We kick off the week here at Sound Ford in Seattle with a look at the 2012 Escape XLT. If you’re in need of a gently used vehicle, it’s hard to do much better than this compact SUV. It offers exceptional performance and several crucial safety features as standard, resulting in rave reviews.
The 2012 Escape XLT is the beneficiary of a superb 3.0L six-cylinder engine that sends it barreling down the streets of Seattle, Renton, and Bellevue. The motor generates 240 horses and 223-lb.-ft. of torque, and is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission that ensures drivers of any skill level can fully take advantage of everything the machine offers. Efficiency is also delightful at a highway average MPG of 25, but that’s not all. Since the SUV is E85 compatible, it works with fuel that bears an octane score of as much as 105, giving you the opportunity for a performance increase beyond what conventional premium gas supplies.
Ford has also placed a premium on the safety of your passengers. Side-curtain airbags automatically deploy in the event of a likely rollover, increasing the protection offered within the cabin beyond what front and rear inflatables provide on their own. Also, traction control senses changes in road conditions and other real-time factors (steering angle, acceleration, etc.) and then selectively applies braking power to the wheels as necessary to prevent skidding.