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#2854 of 3071 Re: 2006 Escape Seats [yucaipa]
Nov 15, 2006 (8:56 pm)
The wife got an used 05 Escape Limited from CarMax in Feb. 06. It was a Hertz rental from Los Angeles and how it got to Chicago is something I don't want to know.
It has Leather seats and I would agree that they are miserable. Hard as a rock with little lumbar support. The Leather seats in our 87 Taurus were better.
I drive a 1994 Dodge Grand Caravan with low back leather buckets that are very comfortable. I get better mileage from the GC than the Escape both in the city and on the highway and would dread taking the Escape on a long trip. The gas pedal angle is all wrong for me and I find myself using the cruse control a lot in the city. Don't have to do that in the Dodge. The GC also has a much better steering column. I don't know why Ford bothers to put a tilt feature on the Escape as it has limited movement and is a pain to adjust.
The Ford is OK for short trips in the city and the all wheel drive should be handy in the winter. The wife loves it so if she's happy, I guess I'm happy. Just my $0.02.
#2855 of 3071 Toyota and Chevy get it, when will Ford?
Dec 14, 2006 (7:24 am)
Toyota has the 269hp V6 Rav4 sport.
Chevy is going to make a sporty 263hp V6 Equniox with a six speed trans.
What does Ford do for 2008? They restyle the interior and exterior and leave the same old drive train options ( including rear drum brakes ). When will Ford catch a clue and put the new 250hp 3.5L V6 and 6 speed trans into their Escape and make a sporty edition???
#2856 of 3071 Re: Toyota and Chevy get it, when will Ford? [sranger]
Dec 14, 2006 (7:35 am)
I feel that the Escape fills an important slot in the product line below the Edge, but that Ford isn't fully capitalizing on it. The 2008 model goes part way in doing what needs to be done to upgrade the design, but there are a lot of other things that they should have done (starting with the 3.5 engine).
#2857 of 3071 3.5 L in the Escape?
Dec 17, 2006 (1:24 pm)
Go drive a 3.0L Escape. This car is a rocket. Now a 5 or 6 speed auto tranny, for better Fuel Econ, that would be a plus!
I would like to see some more recreational type features on the Escape so that it moves more toward the Xterra, FJ Cruiser, Element, kind of vehicle.
#2858 of 3071 Re: 3.5 L in the Escape? [mschmal]
Dec 17, 2006 (2:08 pm)
I just bought my step-daughter a 3.0 Mariner. It is NOT a "rocket". According to Consumer Reports, the 0-60 time is over 10 seconds.
Dec 31, 2006 (4:47 pm)
"With the redesigned 2008 Ford Escape, Ford has married its corporate truck face with the Escape's palatable price and practicality. Some industry people call this type of revision a "top-half" update, or, in other words, just about everything above the floor-to-body pinch weld is new or redesigned. The engines, drivelines (excluding the hybrid) and wheelbase are carry-overs from the 2007 models which are being highly incentive-ized to make room for the '08 Escapes that will be on dealer lots by April."
Full Test: 2008 Ford Escape Limited AWD
#2860 of 3071 Re: 2008 Ford Escape [steve_]
Jan 01, 2007 (12:46 pm)
Just finished reading the review. Ford has added some good items--stability control, traction control and extra air bags, but why, why for the sake of a few dollars--the backwards step to rear drum brakes, without the option of discs. Manufacturers certainly do some dumb things, sometimes. I will keep my Escape with its disc brakes. Hopefully Ford will change its mind before the 2009 model.
#2861 of 3071 Re: 2008 Ford Escape [bdyment]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Jan 01, 2007 (1:05 pm)
I actually prefer rear drums since they last so much longer (in my experience anyway) than disks. But not at the expense of stopping distance.
#2862 of 3071 Re: 2008 Ford Escape [steve_]
Jan 01, 2007 (5:04 pm)
What a horrable review for the Escape...
What is up with Ford and it's brakes? Both the new Edge and Escape/Mariner seem to have some significant braking issues. 10-15ft might not seem like a big deal, but it is rather significant if the car in front of you can do a panic stop in 10-15ft less that your vehicle...
Ford is going to lose a lot of sales over these braking issues. Any informed customer would have to be more than a little concerned about it...
#2863 of 3071 Re: 2008 Ford Escape [sranger]
Jan 02, 2007 (3:39 pm)
i wonder if the quiet and comfort of the michelins was traded against the light weight and possibly the traction of the conti's?