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2002 Ford Escape Sport Utility Crossover

4dr 103' WB XLT Premium

Starting at | Starting at 19 MPG City - 24 MPG Highway

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2002 Ford Escape

Source: MSN Autos

The roomy, carlike Ford Escape sport-utility vehicle was introduced last summer and had the right combination of features to become the top-selling compact sport-utility.

The 2002 version of the Escape has added subseries models to make it appeal to a larger audience. It also has such things as a wider variety of colors and a new $1,155 XLT Sport Package with leather upholstery, unique 16-inch sport wheels and side step bars that look good but are useless for those with large shoes.

New Subseries Models
The basic XLS and higher-line XLT trims remain, but added have been subseries trims called Value, Sport, Choice, Premium and Midnight. It's really all a matter of juggling equipment levels—the higher you go in the trim range, the more equipment is added. The XLT Premium trims even have standard leather upholstery.

Predictably, Escape prices have escalated with the subseries models. Last year's Escape had base prices ranging from $17,850 to $21,025. But the new Escapes go from $18,670 to $25,880. However, even base trims are pretty well-equipped, with such items as air conditioning and power windows, locks and mirrors.

Developed With Mazda
The tightly constructed Escape was developed with Japan's Mazda, which is controlled by Ford. Mazda sells a mechanically identical version called the Tribute, which has cleaner styling and sportier suspension settings. The Escape looks more rugged than the Tribute, although some may dislike the Ford version's black plastic fascia.

It's nice that the $18,155 to $23,915 Tribute is available if you don't exactly like the Escape. However, the Escape probably will have higher resale value because of the more familiar Ford nameplate.

Two Engines
At this writing, the Escape's main rival is the revamped Honda CR-V, which has a 2.4-liter 160-horsepower 4-cylinder engine. The Escape comes with either a 2.0-liter 127-horsepower 4-cylinder (down from a rated 130 last year) and a 3.0-liter V-6, which gains one horsepower from last year for a 201 rating.

The Escape 4-cylinder works with an acceptable 5-speed manual transmission, while V6 trims come with a responsive 4-speed automatic.

Two Drive Systems
Both combinations are offered with either front-drive or an all-wheel-drive system that has a setup which leaves it in fuel-saving front-drive mode until road conditions call for 4-wheel drive to automatically be engaged. But, despite the Escape's rugged look, there's no low-range gearing for rough off-road driving.

Of course, performance isn't nearly as lively with the 4-cylinder. But that engine is economical, providing up to an estimated 23 mpg in the city and 27 on the highway. The V6 isn't as thrifty, but is no fuel hog. It delivers up to an estimated 19 city and 24 highway and can propel the Escape to 60 mph in just 8.5 seconds. .

Owners of most larger sport-utility vehicles can just dream about even the Escape V6's fuel economy, and both Escape engines only need 87-octane gasoline.

Fun To Drive
The Escape comes with four doors and has a tailgate with a flip-up glass area. It has carlike unibody construction and is fun to drive. Steering is accurate. And the all-independent suspension provides a supple ride and stable handling that is enhanced by a wide stance. In fact, the Escape is nearly as wide as the mid-size Ford Explorer four-door trim.

While soft, the brake pedal has a progressive feel and helps allow short stopping distances. Anti-lock brakes are standard on XLT models and optional on XLS versions. Front side airbags are optional for both.

Roomy
The Escape has plenty of room for four 6-footers, or for five if they're on the slim side because the rear seat is unusually wide for a compact sport-utility. It is easy to get in and out. And occupants sit high in an airy interior that is quiet except for noticeable wind noise at highway speeds.

Gauges can be quickly read and controls are within convenient reach. But finding the ignition switch on the steering column can require groping—especially at night. Too bad the switch wasn't put on the dashboard.

Awkward Transmission Lever
The long automatic transmission shift lever interferes with operation of radio controls—an odd fault that Ford said it will fix before the end of the model year.

The cargo area is generous, and the entire rear seat can be easily folded forward to significantly increase cargo space.

With a large number of people shifting to smaller sport-utilities that are less trucklike and more economical, the Escape should continue to do well.

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What do the Safety Ratings mean?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) performs independent crash testing of new vehicles and then assigns them a score based on their performance. The overall crash test rating is based on how a vehicle performs in the following tests:

Driver Crash Grade:

Measures the chance of a serious injury to a crash test dummy that is placed in a driver's seat and driven into a fixed barrier at 35 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less chance of injury.

Passenger Crash Grade:

Similar to the driver crash grade, only now the focus is on the passenger.

Rollover Resistance:

Simulates an emergency lane change to measure the likelihood of a vehicle rolling over. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less risk of rollover.

Side Impact Crash Test - Front:

Focuses on the front side of a vehicle. It simulates crashes that can occur in intersections by striking a 3,015-pound weight against the side of a vehicle at 38.5 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 5 percent or less chance of injury.

Side Impact Crash Test - Rear:

Similar to the front side impact test only now the focus is on the rear passenger.

Driver Crash Grade n/a
Passenger Crash Grade n/a
Rollover Resistance
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Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction

4-Wheel ABS Std

Passenger Restraint

Driver Air Bag Std
Passenger Air Bag Std
Side Air Bag Opt
Child Safety Locks Std

Road Visibility

Fog Lamps Std
Intermittent Wipers Std
Variable Inter. Wipers Std

Security

Alarm Std
Anti-theft System Std
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Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

Manufacturer's 7 years / 100,000 miles Powertrain Limited Warranty from original in-service date. 12-month/12,000-mile Comprehensive Limited Warranty. See dealer for details.. See dealer for details. Rental Reimbursement $30/day.
Age/Mileage Eligibility 6 model years or newer / less than 80,000 miles
Lease Term Certified Yes
Point Inspection 172
Return/Exchange Program No
Roadside Assistance Yes
Special Financing Yes
Transferrable Warranty Yes
Warranty Deductible $100

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