Compact crossovers reached their apex—at least for the 2016 model year—with Ford’s Escape. There is a myriad of reasons to love this Big Blue Oval machine but, since we know we only have your attention but for so long, we’re going to look at one of the chief ones: performance.
This is a crossover that provides power no matter the variant you select. Even in its standard configuration, this Escape will impress with a speedy 3.5L four-cylinder that steps up and offers 168 HP and 170-lb.-ft. of torque. This engine prowess is united with a SelectShift transmission. Now, what this means for you is that you can enjoy easy driving in its standard automatic mode or choose to go hands-on by sliding the shifter into the sport mode, which provides a semi-manual experience.
For those that wish to step up to even greater performance, the 2016 Escape S provides the option of a 2.0L EcoBoost. We’re willing to wager this engine goes completely beyond your expectations, supplying a total of 240 horses and 270-lb.-ft of torque. And if you’re aching to tackle the trails, you’ve got the ability via all-wheel drive.