2016 ford escape Model Overview
New for 2016
The 2016 Ford Escape gains the new Sync 3 infotainment system. Two new exterior colors are offered, Shadow Black and Electric Spice. SE models can now be had with the Chrome Appearance package.
The 2016 Ford Escape is a two-row crossover that slots under the larger Edge and three-row Explorer. Front-wheel drive is standard while all-wheel drive is available except on models equipped with the base 2.5-liter I-4
A 2.5-liter I-4 with 168 hp and 170 lb-ft of torque is the base engine and is paired to a six-speed automatic transmission. Two turbocharged I-4s are also available, a 1.6-liter rated at 178 hp and 184 lb-ft and a 2.0-liter producing 240 hp and 270 lb-ft. Both turbo-fours require premium fuel to achieve their rated power and torque figures, and are mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. Fuel economy is class competitive with front-drive models at 22/31 mpg city/highway with the 2.5-liter I-4, 23/32 mpg with the 1.6-liter turbo-four and 22/30 mpg with the 2.0-liter turbo-four. Opting for all-wheel drive drops fuel economy down to 22/29 mpg with the 1.6-liter and 21/28 mpg with the 2.0-liter. Cargo space is generous in the 2016 Escape at 34.3 cubic feet behind the split-folding rear seats and 67.8 cubic feet with them down.
In addition to the standard dual front, front-side, and side-curtain airbags, the 2016 Escape also comes with a driver’s knee airbag. Blind spot warning is available on the range-topping Titanium trim as part of the Titanium Technology package.
Trims, Packages, and What’s Standard
On the base S trim, standard features include a six-speaker audio system, Ford’s Sync infotainment system, cloth upholstery, 60/40-split folding rear seats, a 4.2-inch touchscreen, a rearview camera, and 17-inch steel wheels. The mid-level SE trim adds 17-inch alloy wheels, the 1.6-liter turbo-four, eight cupholders, a compass and temperature display in the instrument cluster, automatic headlights, a nine-speaker audio system, and 10-way power driver’s seat. Range topping Titanium variants come with heated 10-way power front seats with driver’s side memory, leather upholstery, Sync 3 infotainment system with an eight-inch touchscreen, a Sony audio system, remote start, interior ambient lighting, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, dual-zone climate control, a hands-free power liftgate, and 18-inch alloy wheels. Navigation, HID headlights, active park assist, and blind spot warning are available as standalone options or as part of optional packages.
What We Think
In a 2014 First Test review of an Escape SE powered by the 1.6-liter turbo-four, we said that for a crossover, it’s entertaining to drive with good grip, quick turn-ins, and responsive brakes. However, in terms of hauling capability, the Escape falls short of more capacious rivals like the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4. We also noted in a 2013 Escape Titanium First Test review, that the 240-hp 2.0-liter turbo-four provides plenty of power for passing and merging. Furthermore the available tech features such as Ford’s Sync system is user-friendly and has an intuitive voice command function. In a comparison test that also included the Toyota RAV4, Mazda CX-5 and Subaru Forester, the Escape placed fourth because of its bumpy ride, inconsistent cabin build quality, and poor observed fuel economy. Additionally, the tiny 1.6-liter turbo-four struggles to pull the Escape and loses breath quickly especially on the highway.
- Entertaining to drive for a crossover
- User-friendly tech features
- 0-liter turbo-four is the engine to get
You Won’t Like:
- Bumpy ride
- 6-liter turbo I-4 loses breath quickly
- Inconsistent interior build quality