With athletic looks and a quiet, stylish interior, the Escape distinguishes itself in a crowd of small crossovers. The base engine is 168-hp four-cylinder, but we recommend opting for the 179-hp turbo four or the 245-hp turbo four. All have front-wheel drive; all-wheel drive is optional on turbos. Handling is precise and predictable, but the steering feels rubbery. Ford’s Sync infotainment is controlled by an 8-inch touchscreen with voice recognition. Properly equipped it can tow 3500 pounds.