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2002 Ford Escape SUV


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Ford Escape Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 2.0 L Inline 4-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Four Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Manual
  • Horse Power 127 hp @ 5400 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 19/23 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 2002 Ford Escape

  • A very capable small SUV thanks to its powerful V6 engine, spacious cabin, handsome looks and car-like handling. The 2002 Ford Escape is one of our favorites.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Strong V6 engine, comfortable cabin, plenty of cargo space, car-like road manners.

  • Cons

    Lacks the off-road capability of a truck-based SUV, barely adequate base engine, shoddy build quality, unimpressive interior materials.

  • What's New for 2002

    Additional standard equipment makes the 2002 Ford Escape an even better value. XLS models get a dual-media cassette/CD stereo, while XLT…

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

  Average Consumer Rating (1 total reviews)


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Vehicle: 2002 Ford Escape XLS Sport 4WD 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl 5M)

Bought my Escape new in sept of 02. previously owned a 95 escort wagon (5 speed) with over 200,000 miles on it. just wanted a 4x4 for my commute in the snow. Wow! great little car in snow. handles well. Too bad it now has over 250,000 miles on it. looking for another manual Ford transmission. They seem to never give up. 4 cylinder engines lacks power, but didn't buy it for that. Only had oil changes and fluid changes. Totally recommend Fords. Just test drove a '97 toyota Avalon, not impressed. STICK WITH AMERICAN

Gas Mileage


  • 19
  • cty
  • 23
  • highway
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Full 2002 Ford Escape Review

What's New for 2002

Additional standard equipment makes the 2002 Ford Escape an even better value. XLS models get a dual-media cassette/CD stereo, while XLT adds a V6 engine, privacy glass, power driver seat and an in-dash six-CD changer. New Sport packages also debut. The XLS Sport includes 15-inch alloy wheels with larger tires, side-step bars, Sport-embroidered floor mats and dark tinted privacy glass. The XLT Sport, new for 2002, provides, in addition to XLS Sport equipment, a special No Boundaries roof rack system and unique 16-inch alloy wheels with meatier rubber. Four new colors are also available.

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At 55000 miles I was driving my daughter's 2002 Escape up a hill. I engaged the passing gear and the accelerator pedal stuck to the floor. I finally turned off ignition at about 80 mph. Very scary. ...

Hi i have a ford escape 2002 with 180k on clock.one day it couldnt drive it could only reverse.i opened th pump side of gearbox the forward friction and steel plates were burnt.the band had snaped on...

I'm comparing several small SUVs and CUVs and planning on purchasing a 2015 model this fall. The only USA manufacturer under consideration is Ford (Escape and possibly a small chance of the Explorer)...