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2013 Ford Escape

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  • Ford Escape
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    2013
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    four cylinder
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    SelectShift Automatic six-speed
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    2500 L
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The Ford Escape has been around since 2001 and finally entered its third generation for the 2013 model year. On the outside, the new Escape features a more modern look, with precise body lines, better aerodynamics, an active grille shutter up front, and for the first time, can be ordered with a “Ginger Ale” exterior finish. Inside, the new Escape features soft materials on the dashboard, wrapped and padded armrests, and increased cargo room. Under the hood, the new Escape is offered with a 2.5-liter engine that has been updated from the previous generation and attached to a six-speed automatic transmission. There is also 1.6-liter and 2.0-liter turbocharged units up for offer to go along with four-wheel drive. To put it shortly, the new Escape was a huge departure from the outgoing model and Ford has the sales statistics to prove it.

For the 2014 model year, Ford sold a total of 295,993 models – up from just over 261,000 the year before. For 2014 and 2015, Ford sold more than 306,000 examples of the new Escape. These sales figures were made possible, in part, by some new technology like the SYNC system with MyFord Touch, and optional hands-free power liftgate, active park assist, and safety features like a blind spot information system and cross-traffic alert, to name a few. It was a long time coming, but the new Escape is finally the compact SUV that Ford needs it to be to compete in a rather competitive market. So, with that said, check out our review below to learn all about the 2013 Ford Escape and what it brings to the table.

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Is the 2018 Ford Escape a Death Trap? IIHS Testing Shows it Might Be if You're the Passenger

Is the 2018 Ford Escape a Death Trap? IIHS Testing Shows it Might Be if You’re the Passenger

Ford’s SUV performed worse than seven similar models, including the Jeep Compass, Chevy Equinox, and GMC Terrain

The 2018 Ford Escape is, by most accounts, a good crossover. But its safety is being thrown into question after the model received the worst rating among seven small SUVs from the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety’s passenger-side small overlap crash performance. Of all the SUV models that were tested, the Escape turned in the only ’poor’ rating among the group, a stunning grade considering that most of its rivals, including the Jeep Compass, Chevrolet Equinox, and GMC Terrain, all received ’good’ ratings.

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Ford Issues Tiny Recall on Escape and Explorer PPU, Larger Recall on Transit Van

Ford Issues Tiny Recall on Escape and Explorer PPU, Larger Recall on Transit Van

Exactly three Escapes and four Explorers are affected

Ford just issued two of the smallest safety compliance recalls in history. The automaker has reason to believe three 2016 Escape crossovers and four Police Interceptor Utility Vehicles left the factory with defects, which could potentially cause harm to users. These laughably small recalls are juxtaposed against another recall announced at the same time. This one affects 402,000 Transit vans built between 2015 and 2017. While these larger recalls have seemingly become “business as usual” for automakers, it’s rare to hear a voluntarily recall for vehicles in the single digits.

In fact, only BMW has Ford beat, according to online information. It recalled a single – one, uno, 1.0 – 2017 X3 xDrive28i back in October of 2016 for an issue with its electronic power steering. Of course, I’m not counting boutique automakers with relatively tiny production numbers like McLaren, Pagani, and Koenigsegg. At the opposite end of the recall spectrum, the ongoing Takata airbag recall has entangled more than two-dozen automakers and nearly 70 million vehicles. The recall began in 2013 due to faulty inflators that could explode upon airbag deployment, sending metal shrapnel into passengers’ faces. Sadly, at least 11 deaths and more than 150 injuries have been reported in the U.S. alone. Thankfully, Ford has no reports of injuries resulting from the Explorer, Escape, or Transit van. So what exactly is prompting these recalls? Keep reading to find out.

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Ford Issues Three Recalls in the U.S. for Various Problems

Ford Issues Three Recalls in the U.S. for Various Problems

Recalls are just a way of life these days.

Recalls used to be something that didn’t really happen all that often, but these days, it seems like every manufacturer is taking a bite of shame pie. Ford is the most recent company to pop out recalls this month. Two of the recalls are safety related, and one is compliance related, leading to more than 100,000 vehicles affected. The first and most important involves Ford Taurus, Ford Flex, Ford Police Interceptor sedan, and the Lincoln MKS and MKT models built for the 2013 to 2015 model years. These models, if equipped with the twin-turbo, 3.5-liter V-6 could have a faulty fuel pump control module that could cause the engine to stall while driving, increasing the risk of an accident. A total of 88,151 of these vehicles are affected.

