Ford loves to surprise. They take a class of vehicle that you think you innately understand—the compact crossover, for example—and turn its design on its head, offering enhanced engineering that’s a cut above the competition. That’s exactly what’s happened here with the 2016 Escape S, a car that offers two sensational motor variants for profoundly enjoyable performance.
The standard engine on the S trim of the 2016 Ford Escape is power-packed in its own right. It’s a 2.5L four-cylinder that offers sublime responsiveness as you cruise about Seattle, Renton, and Bellevue. The motor supplies 168 HP and 170-lb.-ft. of torque, and when combined with the six-speed automatic transmission, it’s a fun and easy-to-operate experience.
The above doesn’t tell the full story, however. Ford wished to cater to consumers that want a little more “kick” out of their crossover—that bit of extra punch when you push down the pedal. That’s what the available 2.0L EcoBoost engine is for. It serves up a huge upgrade in power—240 horses and 270-lb.-ft of torque! Plus, this configuration offers Intelligent AWD, making it a capable backroad beast.