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#23 of 70 09 Escape I4 - tested and bought
Aug 08, 2008 (4:39 pm)
Kayser Ford in Madison WI and the Gordie Boucher Mercury in Madison both have a few of the 2009 I4's. I drove the Mariner yesterday, and the Escape today.
They just have the single D(rive) position on the shifter for general driving. So it revs a bit pealing out into traffic, but the new 4WD 170HP I4 Escape digs in and goes much better than the 09 Subaru Forester I drove yesterday, and gets similar mileage. The Forester had the "manumatic" shift, and it WAS confusing figuring out where to put the darn thing to be in drive. (Was also too uncomfortable for me with my combination of height, bad back/neck. But other drivers of different height and necks would probably be comfortable in the Forester). I also felt that the new I4 has plenty adequate power in general, which could not be said for the 08 I4.
The 09 I4 Escape does have the L gear for snow/mud, which is all I need anyway here in Wisconsin. And it felt nice to drive in - softer ride than my 2003 Explorer, which I otherwise love. (probably needs new shocks after hauling a 5400# trailer, but a great SUV, totally reliable!)
Also, Microsoft Sync is available without having to get the GPS computer, etc, for hands-free Bluetooth cell phone and MP3 player use. (Has a USB port for the MP3 players, still.)
The power seats are very capable, adjust nicely, feel good. Good trim, and very comfortable 2nd row seats.
I bought the Escape version because Mariner doesn't come in Sport Blue. I'll pick it up in a few days. (The one I wanted was at a different dealer).
BTW - even though it's brand new, there's a $500 rebate going on!
#24 of 70 Re: 09 Escape I4 - tested and bought [baraboodad]
Aug 08, 2008 (5:03 pm)
Was it equiped with the 6 speed auto transmission?
Aug 09, 2008 (5:33 pm)
Yep - has the 6 speed. Seemed to shift very reasonably, without "hunting" like the 08's.
Unfortunately, the Escape I had made the deal for was on another lot, and we did this at 6 yesterday. When the dealer called them this AM, they had already sold it last night at the same time I thought I was buying it.... so back to ordering now, as I want some features that weren't found in dealer stock. Oh well....
#26 of 70 Re: 09 Escape I4 [baraboodad]
Aug 10, 2008 (8:33 am)
This way you get what you want. Keep us up to date on how it goes.
We were looking at the Escape to replace a 1993 Explorer, but purchased an 08 Taurus Limited instead and kept the explorer for now. We have less than 200 miles on the Taurus, but really like it.
#27 of 70 Re: 09 Escape I4 [jkinzel]
Aug 12, 2008 (7:36 pm)
93 Explorer - WOW
That's what I call durability. We have a 2003 Explorer, too. Best truck I've ever owned. (Used to get Dodges back when I worked on the family ranch summers).
Hopefully, Escapes will be similarly tough and loved......
#28 of 70 09 Escape brakes
Aug 13, 2008 (7:13 pm)
during my test drives, they were very good. Way better than the '97 Subaru I'm driving now. I think both braking and acceleration were better than the 09 Subaru Forester that I also test drove the same day, with a similar roughly 171 HP 4cyl motor.
Can't wait till the Escape we ordered comes in. (The one I thought I had bought at another dealer's lot sold the same night to someone on-site).
#29 of 70 What features were you looking for specifically?
Aug 15, 2008 (3:44 am)
Dealers are trying to figure out how to order these cars.
Ford is also having problems meeting I4 demand. The only Escapes I've been able to order for the last three weeks have been 3.0L FWD!
I have an 09 I4 on the lot and an 09 V6. I actually found that both drive very similar for every day driving situations. All the new ponies in the 3.0 appear to live north of 4,000 RPMs I assume this is where the VVT kicks in.
3.0 I'm sure will be better with more peeps and gear in the car. Most people will probably find the I4 adequate for everyday driving. It looks like the V6 will be purchased only by premium buyers.
#30 of 70 Re: What features were you looking for specifically? [mschmal]
Aug 15, 2008 (2:44 pm)
considering the incentives on the 08 v6 models, it should be a pretty simple decision.
#31 of 70 2009 Escape
Sep 16, 2008 (10:35 am)
Those of you whom have bought an 09 keep the posts coming, espically any mod updates. I have my 09 V6, 4x4 limited on the boat heading over here to germany as we speak. I am hoping for it to arrive here any day....
#32 of 70 Power
Sep 16, 2008 (10:37 am)
Hopefully the power will come sooner than 4400 rpm. I will be needing it sooner than than driving on the autobahn. If anything maybe it will save me some gas.