We’re always pumped to bring you the latest on the cars that make their way onto our Sound Ford lot in Seattle, and today is no different. We’ve got a well-regarded, sporty 2008 Escape XLT for your perusal—a vehicle boasting an upgraded powerplant and sublime mixture of convenience and security features.
Looking at the spec sheet, something that immediately jumps out is the 3.0L V6 motor. This engine replaces the 2.3L four-cylinder on this trim, and boy, does it make a difference. When you turn the key, you’re greeted by a significant 200 horses racing at 6,000 revolutions per minute (RPM) and 193 lb.-ft. torque at 4,850 RPM. Joined to a familiar four-speed automatic transmission, the arrangement enables the Escape XLT to reach fuel efficiencies of an EPA-estimated 22 MPG highway / 17 city.
The accolade-worthy inclusions in this Ford don’t end there. Everything is quickly configurable to suit your standards—the mirrors and windows are both powered, and the latter carry one-touch functionality for easy operation. The driver’s seat is six-way electronically adjustable, as well. And let’s not forget safety—this SUV offers both dusk-sensing headlights and side curtain airbags on the first and second rows.