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2003 Ford Escape SUV

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Ford Escape Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 3.0 L V 6-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Four Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 4-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 201 hp @ 5900 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 16/21 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 2003 Ford Escape

  • A very capable small SUV thanks to its powerful V6 engine, spacious cabin, handsome looks and car-like handling. The 2003 Ford Escape is one of our favorites.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Powerful V6, large cargo capacity, comfortable interior, car-like handling.

  • Cons

    Weak standard four-cylinder engine, small gas tank size limits range.

  • What's New for 2003

    Need more luxury when you Escape? For 2003, Ford will offer a new Limited edition that includes body-color trim, polished aluminum wheels, a reverse sensing system, a Mach audio system with six-disc CD changer, heated front seats and sideview mirrors, premium leather seats, front side airbags and an autodimming rearview mirror. The XLT can also be upgraded this year with an appearance package that includes special wheels, side step bars and body-color exterior trim. For all 2003 Ford Escapes, there are upgraded interior materials and fabrics, an available two-tone cabin color scheme, illuminated power window and lock switches and three new colors. Finally, the XLS 4WD with a four-cylinder engine and a manual transmission is dropped for 2003.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

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Great value

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Vehicle: 2003 Ford Escape XLT Sport 4WD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)

My 2003 Ford Excape LXT has been a great, reliable vehicle. It doesn't handle as well as my Jeep Cherokee in the Minnesota Winters but it isn't as heavy either. No complaints. I change the oil evert 3000 and rotate the tires every 6000 like clockwork. At 95,000 miles....other than routine maintenance like brakes, replaced tie rod ends once, I haven't done anything major to it. Looks like new!




It's a winner

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Vehicle: 2003 Ford Escape XLT Sport 4WD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)

I've driven cross-country from west coast to east. I call my car the Willy Nelson b/c its on the road again and again. I love my car. It's old now I find myself having to replace brakes a lot often but I think its b/c I'm being taken advantage of by mechanics.




I'm escaping ford to get

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Vehicle: 2003 Ford Escape XLT Sport 4WD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)

Ford, don't know what you're doing, but I know you're not building a tough, reliable vehicle. Within 35k miles: trans. shot, paint shot, brakes shot. Stalls periodically. The geniuses at dealer, at the ones who could form complete sentences, can't find anything wrong. Will never, ever, so much as drive by another Ford dealership. I'm done with them.




I love my escape

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Vehicle: 2003 Ford Escape XLT Sport 4WD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)

I bought this car new. I have had no real issues with it other than brake wear (my driving habbits-not the cars fault. Had to get new rotors twice.) & the starter went out @ 35K. The interior has taken a beating from my kids but a little Folex & it looks like new again. The radio is ok. I love my 6 disc CD changer. It doesn't have Aux plugs so no I-pod in the car. The thing is driving habbits determine alot how your car is going to perform. Flippling from reverse to drive while still moving will screw the transmission on any car. Some driver's migt want to examine their habits before the scrap the car. Overall I'd buy another one if my credit wasn't messed up with this economy!




Ford escape

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Vehicle: 2003 Ford Escape XLT Sport 4WD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)

This is a fun, zippy "baby" SUV which I purchasded in February 2001. The ride is surprisingly smooth. It gets the same mileage as a Ford Taurus station wagon with abt. 25 mpg on the highway (17 mpg in city). I love the choice of 4WD in the winter. I would highly recommend it to drivers of all ages.




Love it!

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Vehicle: 2003 Ford Escape XLT Sport 4WD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)

This is a the best vehicle out there for the price. The exterior is spectactular. I love the sporty look. The interior has lots of room, and it's very practicle for maneuvering in and out of tight parking spaces. I went from driving small compact cars all my life to driving this, and I have had no problems.



Full 2003 Ford Escape Review

What's New for 2003

Need more luxury when you Escape? For 2003, Ford will offer a new Limited edition that includes body-color trim, polished aluminum wheels, a reverse sensing system, a Mach audio system with six-disc CD changer, heated front seats and sideview mirrors, premium leather seats, front side airbags and an autodimming rearview mirror. The XLT can also be upgraded this year with an appearance package that includes special wheels, side step bars and body-color exterior trim. For all 2003 Ford Escapes, there are upgraded interior materials and fabrics, an available two-tone cabin color scheme, illuminated power window and lock switches and three new colors. Finally, the XLS 4WD with a four-cylinder engine and a manual transmission is dropped for 2003.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 16
  • cty
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  • 21
  • highway
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