2008 Ford Escape

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$19,140 - $26,185
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Engine Engine 2.3LI-4
MPG MPG 22 City / 28 Hwy
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2008 Escape Overview

The Ford Escape has been thoroughly updated for 2008, reinforcing the character and appeal that have made it America's perennial best-selling small sport-utility vehicle.The improvements nearly cover the spectrum, and inject a new level of refinement.The Escape's standard safety features are upgraded significantly for 2008.

We'd call the Escape a little truck among small SUVs.Its new styling deliberately invokes Ford's larger, truck-based Expedition and Explorer sport-utilities.Escape's ride height and seating position are a bit higher than competitors such as the Honda CR-V, and it can tow up to 3,500 pounds, which is substantially more than most other vehicles in the class.

Yet the Ford Escape still delivers the advantages of unit-body, car-based competitors such as the Honda CR-V.Its smooth ride and agile handling make for enjoyable driving, and its compact dimensions make the Escape easy to park.

The base four-cylinder is adequate for all-purpose driving while the V6 offers quicker acceleration performance.All variants, including the V6 and Escape Hybrid, deliver some of best EPA mileage ratings in the class.All, including the gas-electric Hybrid, are offered with either front- or all-wheel drive.For the most part, the Hybrid drives just like a conventional gas-only Escape.It's a well-executed package.It offers better fuel economy and lower emissions but demands little additional effort or knowledge from the driver.

The new 2008 Ford Escape still provides comfortable seating for four, or five in a pinch, but with noticeably more headroom than in pre-2008 models.Folding the rear seats opens a good sized cargo area with a flat floor, and space behind the seat surpasses that in the trunk of the typical sedan.Interior storage options have improved considerably.The finish is more upscale and pleasing, and feature function and switches are among the best.

Safety features that were extra-cost options on lower-trim models are now standard across the board, including Ford's Roll Stability Control system.Escape now sets the class benchmark for safety features.

There's a Ford Escape model for most tastes and needs.They range from a decently equipped, four-cylinder Escape XLS 2WD for under $19,000 to the leather-upholstered Escape V6 Limited 4WD, with premium audio, navigation, dual-zone auto climate control and reverse sensing for about $30,000.Dollar for feature, Ford Escape prices have dropped considerably the past few years.The premium for the Escape Hybrid has also decreased.It's now less than $2,000 more than a comparably equipped Limited.

The Ford Escape remains one of the more appealing vehicles in its class, regardless of price, and certainly one of the better values.Those shopping for a small SUV should put it on their short list, especially those who appreciate its big-truck styling.
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2008 Escape Overview

The Ford Escape has been thoroughly updated for 2008, reinforcing the character and appeal that have made it America's perennial best-selling small sport-utility vehicle.The improvements nearly cover the spectrum, and inject a new level of refinement.The Escape's standard safety features are upgraded significantly for 2008.

We'd call the Escape a little truck among small SUVs.Its new styling deliberately invokes Ford's larger, truck-based Expedition and Explorer sport-utilities.Escape's ride height and seating position are a bit higher than competitors such as the Honda CR-V, and it can tow up to 3,500 pounds, which is substantially more than most other vehicles in the class.

Yet the Ford Escape still delivers the advantages of unit-body, car-based competitors such as the Honda CR-V.Its smooth ride and agile handling make for enjoyable driving, and its compact dimensions make the Escape easy to park.

The base four-cylinder is adequate for all-purpose driving while the V6 offers quicker acceleration performance.All variants, including the V6 and Escape Hybrid, deliver some of best EPA mileage ratings in the class.All, including the gas-electric Hybrid, are offered with either front- or all-wheel drive.For the most part, the Hybrid drives just like a conventional gas-only Escape.It's a well-executed package.It offers better fuel economy and lower emissions but demands little additional effort or knowledge from the driver.

The new 2008 Ford Escape still provides comfortable seating for four, or five in a pinch, but with noticeably more headroom than in pre-2008 models.Folding the rear seats opens a good sized cargo area with a flat floor, and space behind the seat surpasses that in the trunk of the typical sedan.Interior storage options have improved considerably.The finish is more upscale and pleasing, and feature function and switches are among the best.

Safety features that were extra-cost options on lower-trim models are now standard across the board, including Ford's Roll Stability Control system.Escape now sets the class benchmark for safety features.

There's a Ford Escape model for most tastes and needs.They range from a decently equipped, four-cylinder Escape XLS 2WD for under $19,000 to the leather-upholstered Escape V6 Limited 4WD, with premium audio, navigation, dual-zone auto climate control and reverse sensing for about $30,000.Dollar for feature, Ford Escape prices have dropped considerably the past few years.The premium for the Escape Hybrid has also decreased.It's now less than $2,000 more than a comparably equipped Limited.

The Ford Escape remains one of the more appealing vehicles in its class, regardless of price, and certainly one of the better values.Those shopping for a small SUV should put it on their short list, especially those who appreciate its big-truck styling.Hide Full Review