31 reviews
2003 Ford Escape
2003 Ford Escape
Available Price Range $1,280-$7,480 Trims13 Combined MPG 20-25 Seats 5

Our Take on the 2003 Ford Escape

Our Take

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


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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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03 Escape

by Allan O from Kent, Ohio on May 24, 2011

Was looking for an Explorer but opted for this 03 Escape because of $4 gas. Has same amount of front seat room as our old Explorer but with expected amount less room in back. This small v6 has surpris... Read Full Review

13 Trims Available

A trim is a style of a vehicle model. Each higher trim has different or upgraded features from the previous trim along with a price increase. Learn more about trims

Trims Explained

When talking about cars, “trims” is a way of differentiating between different versions of the same model. Typically, most start with a no-frills, or “base” trim, and as features are added, or a different engine, drivetrain (gas vs. hybrid, for example) or transmission are included, trim names change and prices go up.

It’s important to carefully check the trims of the car you’re interested in to make sure that you’re getting the features you want, or that you’re not overpaying for features you don’t want.


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There are currently 9 recalls for this car.

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