The Ford Escape has long been the standout of the compact SUV category. Even back in 2005 and in the base XLS model, the car was acclaimed for its combination of spirited performance and impressive convenience.
Vroom! This auto can move—and in an efficient fashion. The 2.3L four-cylinder engine produces 153 horses at 5,800 revolutions per minute (RPM) and 152 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,250 RPM. The peppiness isn’t hamstrung by poor gas mileage, however. Instead, you’ll receive an EPA-estimated 29 highway / 24 city MPG. And if you like to take shifting into your own hands, you’ll be pleased to know that a five-speed manual transmission is standard on this model (although a four-speed automatic is available).
The Escape's included remote keyless entry functionality ensures getting behind the wheel is a cinch. Also featured are 15-inch silver-styled steel rims on the exterior, as well as an AM/FM/CD, seek-scan radio for entertainment as you traverse Seattle, Bellevue, and Renton. Additionally, power windows and mirrors are a part of the well-rounded package.