The next recall is also fuel related and involves the 2015 to 2016 Ford Transit with a 3.2-liter diesel engine. This model could have been equipped with a faulty fuel injection pump that could prevent the engine from starting. No injuries or accidents have been associated with this recall, but I’m sure a few owners have been pretty unhappy when their almost-new Transit failed to start in the morning. A total of 2,472 Transit vans are included in this recall.

The final recall involves the power window system of the 2017 Ford Escape. According to Ford, “the power window system configuration may exceed the regulatory requirement for remote actuation closing force, increasing the risk of injury.” So in other words, you, your child, or your dog could get one of your extremities pinched inside the window when it is being rolled up. A total of 23,150 examples of the 2017 Escape are affected and can be repaired with a simple update to the vehicle’s onboard computer software.

Before you call the dealer to schedule your appointment, you can head over to the NHTSA’s website and plug in your vehicle’s VIN to see if it is affected by these or any other recall campaigns on file.

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2017 Ford Escape To Get First Dibs On Apple CarPlay

2017 Ford Escape To Get First Dibs On Apple CarPlay

Popular crossover will introduce CarPlay connectivity system to Ford customers

Ford has announced that Apple’s iPhone-connected, in-dash CarPlay system will finally make its debut on Ford models, with the 2017 Ford Escape becoming the first vehicle to get the feature.

The addition of CarPlay opens up a new world of connectivity for would-be buyers of the 2017 Escape. Ford saw to that when it announced back in January 2016 that apps like CarPlay and Google’s Android Auto platform would be integrated into the automaker’s new SYNC3 infotainment system. In CarPlay’s case, iPhone users can access a gamut of useful tools and apps under Apple’s iOS software. The usual iPhone features and apps like phone calls, messages, music, maps, podcasts, and social media apps can now be accessed through the Escape’s in-dash display. Take note that all of these features will come on top of the gizmos and gadgetry already included in the SYNC3 system.

CarPlay integration also serves Ford and its customers very well as it allows users to immerse themselves into the next step of Ford’s mobility and connectivity systems. Ford didn’t give a reason as to why the 2017 Escape was chosen as the first model to get CarPlay, but a combination of segment popularity and strong sales numbers suggest that debuting on the 2017 Escape would introduce CarPlay integration into SYNC3 to a bigger segment than most of Ford’s other models. The Escape belongs to one of the most popular segments in the U.S. today, and the crossover’s strong sales numbers makes it the perfect test bed of sorts to introduce CarPlay to Ford customers. Only the F-Series pickups and the Fusion sold more units in February 2016 than the Escape.

Other Ford models are expected to receive CarPlay and Android Auto in the future, but for now, it has been decided that the 2017 Escape, which goes on sale in May 2017, will be the first in line.

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2017 Ford Escape

2017 Ford Escape

The long-anticipated next-generation Ford Escape has been official unveiled at the 2015 LA Auto Show. Totally revised with new looks, two new powertrains, and a slew of technology features that not only make the Escape a better crossover, but a more connected one. That will surely help drive sales in this day in age.

The new Escape hasn’t grown over the outgoing model, but does take plenty of styling details from its larger brother, the Edge. The trapezoidal grille leads into a more angular design with a more premium feel. The steeply raked windshield returns, allowing for plenty of forward visibility.

Inside, a more upscale cabin greets all five passengers. The driver now has the use of SYNC 3, Ford’s latest infotainment software. What’s more, the Escape is also debuting SYNC 3’s newest feature called SYNC Connect. Coming with a free, five-year subscription, SYNC Connect allows owners to remotely start, lock and unlock, monitor diagnostics, and track vehicle location from a securely connected smartphone.

Of course, the new Escape come with Ford’s modern assortment of safety systems, including the blind spot information system, hill-start assist, auto high-beam control, and the foot-operated rear tailgate. New for the Escape is adaptive cruise control, Enhanced Active Park Assist, Lane-Keeping System, and the Driver Alert System.

Updated 11/17/2015: Ford unveiled the 2017 Escape at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show.

