2016 Ford Escape

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Ford Escape highlights

Customer rating


  • Touchscreen infotainment system
  • Versatile turbocharged engine option
  • Rearview camera standard


  • Not as roomy as similar SUVs
  • Lacks interior storage cubbies
  • Small 4.2-inch central display

Mileage (EPA estimate)

22 city, 29 highway, 25 combined

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What is new for the 2016 Ford Escape?

  • Running Boards features are now available as options on select trims.

5 reasons to buy the 2016 Ford Escape

1. Cargo capacity

The five-passenger 2016 Escape only seems compact on the outside; you'll find that the interior is made for hauling people and gear. Even with the second row in place, you'll have 34.3 cu-ft of cargo space available for tailgating or trekking with a full crew. You can max that out to 67.8 cu-ft with the rear seats folded, and Ford offered an optional hands-free foot-activated liftgate in case your hands are full. The 2016 Escape has the interior versatility to tackle your active lifestyle.

2. Wide range of engines

Take a look at the 2016 Escape and you'll find a variety of engine options to fit your needs. The S trim gets a standard 2.5L engine (also available on the SE) making 168 horsepower and getting an EPA-estimated 25 mpg combined (FWD only).

Move up to the SE and Titanium and you'll find a turbocharged 1.6L with 178 hp that gets an EPA-estimated 26 mpg combined with FWD (25 mpg with AWD).
Looking for more power, check out the optional turbo 2.0L that ups the power to 240 hp (SE and Titanium). It still gets an EPA-estimated 25 mpg combined with FWD and 23 mpg combined when equipped with AWD.

3. Weekend versatility

Other than the base S trim, all 2016 Escape trim levels can be found with Ford's optional all-wheel-drive system. So, whether you are off to the ski slopes or down to your favorite out-of-the-way campsite, the Escape has got your back. Also, if you opt for the 2.0L engine paired with the Class II Trailer Tow Package your 2016 Escape will tow up to an estimated 3,500 pounds when properly equipped.

That optional tow package includes a handy trailer sway control feature to help keep your weekend on track. Plus, the Escape's standard backup camera can even help you line up the trailer hitch.

4. Tech options

All versions of the 2016 Escape have the Ford SYNC® voice-activated system controlled by a 4.2-inch LCD screen. However, look for the updated SYNC 3® system, which comes with an 8-inch color LCD touchscreen and Siri® integration, and is available on the SE and standard on the Titanium trim. The top-spec Titanium also gets a standard Sony® audio system with 10 speakers and HD Radio built-in.

5. Comfort upgrades

While the base S is well-equipped, if you want more features, look out for the SE. It has upgraded cloth upholstery as well as upgrades like an eight-way power-adjustable driver seat (with power lumbar), rear privacy glass, foglights, and a keyless entry keypad. There is even an SE Leather Comfort package, which as the name implies adds leather upholstery and heated front seats. The top trim Titanium gets all of that, plus the front passenger seat is also eight-way power-adjustable passenger seat, and you'll also get driver memory settings and more.

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Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings

The 2016 Ford Escape is a compact SUV that is easy to drive and has a lot of cargo space. Customers also like that the car is reliable and durable.
Above Average

RepairPal gave the Ford Escape an overall reliability rating of 4 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Above Average. This rating ranks Ford Escape 14th out of 29 among Compact SUVs.

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Ford Escape features and specs

S 2WD 4D Sport Utility

Standard Features

  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • CD Audio
  • Cloth Seats
  • Cruise Control
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Defroster
  • Rear View Camera
  • Side Airbags
  • Sync System
  • Traction Control
  • Alloy Wheels
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • Full Roof Rack
  • Parking Sensors
  • Running Boards
  • Tow Hitch

Drive Wheels

Front Wheel Drive (2WD)

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Leg room

F 43.1"/R 36.8"

Head room

F 39.9"/R 39"

Front tires


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Max towing capacity

150/1500 lbs.



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