388 King George Rd, Brantford, ON, N3T 5L8

2016 FORD ESCAPE | BRANTFORD

2016 Ford Escape

Northway Ford Brantford, located between Hamilton & Cambridge

The 2016 Ford Escape is a compact crossover that delivers the goods. Whether those goods are the children to school, the groceries from the mall or a bit of fun at the weekend it's all the same to the Escape. It's a reliable, dependable car with an element of joie de vivre and we like it.

Built on the very capable Ford Focus platform, the Escape drives like anything but a crossover SUV. It is smooth, supple and very capable. Another motoring journalist complemented the 2016 Ford Escape by likening to a Focus on tiptoes and we have to agree.

2016 Ford Escape design

The design of the new Escape is excellent. It continues Ford's work on a coherent global design while also offering the owner plenty to admire. The big grille at the front and angled headlights give the front something of a basking shark appearance, but it's all good. Given the interesting front end it fits the character.

A rising beltline and sloping roof ensures this SUV is anything but boxy. Fluted side panels, slightly flared wheel arches and roof rails combine to add more interest to the profile. The rear end is simple, yet very effective and finishes off the Escape nicely.

Engine and transmission

There are three engine options for the 2016 Ford Escape. There is a 2.5-litre four cylinder that produces 168 hp and 170 lb-ft of torque, a turbocharged 1.6-litre that produces 178 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque and a 2.0-litre turbo four that delivers 240 hp and 270 lb-ft of torque.

Each uses a six speed automatic transmission to send power to the front wheels with AWD as an option.

As you would expect from Ford, each engine is smooth, well balanced and offers a positive driving experience. All give decent gas mileage and the six speed transmission is timely and slick. It's a good lineup, with even the 1.6-litre having enough grunt to make driving a pleasure.

2016 Ford Escape trims

The 2016 Ford Escape has three trim levels, S, SE and Titanium. The Escape S comes with the 2.5-litre engine, 17 inch wheels, power everything, keyless entry, cruise control, air conditioning, 4.2 inch display, reversing camera, Sync and six-speaker CD audio.

The SE adds the 1.6-litre turbo engine, 17 inch alloy wheels, auto lighting, fog lights, keyless entry keypad, privacy glass, power driver's seat, upgraded interior and satellite radio.

The range-topping Escape Titanium adds the 2.0-litre turbo engine, keyless entry and ignition, foot operated power liftgate, ambient interior lighting, rear parking sensors, roof rails, climate control, Sync 3, 8 inch touchscreen, leather interior, heated mirrors, heated front seats and a 10-speaker Sony audio system.

The 2016 Ford Escape is a great crossover SUV. The engines are great, the drive smooth and the equipment first rate. The shift from MyFord Touch to Sync 3 will please a lot of buyers while the quality of the vehicle overall will please everyone.

Check out the 2016 Ford Escape at Northway Ford Lincoln, 388 King George Road Brantford ON N3S 3N2.

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