The 2016 Ford Escape was a well-regarded addition to the revered manufacturer's lineup immediately upon release, with Edmunds declaring it one of their “favorite small crossover utility vehicles.” Now, the SE variant of the SUV offers even greater bang-for-your-buck thanks to its continued award-winning performance.
The SE trim of the Escape comes standard with an efficient, gas-sipping 1.6L turbocharged 4-cylinder EcoBoost engine sporting 178 horsepower. Additionally, an optional 2.0L turbocharged EcoBoost 4-cylinder roars in with 240 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque, pushing the limits of performance in this class.
However, the performance and design advantages of the Ford Escape SE don’t end there. More power is available in both engines thanks to twin independent variable camshaft timing and direct injection. These features—paired with an active grille shutter system— also aid in fuel efficiency, with the 2.0L engine providing 22 mpg city, 30 highway, and the 1.6L boasting 23/33 mpg ratings.