The Ford Escape comes in three trim levels: S, SE and Titanium. There is also a choice of three four-cylinder engines with six-speed automatic transmission. The engines are the base 168-horsepower 2.5-liter, the turbocharged 178-horsepower 1.6-liter, and the most powerful is the 240-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter. Front-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is optional.
The Escape can tow up to 3,500 pounds with the Class II Trailer Tow Package. Adding the optional 1.6 Liter Engine with EcoBoost® technology increases the already impressive fuel economy up to an EPA-estimated rating of 23 city/32 hwy/26 combined mpg. Optional hands free SYNC® technology pairs with your phone to add hands-free calling, voice-activated commands, 911 Assist, and access to mobile apps.
The base trim level S has all the features one should expect on a vehicle of this caliber. Of note are an integrated blind-spot mirror which gives the driver full field of view while driving and a rear-view camera which is of course extremely useful when backing into tight parking spots especially if combined with the optional rear parking sensors. The Park Assist system automatically maneuvers the Escape into an available parallel parking space while the driver simply operates the gas, brake, and transmission.
The SE trim level upgrades the 17-inch tires from steel to alloy wheels and some privacy tinted class and comfort via an eight-way power adjustable driver seat with power lumbar support and reclining rear seats. For more comfort the optional Leather Comfort package adds leather upholstery and heated front seats. If you choose to go all the way to the top of the line, the Titanium moves the tires up to 18-inch wheels or optional 19-inch alloy wheels and several other bells and whistles, notably the convenient remote start, keyless ignition/entry, and the hands-free power liftgate. Opting for the Titanium Trim with the Leather Comfort package truly puts the driver in a top of the line vehicle worthy of the increased pricing.
With the rear seats folded up, there are 34.3 cubic feet of storage space; folding down the rear seats increases that space to 68.1 cubic feet for nearly double the storage capacity. The Foot Activated Liftgate is a great feature for loading when carrying goods, as long as your key is on your person simply kick below the bumper to have the power liftgate open.