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2017 Ford Escape

2017 Ford Escape

The long-anticipated next-generation Ford Escape has been official unveiled at the 2015 LA Auto Show. Totally revised with new looks, two new powertrains, and a slew of technology features that not only make the Escape a better crossover, but a more connected one. That will surely help drive sales in this day in age.

The new Escape hasn’t grown over the outgoing model, but does take plenty of styling details from its larger brother, the Edge. The trapezoidal grille leads into a more angular design with a more premium feel. The steeply raked windshield returns, allowing for plenty of forward visibility.

Inside, a more upscale cabin greets all five passengers. The driver now has the use of SYNC 3, Ford’s latest infotainment software. What’s more, the Escape is also debuting SYNC 3’s newest feature called SYNC Connect. Coming with a free, five-year subscription, SYNC Connect allows owners to remotely start, lock and unlock, monitor diagnostics, and track vehicle location from a securely connected smartphone.

Of course, the new Escape come with Ford’s modern assortment of safety systems, including the blind spot information system, hill-start assist, auto high-beam control, and the foot-operated rear tailgate. New for the Escape is adaptive cruise control, Enhanced Active Park Assist, Lane-Keeping System, and the Driver Alert System.

Updated 11/17/2015: Ford unveiled the 2017 Escape at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show.

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Ford Issues Safety Recall For Focus, C-Max And Escape

Ford Issues Safety Recall For Focus, C-Max And Escape

Ford Motor Company has just issued a recall of roughly 433,000 vehicles in North America, with affected vehicles including the 2015 Ford Focus, C-MAX and Escape. The recall concerns an issue with the listed vehicles’ “body control module,” wherein the engine could continue to run even after the ignition has been turned off and the key has been removed, or after pressing the engine’s start/stop button. 

Currently, Ford is not reporting any accidents or injuries associated with the issue. Customers can take their affected vehicles to a local dealer for a free software update to the faulty module.

The malfunction is non-compliant with FMVSS 114, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s standard regarding theft protection and rollaway prevention. 

Ford says that the recall encompasses 374,781 vehicles in the United States and federalized territories, 52,180 vehicles in Canada and 5,135 vehicles in Mexico.

The affected vehicles include certain 2015 Focus models built at the Michigan Assembly Plant between June 17th, 2014, and June 12th, 2015; certain 2015 C-MAX models built at the Michigan Assembly Plant between April 22nd, 2014, and June 12th, 2015; and certain 2015 Escape models built at the Louisville Assembly Plant between April 1st, 2014, and June 12th, 2015.

This latest recall is the second issued in less than a month for the Escape, with another recall issued only a few weeks ago over issues regarding faulty instrument clusters.

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Sync 3 Will Debut in the 2016 Ford Fiesta and Escape

Sync 3 Will Debut in the 2016 Ford Fiesta and Escape

Ford’s SYNC/MyFord Touch system has been a bit of a bust, as there have been numerous complaints about it being finicky, and in some cases, not working at all. Well, that may soon come to an end, as Ford has announced that its new Sync 3 will debut in the 2016 Ford Escape and Fiesta.

As the proud owner of a Ford Focus ST3, my car has Sync/MyFord Touch, and I can say many of the issues reported are very much true. Sure, it broke the mold when it debuted in 2007, but the growing complaints are deafening. Some of my main complaints include the counterintuitive button placement on the touchscreen, the touchscreen sometimes doesn’t pick up your input, it’s slow to respond, and it’s downright buggy. However, the voice control is actually fairly decent, all things considered.

The new Sync 3 promises to deliver where the existing system failed, and build upon some of its better points. Some of the new features include a simpler voice-command structure, improved AppLink to automatically detect smartphones and their apps, Siri Eyes-Free integration with the iPhone, an all-new, quicker-responding captive touchscreen, response to smartphone gestures, tile-like icons with a quick-access tray on the bottom, and updates via Wi-Fi (no more flash drives for updates, yay!).

You can see a preview of the new and improved Sync 3 in the video above. I must say, it looks like a dramatic upgrade over the current system, but the current Sync system looked great at first too. Only time will tell if Ford has actually improved up on the existing system or just slathered a little lipstick on that pig.

