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Ford Escape

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It's hard to believe Ford's Escape compact SUV has been in production for almost 20 years. The Escape joined its bigger siblings in the Ford lineup — the Explorer, the Expedition and the now-defunct Excursion — in 2001, as the SUV craze from the 1990s spilled into the new millennium. The Escape has always been a somewhat boxy, car-based SUV. With a four-wheel independent suspension and a unibody frame, it mirrored the look of an SUV but drove more like a car. Now in its second generation, the Escape is more of a crossover than a traditional SUV. Technology, comfort, safety and fuel economy continue to be top priorities in the five-seat Escape thanks to a family of efficient four-cylinder engines (some turbocharged), optional four-wheel drive and advanced optional safety features, such as adaptive cruise control with forward collision warning and lane-keeping assist.

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Escape - 2 Generations

2013–2019 Escape

Redesigned in 2013

After nearly 12 years and strong sales, Ford completely redesigned the Escape for the 2013 model year. The new “progressive” appearance retained some hallmarks from the previous generation. The V-6 engine and hybrid model disappeared, and buyers were given a choice of three four-cylinder engines that teamed with a six-speed automatic transmission. Base Escapes had a 2.5-liter engine, while mid-level models were powered by a turbocharged 1.6-liter that made 178 horsepower. The top-level Titanium trim had a 240-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter. Buyers also had a choice between front-wheel drive or full-time all-wheel drive. Now, Escapes come standard with a backup camera and Ford’s optional Sync 3 touchscreen multimedia system. There’s also an available hands-free foot-swipe function for the power liftgate. A slight face-lift inside and out came in 2017, when the Escape got a new turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder and an improved 245-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter, both with stop-start capability.

  • MSRP Range $24,105–$34,120
  • Consumer Rating
    (5.0) 1 reviews
  • Combined MPG 23-26
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  • MSRP Range $23,940–$33,490
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.9) 357 reviews
  • Combined MPG 23-26
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Notable Features in 2018
  • New uplevel SEL trim level
  • Sync 3 available
  • Choice of three engines
  • Six-speed automatic standard
  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • MSRP Range $12,505–$37,673
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.8) 517 reviews
  • Combined MPG 24-26
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Notable Features in 2017
  • Restyled for 2017
  • Sync 3 available
  • New Sport Appearance Package
  • Choice of three engines
  • Six-speed automatic standard
  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • Current List Price $12,661–$23,301
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.6) 147 reviews
  • Combined MPG 25-26
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Notable Features in 2016
  • Sync 3 multimedia system newly available
  • Backup camera standard
  • Choice of three engines
  • Six-speed automatic standard
  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • Current List Price $10,446–$22,722
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.7) 226 reviews
  • Combined MPG 25-26
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Notable Features in 2015
  • Backup camera standard
  • Seats five
  • Choice of three engines
  • Six-speed automatic standard
  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • Current List Price $8,009–$21,565
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.5) 338 reviews
  • Combined MPG 25-26
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Notable Features in 2014
  • Newly standard backup camera
  • Seats five
  • Choice of three engines
  • Six-speed automatic
  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • Current List Price $7,978–$17,470
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.0) 368 reviews
  • Combined MPG 24-26
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Notable Features in 2013
  • Escape's first full redesign
  • Seats five
  • Choice of three engines
  • Six-speed automatic
  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • Progressive styling

2001–2012 Escape

Redesigned in 2001

The first generation of the Ford Escape came standard with front-wheel drive and a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine paired with a five-speed manual transmission. Higher trim levels had a 200-hp, 3.0-liter V-6 with a four-speed automatic. Mirroring its bigger siblings, the Escape had an optional Control Trac II four-wheel-drive system and an available towing package for trailers up to 3,500 pounds. An Escape Hybrid arrived in 2005 and returned more than 30 mpg combined. The Escape was restyled in 2008 with a more modern look that was in line with the rest of Ford’s lineup. Upgrades between 2008 and 2012 brought better fuel economy and new technology, such as a standard six-speed automatic and optional self-parking.

  • Current List Price $5,896–$14,820
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.5) 131 reviews
  • Combined MPG 23-25
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Notable Features in 2012
  • Self-parking option
  • Four-cylinder or V-6
  • Available manual transmission
  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • Hybrid version available
  • Current List Price $5,010–$14,066
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.3) 105 reviews
  • Combined MPG 23-25
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Notable Features in 2011
  • Self-parking option
  • Four-cylinder or V-6
  • Available manual transmission
  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • Hybrid version available
  • Current List Price $4,088–$12,436
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.4) 114 reviews
  • Combined MPG 23-25
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Notable Features in 2010
  • New self-parking option
  • Four-cylinder or V-6
  • Five-speed manual or six-speed automatic
  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • Hybrid version available
  • Current List Price $3,429–$11,565
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.4) 60 reviews
  • Combined MPG 20-25
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Notable Features in 2009
  • Four-cylinder or V-6
  • Five-speed manual or six-speed automatic
  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • Improved gas mileage
  • Hybrid version
  • Current List Price $2,793–$10,445
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.3) 126 reviews
  • Combined MPG 19-25
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Notable Features in 2008
  • 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
  • Current List Price $2,046–$9,074
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.2) 42 reviews
  • Combined MPG 21-26
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Notable Features in 2007
  • 153-hp four-cylinder
  • Available 200-hp V-6
  • Available Intelligent automatic 4WD
  • Optional Safety Canopy rollover protection
  • Hybrid powertrain available
  • Current List Price $457–$9,741
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.3) 50 reviews
  • Combined MPG 21-26
  • Body Styles:

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Notable Features in 2006
  • 153-hp four-cylinder
  • Available 200-hp V-6
  • Available Intelligent automatic 4WD
  • Optional Safety Canopy rollover protection
  • Hybrid powertrain available
  • Current List Price $1,478–$7,850
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.3) 75 reviews
  • Combined MPG 20-34
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Notable Features in 2005
  • More powerful four-cylinder
  • Available V-6
  • Availability of new &quot
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  • automatic 4WD
  • Optional Safety Canopy rollover protection
  • Hybrid powertrain offered in mid-2004
  • Current List Price $1,392–$7,280
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.5) 30 reviews
  • Combined MPG 20-25
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Notable Features in 2004
  • Carlike qualities
  • Four-cylinder or V-6
  • Available Automatic 4WD
  • Compact size
  • Hybrid powertrain offered in mid-2004
  • Current List Price $1,112–$7,072
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.1) 40 reviews
  • Combined MPG 20-25
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  • Current List Price $858–$6,798
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.3) 47 reviews
  • Combined MPG 20-25
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  • Current List Price $1,309–$5,345
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.2) 40 reviews
  • Combined MPG 24-25
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