See the Country in a 2017 Ford Escape

The Purvis brothers are losing their eyesight. But as the t-shirts say, they’re not losing their vision! A couple years ago, Tod and Justin Purvis embarked on an epic American road trip to see as much of the country as possible before potentially going blind. They chose to do it in a Ford Escape.

We obviously don’t recommend driving for those who are completely blind. The way automotive technology is heading, though, in just a few years it might not be out of the question for autonomous cars to bring independent freedom of movement to those living with blindness. As it stands, the 2017 Ford Escape is a big step in that direction. It can come equipped with all kinds of active safety features that serve as great backup plans.

Safety and Technology in the Ford Escape

When you have over 3,000 pounds of metal in the palm of your hand, we all expect you to pay attention to what you’re doing! But accidents happen even to the most alert and attentive drivers, and Ford wants to mitigate those incidents.

  • With available adaptive cruise control, you can set your highway speed and a safe following distance, and the Escape will slow down if the vehicle in front slows down. It picks back up when traffic conditions allow. It’s great for getting on I-90 and just cruising until your DeForest exit comes up.
  • With forward collision warning and brake support, the Escape will alert you to potential accidents and pre-charge your brakes for maximum sensitivity and effectiveness.
  • Lane-keeping technology can vibrate your steering wheel if the Escape is drifting too close to the lane markers.
  • Blind spot alerts can notify you of vehicles in your blind spot on the highway or if you’re backing out of a tight parking spot in Madison.
  • Speaking of parking: the 2017 Escape can help you find and get into (and out of) tricky parking spots. Can you really fit into that spot on E Main St in Sun Prairie? We don’t know, but your Escape does, and it will help you parallel park into it.

Ford offers even more technological capability with the available SYNC® 3, SYNC® Connect, and the FordPass app. SYNC® 3 provides entertainment in an easy-to-use touchscreen. Navigation is available to get you to Viking Brew Pub in Stoughton if you’ve never been there, and connectivity with your smartphone is easy. Using voice commands, you can talk on the phone safely without taking your hands off the wheel.

SYNC® Connect allows the FordPass app to connect with your Escape, showing you valuable data and providing remote access. You can lock, unlock, and start your Escape from the comfort of your home or office. Let it heat up for a minute on those frigid winter mornings!

Ford Escape is Comfortable and Versatile

Even if you don’t opt for all the cool bells and whistles, there’s a lot to love about all of the 2017 Ford Escape’s three trim levels (S, SE, Titanium). It’s comfortable and spacious, offering plenty of room for passengers and cargo. You can even tow with it and add roof racks. It’s a vehicle that’ll be great for your weekday Waunakee commute as well as your once-in-a-while camping trips.

Ford offers three engine options, so you can decide whether you’d like to focus on power or fuel efficiency, or something in the middle.

  • 2.5-liter iVCT (standard on base S model)
  • 1.5-liter EcoBoost (standard on SE and Titanium models)- most fuel efficient option
  • 2.0-liter EcoBoost- delivers best performance, along with great efficiency

All-wheel drive is available on the SE and Titanium trims.

We’d love to have you come in and explore the features of the 2017 Ford Escape. Take one for a test drive to see how you like it. We’d love to answer any questions you have!

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