The 2012 Ford Escape is a compact FWD SUV that is available in AWD and a hybrid trim level. The base Escape is powered by a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine that produces 171 hp and 171 lb-ft of torque. For increased performance Ford offers a 3.0-liter V6 engine that yields 240 hp and 223 lb-ft of torque. A hybrid Escape is also offered, powered by a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine the Escape Hybrid produces 177 hp and 136 lb-ft of torque. Transmission options consist of a 5-speed manual (4-cylinder engine), 6-speed automatic transmission (4-cylinder and V6 engine), and eCVT transmission (hybrid). Fuel mileage falls within an EPA estimated range of 20 (34 hybrid) mpg city to 31 mpg highway, depending on engine and drivetrain selection. Features include 17-inch wheels, power moonroof, hands-free phone capabilities, navigation system, active park assist, rear view camera, and DVD entertainment system. Safety is comprised of roll stability control, traction control, advanced airbag system, anti-lock braking, and tire pressure monitoring. The Escape is backed by a 3-year/36,000-mile warranty.Read more Read less
Pending a complete redesign due in 2013, the Escape returns for 2012 with few changes.
Smooth ride and handling; fuel efficiency across the lineup; competitive pricing; hybrid available; an eco-friendly vehicle inside and out
The 2012 Ford Escape is one of the most affordable and economical small SUVs, and its car-like ride and handling, along with good maneuverability, make it a solid choice for urban drivers. The Escape is a Top Safety Pick award winner from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and has received a 5-star government rating in all crash tests. At the same time, the Hybrid model is one of the lowest-priced hybrids and offers a practical way to "go green." The 2012 Escape Hybrid offers a fuel efficiency of 34 mpg city and 31 mpg highway.
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