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2008 Ford Escape Sport Utility Crossover

FWD 4dr V6 Auto XLT

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2008 Ford Escape Sport Utility Crossover

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: a 153-horsepower, 2.3L four-cylinder, a 200-horsepower, 3.0L V6, or a hybrid powertrain, which pairs a 133- horsepower Atkinson-cycle version of the 2.3L four with an electric motor system, battery pack, regenerative braking, and a sophisticated management system. Four-cylinder and V6 models are offered in XLS, XLT, and Limited trims, but the hybrid powertrain is only available in a single Hybrid model.

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TOMALES, Calif. -- A convoluted section of the PCH -- California's Pacific Coast Highway -- follows the eastern shore of Tomales Bay north of San Francisco while passing through crossroads communities like Marconi and Marshall on the way to Tomales.

Coursing over humpback hills and cutting acute-angled corners to chase the ragged shore, this twisty asphalt strip seems like it was designed expressly to show off the road-hugging agility and sticky tire traction of Escape, Ford's crossover utility vehicle for the compact class.

Formatted with the two-box body of a four-door wagon, Escape rides on the chassis of a front-wheel-drive (FWD) car rather than a conventional wagon's rear-wheel-drive (RWD) truck platform.

A generous wheelbase length of 103.1 inches and a broad wheel track set up a long and wide foundation for stability when turning.

And, unlike some wagons with a solid rear truck axle and crude leaf springs, Escape carries four-wheel independent suspension components -- MacPherson struts in front and a double lateral and semi-trailing arm design in back -- which bring more control over the vehicle for a driver and more comfortable ride sensations for passengers.

As a result, Escape offers the easy-to-drive manners of a nice sedan.

More equipment goes into the 2008 editions of Ford's CUV.

The new gear includes EPAS -- electric power assist steering -- through a direct rack and pinion system. The all-electric device eliminates a conventional hydraulic apparatus along with the power losses of an engine-driven pneumatic pump.

It fine-tunes the overall steering feel but also boosts fuel economy scores.

Escape's issues of 2008 show more upscale appointments in the five-seat cabin, like an information display mounted on top of the dashboard and easy-on-the-eyes Ice Blue lighting washing instruments, console, steering wheel and door switches.

A new console set between the two front bucket seats holds two stow bins which may be extracted and mounted on the right and rear rims of the console to increase storage spots.

Bucket seats account for the first row, while a bench on the second row provides space for three with a backrest that splits and folds down to enlarge the cargo area, and that back bay with rear gate access has more useful room because a spare tire tucks beneath the deck.

Designers managed to drop the cabin floor but still maintain a reasonable chassis height for ground clearance. As a result, you don't have to hike up to climb aboard, but simply slip in sideways like you would enter a sedan.

Styling for the body of Escape is also new to forge a bolder, tougher look in a chiseled design with a sloping and stepped front hood, a high beltline and big wheels and tires as emphasized by flared wheel arches. The blunt new fascia up front contains restyled headlamp clusters which sweep up toward front corners and a fresh grille squared off at the center front with the finish in materials that vary with trim designation.

At the rear Escape's taillamps carry a clear band wrapping around corners and the big bumper has an integrated step pad for easy access to the roof deck when loading gear.

Regarding safety measures, the nimble driving attitude of Escape translates into an important active safety feature because this wagon when directed by an alert driver can move quickly through evasive maneuvers to avoid hazards on the road.

Escape's unibody structure serves as the first line of defense for passengers, surrounded by a safety cage rigged with force-deflecting energy management zones fore and aft plus reinforced side panels and doors.

Front riders have dual two-stage frontal air bags plus seatbelts with load-limiting retractors and buckle pretensioners, while in the rear there are anchors to tether a child's safety seat.

Side-impact air bags mounted on outboard front seats and curtain-style air bags concealed in headliners above front and back rows are also on tap as standard gear.

Equipment promoting active safety includes the quick rack and pinion steering and brakes tied to an anti-lock brake system (ABS) plus Ford's AdvanceTrac electronic stability control device with Roll Stability Control (RSC).

A safety option is Ford's reverse sensing equipment, which works with sensors in the rear bumper to detect solid objects in the reverse path of the wagon, then alert the driver through high-decibel audio beeps.

Escape the CUV divides into three equipment grades -- XLS, XLT and Limited, the latter with luxury touches like leather seats.

Base edition Escape XLS stocks an economical four-cylinder engine, Ford's Duratec 23.

With aluminum block and heads, the plant displaces 2.3 liters and makes 153 hp at 5800 rpm and a torque rating of 152 lb-ft at 4250 rpm.

The 3.0-liter V6 -- dubbed Duratec 30 -- generates 200 hp at 6000 rpm plus torque of 193 lb-ft at 4850 rpm.

An electronically controlled four-speed automatic transaxle works with either engine, but the four-pack lists the standard shifter as a five-speed manual.

All three trim variations offer the option of all-wheel-drive (AWD) traction.

The AWD mechanism is a smart traction system which distributes the engine's power between front and rear wheels selectively as changing conditions of road or trail may warrant -- the intent is to maintain a firm tire grip no matter what happens on pavement or dirt.

On dry pavement, all of the engine's power goes to the front wheels that also steer.

Having the front wheels both turn and steer -- when combined with the stiff unitized structure and lively suspension -- makes Escape uncommonly agile, but that's the big idea here.

The list of standard equipment looks good, beginning with air conditioning and power controls for windows and door locks and mirrors, a tilting steering column, remote keyless entry and an audio kit with CD/MP3 player.

MSRP figures for Ford's compact CUV begin at $18,770 for the 2008 Escape XLS FWD.

Description: Compact CUV

Model options: Escape XLS, Escape XLT, Escape Limited

Wheelbase: 103.1 inches

Overall length: 174.7 inches

Engine size: DOHC 2.3-L I4, DOHC 3.0-L V6

Transmissions/speeds: I4: Manual/5, Auto/4, V6: Auto/4

Rear/front drive: 2WD (Front), 4WD (AWD)

Steering: Electric power rack and pinion

Braking: Power disc/drum, ABS/AdvanceTrac/RSC

Air bags: 2 (front), 2 (side), 4 (side curtain)

EPA mileage est. city/hwy. I4 M/5 2WD: 22/28 mpg, I4 A/4 2WD: 20/26 mpg, I4 A/4 4WD: 19/24 mpg, V6 A/4 2WD: 18/24 mpg, V6 A/4 4WD: 17/22 mpg

MSRP range est.: $ 18,770 to $ 25,520

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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.

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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
Fog Lamps Std
Electrochromic Rearview Mirror Opt
Intermittent Wipers Std
Variable Inter. Wipers Std

Security

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 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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