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2008 Ford Escape Sport Utility Crossover

FWD 4dr I4 Auto XLS

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  • $20,140 original MSRP
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Benefits of Driving a 2008 Ford Escape Sport Utility Crossover

The 2008 Ford Escape is one of the more affordable and economical small SUVs, and its carlike ride and handling along with good maneuverability make it a good choice for urban dwellers. At the same time, the Hybrid model is one of the lowest-priced hybrids and offers an especially practical way to 'go green.' Across the line, Ford has boosted the appeal of the Escape for 2008 with a new look and significantly upgraded interior.

What's new for 2008?

For 2008, the Ford Escape gets restyled inside and out, and also has a number of mechanical improvements. Design-wise, new blacked-out middle side pillars, integrated running boards, and available 17-inch wheels accent a higher beltline, while the hood has been raised and matched with a front fascia and grille that now bears more of a family resemblance to Ford's larger trucks and SUVs. In back, along with new taillamps there are also new step pads.

Model Strengths

  • New styling
  • ride and handling
  • fuel efficiency (four-cylinder and Hybrid)
  • eco-friendly seating material.

Model Review

The Ford Escape comes with three different powertrains for 2008

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Review: 2008 Ford Escape

Source: MSN Autos

The early 2008 Ford Escape was due for a complete overhaul, but the 2007 model was pretty good so Ford just gave the new version more rugged styling, nicer interior and additional features.

The Escape has been the top-selling small SUV since its 2001 arrival, with more than 1 million sold. Carried over from the 2007 version are a rigid structure, decent room for five tall occupants, a large cargo area and good roadability.

Engines also are carried over, as is a gasoline/electric hybrid version.

Passing for Crossover
The Escape looks like a tough SUV, but is small and comfortable enough to be called a crossover vehicle. It drives like a good crossover, with quick new steering, neutral handling balance, good braking and a ride that is firm but supple-although it gets a bit jittery on uneven freeway pavement.

The entry gasoline-engine XLS, midrange XLT and top-line Limited trim levels are offered with front- or all-wheel drive without low-range gearing. So is the gas/electric Hybrid version.

New Rugged Styling
Ford made the new Escape look more like its larger Explorer and Expedition. It has a raised beltline to give its profile a stronger proportion of sheet metal to glass. And sculpted body surfaces provide more of a "Ford Tough Truck" appearance. Ford also raised the hood to integrate the higher beltline and gave it a "reversed crease" design.

Headlights sweep up toward the corners of the Escape and surround a large new grille. Available 17-inch wheels further toughen the overall look.

New recessed channels in the roof panel improve airflow over the top of the Escape, and horizontal ribs in the roof strengthen the body structure and reduce interior noise. Additional isolation from wind and road noise is provided by thick new carpeting and an acoustic headliner on the inner roof.

Lower Sticker Prices
It can be tricky to figure sticker prices, but Ford says the new Escape has sticker prices that average $1,100 less than those for 2007 Escapes.

Base prices range from $18,580 for the front-wheel-drive XLS 4-cylinder version with a 5-speed manual gearbox to $26,825 for the all-wheel-drive Hybrid, which has a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT).

The Limited V6 costs $23,580-$25,330, but the trim level expected to account for half of Escape sales is the $21,880 front-wheel-drive XLT V6.

The XLS also is available with a 4-speed automatic transmission, while the V6 only comes with that automatic. A more modern 5-speed automatic really should be offered.

Lazy Base Engine
The base 2.3-liter 153-horsepower 4-cylinder Escape has decent acceleration to 60 mph but is lazy above that speed, although steady high speed highway cruising isn't a problem.

The 3.0-liter 200-horsepower V6 delivers considerably better acceleration and lets the Escape tow up to 3,500 pounds, although the 65-75 mph passing time on highways is average. An engine with at least another 35 horsepower and more torque would be appreciated, especially if the Escape has a heavy load.

Surprisingly Fast Hybrid
The 155-horsepower Hybrid has lower rated horsepower than the gasoline V6, but benefits from the extra torque of an electric motor. It thus does 0-60 mph nearly as quickly as the Escape with the gasoline V6-and has surprisingly fast highway acceleration.

