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2008 Ford Escape
2008 Ford Escape
Available Price Range $4,359-$11,895 TrimsN/A Combined MPG 19-25 SeatsN/A

Our Take on the 2008 Ford Escape

Our Take

In its first significant refresh since its 2001 debut, the Ford Escape compact SUV receives some styling changes, inside and out, plus a quieter cabin for 2008. The drivetrains, including that of the Escape Hybrid, remain the same.The Escape looks more like a Ford Explorer now, but with a plungin... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

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  • Acceptable&quot
  • front crash test
  • Not enough interior changes
  • Four-speed automatic
  • Steering wheel doesn't telescope
  • Several steps to fold backseat
  • Ride quality on some surfaces

Notable Features

  • Restyled for 2008
  • 4-cylinder or V-6
  • Five-speed manual or four-speed auto
  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • Curtain airbags and stability system
  • Hybrid version


Our Expert Reviews

For a while it looked as though SUVs would grow to school-bus size entries to hold not just the family but the neighborhood.Explorer, Expedition, Excursion. Big, bigger and biggest -- and those are only Ford's entries.And then came Escape, a compact sport-utility vehicle that, as the name implies, offers an escape from the huge size and low mileage while still at home off-road.Escape bowed... Read full review for the 2008 Ford Escape

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Consumer Reviews


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Very disappointed

by So Sorry from Winnipeg Mb, Canada on October 5, 2012

"Bought this vehicle from a dealer and purchased extended warranty with it. The vehicle was already two years old with 65 K on it. Within 2 months found out why it had been traded in. Vent actuator wa... Read Full Review


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Crash-Test Reports


There are currently 5 recalls for this car.

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Warranties Explained


Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.


Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

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