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2008 Ford Escape Limited
Ford Escape
Ford
aka Mazda Tribute
Mercury Mariner
Ford Escape Hybrid
Production 2001 - present
Class compact SUV
Body Style 4-door, 5-seat SUV
Length 174.7
Width 71.1
Height 67.9 (FWD); 67.8 (4WD)
Wheelbase 103.1
Weight 3,299
Transmission 5-speed manual; 6-speed automatic
Engine 2.5 L 4-cyl.; 3.0 L V6
Power 171 hp @ 6,000 rpm
171 lb-ft of torque @ 4,500 rpm (I4);

240hp @ 6,550 rpm
223 lb-ft of torque @ 4,300 rpm (V6)

Similar Nissan Rogue
Designer Designer (lead designer if it was a team effort)

The Ford Escape (designated U204) is a compact SUV sold by the automaker Ford Motor Company introduced in 2000 for the 2001 model year and priced below the Ford Explorer. The Escape was sold in Europe as the Ford Maverick.<ref>Ford Maverick (2001 - 2003)</ref> It was jointly developed with Mazda, in which Ford owns a controlling interest, and was released simultaneously with the Mazda Tribute. In the United States, Ford's Mercury division released a luxury version called the Mariner starting with the 2005 model year.

A hybrid version of the Escape was released in 2004, making it the first hybrid SUV.

The Escape is built on the Ford CD2 platform, which is in turn based on the Mazda GF platform, which was used by the Mazda 626.

Recent Changes

The Ford Escape was thoroughly updated for the 2008 model year, receiving a revised exterior and an upgraded interior.<ref>2008 Ford Escape Review</ref> For 2009, the 2.3 L 4-cylinder was replaced by a more powerful 2.5 L unit, while the V6's output was increased to 240 hp courtesy of a higher compression ratio.<ref>2009 Ford Escape Review</ref>

Styles and Major Options

The Escape is available only in 4-door body style. Front wheel drive is standard with four wheel drive being optional. The models are XLS, XLT, and Limited. The XLS can come with an optional manual transmission. The Limited can come with an optional navigation system. All models can come with Ford SYNC.

Escape Hybrid should be considered differently, in its own light. A freshening for 2005 added new headlamps (with crystal lenses), fog lamps, front and rear fascias, aluminum wheel designs and a new honeycomb grille. In 2008, the Escape Hybrid received the same exterior and interior enhancements as all Escape models. For 2009, the 2.3 L engine on the Hybrid was replaced by the 2.5 L 4-cylinder and a better-equipped Limited trim added.

Pricing

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MODEL Trims
XLS XLT XLT V6 Limited Limited V6
MSRP
$20,435 $23,455 $24,465 $24,920 $25,920
Invoice
$19,245 $21,789 $22,708 $23,123 $24,033

Gas Mileage

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Trim
FWD 2.5L manual (XLS) I-4 FWD 2.5L I-4 automatic 4WD 2.5L I-4 automatic FWD 3.0L V6 4WD 3.0L V6 FWD Hybrid 4WD Hybrid
MPG
22/28 20/28 19/25 18/26 17/24 31/34 27/31

Engine and Transmission

The base Ford Escape is powered by a 2.5L Inline-4 producing 171hp @ 6,000 rpm and 171lb-ft @ 4,500 rpm.<ref>2009 Ford Escape Info & Specs</ref> A five-speed manual comes standard with this engine, a 6-speed automatic is an option and the only available transmission for XLT and Limited trims.

A 3.0L V6 engine is optional on XLT and Limited trims. For 2009, the V6 increases its output to 240hp @ 6,550 rpm and 223lb-ft @ 4,300 rpm, up from 200hp and 193lb-ft.

The Hybrid features a 2.5L 4-cylinder engine mated to a continuously variable transmission, supported by a 94hp electric motor. Output is rated at 153hp @ 6,000 rpm and 136lb-ft @ 4,500 rpm.

Performance

Anti-lock brakes operate smoothly. Pedal response has been praised. Drum brakes are used on the rear. Disc brakes, previously available with V6 4WD models and the Ford Escape Hybrid, are not available anymore. Brake Assist helps handling, allowing full braking power when it senses the driver has mistakenly relaxed pressure on the brake pedal in an emergency stopping situation. In addition, electronic brake-force distribution provides more effective, more stable braking.

Photos

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Main Competitors

Hybrid Models

see also Ford Escape Hybrid for more details

In 2004, the Ford Escape Hybrid was released. This hybrid electric vehicle is 75% more fuel-efficient than the regular Escape according to Environmental Protection Agency tests and was the first SUV available to the public with hybrid technology.

Unique Attributes

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Interior

The interior of the Escape has been enhanced with the facelifts from mid 2005 and 2008. A flow-through console and bold-looking gauges are the key improvements. The Escape has a 60/40 split rear bench seat to make it fast and easy to reconfigure the rear cargo area. They fold down, but not perfectly flat. Inside space is competitive, but not class leading. The mid-range XLT offers premium cloth seats which are pleasant to look at and sit on. Base model XLS Escapes definitely look it.

Current Generation: (2008–Present)

First Generation/Origins (2001–2007)

Worldwide

The Esacpe was sold in Europe as the Ford Maverick.

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