Driving the popularity of the 2017 Ford Escape is its host of technology advancements. It all depends on which trim level you choose. The S is Ford’s base model but you’ll be pleasantly surprised with its rearview camera, Bluetooth, Sync 3 tech interface and smartphone integration. If you move up to the SE, you’ll be rewarded with a new engine, nicer wheels, a power-adjustable driver seat and more available options. The top-of-the-line Titanium trim adds luxurious features, such as xenon headlights with automatic high-beam control, automatic wipers, a heated steering wheel, lane departure warning and intervention, and an automated parallel and perpendicular parking feature (which includes front and side parking sensors), a hands-free power liftgate, and ambient cabin lighting. But let’s delve a little deeper.
Prospective drivers are intrigued with its technology options. The 2017 model offers such goodies as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as Ford’s new Sync 3 voice recognition and communication infotainment system loaded with apps. The new Sync 3 includes clear touchscreen graphics, quick response time, and easily navigable menus. There’s even a SYNC Connect app that allows you to lock, unlock, and start (when equipped with remote start) the Escape crossover using a smartphone app. By being equipped with the new auto start-stop technology, the Escape saves gas, engine wear, and the environment. The apps also monitor the Escape’s health and will even help you find parking.
If you’re taking the Escape on a trip, you’ll appreciate its voice-activated navigation system and new adaptive cruise control. To make your long distance drive even more appealing, Ford designers have added new switches on the automatic climate controls of SE and Titanium models to make the system easier to adjust. Need a map? The Sync 3 includes a pinch-to-zoom map feature on the 8.0-inch touchscreen.
For busy parents who are loading the trunks with their hands full, the foot-activated foot sensor power tailgate makes loading sports equipment, luggage, and groceries easy.