2007 Ford Escape | new car review

Posted on Jun 19, 2009 by

Ford’s small SUV carries on the tradition of combining size, verstaility, power and technology in its compact exterior. Make no mistake, although the current Escape is a bit long in the tooth, it still is a capable SUV, testiment to the fact that just recently it crossed a sales landmark of one million units sold since its launch in 2000.

Available in XLS and XLT trims, this five-passenger SUV can be had in front-wheel-drive and four-wheel-drive versions. Buyers in the GCC get the 3.0-litre V6-engined version, while a 2.3-litre four-cylinder model is available elsewhere in the Middle East.

Customers can choose from a dozen common equipment configurations in XLS and XLT trims. Escape’s interior stresses comfort, convenience and roominess. Highlights include a standard flow-through console, floor-mounted shifter, restyled gauges, numerous storage spaces and modern seat fabrics. The popular rear liftgate with flip-up glass offers easy access to the generous cargo area and is a good touch.

The Duratec V6 in the belts out 229 horses through a four-speed automatic gearbox, with power being delivered to all wheels through the intelligent 4WD system.

The available automatic Intelligent 4WD System provides excellent traction and stability with a smooth, fuel-efficient operation, even in slippery conditions. The computer-controlled system operates so seamlessly that its engagement is barely noticeable to most drivers. Escape is also available in a front-wheel-drive configuration.

Safety is paramount with Escape. Its body structure has been designed to perform well in offset frontal crashes, while standard safety equipment includes dual front air bags with passenger-seat weight-sensing technology. The available Safety Package combines Ford’s exclusive Safety Canopy rollover protection system with front side air bags. A tyre pressure monitoring system also is standard on all series. Standard across the line-up are anti-lock brakes.

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