The Escape has been greatly improved with its redesign. Based on the Focus, this SUV drives very well, with agile and sporty handling, and a composed ride. Most versions have a 1.6-liter turbo four-cylinder, and uplevel models use a 2.0-liter, turbo four. Both get 22 mpg overall in our tests, but the 2.0-liter is stronger and quieter. Comfort and convenience features are less impressive. The footwell is a bit narrow and the base-level cloth seats are mediocre in support and comfort, although the optional leather seats are better shaped. The rest of the interior is roomy enough. Many of the controls are needlessly complicated, especially the MyFord Touch system.
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