Two excellent engine options, one sophisticated crossover. That’s the 2016 Escape S. Now, we understand that many prospective car owners believe that they absolutely must sacrifice power if they desire the appealing reduced sticker price of a lower trim vehicle, but Ford’s machine bucks that trend. You have options here and, no matter which you ultimately select, you’ll be receiving peppy performance.
The standard configuration of this crossover comes with as much power as most folks need in their day-to-day. It comes with a 3.5L four-cylinder motor that responds the moment you hit the gas pedal—cruising Seattle, Renton, and Bellevue is fun with the 168 horses and 170-lb.-ft. of torque on tap! The six-speed automatic transmission is nifty, too, because it handles the shifting and allows you to lean back and experience a smooth ride.
Those that want a little more vim and vigor from their 2016 EscapeS have the delightful option of a more potent powertrain—the 2.0L EcoBoost. This engine snarls with 240 horses and 270-lb.-ft of torque. Also, the addition of Intelligent AWD (all-wheel drive) makes this machine formidable on the backroads, too.