While the family-friendly nature of a crossover SUV is always a welcome attribute, the enthusiast in many of us can’t help but feel intrigued when a car offers stirring performance. And with powerful, sophisticated engines in each of its trims, it’s no wonder the 2016 Escape enjoys a nearly 4.5-star consumer rating on Cars.com.
The lofty ranking is achieved in part through the considerable options on hand. The base, “S” trim of Ford’s mid-sized wonder comes with a 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder motor that boasts lightning-quick acceleration at 178 horsepower—not to mention 184 lb.-ft of torque. Alternatively, fans of naturally aspirated setups may opt for a 2.5-liter inline-four that’s capable of 168-hp and 170 lb.-ft of torque.
If you’re feeling the need for speed, however, there’s also the potency of the souped-up 2.0L EcoBoost. It offers a terrific, turbocharged engine propelling you at 240-hp with 270 lb.-ft of torque. As a bonus, both the 2.0L and 1.6L EcoBoosts also sport the choice of Intelligent 4WD.