Compare 2016 Ford Escape vs Explorer | Price & Specs

2016 Ford Escape


starting msrp

22 city/31 hwy

est. mpg


2016 Ford Explorer


starting msrp

17 city/24 hwy

est. mpg

2016 Ford Escape vs Explorer. What's Your Choice?

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The choice of whether to purchase a smaller, more nimble SUV or a larger, more powerful three-row crossover depends on the buyer's needs. The compact SUV class of vehicles includes affordable, fuel-efficient models while the 7- and 8-passenger monsters offer spacious interiors and plenty of cargo volume. Whether you are looking to buy a commuter-style SUV or a model that can carry the entire family across the country, check out the 2016 Ford Escape and Ford Explorer. Both are popular models and have received the highest possible consumer feedback ratings.

Power and Performance

The 2016 Ford Escape may be small in stature, but it still packs a punch. You can choose from three different engines, the most economical of which is a 2.5L, 4-cylinder variety that delivers a total of 168 horsepower. If you want, you can opt for the 4-cylinder turbocharged version, one that provides plenty of acceleration power. A 2.0L turbocharged engine is also available, and with this engine you will certainly feel the effects of its 240-horsepower output. The Ford Explorer comes with a standard 3.6L V6 that produces a total of 290 horsepower, but you can choose from two different turbocharged engines instead. The larger one is a 3.5L V6 that pops out 365 horsepower. The Escape has precise steering and quick response, while the Explorer offers a quiet, smooth ride. When properly equipped, the Explorer can tow up to 5,000 pounds.

Nicely Appointed Interiors

The 2016 Ford Escape is priced economically, but there is certainly no shortage of convenience features. The interior is lined with soft-touch plush materials, and the front seats are well-padded and cushioned. The base trim comes with full power accessories, cruise control, reclining rear seat, and a rearview camera. If you want, you can choose a package that includes heated mirrors, leather upholstery, and the Sync 3 technology interface. The 2016 Ford Explorer is also adequately equipped with high-tech gizmos. Included on all trims is Bluetooth phone and audio, Sync, a 6-speaker sound system, and USB/auxiliary audio ports. The uplevel packages come with an 8-inch touchscreen display, configurable gauge displays, and navigation system. In short, you won't be shortchanged whichever model you choose.

A Friendly Price

The 2016 Ford Escape holds it value quite well, making it an excellent choice for those who want a good trade-in value after several years of ownership. It is also quite fuel-efficient, with the front-wheel drive base trim achieving 32 mpg on the highway. Because of its long list of active and passive safety features, owners will save big on their auto insurance. The 2016 Ford Explorer also has an exceptionally high resale value. Front-wheel drive versions get around 26 mpg on the highway, very good for this vehicle segment. The 2016 Explorer with its expanded list of high-tech features will attract buyers even when the vehicle is several years old, making this larger crossover a good investment. Both models are covered by a generous bumper-to-bumper warranty, with extended protection for the drivetrain and for corrosion/rust-through problems.


Are you going big or small? You might be surprised to learn how well the larger, 3-row crossovers handle themselves on the highway and in city traffic. On the other hand, if you need a compact vehicle that can be parked in the tiniest of spaces and promises a good combination of power and fuel efficiency, a Ford Escape may be the best choice. Contact Five Star Ford in Stone Mountain and ask to schedule a test drive of both the Escape and Explorer. Only then will you know which of these award-winning models best suits your needs.

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MSRP excludes destination, taxes, title and registration fees. Starting at price refers to the base model, optional equipment not included. A more expensive model may be shown. Pricing and offers may change at any time without notification. To get full pricing details, see your dealer.
All figures are EPA estimates. Actual mileage may vary.

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