For me the heart of the Escape, in fact so many Fords, is its EcoBoost engine. Almost every auto maker builds at least one turbo engine. And all are
light-years ahead of the turbos of even ten years ago. But in my opinion Ford is the leader.
The Escape has three available engines: a 1.5-liter EcoBoost 3-cylinder (180 hp), a 2.0-liter EcoBoost 4-cylinder (250 hp), and a 2.5-liter, Atkinson cycle 4-cylinder (198 hp or 209 hp). The test Escape had the 250 horsepower, 2.0-liter, four. Yup, my choice would be the 2.0 EcoBoost (the 3-cylinder intrigues me but I haven't driven one).
The transmission is an 8-speed automatic that operated just fine. I'm not the type who wants to control an automatic (except in some very specific circumstances), I think a…