Best Bet
(4.2) 83 reviews
MSRP: $3,952$11,280
Body Style: Sport Utility
Combined MPG: 19-25
Engine: 200-hp, 3.0-liter V-6 (regular gas)
Drivetrain: 4x4
Seats: 5
2008 Ford Escape

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

9 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.