It’s a wonder how the Ford Escape has been running for the better part of the decade now and yet there hasn’t been a whole lot to talk about as far as dramatic changes on the SUV are concerned. And, the 2011 model looks to be no different, either. Sure, it’s had a some changes here and there over the years, but for the better part of its lifetime, the Escape seems to have been a vehicle that Ford continuously pays little attention to. The growing concern that the Escape is already showing its age must be one reason why Ford has bared plans of releasing the next-generation Escape in 2012.
For now, the 2011 Escape hasn’t changed much from the previous years’ models, although it does come with some new technological features, including a new HD Radio that syncs in fantastically with the brand’s SYNC entertainment system. It’s hard not to dismiss the Escape, but given the fact that not a whole has changed, we’re thinking that we’ll all be better off to just wait for the next-gen model coming out next year.
Details on the 2011 Ford Escape after the jump.
Exterior and Interior
We’d be hard-pressed to find any major changes with the 2011 Escape because a complete overhaul is being planned for the 2012 model. Having said that, the SUV still boasts of some notable interior features including portions of the vehicle’s upholstery that are made from 100% recycled materials, and an active-park-assist feature that should be a boon to those who consider parallel-parking a monumental task. In addition to that, the 2011 Escape will also feature an ice-blue interior lighting, and for newbie drivers out there, a MyKey feature that limits power and audio output for the Escape while also constantly reminding the driver the importance of wearing a seatbelt.
The 2011 Ford Escape will feature a number of powertrain variants ranging from the 2.5-liter four-cylinder that produces 171 horsepower and 171 lb/ft of torque that’s mated to a five-speed manual transmission for front-wheel drive models to the more powerful 3.0-liter V6 version that has an output of 240 horsepower and 223 lb/ft of torque and is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.
Ford will also be releasing a hybrid version of the Escape that will come with the same four-cylinder engine that has been added to an electric motor for a total output of 177 horsepower. The Escape Hybrid can run on different set-ups depending on your preference: exclusively electric, exclusively gas, or a combination of both running simultaneously. Moreover, this hybrid SUV does not rely on plug-ins because it already boasts of a self-charging on-board battery system. Another feature for the hybrid version of the Escape is the Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) design that features a rheostat-like mechanism being used instead of the traditional set of gears.
Depending on the model chosen, the 2011 Ford Escape will come with a base price of $22,810. That figure jumps to $34,125 for the top-of-the-line variant.
The 2011 Ford Escape has no shortage when it comes to competitors. Among the most notable of which includes the Chevrolet Equinox, the Honda CR-V, the Toyota RAV4, and the Subaru Forester. Practically speaking, the Escape can still hold its own against the competition, although the 2011 model’s lack of any noticeable aesthetic upgrades will only hold it back against other brands that have released completely re-designed models. If anyone is looking for an SUV purchase and put great importance on the aesthetic looks of the vehicle, then they can do a lot better than the 2011 Escape, which seems to have run its course as far as looks are concerned. On the other hand, if they’re not in any hurry to make a purchase, they can just wait for the 2012 model, which is expected to be the next-generation Escape.
Lots of powertrain options to choose from
Self-charging on-board battery system saves the hassle of looking for a plug-in device
Why buy it when you can wait for the next-generation model in 2012
Aesthetics would’ve been cool if this were 2001, not 2011.
You can do better if you’re looking for a 2011 model