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2009 Ford Escape
2009 Ford Escape
Available Price Range $5,160-$13,388 TrimsN/A Combined MPG 20-25 SeatsN/A

Our Take on the 2009 Ford Escape

Our Take

In 2008, Ford's smallest CUV lost its cutesy exterior and interior for a new bold styling direction. For 2009, the boxy brute gets added firepower and increased fuel efficiency. The Escape's competition includes the Toyota RAV4, Honda CR-V and Saturn Vue.Available six-speed automatic tr... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Not enough interior changes
  • Steering wheel doesn't telescope
  • Several steps to fold backseat
  • Ride quality on some surfaces

Notable Features

  • Four-cylinder or V-6
  • Five-speed manual or six-speed automatic
  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • Improved gas mileage
  • Hybrid version


Our Expert Reviews

It's late fall here in Colorado, and I'm thinking of escaping to the mountains for a long weekend. I'm trying to find a place to stay that isn't over the top and really expensive; I'm looking for something that's kind of like the restyled 2009 Ford Escape. Ford's Escape is more like a getaway to a clean, pared-down cabin. It's not an overdone luxury home;... Read full review for the 2009 Ford Escape

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Consumer Reviews


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Great Value for the $$

by pricklypear from Fort Wayne, IN. on November 29, 2010

Purchased the car used with 30K miles- only warranty issue was a squeaky liftgate, and noise from the front disc brake promptly fixed by the local dealer under the remaining warranty. Drove 2500 miles... Read Full Review


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Crash-Test Reports


There are currently 3 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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