2016 Ford Escape

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The Ford Escape has been a solid player in the popular compact crossover segment for the past 16 years, and it looks to continue to do so. Massively redesigned back in 2014, the latest Escape is sleek, stylish and sporty. And unlike most of its competitors, buyers and reviewers find the crossover a genuine joy to drive thanks to its European-tuned suspension and handling.

This year, Ford drops the Escape's MyFord Touch infotainment system for the more advance and easier-to-use SYNC 3. There are also new chrome and leather appearance packages for buyers to choose from. Both are available on the SE trim.

Speaking of trims, the 2016 Ford Escape continues to be available in base S, well-equipped SE and plush Titanium trim levels. Notable features on the S include cloth upholstery, power windows and door locks, a rearview camera system and six airbags. A 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, which is detailed later in this review, motivates the crossover.

The SE builds on the lower trim's equipment list with such niceties as larger wheels, a power driver's eat and foglamps. A 1.6-liter four-cylinder turbo motivates the crossover. It's from the automaker's famed EcoBoost line. Buyers can upgrade to a more potent 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo from EcoBoost as well.

The Titanium adds leather upholstery, heating elements to the front seats, and a premium audio system from Sony to name just a few. There's also push-button ignition and a hands-free liftgate. Engine options are similar to the SE.

Buyers can further customize their Escape through packages (e.g., Convenience package for the SE) or standalone items like GPS navigation or an expansive panoramic sunroof.

The 2.5-liter four powering the S puts down 168 horsepower and similar amount of torque to the front wheels. The 1.6-liter turbo is the most fuel-efficient of the three, churning out 10 more ponies than the 2.5-liter while getting an estimated 32 miles per gallon in highway driving. The available 2.0-liter turbo comes in with the most power: 240 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque.

*All vehicle mileage based on 2016 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.