The Escape also has plenty of passing power. Driving on the freeway, I was able to get to speed, and pass slower trucks with ease. (It's pretty good at evasive maneuvering to, like when some idiot who missed his exit decides to cross three lanes of traffic, but that's another story.)
For you boaters, the new Escape is also able to tow 3,500 pounds of cargo (with the 2.0-liter engine), a good bit more than its nearest competitor.
Another part of the rebuild initiative was to be more focused on the driver, and give the interior a cockpit-like feel. The vehicle I tested was the top-line Titanium edition, and it comes with premium, partial-leather, heated front seats with additional lumbar support. They're almost like racing seats, and deliver not only solid support in turns, but are, dare I say for an SUV, comfortable to sit in. The passengers will note there's also more legroom for them, too.