Ford has been the leading producer of American autos for decades. This article provides background information, features, pricing, and specifications for the 2006 Ford Escape and Escape Hybride sport utility vehicles.
Ford Motor Company added the all-new Escape to their SUV arsenal in 2001. Smaller than the best-selling Ford Explorer, the Escape competes in the popular 'cute-ute' segment. The Escape is available with 4-wheel drive but offroad duty should be kept to a minimum. It's built on a unibody frame with 4-wheel independent suspension.
In 2005, a hybrid version made its debut powered by an Atkinson-Cycle 2.3-liter 4-cylinder engine good for 155-horsepower. Ford estimates 31 to 40-MPG in city driving and 26 to 31-MPG on the freeway, varying only by front or 4-wheel drive versions. Motor Trend magazine praises the hybrid as the 'best-engineered to date' because it takes more advantage of the electric motor than the gas (August 2004).
The gasoline powered Escape is available with either a 4-cylinder, 153-horsepower, 2.3-liter Duratec engine or a 3.0-liter, 200-horsepower V6 with an EPA rating of 19-MPG in the city and 23-MPG on the highway. The Escape comes in five different trim levels: XLS, XLT, XLT Sport, Limited, and Hybrid.
Base MSRP for the Ford Escape XLS 2WD 4-cylinder is $19,995 and $29,140 for the Hybrid 4WD.
XLT 2WD adds:
For more information, log-on to www.fordvehicles.com or www.autos.msn.com
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