2007 Ford Escape Sport Utility Crossover
Benefits of Driving a 2007 Ford Escape Sport Utility Crossover
The Escape, which brings the upright, boxier appearance of a traditional SUV to the small utility segment, has a surprising amount of passenger and cargo space inside for its compact dimensions. And with carlike underpinnings, the Escape is graced with a smooth ride and good handling. The price of entry is low for the four-cylinder, starting at only $18,580, while V6 offers much peppier performance and the Hybrid model boasts an enviable 36-mpg estimate.
What's new for 2007?
Changes for Ford's small utility are relatively minor this year as the 2008 Escape is expected to receive a restyled interior and exterior and a smoother hybrid system. New for 2007 are the XLT Sport package that gives the Escape a monochromatic look with painted body-color bodyside cladding, bumpers, and wheel lip moldings. A Silver Appearance Package brings a silver metallic tone to those same items. Several new colors join the palette for 2007: Vista Blue Clearcoat Metallic, Dune Pearl, and Tungsten Grey Clearcoat Metallic, along with Vista Blue Clearcoat Metallic on the Hybrid. Also, Ford's unique keypad entry system is now standard on some models.
- Handling, ride, fuel economy, Hybrid model
Ford offers two engines on the 2007 Escape: a 153-horsepower, 2.3L 'Duractec 23' four-cylinder engine and a 200-horsepower, 3.0L 'Duratec 30' V6. The four-cylinder is standard on the base XLS and mid-level XLT models and can be matched with either a five-speed manual transmission or four-speed automatic, while the 3.0L V6 is standard on the XLT Sport and Limited models and comes only with the automatic.