...Properly equipped, the V6 Escape can tow up to 3,500 pounds. Fuel economy with the four-cylinder, six-speed auto and front-wheel drive is 20 mpg city/28 mpg highway and 23 mpg combined. All-wheel drive drops that to 19/25/21. The front-wheel-drive six-cylinder Escape returns an estimated 18/26/21, while all-wheel drive gets 17/24/20. Safety: Antilock brakes, traction control, stability control, front-seat side airbags and full-length head curtain airbags with a rollover sensor are all standard on the 2009 Ford Escape. A reverse-sensing parking system is optional on the Limited. In government...
...Available Sync multimedia interface Standard auxiliary input jack Blue backlighting Redesigned seats use environmentally friendly construction Under the Hood Changes under the hood include many performance and fuel-efficiency modifications that help the Escape sip less gas, provide more passing power and handle more securely. New 171-horsepower, 2.5-liter inline-four-cylinder (171 pounds-feet of torque) New 240-hp, 3.0-liter V-6 (223 pounds-feet of torque) Available six-speed automatic transmission Five-speed manual Drive-by-wire throttle control Chassis system upgrades improve ride comfort...
Source: MSN Autos
...The 4-cylinder is, in fact, a moaner. Step on the gas and the distant engine moos as the automatic drops two gears to put the engine in the meat of its powerband. Perfectly acceptable for runabout status, and quiet while cruising, the 4-cylinder clocks into work when keeping pace in mad-house urban traffic.Distinctly more relaxed, the V6 emits a civilized growl when provoked and trundles the Escape about its business from the background the rest of the time. It’s the best choice unless fuel economy is the major criteria.That said, until middling speeds the most pleasant power comes from the...
...With an MPG rating that was already the best in the SUV market, this year’s improvements in both performance and efficiency are hard to argue with.
...It should also be said that many other cars I've tested have storage in the doors that can fit a water bottle. When there's no armrest with cupholders for the rear seat, a water bottle stashed in the rear-door pocket would be much easier for kids to reach than the Escape's backseat cupholders that are housed in the backside of the front center console. The Escape has a good-sized cargo space for your huge strollers, and you can fold the seats down by using a latch on the top of the backseat. The hassle is that-and Ford isn't the only perpetrator of this kind of cargo issue - in order to...
...The most noticeable changes to the Escape trio are found in the performance of the hybrid. Ford uses a continuously variable transmission and on the previous model tended to whine at high rpm like a car stuck in the wrong gear. But with the addition of the new 2.5-liter engine and significant changes to the software monitoring the transmission, the hybrid feels normal. Ford also tuned the four-cylinder hybrid's engine to run on the Atkinson cycle, which operates the engine at a lower compression ratio, sacrificing some power for more efficiency. This should not be confused with the Atkins...
...Interior materials were improved along with fit and finish and general ergonomics. Horsepower was ramped up in the standard inline four-cylinder Escape, as well as in the six-cylinder model driven for this column. Also, like a teenager with the latest telecommunications and infotainment gizmos, the Escape got all of those -- in the form of the onboard Microsoft/Ford Sync communications system. Apparently, the people at Ford thought that looking good, flexing more muscle and getting hip with electronics were good enough -- because they proceeded to do something unspeakably dumb. They replaced...
...Also, the display's center characters are blue, but the flanking digits are pale green. You don't have to be an artiste to have a problem with this. You can't do anything about that, but you can vary the illumination color of the cupholders and footwells if you opt for the Leather Comfort Package, which also includes leather upholstery, as you might have guessed. Our two test cars are a great example of how different trim levels and/or equipment can vary in ways you might not expect. Specifically, I preferred the standard interior over the more expensive one with leather. Same trim level...
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