The Hybrid's transition between gas and electric operation was good, but has been made smoother for 2008.

Lower Estimated Economy
Stricter EPA-estimated fuel economy is lower for all 2008 vehicles, so the new Escape gets a few less estimated miles per gallon than the 2007 model. Still, it's no fuel hog.

The front-wheel-drive Escape 4-cylinder with the manual gearbox delivers an estimated 22 mpg in the city and 28 on highways. Figures with front-wheel drive and the automatic are 20 city and 26 highway-and 19 and 24 with all-wheel drive.

The Escape V6 front-wheel-drive version provides 18 city and 24 highway, or 17 and 22 with all-wheel drive, which usually lowers fuel economy.

Economy Champ
The Hybrid is the economy champ with its sophisticated 4-cylinder engine and 330V nickel-metal hydride battery. It provides 34 mpg in the city and 30 on highways with front-wheel drive and 29 and 27 with all-wheel drive. (Most gas/electric hybrids deliver higher city fuel economy because they can run a lot on battery power at low speeds in urban areas.

More Upscale Interior
The quieter, more comfortable interior looks more upscale and has additional features and new storage options.

There's a new uncluttered center console. And a "top-of-dash" level display in the dashboard shows radio functions, climate control readouts and ambient temperature. This new design puts key vehicle information in one place at the top of the dash to make it easier to reference when driving. But daytime reflections on dashboard gauge covers should be eliminated.

Upgraded Steering
Steering is newly upgraded with a speed-sensitive electric power assist system, and there are new second-row 60/40 fold-flat seats, new MP3 audio input jack, new front storage bin with power point and room for laptop storage-along with new 16-inch wheels.

All safety features now are standard. They include "safety canopy" side air curtains that provide head and neck protection, side-impact airbags, anti-lock brakes, tire-pressure-monitor system and a traction/anti-skid control with a roll-stability control system (except for the Hybrid).

New options include dual electronic automatic temperature control, SIRIUS satellite radio, leather seats with a power driver's seat, sunroof, 17-inch wheels and a Limited Luxury Package with heated front seats, reverse sensing system and steering-wheel audio switches.

The 2008 Escape is more of an attractive buy than ever, although regular versions could use stronger gasoline engines.

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Safety Ratings help

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.

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Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction

4-Wheel ABS Std
Traction/Stability Control Std
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Std

Passenger Restraint

Driver Air Bag Std
Passenger Air Bag Std
Side Air Bag Std
Side Head Air Bag Std
Rear Head side Air Bag Std
Child Safety Locks Std

Road Visibility

Daytime Running Lights Opt
Intermittent Wipers Std
Variable Inter. Wipers Std


Anti-theft System Std
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Original Warranty  help
Original Warranty
An original warranty is the warranty associated with a vehicle when it is brand new. In addition to the original warranty, select items, like tires, are typically covered by respective manufacturers. Also, an act of Federal law sometimes provides protection for certain components, like emissions equipment.
The original warranty is often broken down into multiple sections, including:
Basic Warranty:
Typically covers everything except for parts that wear out through normal use of the vehicle. Examples of non-covered items are brake pads, wiper blades and filters.
Drivetrain Warranty:
This warranty covers items the basic warranty does not protect. Wear and tear items such as hoses will not be covered, but key items like the engine, transmission, drive axles and driveshaft often will be.
Roadside Assistance:
The level of service differs greatly with this warranty, but many manufacturers offer a toll-free number that helps provide assistance in case you run out of gas, get a flat tire or lock your keys in the car.
Corrosion Warranty:
This warranty focuses on protecting you from holes caused by rust or corrosion in your vehicle's sheet metal.
Please check the owner's manual, visit a local dealership or look at the manufacturer's website to learn more about the specifics of the warranties that apply to a vehicle.

Basic 3 Years/36,000 Miles
Drivetrain 5 Years/60,000 Miles
Corrosion 5 Years/Unlimited Miles
Roadside Assistance 5 Years/60,000 Miles

Ford Certified Pre-Owned Warranty  help
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 Model Years 2010-2015 with 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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