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You are in the Ford Escape
What is this discussion about?
Ford Escape, SUV
Jan 31, 2006 (8:06 pm)
What I am hearing is Ford is going to drop the Escape. The Edge is going to pretty much take its place. Mazda is for sure dropping the Tribute also. I like my Escape and would buy another in a heart beat. I hate to say it but Ford is known for doing this garbage. Rather than improving on a great vehicle they drop it and move onto something else. The Escape/Trib/Mariner have a good platform to make great things happen.
I too had also read and seen on an auto show about 2 months ago that the Equator could be the Escapes replacement. I am however reading different news today.. Escape will probably go by the way side in 2007/08 model year...
Jan 31, 2006 (8:14 pm)
I will be sure to keep a look out for him. He's a local from the area just as I am so it would be nice to say hello. And of course I will be the only person wearing a Penn State Children's Hospital shirt to an event sponsored by Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.
Unfortinataly, I want to go in stlye so I'm driving my wife's car down to the show.
Jan 31, 2006 (8:31 pm)
I'm coming in on the train this year!
You're one of those who say, "Meet me at Beaver Stadium! I'll be the one in blue and white"
#2734 of 3071 Blue and White...
Jan 31, 2006 (8:41 pm)
Nah I Went to Tennessee... it's ORANGE and WHITE. LOL
It only takes me about 1 hour 15 mins to drive down from Hershey.
To quote Dr. Emmitt Brown "Roads, where we're going, we don't need roads."
#2735 of 3071 Escape Replacement.
Feb 01, 2006 (10:46 am)
The Escape is built on a modified Mazda Famila/626 platform so its pretty dated about 12 years old at this point. The obsolesence really shows in the crash test results where its clear that the Escape is just not up to par with some modern designs.
The new rules for safety buttons on power windows goes into effect for the 08 model year so something will definately have to change by then.
The Edge is going to be priced at the high end of the current Escape line so its not a direct replacement.
Ford is stating that there are basically 2 different kinds of CUVs those that emulate traditional SUVs, such as the Escape or those that look like something completely different such as the Murano, and now the Edge. As such, Ford may want 2 CUVs in the same price braket or close to each other.
#2736 of 3071 Re: scape [odie6l]
Feb 01, 2006 (1:52 pm)
To start with, I have a Freestyle for almost a year, so I'm prejudiced, but here are my comments:
1. Pontiac SV6 FWD 3.9ltr (w/ towing package)
- This is basically their old minivan platform with a new cover...I'd stay far away.
2. Ford Freestyle SEL FWD
- I have an SE that cost $25K with safety package, convenience, Tri-zone heating & A/C, 20-25mpg, currently 23K miles, great ride height, car handling, and zero problems
3. Nissan Quest SL Special Edition
- If you really need the really large space of a minivan, I'd get an Odyssey for the handling and interior space/layouts.
4. Honda Pilot EX
- This is a good one, but for me the interior space of the Freestyle won out...compare the interior specs
5. Hummer H3 (wishfull thinking)
How about the Toyota Highlander?
#2737 of 3071 Re: scape [bobw3]
Feb 01, 2006 (3:15 pm)
Well, we looked at the Ody, but after all the packages, it went just out of our price range. That's also why the Pilot is low man on the list. It's going to be a knock down street fight between the SV6 and Freestyle. We had both for a 24 hour test drive and it's just going to come down to features, pricing, and deals when we do go ahead and buy. The more I think about it, we will more than likely be paying the vehicle off from the get-go anyway. I just don't want to let 'Big Blue' (as my daughter calls it) go, because of all the added features I put into her.
#2738 of 3071 Re: scape [odie6l]
Feb 01, 2006 (4:16 pm)
When you did your test drives, did you notice any big differences in the driving?
#2739 of 3071 Re: scape [bobw3]
Feb 01, 2006 (4:34 pm)
When my wife and I had the vehicles we did notice many differnces. My wife kept complaining about lack of power on the SV6, but we only had the 200hp 3.5ltr. Then she said the Freestyle didn't have the get-up she is accustomed to, so I explained the CVT to her. I liked the dash layout of the SV6 better due to the fact it has the column shifter. Having the column shifter adds a little more width for leg room for my height. On the 2 dirt/gravel roads we had tested both vehicles on the SV6 handled the twists alittle better, but the Freestyle handled the hills better. I feel that both vehicle has it's advantage and disadvantage over each other. I liked both, but it will come down to her decision.