, by just pressing one of the soft touch buttons many simple to use smart features are available that would otherwise only be found on high-end smartphones. However, you need to take into account that you can only get this Sync 3 in the higher priced models.
For 2017, Ford has performed the magic of making a car that is compact in appearance that offers a feeling of spaciousness. It provides lots of space behind the front seats. The rear seat will recline and has more than sufficient legroom and headroom. It comes with a spacious cargo area of 34.3 cubic feet. Because the roof is squared off, it lets you store more stuff. In fact, you can even let Fido, no matter how large he is, sit comfortably back there. If you have to, a one touch smooth lever can be utilized from the rear seat to fold it down so you can store even more cargo. There is a great power lift gate that is hands-free to make things even easier.
In general, the 2017 Ford Escape has a great exterior appearance, is very comfortable and easy to operate, and gives you tremendous bang for your buck in its vehicle category.
In 2016 you could not purchase the Ford Escape with a system for forward crash prevention, but this has been dealt with and you can certainly do that now in 2017. With this forward crash system, you get adaptive cruise control and automatic braking so that any possible collision is prevented or at least its severity is reduced. You can also choose to purchase a driver alert program that warns a driver who is getting sleepy, and a lane keep assist to give an alert when the vehicle is veering off lane.
Safety is paramount, of course, and with the standard model you get seven airbags. The driver will be happy to know that this includes one for his or her knees. There is also a rearview camera and a system called MyKey that allows the main driver to set limitations for others who use the vehicle, such as teen drivers. This is great for easing the minds of worried parents.
Front and rear parking sensors are optional, although the rear ones are standard when you get the Titanium trim level. Blind spot monitors are also optional.
You get active park assist with electric power steering, and in 2017 this can be used to automatically park, whether the spot is perpendicular or parallel, although you still get to control the pedals.
Any 2017 Ford Escapes being sold in Kansas City can come with all-wheel drive, and this comes with a towing package, controls that ease trailer sway, and HID headlights.
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