We bought my wife a 2016 Escape SE with the 2.0 Ecoboost. We've had it since Jan 1 this year, have about 12,000 miles on it, and it's been a very good vehicle.
We live in a hilly area, and average about 23mpg with it being 99% city, and mostly uphill. I got about 27mpg on a trip to Minneapolis and back, but it sits up a lot higher than a car, so I can't really complain.
That said, it's got plenty of cargo space, is a comfortable ride, and is very quick from 40-70 when you need to pass on a two lane blacktop thanks to the ecoboost turbo and the nicely spaced out six speed automatic. 0-60 is slower than my PI Swapped Thunderbird, but 40-70 feels quicker (haven't actually measured it).
If you don't need to haul a lot of equipment/large tools, the Fusion might be a better choice for payments, mpg, etc. You can get a wider choice of engines, the 2.5L v6 gets the best MPG of the non hybrid models, while the 2.0 Ecoboost gets only 1mpg highway less.
woodman: achieving the impossible since 1967. 1973? 1980? 1985? 1976? whatever, you get my point
ford's advertising slogan was literally "you can pay for all of it today or you can go fuck yourself"