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Ford Escape Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 3.0 L V 6-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 4-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 201 hp @ 5900 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 17/23 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats Yes
 

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…

 
What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

  Average Consumer Rating (10 total reviews)


Great safe vehicle

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Vehicle: 2003 Ford Escape Limited Fwd 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)

I purchased my Escape new & have loved it from day one. With over 108K miles, it still has a lot of power & handles very well. The vehicle is very roomy, but is not difficult to maneuver like larger SUVs. I was just involved in a serious accident while driving my Escape and I have to commend it from a safety perspective. I was sitting at a red light and was hit from behind by a utility truck traveling at a high rate of speed. I was then pushed into the full sized truck in front of me. Unfortunately the Escape is a total loss, but I "escaped" with only a broken toe and a few bruises. I am very impressed with the overall safety of this vehicle and would certainly recommend it for any family.




I am about to switch

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Vehicle: 2003 Ford Escape Limited Fwd 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)

My husband and I have traveled some fun retirement miles in our Escape Limited. I love the heated leather seats. We are ready to make the big switch to the hybrid. Gas prices are awful and I hear really good things about this Escape. The car is loaded and very comfortable on our long trips. The only remotely negative feature is the stiff bumpy ride and it's a little too noisy. But, I wouldn't trade it for any other SUV.




So far, so good.

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Vehicle: 2003 Ford Escape Limited Fwd 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)

15k so far and only a couple of minor problems. Has great acceleration for a v6 and we get 22-24 mpg. Wife loves the heated seats, backup beeper and the moonroof. Enough room in the back for the kids.



 
 
 
Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 17
  • cty
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  • 23
  • highway
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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

2003 Ford Escape Discussions See all Started By

jefyou
jefyou
08-29-2002
I am interested in the 2003/2004 Ford Escape Hybrid. I need an small SUV or wagon with room for 2 big dogs or cargo, room for a roof rack, and capable of towing 1,000 - 2,000 lbs....


obie1946
obie1946
02-05-2007
My 2003 Ford Escape has a brake problem. The mechanic has removed a rotted emeregency brake cable, blead the brakes and that did not last long. I lose brake peddle and it goes almost to the floor. I c...


douglaspjacobs
douglaspjacobs
08-08-2006
hello has anyone any info on what may be causing a eratic idle and hard starting on my 6 cylinder 2003 ford escape? there are no check engine lights on or codes to read....