2009 Ford Escape Values
After last year's facelift, the 2009 Ford Escape compact crossover SUV benefits from more power under the hood and improved suspension for better handling and ride. With a choice of either front- or all-wheel drive, the Ford Escape can be equipped with a 2.5L four-cylinder engine good for 171 hp and 171 lb-ft of torque, with either a five-speed manual transmission or a six-speed automatic, while a 3.0L V6 engine with 240 hp and 223 lb-ft of torque can be had on the XLT and Limited, paired to a six-speed automatic. Fuel economy with the FWD I4 automatic is 20 mpg city/28 mpg hwy and 23 mpg in combined driving, while 4WD drops that to 19/25/21. The FWD V6 gets an estimated 18/26/21, while the 4WD gets 17/24/20. The Ford Escape Hybrid has a 2.5L four-cylinder gasoline engine and two electric motors, with a net output of 177 hp, coupled to a continuously variable transmission sans rotating belt. The motors work in tandem with the gas engine to provide seamless power and maximum efficiency. On the AWD Escape Hybrid, a third electric motor helps power the rear wheels when extra acceleration or traction is required. The FWD Ford Escape Hybrid fuel economy estimates are 34 mpg city/31 mpg hwy and 32 mpg in combined driving, while the AWD version is rated at 29/27/28. Safety features include antilock brakes, traction and stability control, front-seat side airbags and full-length head curtain airbags with a rollover sensor.Read more Read less
Following a redesign last year, the Ford Escape gets a minor facelift for 2009, with subtle exterior revisions both front and rear. The Escape now benefits from a new capless fueling system and an 18.5-inch rear anti-roll bar. Ford's SYNC communications and entertainment system is available for the first time. Escape Hybrids will get standard stability control with roll control, and are now offered in both base and Limited trim. But the biggest changes are in the 2009 Escape's powertrain. The old 2.3L 4-cylinder has been replaced by a 2.5L 4-cylinder with intake variable cam timing (IVCT), which generates 170 horsepower--a 17-hp increase over 2008. The new 2.5L engine also makes its way into the Escape Hybrid. Meanwhile, 3.0L V6 Escapes get a 30 hp performance increase thanks to more efficient internal components. In both 4-cylinder and V6-powered Escapes, the 4-speed automatic transmission of old is replaced by a new 6-speed automatic. Ford claims a 1-mpg improvement in fuel economy for both 4-cylinder and V6 Escapes.
Smooth ride and handling; fuel efficiency (four-cylinder and Hybrid); eco-friendly seating material, competitive pricing.
The 2009 Ford Escape is one of the most affordable and economical small SUVs, and its carlike ride and handling, along with good maneuverability, make it a solid choice for urban drivers. At the same time, the Hybrid model is one of the lowest-priced hybrids and offers a practical way to "go green." Ford claims the Escape Hybrid is the most fuel-efficient sport utility vehicle in the world, with an EPA city rating of 34 mpg.