AD #1746 – Ford Escape Gets a New Face, Toyota Puts Ford & Honda in Crosshairs, GMC Canyon Gets Denali Treatment

November 17th, 2015 at 11:55am

Runtime: 6:56

- Toyota Wants 400,000 RAV4 Sales
- Ford Refreshes the Escape
- New Beetle Variants Inspired by Classic Bugs
- Audi Offers Same Goodwill Package
- GMC Canyon Gets the Denali Treatment
- Sierra Denali Taken to the Next Level
- Barn Find: It’s a Packard!

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34 Comments to “AD #1746 – Ford Escape Gets a New Face, Toyota Puts Ford & Honda in Crosshairs, GMC Canyon Gets Denali Treatment”

  1. MJB Says:

    VW Dune ride height raised and track widened by a mere indistinguishable 1/2″? Okayyyy…

  2. Sean McElroy Says:

    Whoops! New Escape EcoBoost engines are a *1.5L* and 2.0L.

  3. Tony Gray Says:

    The Escape looks like a nice refresh and keeps it current. The Denali though…still just not loving that center stack. Just looks thrown together. Meh.

  4. Brett Says:

    #1

    I would imagine they’ve got some pretty narrow engineering space to work with considering that these are mostly trim packages, not sub-models.

    I doubt if they had any budget for major mods.

  5. G.A.Branigan Says:

    Uber Denali.I wonder how soon we’ll be seeing 1/2 ton luxobarge pickups in the 100k range,lmao.Bring back the compact trucks,let the rich have the rest of the segments…I remember the times when owning and driving a pickup was looked down on.My,how times have changed.

  6. MJB Says:

    #4.

    That’s what I figured too.

    Both those mods could be accomplished in the driveway. The track width: use 1/4″ washers as wheel spacers on each side. Ride height: basic $20 rubber spring spacers.

  7. MJB Says:

    #5.

    Yes, but I still look down on soccer-mom minivans… ;) Nothing’s changed there.

  8. HtG Says:

    5 Kind of like lobster used to be poor man’s food.

    After having worked with pick-ups, SUVS, vans, cube trucks, towing work boats, you bet I’m guilty today of a teeny bit of amusement at luxury trucks

  9. shan Says:

    yep, the Canyon is creeping into a larger, optioned up, expensive truck.$30k…. profits for GM :) Go to the Philippines, you find awesome compact trucks with minimal gimmicky options

  10. Buzzerd Says:

    Hey honey look what we got in the mail today. A $500 gift card for an Audi! WOW! We should run down and spend it on a $70,000 car!
    Pretty lame move Volkswagen.

  11. Drew Says:

    Shan, Canyon 4-door crew with a modicum of options is well over $30k before you check the Denali box.

  12. gnd Says:

    Many thanks for having a news story concerning VW
    that isn’t immediately bracketed by the words “emission scandal”.(Much as we talk about General Motors now, without including “ignition switch scandal” in every news release)

  13. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Maybe they got the 1/2 inch lift of the VW by using one inch larger diameter tires. That would work, if they’d fit the wheel wells without hitting anything.

    The last Colorados I saw at a dealer were in the mid
    30′s. I suspect the more basic ones sell quickly, and the expensive (over) loaded ones sit around a while. The Denali with all options will probably be around $40K.

  14. Rich Brager Says:

    Sean,
    Thanks for identifying the old car as a Packard. I knew your viewers could do it.
    Rich

  15. G.A.Branigan Says:

    @ Kit: I’m willing to bet a loaded canyon denali with a diesel will easily nudge at 45k.

  16. Lex Says:

    I am glad that Ford took my suggestion and copied the Ford Edge front and rear ends onto the Escape – Way to Go Ford!

    The only thing holding back the Toyota Rav4 is it’s cheap non-streamline dashboard and interior materials. The Center console is horrible and the fake stitching it so bad. At that price point people are looking sleek modern and clean finishes with easy to reach control nobs and a large display screen with backup camera integration at all trim levels.

  17. G.A.Branigan Says:

    @ Kit: I just went to the gmc site,build and price.The top of the line right now is the crew cab slt pkg.With the diesel option,nav,and just a few more goodies,it was over 45k.So I would have to say when the denali pkg comes out in 17,it will be more like 50k.Makes me dizzy just thinking about it.

  18. Kit Gerhart Says:

    17 That new Corvette I keep toying with buying is looking like more of a bargain all the time.

  19. Bill Schultz Says:

    Ford Escape refresh…Handsome.
    Toyota Rav4 refresh…Ugly

  20. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Looking around my condo parking lot, you’d think the CR-V was the top selling vehicle in that class by a wide margin.

  21. pedro fernandez Says:

    #19 good to know that in the near future, our salvage yards will be better looking.

  22. pedro fernandez Says:

    Kit when you count rentals, maybe others do better, but you can barely find any Honda products at any car rental agency, only those operating near Honda dealers may have a few just to please Honda customers

  23. Kit Gerhart Says:

    I seem to see a lot of Cherokees, the new ones, on the highway. I wonder if a lot of those are rentals.

  24. XA351GT Says:

    How many people are going to mistake the Escape for a Hyundai Tucson They are shaped nearly the same. The grilles now look the same as Hyundai has copied the Ford grille design . So now it is who is copying whom.

  25. G.A.Branigan Says:

    And now it’s time for something completely different. Lets take a look at car safety.

    https://www.youtube.com/embed/bFl5pEe-7uo?feature=player_detailpage

  26. pedro fernandez Says:

    #21 most likely. Rental companies are always looking for the best deal they can get, and these companies just want to move metal, no matter who buys it.

  27. cwolf Says:

    I believe the biggest difference between the Escape and the other two is in the ride, comfort and noise level. The Ford is comparatively better in these areas.
    The new Edge is getting good reviews. I never felt the love that my wife feels with her 2008, but may be this one will change my opinion. I guess the handling on the new one is improved: which is a gripe of mine. I hope it also doesn’t seem like it has to work so hard to accelerate. Something about the tire size makes me believe it’s a bit truck”ish” for my liking.

  28. pedro fernandez Says:

    GA that has to have been a specially made car for that demonstration. The thing would weight a lot.

  29. G.A.Branigan Says:

    @ Kit: A new vette is a bargain in the supercars dept,imho.Most bang for your buck,and considering what it is and capable of,damned economical too.It gets great mpgs for what it is,and if I’m not mistaken,no guzzler tax on the base vette,not sure about the z06.

  30. G.A.Branigan Says:

    @ Pedro: I don’t think so,but I could be wrong.

  31. Earl Says:

    The Escape looks better now with that new grille. Ford like many others are getting away from that ‘ already been in an accident’ look. As for the Escape having new engines would that mean a 1.5L replacing the 1.6 and as far as the 2.0L would that be an update using a twin scroll turbocharger. Or perhaps the 2.3L,

  32. Kit Gerhart Says:

    31 Is the 1.5 replacing the 1.6 in the Fiesta ST? To me, the Fiesta ST is the ideal application for the Ford “ecoboost” engines, and I was impressed with the one I drove.

  33. Stuart Says:

    Not a Packard. It’s a Buick. Look it up in Beverly Kimes’ book.

  34. Stuart Says:

    Not a Packard. It’s a Buick. Look it up in Beverly Kimes’ book.