Well, I can't speak to the new Escape, but the 2.3L engine in the "old" Escape is tough. My son drove his 2008 on a dry sump for three miles after sheering the oil filter off. Basically drove it home with an empty sump, "but kept it under 30mph." No apparent engine damage. Valve cover and oil pan pulled for inspection. Oil was Motorcraft 5W20 synthetic blend (Conoco-Phillips), which is what was always ran in the car. 64,000 miles on it when this happened.
Made me a believer in the Ford 2.3 liter engine (and motor oil made by Conoco-Phillips).
@ 80,000+ miles now, its still running quiet, pulls strong, same fuel economy as always, and no increase in oil consumption than before.
2009 2.5X, Dark Gray
2013 Ducati Multistrada