• (4.1) 39 reviews
  • MSRP: $1,423$7,215
  • Body Style: Sport Utility
  • Combined MPG: 20-25
  • Engine: 201-hp, 3.0-liter V-6 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: 4x4
  • Seats: 5
2003 Ford Escape

Our Take on the 2003 Ford Escape

Posted on 12/9/02 Ford’s first car-based sport utility vehicle debuted for the 2001 model year and was derived from the Mazda 626 platform — a result of Ford’s controlling interest in Mazda, which produces the similar Tribute. Developed in tandem, both compete against other car-ba... Read Full Report

2003 Ford Escape Reviews

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Ford says its hybrid gas/electric Escape SUV that goes on sale in 2003 will be followed by a hybrid gas/electric Explorer at an unnamed date. The Escape HEV will feature an electric drivetrain powered by nickel-metal-hydride batteries combined with a fuel-efficient 4-cylinder gas engine. Escape HEV will deliver 40 m.p.g. in the city and 31 m.p.g. on the highway, Ford said. The reason for th... Read full review for the 2003 Ford Escape

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Best SUV Ever!!

by Bruiserc from Greenville, SC on March 3, 2011

I bought a 2003 Ford Escape XLT with 111,220 miles on it for driving back and forth to work. Had it now for a year and have had no problems. It has now 125,000 miles on it. Easy to see out of. Easy to... Read Full Review

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2003 Ford Escape Safety Ratings

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There are currently 11 recalls for this car.

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