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Ford Shortens Summer Shutdowns To Meet Demand For Trucks, SUVs

Ford Shortens Summer Shutdowns To Meet Demand For Trucks, SUVs

Ford has announced it will reduce the length of its traditional two-week summer shutdown in order to meet high demands for the F-Series, Edge, Escape, and Explorer. The automaker says by cutting the break down to one week, it will be able to produce an additional 40,000 units to fill dealer showrooms.

“Six of our assembly plants will build for an additional week in order to ensure we’re getting more of our vehicles into dealerships,” says Bruce Hettle, Ford’s Vice President of North American Manufacturing.

The six plants include Chicago, Dearborn Truck, Kansas City, Kentucky Truck, Louisville, and Oakville.

Besides offering workers some time off, Ford uses the normal two-week period for building maintenance and machine retooling. Now those repairs and upgrades must be compressed into half the time. This year’s shutdown is scheduled for the week of June 29.

Beyond those six assembly plants, their corresponding powertrain and stamping plants will follow the same downtime schedule. In all, sixteen plants will undergo the shortened break, keeping Ford’s supply chain full of vehicles.

Ironically this news comes after assembly plant workers say Ford will be cutting weekend and overtime shifts at both the Dearborn and Kansas City assembly plants due to a shortage of F-150 steel frames. The shortage comes courtesy of Ford’s frame supplier, Metalsa S.A., located in Elizabethtown, Kentucky.

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2017 Ford Escape

2017 Ford Escape

Our spy photographers have captured what appears to be the next generation of Ford Escape. Though it wears thick camouflage and polka dot wrapping, several details are visible, including its updated front grille and new rear taillights.

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Ford's Future Product Plans Unveiled, Mustang to get a 10-Speed Gearbox

Ford’s Future Product Plans Unveiled, Mustang to get a 10-Speed Gearbox

2014 is shaping up to be a great year for Ford. The redesigned Mustang is set to go on sale as the first version of the pony to reach global markets, while the new-generation F-150 introduces the aluminum body to the pickup-truck segment. New additions also include the revised Expedition SUV and Transit van, introduced for the first time in North America as a replacement for the long-running E Series.

2015 will be equally busy, with several new or refreshed vehicles to hit dealer lots. The new Super Duty trucks, the Edge crossover, and the restyled Focus are the most important additions that come to mind. But Ford has a lot more going on for the remainder of the decade, according to Automotive News, who managed to obtain more details about what Ford may have in store for the next three years. Read on to find out more about Ford’s future product plans.

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2014 Ford Escape

2014 Ford Escape

Detail changes refine the best-selling Ford Escape for 2014, including a new backup camera and better towing compatibility when equipped with the clever foot-activated power tailgate. The biggest other change to celebrate? A price cut of over $1,000 on the sporty Titanium EcoBoost trim versus 2013.

Full (versus partial on 2013 and before) leather trim inside the Titanium specification is joined by a gigantic available moonroof and a new style of wheels, in what Ford calls 18-inch sparkle nickel painted aluminum.

The Escape still carries much of its concept-car style onto the roads even without the upgraded Titanium’s xenon and LED lights. The proportions are firmly modern but maintain a sense of adventure with tough plastic for the fenders as sills. Overall, this redesign of the previous boxy Escape is a large leap, perhaps two or three normal generations in a single bound.

As such, the tech underneath also matches the future-tech mission of the exterior styling. Three available engines and a twin-clutch automatic are at the very forefront of tech in the crossover space, where the RAV4 and CR-V still bumble along with dated four-bangers and thirsty transmission setups. Is there anything slower than a Honda driver on the phone?

The Escape’s appeal is very solid in the crossover market, even with a price range that can grow far larger than its budget rivals. In top specification, this is truly the thinking man’s Evoque: a mechanically identical sibling of the mini Range Rover, but for almost exactly half the price at all trim levels.

In the real world, is the Escape as sporty as the Mazda CX-5, or as big as the brand-new, 2014 Nissan Rogue that arrives at dealers in November?

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2013 Ford Escape by Heide Performance Products

2013 Ford Escape by Heide Performance Products

The second Escape project to be displayed by Ford at the SEMA Show was a Heide Performance Products (HPP) creation that was described as having "tasteful street-performance treatment."

