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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.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 17
  • cty
/
  • 23
  • highway
Calculate Yearly Fuel Costs
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What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews



Great small syv

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

Good driver, great mpg




Great car

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

had for 2 yrs love it will get another




Owner

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

excellent suv for a long travel such as across the country. I live in Ca drive to WA ... i feel like im in control of the car. it look big n have alot of room to moving around




The best of the best

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

The greatest car I've ever drove and I can't wait till the 2005 comes out. I'll be the first in line.



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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.

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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....



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