Instead of wondering which small SUV provides the best all-around value, know that the 2017 Ford Escape is the industry standout. A striking modern design compliments fuel-efficient powertrains, the latest onboard technologies and handling that's downright sporty. It's the type of SUV you can use to get things done, and have a little fun at the same time.

There are three trim levels for the 2017 Ford Escape. They are the S, SE and Titanium.

Ford has made a number of changes to the Escape for the 2017 model year. Among them are a few exterior and interior stylistic tweaks, a completely new 1.5-liter EcoBoost engine, plus the inclusion of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Through the FordPass with Sync Connect app, owners can manage their vehicle remotely.

Three different engines are available for the 2017 Ford Escape. A 2.5-liter four-cylinder is the standard offering for the S trim. It tops out at 168 horsepower and 170 lb.-ft. of torque. SE and Titanium models pack a 1.5-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder, which is turbocharged. It offers a slight bump in output at 179 horsepower and 177 lb.-ft. of torque. Optional for the upper two trims is a 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine. The performance uplift is more than noticeable at a peak 245 horsepower and 275 lb.-ft. of torque, making the Escape downright thrilling to drive.

No matter the engine, all 2017 Ford Escape models use a 6-speed automatic transmission, which has a manual shifting mode. When equipped with one of the two EcoBoost engines, paddle shifters mounted to the steering wheel are standard. Front-wheel drive is standard, but an intelligent four-wheel-drive system can be added to the upper two trims

Plenty of modern safety equipment is standard on the 2017 Ford Escape, or at least can be added as options. Among the included features are front, side-front and side curtain airbags. An SOS Post-Crash Alert System, which contacts the local authorities to notify them of an accident, comes on all three trims. Quite a few advanced technologies can be added to the SUV, such as adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring and a driver drowsiness monitor.

Staying comfortable while driving or riding in the 2017 Ford Escape is simple, thanks to a number of available conveniences. Buyers can add a panoramic roof, which includes a front glass panel that can tilt or open all the way. The steering wheel can be heated, making gloves unnecessary when driving during the winter months. An optional ambient lighting features a number of selectable colors.