HPP began the project by adding a very chic body kit, which included a revised front fascia, enlarged wheel arches, new side sills and an HPP rear bumper cover. HPP then draped the entire body in Olive Juice paint from PPG. Inside the cabin, the Escape received leather and suede treatment on the seats.

To help the Escape in the corners and give it a sportier appearance, HPP lowered the chassis subtly via a set of Eibach springs. HPP also threw in a set of Forgiato 2.0 Otto wheels, measuring 20-by-9 inches.

The HPP concept was based on the 2013 Escape SE AWD version and is powered by a 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine combined with a 6-speed SelectShift automatic transmission. HPP took an exhaust system intended for a Ford Focus ST and somehow shoehorned it onto the Escape, which indicated that this one-off model delivered a little bit more than the standard 240 horsepower. This likely makes it faster than the factory model’s 6.8-second sprint to 60 mph. Unfortunately, HPP didn’t reveal its exact performance numbers.

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2013 Ford Escape by VACCAR

2013 Ford Escape by VACCAR

Some may think that the 2012 SEMA Auto Show is just for sports cars getting a boost here and there, but in reality, every car segment is represented at this tuning free-for-all, including the Ford Escape. Ford is showing up to Las Vegas with the Urban Escape Adventurer developed by VACCAR. According to Ford, this project aims to "visually express the potential of the all-new Ford Escape. It represents the ideal balance of rugged off-road attitude, upscale comfort and potent EcoBoost engine."

Not many details have been provided for the Escape just yet, but it looks like the Urban Escape Adventurer will feature a very cool body kit, a gray exterior paint finish, and a new set of wheels.

As far as power is concerned, the Urban Escape Adventurer is run by a 2.0 liter EcoBoost engine combined with a 6-speed SelectShift automatic transmission. Nothing has been said on whether or not this engine will bring some boosted power or not, but we’ll find out as soon as the 2012 SEMA Auto Show opens its doors.

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Ford Paying Dealers $300 Spiff for Escape Recall

In the past, Ford has had some serious issues with its cars and fire. Two that stick firmly in our minds are the Pinto, which Ford famously weighed out the cost of recall vs. the cost of paying wrongful death suits, and the spontaneous combustion of the second generation Taurus. So when we learned that the newly redesigned Escape had a potential fire issue, we expected swift and proactive action from Ford.

We certainly got that, but we never expected it to be to the extent that it has become. Reports have emerged that Ford is actually paying dealerships a $300 spiff to repair each and every recalled Escape, which is about 11,500 vehicles. Even our basic mathematical skills can sort out that we are talking about $3,450,000 worth of spiff payments, which does not include the cost to repair the issue.

We are curious to find out if the dealers are passing this spiff onto the service writers and technicians that are repairing the vehicles or hoarding this payment for themselves. We are willing to bet that it is the latter, as the technicians and service writers make commission off of the recall repairs and dealers rarely share spiffs any more.

In addition to this extra bonus, Ford is also recommending that dealerships wash and vacuum the SUV, and fill the gas tank. Talk about going over the top...

It is rather obvious that Ford wants this issue gone and it wants it gone as quickly and effectively as possible. Hats off to Ford for taking this sort of approach with this extremely dangerous recall.

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2013 Ford Escape with EcoBoost out tows the competition

Ford has stated in a press release that the all-new 2013 Ford Escape will have a towing capacity of 3,500 pounds when equipped with the optional 2.0L EcoBoost engine. That’s a full 1,300 pounds more than the Escape’s closest competitor, the Volkswagen Tiguan, which is only capable of towing 2,200 pounds. The Kia Sportage and Acura RDX have tow ratings of 2,000 and 1,500 pounds, respectively.

The Ford Escape’s tow rating is around the same weight as two trailered personal watercrafts. This towing feat is made possible by the small SUV’s class-exclusive sway control and the four cylinder EcoBoost that is packing 237 hp and 250 lb-ft of torque. This turbocharged 2.0L engine is replacing the 3.0L V6 engine in the current Escape, amazingly with no loss of power and with fuel economy higher than the V6’s 19 city mpg and 25 highway mpg.

“Smaller-displacement engines have a fundamental efficiency advantage,” said Roger Maynard, powertrain supervisor for the 2013 Ford Escape. “These inherent efficiencies are improved with the EcoBoost technology of direct fuel injection and turbocharging.”

