With the introduction of concept vehicles and new models for the 2017 model year, there are several models to watch out for. If you’re going to be in the market for a new crossover SUV in 2017, there are two vehicles that you should most definitely have on your radar: the 2017 Ford Escape and the 2017 Cadillac XT5. Indianapolis car dealers are aware of the competition in this segment and are eager to help you make the decision between these two new models. Because the models haven’t yet arrived on dealers’ lots, let’s take a look at what each vehicle is purported to offer based on manufacturer marketing materials.
The updated 2017 Ford Escape is designed to take you places that you may not want to take a luxury crossover like the Cadillac XT5. The designers at Ford have created a host of adventure-minded details to make your spontaneous off-road trip or work commute fun and easy. While the XT5 is marketed as a crossover SUV, it doesn’t exactly have the rugged appeal that the Escape has that makes you feel as if you could take it camping for the weekend. When it comes to living up to what is expected from a crossover SUV, the 2017 Ford Escape offers more versatility.
One reason many people want a crossover SUV is that it offers power and space while being more affordable, due to the smaller size and fuel efficiency. Ford has taken that concept a step further with Auto Start-Stop technology. This feature helps reduce fuel consumption and harmful emissions while driving in the city. With no involvement from the driver, when the Escape comes to a complete stop and idles, at a stop sign for example, the engine shuts off and will automatically restart when you release the brake pedal.
The Cadillac XT5 does not offer anything above and beyond the better fuel mileage that any crossover SUV has over its full sized counterpart. This isn’t to say that the XT5 isn’t more affordable to drive than other SUV models, just that it’s not comparable to what the Escape offers in terms of fuel economy due to the Auto Start-Stop technology.
Ford is known for creating vehicles that offer the utmost in safety options. Thanks to park assist, a lane keeping system, and adaptive cruise control, the 2017 Ford Escape is head and shoulders above the competition. Both the Escape and the XT5 offer basic safety features, including ABS, air bags, and daytime running lamps, but the Escape offers more in the way of optional and standard features.
If you’re looking for a ride that has a lot of room, is affordable to drive, and can go wherever you want to drive to safely, then the 2017 Ford Escape should be at the top of your potential purchases list. Neither of these vehicles has been formally introduced just yet, but Indianapolis car dealers are ready to start sharing their newest 2017 crossover SUV models with drivers as soon as they are available. If you’d like to learn more about these two contenders in the crossover segment, be sure to check out local auto shows as the months slip by toward the 2017 model year!