1.5L Ecoboost Dragon Engine Review by Car and Driver

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Got curious how the 1.5L is received by the auto journalists in reviews. Came across this encouraging feedback from Car and Driver's review of the 2020 Escape.

The Escape's base powerplant, a turbocharged 1.5-liter inline-three-cylinder, produces 181 horsepower and 190 lb-ft of torque, which comes on quickly and relatively smoothly and is fully adequate for getting this compact ute up to a moderate pace. Which is a good thing, considering it is the only mill to be had on S and SE trim levels. The run from zero to 60 mph in our all-wheel-drive SE test car takes 7.7 seconds, and the quarter-mile is dispatched in 15.9 seconds at 87 mph—leagues ahead of the 9.2- and 16.9-second measurements we recorded for a previous-generation front-drive Escape with the now-defunct turbo 1.5-liter inline-four. There's a throaty warble to the triple's engine note under load that could only come from an inline-three. Our one complaint is some faint boominess inside the cabin when the cylinder-deactivation system occasionally kicks in and idles one of the cylinders.
Thought that might be helpful for anyone like me that wasn't familiar with the engine before it was posted in the Bronco Sport leaks.



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Got curious how the 1.5L is received by the auto journalists in reviews. Came across this encouraging feedback from Car and Driver's review of the 2020 Escape.

The Escape's base powerplant, a turbocharged 1.5-liter inline-three-cylinder, produces 181 horsepower and 190 lb-ft of torque, which comes on quickly and relatively smoothly and is fully adequate for getting this compact ute up to a moderate pace. Which is a good thing, considering it is the only mill to be had on S and SE trim levels. The run from zero to 60 mph in our all-wheel-drive SE test car takes 7.7 seconds, and the quarter-mile is dispatched in 15.9 seconds at 87 mph—leagues ahead of the 9.2- and 16.9-second measurements we recorded for a previous-generation front-drive Escape with the now-defunct turbo 1.5-liter inline-four. There's a throaty warble to the triple's engine note under load that could only come from an inline-three. Our one complaint is some faint boominess inside the cabin when the cylinder-deactivation system occasionally kicks in and idles one of the cylinders.
Thought that might be helpful for anyone like me that wasn't familiar with the engine before it was posted in the Bronco Sport leaks.
I wrote up a brief impression of the Dragon-powered 2020 C2 Escape that I drove, on an Escape forum I'm on (I'm chrisgb over there). Car and Driver is a little more euphemistic than my impression: "throaty warble? "Faint boominess?"
 

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IMHO, this engine should be left for the Escape. The Sport should have the 2.0L as the base and "maybe" something like the 2.3L for the top end ....
 

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IMHO, this engine should be left for the Escape. The Sport should have the 2.0L as the base and "maybe" something like the 2.3L for the top end ....
Agree, but I think it's too late.
 

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Until they are building units, it's not too late.... just saying....
 

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I would like to get a car whose engine is not ruined if the timing belt/chain should ever fail. Is the smaller engine a non-interference engine like the larger one?
 

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I would like to get a car whose engine is not ruined if the timing belt/chain should ever fail. Is the smaller engine a non-interference engine like the larger one?
I would be surprised if any modern Ford engine was non-interference. Is there a source for your non-interference comment on the 2.0L?

I don't know the quality of the website below, but it's the only thing I could find for the 2020 Escape. The site says that both the 1.5L-3 and 2.0L-4 Ecoboosts are interference engines. However, there are conflicts in some site data. The timing belt replacement is listed as a 60-100k mile. Prudent advice, but not inline with the 2020 Escape owner's manual (150k mile replacement). I would not recommend testing the 150k replacement interval, so this may be where they are going with the safer data.

https://www.autopadre.com/belt-or-chain/ford-escape
 

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If you are not towing anything and not in a hurry running from twister, the 1.5 is fine. I agree with others, the 2.0 should have been standard with the 2.3 as the upgrade, except for the Raptor Sport with the 2.7 :) I'll bet the 2.3 is added to 2022 editions. There is a HP war going on now with the hybrids and electrics, many boasting 300+hp and good torque because of the electric motors. It's all about selling / review points even if you don't need the HP. Engines like 1.5 and 2.0 are going out of favor, again if you like casual, relaxing driving, or see the $5.00+ per gallon gas coming... it's fine.
 

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