The 2013 Ford Escape will also offer two more four cylinder engines: the 1.6L EcoBoost delivering 177 hp and a naturally aspirated 2.5L that makes 171 hp. The Escape should hit showroom floors this spring, which is just in time to test out the towing capacity with your newest toys.

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2013 Ford Escape

2013 Ford Escape

The Ford Escape has been around since 2001 and finally entered its third generation for the 2013 model year. On the outside, the new Escape features a more modern look, with precise body lines, better aerodynamics, an active grille shutter up front, and for the first time, can be ordered with a “Ginger Ale” exterior finish. Inside, the new Escape features soft materials on the dashboard, wrapped and padded armrests, and increased cargo room. Under the hood, the new Escape is offered with a 2.5-liter engine that has been updated from the previous generation and attached to a six-speed automatic transmission. There is also 1.6-liter and 2.0-liter turbocharged units up for offer to go along with four-wheel drive. To put it shortly, the new Escape was a huge departure from the outgoing model and Ford has the sales statistics to prove it.

For the 2014 model year, Ford sold a total of 295,993 models – up from just over 261,000 the year before. For 2014 and 2015, Ford sold more than 306,000 examples of the new Escape. These sales figures were made possible, in part, by some new technology like the SYNC system with MyFord Touch, and optional hands-free power liftgate, active park assist, and safety features like a blind spot information system and cross-traffic alert, to name a few. It was a long time coming, but the new Escape is finally the compact SUV that Ford needs it to be to compete in a rather competitive market. So, with that said, check out our review below to learn all about the 2013 Ford Escape and what it brings to the table.

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2011 Ford Escape

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.

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2009 Ford Escape

2009 Ford Escape

The 2009 Ford Escape is powered by the new 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine matted by a six-speed automatic transmission and delivers best fuel economy leader among all small SUVs.

For 2009 Ford also introduce Easy Fuel capless refueling, ambient lighting and standard cruise control. A 3.0-liter V-6 engine with 20 percent more horsepower and a 1 mpg fuel economy improvement also is available.

The 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine delivers 171-hp and is expected to 1 mpg in both city and highway fuel economy when equipped with the new six-speed transmission. The engine also gives a 1.7-second improvement in 0-60 mph acceleration.

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2008 Ford Escape Hybrid Lifeguard Vehicles

2008 Ford Escape Hybrid Lifeguard Vehicles

Ford Motor Company is teaming up with the Los Angeles County Lifeguards, a division of the Los Angeles County Fire Department, to help save lives while protecting the environment. Today, Ford presented the squad with the first 10 of a fleet of 45 eco-friendly Escape Hybrids with Intelligent four-wheel-drive, specially equipped for use on rescue patrol along 72 miles of Southern California coastline.

"We are the largest lifeguard organization in the world, and we have always blazed the trail for the profession," said Mike Frazer, chief, Lifeguard Services, Los Angeles County Fire Department. "We wanted to be the first public safety agency in the country to go green."

"This continues the Escape Hybrid’s impressive string of endorsements," said Hal Dewsnap, California regional sales manager for Ford Motor Company. "In addition to being clean and fuel-efficient, the Escape Hybrid is highly functional and durable, proven in hundreds of thousands of miles in taxi service in New York and San Francisco. Now, we are adding lifeguard duty to the list."

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2009 Ford Escape Hybrid

2009 Ford Escape Hybrid

Ford has announced at the the Washington Auto Show and Automotive News World Congress in Detroit that its hot-selling compact SUV, the Ford Escape will become more fuel efficient, more powerful and more connected for the 2009 model year.

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2007 Ford Escape Plug-in Hybrid

2007 Ford Escape Plug-in Hybrid

Ford Motor Company’s first demonstration Escape Plug-In Hybrid is ready to roll on California roads. Ford delivered the first of 20 research PHEVs to Southern California Edison to begin road testing as part of a unique partnership between the automaker and utility.

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Ford's newest better idea

Ford’s newest better idea

With hybrids all the rage, and Ford needing good news, the company has now mixed two favorites of the alternative fuels folks and announced an experimental production run of E85 ethanol fueled hybrids. It’s an idea whose time has already passed. Twenty Escape ethanol hybrids will be delivered to select customers in six states. The move was praised by the Governor of Nebraska, speaking for the Governors Ethanol Coalition. However, people who are not governors in corn-producing (...)

