Review of used Ford Escape
SUVs like the Ford Escape have become the solid family favorite that has replaced traditional station wagons and in many cases the usual four-door family.
Launched in 2001, the Escape is Ford’s main weapon, in the emerging SUV battle before the Territory is launched. It is currently a second chain model for the larger Territory, but is still a compact all-terrain vehicle popular with families who do not want or need the size of the Territory.
Escape is a close cousin of the Mazda Tribute. Apart from some minor styling changes and specification variations, they are basically the same vehicle. A medium-sized wagon, the Escape is quite spacious and can accommodate five people in relative comfort. At the time of its launch, the interior was hit with a lot of criticism for its plasticity with a blend of tones and textures.
Under the bonnet of all Escape models is a dual camshaft on a 60-liter, 3.0-liter engine, that has surpassed the peak of 150 horsepower at 5900 revs and 266 Nm at 4700 revs. With such a punch, Escape took many steps up and down as needed. When asked, it will accelerate to 100 km / h in more than 10 seconds and will sprint 400 meters in 17 seconds. Backing up the V6 is a four-speed automatic transmission with rather bulky column shifts. For better control when needed, it can be changed manually and the gears can be kept so they don’t switch at the wrong time.
Like most compact SUVs, the Escape is essentially designed as a high front-wheel drive wagon, but with viscous coupling directed to the rear wheels as required. For more control under adverse conditions, another lock can be introduced with a coupling lock at the push of a button and allocating the drive equally between the front and rear wheels.
On the road, the Escape handles all road conditions with poise, and its steering is well weighted and responds quickly if there’s no sensation around the center. The comfortable ride with bigger bumps is swallowed easily and smaller bumps are removed with just a little feedback to the people in the cabin.
Ford offers the Escape in a choice of three well-equipped models. XLS has kicked off the range and boast air, electric windows, tilt columns, remote central locking and four-speaker CD audio. Next, the XLT has a cruise, cargo net, adjustable driver’s seat height, vanity mirror, engine anti-vibration, and alarm and fog lights. At the top of the range there is a Limited edition with leather upholstery, leather-wrapped steering wheel and electric sunroof.
IN THE STORE
Most Escapes are used for home traffic and arsenic is hard to use offroad, but check anyway. Outside, check for paint and body damage from using offroad on bush tracks, while below looking for heavier offroad driving evidence. Look for flat brackets, exhaust hangers, floor dents, a broken oil pan and damaged suspension. Mechanically there are few incidents reported; The engine, gearbox and drivetrain seem to stand firm in service.
IN A CREDIT
With a capable chassis, good brakes and all-wheel drive, the Escape has a good active safety package. Early XLS models didn’t have ABS, but all models had important safety systems after the ZA 2003 update. All models had dual front airbags, while the Limited version also had pockets. Side gas for added protection. Rear-seat center passengers must do with only one lap belt.
AT THE PUMP
Escape is often criticized for its fuel consumption; It has something that a potential buyer should know when many people find out only after putting out their hard-earned money. Search for an average of 13 L / 100 km around town and 8-9 L / 100 km on the highway, but it’s no surprise to see it uses 14-16 L / 100 km in regular use.