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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 Front Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 4-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 201 hp @ 5900 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 17/23 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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Pretty good

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

This car could be improved by Ford. I don't think they gave it their all.




Best suv

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

You simply could not design a better SUV! Though it is called a mini SUV, you would never know from the inside, with plenty of leg and head room for all passengers. The features I feel set this car aside form the compedition were its great looks, interior space, great acceleration, and very responsive steering. It hanles much more like a car than a large sluggish SUV. It doesn't hurt you at the pump either, with about 21 mpg average in the city with the V6 engin. I can honestly say I don't have a single complaint after 6 months and 11,000 miles. If your in the mini SUV market stop looking and buy a Ford Escape! You won't regret it, I promise!




H-lo's little suv

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

Okay. Easier to drive around town than 2 previous Explorers. Seats a little hard on long trips. Husband misses his larger Explorer leg room and seat comfort. Transmission very 'jerky' at times. A little concerned after seeing crash test results. Next SUV a Volvo??




Escape

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

So far I thoroughly enjoy my vehicle.......I think gas mileage could be better ( my v-8, 1997 thunderbird got better mileage ) I need something higher off the ground as I am tall and have bad knees........very glad I picked the 2003 Escape. I would probably get another if I needed to. Thanks..........




Escape

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

Teh Ford Escape has been a wonderful car to drive. It gets fairly good gas mileage and handles very well in all driving situations. Was very comfortable for my fiance and I along with our beagle to make a drive to Atlanta. I highly recommend this SUV for anyone that wants a small car that can hold its own with the big guys.




Overall disappointment

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

Month 2 in the shop electrical problems Month 5 front wheel bearings needed replacing Seats very uncomfortable side bags are not standard air conditioner slow to cool exterior side bar steps are unnecessary poor quality speakers independent suspension makes it wiggle on the highway Cabin very noisy on the road Key ignition is in the wrong place Ford stands behind warranty but who wants so many repairs the first year



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

  • 17
  • cty
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  • 23
  • highway
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