2016 Ford Escape changes, release, mpg, specs – Ford Escape crossover SUV, sold on the US market, is nothing more than the European Kuga with a different name and small changes on the outside. However, the US model has just been revised quite recently in which is actually a mid-life facelift of the car rather than an all new model many people were expecting it to be. The new Ford Escape 2016 now has a few new features on the interior as well as slight changes on the exterior which are meant to make it a better buy than the competition and these are also meant to differentiate it even more than the European version of the car.
2016 Ford Escape changes
The 2016 Ford Escape comes in three trim levels: S, SE and Titanium. Because this crossover SUV remained very similar to the 2015 model, means that it offers a lot less space than the Forester or even than the Santa Fe, two crossovers sold for roughly the same price. However, for people who don’t need that much space, the 2016 Escape has to be the better choice because it looks better, it is more efficient than these two and it has one of the best tweaked chassis in its class. Price for the base model starts around $23,450 without destination charge while the fully loaded Titanium trim level comes with price well over $38,000.
New Ford Escape 2016 mpg
Let’s move under the hood of the new Ford Escape 2016 and see if anything changed over the previous model. The base model still comes with the same 2.5 liter naturally aspirated inline 4 which offers a decent amount of power at 168 horsepower and 170 lb-ft of torque which can only be had with front wheel drive. However, for only $2,000 more there is the 1.6 liter EcoBoost engine which is available on the SE model as standard. This provides a heftier 178 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque and it is even more efficient than the base model. The 2.0 liter EcoBoost engine is available both on the SE model as well as on the Titanium and it can offer 240 horsepower and 270 lb-ft of torque, enough to make the Escape one of the faster cars in its class.
|Engine Type||2.5-liter iVCT I-4||1.6-liter EcoBoost I-4||2.0-liter EcoBoost I-4|
|Displacement||152 cu. in.||97.4 cu. in.||122 cu. in.|
|Horsepower||168 @ 6.000 rpm||178 @ 5.700 rpm||240 @ 5.500 rpm|
|Torque||170 lb.-ft. @ 4.500 rpm||184 lb.-ft. @ 2.500 rpm||270 lb.-ft. @ 3.000 rpm|
|Transmission||6-speed automatic||6-speed automatic||6-speed automatic|
All engines come equipped as standard with a 6 speed automatic while a manual is unfortunately not available. Both the EcoBoost engines can be ordered with all wheel drive which could prove very helpful in rough weather climates. We would suggest to stay away of the aging 2.5 liter engine because it uses the most amount of fuel of the three and the performance it offers is average at best.
2016 Ford Escape redesign
The exterior of the new 2016 Ford Escape did not change that much for the 2016 model year and this is quite normal considering it is a mid-life update. The front end received minor tweaks such as new HID headlights, dual chromed exhaust tips on the EcoBoost models and new 19 inch wheels for the top end versions. However, unfortunately it still did not receive a frontal collision warning system or even an adaptive cruise control which are both available on most of its competitors.
|Width||72.4 in. – excluding mirrors
81.8 in. – including mirrors
|Mirrors folded||75.0 in.|
|Vehicle height (without options)||66.3 in.|
|Minimum running ground clearance||7.9 in.|
|Cargo volume||67.8 cu. ft. (behind first row)
34.3 cu. ft. (behind second row)
|Maximum towing capacity
|1.500 lbs. (2.5l)
2.000 lbs. (1.6l)
3.500 lbs. (2.0l)
|Wheels||Base: 17 in. P235/55R17
Largest:19 in. P235/45R19
The interior of the new Ford Escape 2016 received the most updates for this new model. Firstly, the infotainment system has finally been revised and even though it is not offered as standard on all models, the new Sync 3 system is the best infotainment system in its class by a big margin. This is compatible with Apple’s CarPlay so it can connect to your iPhone in order to check the weather, send text messages or even use internet applications for internet radio or different streaming services. On top of that, the 2016 Ford Escape also received a few commodity features such as a hands-free lift-gate which could be proven very useful when your hands are full as well as an optional self-parking feature which can parallel park the car all by itself with very little input from the driver.