As a fast-selling compact SUV with a Hybrid in its line-up, the 2008 Ford Escape gets some minor design modifications this year. With four doors and passenger capacity for up to five, the Escape comes available in two or four wheel drive, in XLS, XLT and Limited trim levels – with your choice of either an inline 4-cylinder or a V6 – as well as the popular Hybrid version equipped with a 133 horsepower 2.3-liter gas/electric inline 4-cylinder and a 1-speed CVT automatic transmission. EPA estimates for the Hybrid are excellent, falling in the 34 City/30 Highway range.Read more Read less
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. The interior is also reconfigured, with a more upscale feel, redesigned radio and climate controls, and what Ford claims is an industry first: seating surfaces made of 100-percent recycled materials. Also, the emergency brake has been relocated as a floor pedal, and door panels have been resculpted for more space. There are also revised storage bins throughout, and instrument backlighting is in Ice Blue. Mechanically, the Escape gets larger stabilizer bars for crisper handling, a new braking system, and a new electric power assist steering system, along with various improvements to reduce noise and vibration. Safety content has also been increased. AdvanceTrac with roll stability control and anti-lock brakes are now standard across the line, as are full-length Safety Canopy side-curtain air bags and seat-mounted side air bags for front occupants.
New styling; ride and handling; fuel efficiency (four-cylinder and Hybrid); eco-friendly seating material.
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. Ford also boasts that the Escape Hybrid is the most fuel-efficient sport utility vehicle in the world, with a city fuel-economy rating of 34 mpg.
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