AUTOMOTIVE INSIGHT: Ford Escape Enhancements

June 16th, 2008 at 6:00pm

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The Ford Escape is selling pretty well, and the 2009 model gets some significant improvements.

Last year the Ford Escape underwent a redesign to the interior and exterior and this year they significantly improved the power train. The base four cylinder engine is now 2.5-liters up from 2.3 and the V6 engine now gets 20 percent more horsepower. The four-speed automatic has been replaced with a six-speed and despite the bigger engine and more power engineers were still able to get one more mile per gallon for all the models.

Moreover the Escape now offers popular conveniences like SYNC, Sirius Traffic Link, and a capless fuel filler. Safety features such as stability control and side curtain airbags are now available and of course these improvements don’t come for free, they also bumped the base price up to just over 20 grand.

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3 Comments to “AUTOMOTIVE INSIGHT: Ford Escape Enhancements”

  1. Tom Martin Says:

    This change was surprising to me. I thought that after the 2008 refreshing, we’ll would see changes for a couple years.

    I also understand that the hybrid engine is getting some work. It will be interesting if the mpg improvement is greater than 1 mpg.

  2. Tom Martin Says:

    I meant to say, “I thought that after the 2008 refreshing, we would NOT see changes for a couple years.”

  3. Paco Says:

    Nice article to read.