For more than ten years, the Ford Escape has been among the most popular compact SUVs on the market. This five-passenger vehicle, which is available in front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive across all trims, is loaded with a wide range of features that make it appealing to families and to solo drivers. With versatile engine choices, including a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder and a 3.0-liter V6, the Escape is up to virtually any task. At 69 cubic feet with the rear seats folded down, this SUV doesn't offer exceptional cargo capacity; it is sufficient for most drivers, though.
The Ford Escape was designed at Ford World Headquarters in Dearborn, Michigan, which is just outside of Detroit. It is currently manufactured in Claycomo, Missouri. Its two engines offer an impressive mix of power. The V6 gets a horsepower of 240, while the 4-cylinder achieves 171. When equipped with the right towing package, V6 versions of the Escape can tow a maximum of 3,500 pounds. Fuel economy is pretty good, too; four-cylinder, 6-speed automatics with front-wheel drive get a rating of 20 mpg in the city, 28 mpg on the highway and 23 combined.
When the first Ford Escapes arrived in dealerships as 2001 models, they stood apart in a big way. Instead of being designed for off-roads pursuits, the Escape was given a design that was more like that of a regular car. Its easy handling and roomy interior thrilled drivers. A 2005 refresh brought advanced safety features to the table. The second generation debuted at the Los Angeles International Auto Show in 2007. A new grille, rounder wheel arches, and larger headlights gave the Escape a striking new appearance. The interior was dramatically improved, too.
Today's Ford Escape is sleek and stylish on the inside and the outside. Nice materials lend the interior the feel of a higher-end vehicle. The Escape is offered in three trim levels; key features like keyless entry, full power accessories, and MyKey parental controls are all standard. The top-of-the-line Limited boasts a leather interior, chrome exterior accents, and heated front seats. The popular Sun and Sync package adds a sunroof and Ford's high-quality Sync system; automated parallel parking assist and a rear-seat entertainment system are both also very popular.
The Ford Escape Hybrid was the first-ever hybrid SUV; it debuted in 2004 and earned plenty of accolades. The Escape has also been recognized for its affordability through the years; Edmunds put it on its Lowest Cost to Own list in 2008. Similarly, U.S. News and World Reports has highlighted the Escape on its Thrifty 50 list. For all-around versatility and cost-effectiveness, the Ford Escape should continue to enjoy a great deal of popularity among a broad swath of the driving population.
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