Looking for a stalwart, rough-and-tumble SUV? Well, you’ve found it in the 2011 Escape XLS. This machine owns the streets of Seattle, Renton, and Bellevue thanks to poised performance and an attention to detail on the part of Ford’s designers.
A sport utility vehicle should be equipped and ready for anything, which is why the 2011 Escape XLS comes available in two setups: front-wheel drive and 4WD. The latter gives you everything you need to tackle the trails and tame the backroads—it’s a lot of fun. And with a 2.5L four-cylinder that creates a matching 171 horses and 171-lb.-ft. of torque, there’s some pep in this machine’s step, too.
This Escape also sports several niceties that go beyond the powertrain. Remote keyless entry is standard, of course, making it easy to get in and out. The AM/FM seek-scan radio is also prepped for satellite radio, should you choose to adopt it and expand your entertainment options. Also, anti-lock brakes are joined by Driveline Traction Control to ensure you always keep a firm connection with the road.