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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

  Average Consumer Rating (21 total reviews)


Great car

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

This car has been the best car we have had. We keep up on maintenance and change oil every 3000 miles. This is my wife's car and she treats it much better than I treat my car. I have a ford explorer 1997 with 235,000 and no real problems with same water pump. Both cars are great. This SUV is very fun to drive in the snow. Handles great.




Transmission problem

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

Three months after I purchased it, the transmission started to break down. The Ford dealership attempted to fix it but cannot. They claimed the computer module has to be reprogrammed so they did, but the slipping problems still keep reoccurring. I don't think this SUV is ready for prime time. Remember, you don't get compensated for the inconveniences you suffer plus headaches.




Fun to drive

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

I've been real happy with my decision to buy a 2003 Ford Escape XLT. It is so fun to drive, I make up excuses to go to town! I had a 2001 Honda CRV before, and this Escape is much more roomier & luxurious than the utilitarian feel of the CRV. Plus the Escape is one of the few small SUV's with NO BULKY SPARE TIRE hanging off the rear of it, and as a result, it only has a 16 gallon fuel tank. A sacrifice I was willing to live with.




Intro to suv

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

I stumbled onto the Novato Ford lot to rule out purchasing the vehicle and 2 hours later I owned it. The dealership was exceptional and the Escape the brought me to test drive screamed at me to purchase it. I'm sure it was one of the best purchases I've ever made and every day I own it I think how lucky I am. Coming cross country was such a blast. I experienced all the usual weather patterns for the summer and the vehicle never even flinched. It handles so much like a car on the street and I find it comforting to know that I can take it off road when necessary. So now I'm a Ford man and very happy.




Fun loving ford escape

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

Lots of power, Fun to drive, Great handling.




Ford escape

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

Handles great with good power



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.

Talk About The 2003 Escape

Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 16
  • cty
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  • 21
  • highway
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