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New York going green: 18 Ford Escape Hybrid Taxis to be offered

New York going green: 18 Ford Escape Hybrid Taxis to be offered

Today’s announcement by New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg to change taxi policy toward increasing fuel economy standards, highlights Ford’s leadership in hybrid taxis. The Ford Escape Hybrid and Mercury Mariner Hybrid meet the existing New York City taxi requirements and the proposed new fuel economy policy.
In early 2005, San Francisco was the first city to feature gas-electric hybrid-powered taxi cabs. The city chose Ford Escape Hybrid. Later that year, New York City added a small (...)

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Ford and Kermit the Frog "Most Effective Automotive Ad"

Ford and Kermit the Frog "Most Effective Automotive Ad"

Ford Motor Company is once again giving other automakers a reason to be green with envy. The Ford Escape Hybrid ad featuring Kermit that debuted during the 2006 Super Bowl was recognized by IAG Research as the “Most Effective Automotive Ad—Non Luxury” during a ceremony at the opening of the New York Auto Show.
In the 2006 spot, Ford teamed up with Kermit the Frog, one of America’s most loveable characters, to celebrate the advertising launch of the greenest and most fuel-efficient SUV on the (...)

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Ford Escape Hybrids Taxi

Ford Escape Hybrids Taxi

Ford Escape Hybrids have been proving the durability and fuel-saving potential of Ford’s full hybrid technology as New York City taxis since 2005. Today, each of the 18 vehicles that were part of the first wave have been driven about 175,000 miles, yielding fuel savings of close to $250,000 for the fleet.
The mileage is equivalent to 11 years of driving by an average consumer. The 2008 Escape Hybrid went into production in January and features a new bold design, engineering refinements and (...)

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Ford Escape and Mercury Mariner production begin

Ford Escape and Mercury Mariner production begin

Ford Motor Company celebrated the launch of the all-new 2008 Ford Escape and Mercury Mariner at its Kansas City Assembly Plant. The vehicles go on sale first quarter 2007.
The small SUVs received a 10- to 11-point improvement in resale value, while offering reduced pricing, additional content and better fuel economy than previous models. Both vehicles are available in gas-powered engine and full-hybrid models.
The improved value equation of the new Escape and Mariner builds on gains made (...)

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2008 Ford Escape

2008 Ford Escape

The new 2008 Ford Escape is entering the marketplace with a bold new design, a quieter ride and a host of new features and options– with sticker prices that average $1,100 less than 2007 Escape models. The 2008 Escape also benefits from substantially improved residual values.

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 EPA is changing milage ratings

EPA is changing milage ratings

For the first time in more than 20 years, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is changing the way it calculates fuel economy estimates — the city and highway miles-per-gallon calculations that are posted on the window stickers of new cars and trucks.

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Ford Escape Seen at LA Show.

Ford Escape Seen at LA Show.

Escape and Escape Hybrid in LA

The new Escape and Escape Hybrid on show

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2008 Ford Escape Hybrid

2008 Ford Escape Hybrid

The Ford Escape, America’s best-selling compact utility vehicle, has a completely new look inside and out for 2008. Escape now makes a powerful statement with a bolder, rugged exterior design that bears a stronger family resemblance to the Ford Explorer and Ford Expedition.

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2007 Ford Escape Hybrid

2007 Ford Escape Hybrid

The Ford Escape Hybrid was the world’s first hybrid-electric SUV and was awarded the 2005 North American Truck of the Year prize. Joined by the Lexus RX 400h, Toyota Highlander and Mercury Mariner, the 2007 Escape Hybrid is among the cleanest and most fuel-efficient SUVs in the world, combining the fuel economy and emissions benefits of a “full” hybrid with the go-anywhere capability, toughness and spaciousness of an SUV.

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Escape hybrid taxis deliver clean emissions to cities across America

Escape hybrid taxis deliver clean emissions to cities across America

Ford is undertaking an 8-city, cross-country tour to promote hybrid technology. The tour starts today in Chicago, where Ford officials will present the city with a Ford Escape Hybrid taxi for demonstration and evaluation. The goal of such evaluations by high-profile city taxi fleets – and grueling taxi duty – is to create awareness of Ford’s hybrid leadership, and underscore the durability of the technology.
“The Escape Hybrid taxi program is an exciting collaboration between car makers, (...)

