2009 Ford Escape: Full Review

The 2009 Ford Escape is big on versatility, small on price, and great on gas mileage.

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Starting at only $20,100 for an Escape XLS with Manual transmission, $21,310 for an Escape XLS, $23,115 for an Escape XLT, and $24,580 for an Escape Limited, these offer great value for a sports utility vehicle. Although a smaller SUV than its cousin, the Ford Explorer, the 2009 Ford Escape has more than its share of power and pulling capabilities.

Main Features

The overall performance of the 2009 Ford Escape is due to the Duratec 2.5 Liter, I-4 engine that produces 171 Horsepower. With front-wheel drive, independent front and rear suspension, and roll stability control, the 2009 Ford Escape assures a smooth ride. A 5-speed manual transmission, 4-wheel anti-lock brakes, and a 1500-pound maximum trailer weight allow great control of cargo. Electric power-assisted steering gives the illusion of driving a sports car rather than an SUV.

On the exterior, the 2009 Ford Escape is not the typical box-shaped sports utility vehicle. Sleek lines of the design are accompanied by 16-inch cast aluminum wheels, giving the appearance of stylish transportation. The 2009 Ford Escape features solar tinted glass, reflector halogen headlamps, and an easy-opening lift gate flip-up glass.

On the interior, low back front bucket seats, manual air conditioning, and an analog instrument cluster make driving a happy experience. The 2009 Ford Escape has a floor console with 2 front and 2 rear cup holders, power window and door locks, a rear window defroster, and a center dome light with bright map lights. The standard sound system in the 2009 Ford Escape is wonderful, and consists of an AM/FM stereo with CD player and an audio input jack. This feature should help the driver in giving the children something to occupy their time.

The safety features of the 2009 Ford Escape are nothing short of spectacular. Dual stage front airbags and front seat-mounted side airbags protect the driver and passenger in the front very well. Side curtain airbags and a rollover sensor are usually present in a higher priced vehicle, but the 2009 Ford Escape has their standard. A remote keyless entry and SecurLock passive anti-theft system protect the owner’s investment. Side intrusion door beams and a tire pressure monitoring system complete the safety package.

Final Words

For a sports utility vehicle of this class, the 2009 Ford Escape compares most favorably and is a good purchase. At the manufacturer’s suggested retail price, a consumer would be hard-pressed to find a better value.