$25,655 – $27,260 MSRP
$24,198 – $25,674 Invoice
33 / 29 MPG City/Hwy
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The Escape had a makeover in 2005 and is scheduled for a redesign in 2008, so little has changed on this highly popular compact utility vehicle (CUV) for 2007. Modifications are limited to new exterior colors, a keyless entry option, and the availability of a new dealer-installed, anti-theft wheel-lock kit.
Ford introduced the Escape-its first car-based sport utility vehicle (SUV)-in 2001 and it met with instant success. In 2004 a hybrid version was added, making Escape the world's first hybrid-electric SUV. In 2005 this compact utility was redesigned and received two improved engines. Today, the Ford Escape remains America's best-selling CUV, with overall sales surpassing the 1 million mark.
Escape is offered in several trim levels: XLS Manual, XLS, XLT, XLT Sport, and Limited. Two- and four-wheel-drive versions are available. The 5-passenger Escape has a functional interior that provides 33 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats. Fold the rear seats down, and cargo space expands to 65 cubic feet. In addition to standard anti-lock brakes and a tire-pressure-monitoring system, Escape provides occupants with extra safety through dual front air bags with passenger-seat weight-sensing technology. Ford's Safety Canopy rollover protection system with front side air bags is an available option.
Buyers can choose between two engine options, including a 153-hp, 2.3-liter inline-4 and a 200-hp, 3.0-liter V-6. An optional towing package is offered for the V-6-equipped Escape, allowing it to tow up to 3,500 pounds. A 5-speed manual transmission is standard on the 4-cylinder engine, while a 4-speed automatic comes standard on the V-6 and is optional on the 4-cylinder. The Escape Hybrid model uses an electronically-controlled, continuously variable transmission that permits it to operate in different modes: solely on its gasoline-powered 4-cylinder engine, electric power only (for short distances), or a combination of the two. In all of the modes, the gas engine shuts off at stoplights to save fuel. Ford backs its unique hybrid powertrain with a special 8-year/100,000-mile warranty.
The Ford Escape competes in the Compact Crossover Utility Vehicle (CUV) segment, which consists of 20 models. Buyers in this segment look for fuel economy, reliability, and comfort, according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2006 Avoider StudySM and the Escaped Shopper Study.SM
The top sellers in the segment during calendar year 2006, according to the J.D. Power and Associates Sales Report,SM were the Honda CR-V (170,028 units sold), Ford Escape (157,395), and Toyota RAV4 (152,047). The Ford Escape's 157,395 sales in 2006 represent a decrease of 4.7 percent compared to the previous year. Other models offered in the Compact CUV segment include the Chrysler PT Cruiser, Chevrolet Equinox and Chevrolet HHR, Saturn Vue, and Scion xB. Joining the segment in 2007 are two Jeep models-the Compass and Patriot.