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New Ford Escape?

New Ford Escape?

Not long after the arrival this fall of the 2007 Edge, Ford dealers will also get a new edition of the Escape, the brand’s long-running crossover utility vehicle.
Due next spring, the new Escape may be marketed as an early 2008 model, along with a freshened version of its companion, the Mercury Mariner. Ford is upgrading the cabin with better-quality materials and more features.
Like Audi, Ford has been hard at work implementing a new “corporate face” on all of its vehicles. Whether it’s the (...)

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Kermit the frog, Ford Escape Hybrid team up for extreme makeover: HOME EDITION

Kermit the frog, Ford Escape Hybrid team up for extreme makeover: HOME EDITION

Since their first appearance together during Super Bowl XL, millions of people have gotten to know Kermit the Frog as the official spokesfrog for the Ford Escape Hybrid.
The world’s most famous amphibian and the most fuel-efficient SUV on earth will team up again for a special appearance on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition this Sunday night on ABC.
With the series leader, Ty Pennington, in the Gulf States helping with hurricane relief, Kermit will take over as guest host and present the Todd (...)

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2007 Ford Escape

2007 Ford Escape

The 2007 Escape loses its Jay Leno proboscis in favor of a more restrained and upscale nose, featuring a riff on the Blue Oval’s signature three-bar grille. A new hood and revamped bumper, along with chrome-ringed four-element headlamps are also featured. Uplevel XLT Sport and Limited trim levels benefit from reworked circular fogs and a restyled front skid plate, the latter of which receives turn-signal side mirrors.

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Ford Escape 2007 Spy Shot

Early sightings of the Escape in various states of undress left us puzzled, as its bodysides seemed to go more car-like (without its usual chunky side cladding), while its front-end seemed to be more truckish (with its thicker egg-crate grille). Seeing the whole package nearly uncovered, the styling of the new Escape looks much more harmonious than we originally thought. The Ford Edge heavily influences the look of the new Escape, but Ford has shied away from the Fusion-inspired three-bar (...)

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2006 Ford Escape

2006 Ford Escape

Fresh from its 2005-model-year redesign, the fun, agile and durable Ford Escape enters 2006 with exp and ed availability of its new four-cylinder engine and two new paint colors. Escape’s style, roominess, fuel-economy and affordability continue to make it the segment leader. It is geared to active singles and couples, first-time SUV buyers, and those who desire SUV qualities in a more compact, fuel efficient package.

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Super Bowl Car commercials: Kermit The Frog Makes Debut ...

Super Bowl Car commercials: Kermit The Frog Makes Debut ...

Kermit the Frog, celebrated actor, author, singer, journalist and expert on all things green, will appear in a new integrated marketing campaign for the Ford Escape Hybrid that will debut during the second quarter of Super Bowl XL on Feb. 5.
In the 30-second ad spot developed for Super Bowl XL by JWT Detroit, Ford’s advertising agency of record, Kermit will encounter the Escape Hybrid – the world’s first hybrid SUV – while exploring the great outdoors. The full story line will be kept secret (...)

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Ford Develops World's First Ethanol-Fueled Hybrid

Ford Develops World’s First Ethanol-Fueled Hybrid

An innovative new hybrid research vehicle being developed by Ford Motor Company has a dual mission: help reduce U.S. dependence on imported oil while also reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
At the Washington Auto Show, Ford unveiled the Ford Escape Hybrid E85, a research vehicle marrying two petroleum-saving technologies – hybrid electric power and flexible-fuel capability. Escape Hybrid E85 is the world’s first hybrid vehicle capable of operating on blends of fuel containing as much as 85 (...)

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2006 Ford Escape Hybrid

2006 Ford Escape Hybrid

The Ford Escape Hybrid, launched in 2004, is a gas-electric hybrid powered version of the Ford Escape, sport utility vehicle, developed by the Ford Motor Company. Built in Kansas City, Missouri, it is the first hybrid SUV to hit the market. A similar vehicle, the Mercury Mariner Hybrid is sold by Ford’s Mercury marque, and a third variation, the Mazda Tribute Hybrid, will be sold by Mazda starting in 2006.

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