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2009 Ford Escape SUV - Overview

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2009 Ford Escape SUV

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Overview

What Changed for 2009:

  • More powerful, fuel-efficient powertrains
  • Equipped with low-rolling-resistance tires developed with Michelin to enhance fuel economy
  • Standard anti-lock braking system (ABS) and electronic stability control
  • New capless refueling feature
  • Aerodynmaic refinements for fuel economy and quieter cabin, including redesigned front bumper and rear tire spoilers
  • Standard electric power assist steering
  • Hybrid models receive new features, technologies
  • Escape Limited Hybrid with upscale features debuts
Overview
For 2009, Ford concentrates on making the redesigned-for-2008 Escape compact crossover utility vehicle (CUV) more fuel efficient and yet more powerful with more refinement. For 2008, Ford revitalized the Escape, which shares its platform with the Mercury Mariner as well as the Mazda Tribute. For 2008, the Escape received a new exterior featuring Ford's 3-bar grille design. A new interior with eco-friendly seats made from soy-based foam instead of petroleum-based filling continues in the 2009 model. This year, Ford also adds the Limited Hybrid model with the same upgrades as the top-end gasoline-powered trim level, including 16-inch, 6-spoke bright aluminum wheels, heated front leather seats, and moonroof.

Model Lineup
The non-hybrid 2009 Ford Escape is available in four trims: XLS Manual (standard with manual transmission; all others have the standard new 6-speed automatic transmission), XLS, XLT, and top-of-the-line Limited. For the first time Ford offers a hybrid version in two trim levels: the standard Escape Hybrid and the Limited trim level. There are two more engines to select (excluding the Hybrid), and a choice of front- or 4-wheel drive (FWD or 4WD) for all models including the Hybrid.

Standard features on all 2009 Ford Escape models include air conditioning; power door locks/mirrors; rear window defroster; 60/40-split/fold seatbacks; tilt steering wheel; and a tire-pressure-monitoring system. A flow-through center console, bin with removable trays, and storage space for purse or laptop also are standard on all trim levels. The Escape XLT provides the chance to upgrade to a 3.0-liter V-6 engine, and includes front and rear floor mats, fog lamps, and cruise control. The 2009 Limited model also allows you to choose between the new, more fuel-efficient 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine and the V-6 engine with 20 percent more horsepower and better fuel economy, along with AdvanceTrac (Ford's stability control program), ABS, leather seats, and a Convenience package that includes dual illuminated visors, compass, keypad entry, outside temperature readout, overhead console, and leather-wrapped steering wheel. Other optional accessory packages include a Cargo package with cargo area cover and chrome roof rail inserts, and a Limited luxury package that includes dual temperature controls and heated seats in addition to a reverse sensor system. There also is a Moon & Tune Value package that features a premium audio system with MP3 and satellite radio capability.

Powertrain
Two more powerful and fuel-efficient engines are available on the 2009 Ford Escape. A new, 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine with intake variable cam timing (i-VCT) produces 171 hp and 171 lb.-ft. of torque and is expected to get 1 mpg more in city and highway driving when mated with a new 6-speed transmission. The engine also has more torque. Teamed with a new 6-speed automatic gearbox in the XLS, XLT and Limited, the new 4-cylinder engine offers 11 percent more power output than the previous 4-cylinder engine. A new 3.0-liter V-6 engine is good for 240 hp, a gain of 40 hp from the 2008 engine. and provides an improvement of 2 mpg on the highway for both FWD and 4WD versions. A 6-speed automatic transmission replaces the 4-speed automatic.

The 2009 Escape, equipped with the new 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine, 6-speed automatic transmission and FWD, delivers what Ford claims is best-in-class fuel economy in the small SUV segment with 20 mpg city/28 mpg highway. When powered by the V-6 engine with automatic transmission, the 2009 Escape gets 18 mpg city/26 mpg highway. For even better fuel economy, the 2009 Escape Hybrid delivers 34 mpg city and an improved highway rating of 31 mpg-a one-mpg gain versus the 2008 model. The 2009 Escape Hybrid will use the new 4-cylinder engine mated with a continuously variable transmission (CVT), designed to run on the Atkinson combustion cycle. A new engine processor provides smoother transitions between gas and electric-vehicle mode.

Safety
Ford's "Personal Safety System," designed to protect all occupants in the event of a collision, is available on the 2009 Escape. The restraint system was revised for 2008, and includes new air bags, seat belts, energy-absorbing steering column, and new steering wheel. Other standard safety features include anti-lock brakes (ABS), side curtain air bags to protect outboard passengers in all rows, seat-mounted side air bag in the front row, and impact foam on the bolsters and door beams to better protect occupants in a collision.

The 2009 Ford Escape earns top 5-star ratings in both driver and passenger frontal crash tests conducted by the federal government's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), and achieves 5 stars in protecting front and rear passengers in side-impact tests. The calculation for rollover safety earns Ford 3 of 5 stars. The 2009 Escape also is a "Top Safety Pick" by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) because it earns the best ("Good") ratings in frontal and side-impact crash tests conducted by the insurance industry group.

Technology
Ford has made the 2009 Escape more aerodynamic with a new front chin spoiler and rear tire spoilers to help reduce wind drag, which means a gain of 0.75 mpg when traveling at 70 mph. The 2009 Escape also features new low-rolling-resistance tires developed in cooperation with Michelin. The 16-inch Latitude Tour tires have a unique mold design, reduced weight and a new tread pattern that produces less friction with the road and trims fuel consumption, Ford says.

Another technology improvement is the use of wasted energy in Ford's new 3.0-liter V-6 engine, which produces 40 more hp, according to the manufacturer. Ford says that its new Cam Torque Actuated (CTA) iVCT technology uses previously wasted camshaft torsional energy or torque to improve fuel economy and increase horsepower.

Available Trims for the 2009 Ford Escape SUV

  Transmission MSRP Engine City/Hwy MPG
XLS Manual 2.5L (100A) 5 speed manual $20,435 171-hp / 2.5L 4-cyl 22/28
XLS 2.5L (120A) 6 speed automatic $21,645 171-hp / 2.5L 4-cyl 20/28
XLT 2.5L (305A) 6 speed automatic $23,455 171-hp / 2.5L 4-cyl 20/28
Limited 2.5L (525A) 6 speed automatic $24,920 171-hp / 2.5L 4-cyl 20/28

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