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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 2004 Ford Escape

  • Still one of our favorites in the category, the 2004 Ford Escape is a very capable small SUV thanks to its powerful V6 engine, spacious cabin and carlike handling.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Powerful V6, large cargo capacity, comfortable interior, carlike handling.

  • Cons

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

  • What's New for 2004

    The 2004 Ford Escape remains largely unchanged although the price has been lowered on the plush Limited model and certain appearance packages are now available on lower trim levels which, in effect, reduce the final price. Also, Chrome Yellow is no longer a color choice. To eliminate confusion, trim levels and option packages have been consolidated.

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Customer Reviews

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

Used to love it

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Vehicle: 2004 Ford Escape XLS Fwd 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)

My 2004 Escape WAS a trooper even with 2WD and without ABS it drove well all through the year. The V6 powers the car well and the RPMs can really rev up to give you a big boost past 70mph for 2-lane and highway passing. 5 hour drives were no problem, AC/Heater worked well always. I paid $9000 for it in 2007 with 60K on the engine, I put on another 70K and began having engine issues. An airhose needed to be replaced but even after that was done the RPMs would drop to 500 and it would feel close to stalling out, sometimes it did. Even with normal maintenance the rod and bearings seized meaning I needed a new engine. This, after $700 for new front suspension (at 131K not bad).




My ford escape 2004

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Vehicle: 2004 Ford Escape XLS Fwd 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)

More then I expected. Ride is great. Power for a 6 cylinder is more then you need. Room in the interior is a lot more then I expected. Handles with ease. My wife loves the car. I am very happy with the choice of suv we have made. I would recomend looking & driving one to anyone who is looking to purchase a suv.




Love my suv

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Vehicle: 2004 Ford Escape XLS Fwd 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)

Bought this car used but the mechanical side of it seems to be great. Gas mileage is terrible for in town. Open road it is okay for a small Suv. Love the way it handles on the open road or in tight traffic areas. It does have alot of power to it. Really fun to drive. I am a sports car person but this Suv can change my mind easily..




Love my ford escape

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Vehicle: 2004 Ford Escape XLS Fwd 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)

The Escape is fun to drive, very responsive, powerful and comfortable. Would recommend the vehicle to anyone.




Fantastic suv

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Vehicle: 2004 Ford Escape XLS Fwd 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)

This is a great SUV. Had rented one last year in 2003 for vacation. It really was comfortable to ride in, drive and all around vehicle. Found the one we bought at Enterprise Car Sales just had to buy it. Not too good on gas mileage but that is the only disappointment I have. Would buy another one if needed too.




Last ford i'll ever buy

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Vehicle: 2004 Ford Escape XLS Fwd 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)

I bought a 2003 New Ford Escape in Virginia Beach at Beach Ford.It was a nightmare. Very poor service and very rude service managers. Could not get a call back from the sales manager or general manager (I paid cash for the car). Milage is way below what it is supposed to be. Ford Corp would do nothing, Beach Ford would do Nothing.It got 14 miles per gallon the first year and has improved to a whopping 20 or so the next year. I have been very disappointed in the vehicle, dealership and Ford Corp. The passenger door would not close and the windshield leaked when I bought the car. Both Beach Ford and the national Ford did very little.



Full 2004 Ford Escape Review

What's New for 2004

The 2004 Ford Escape remains largely unchanged although the price has been lowered on the plush Limited model and certain appearance packages are now available on lower trim levels which, in effect, reduce the final price. Also, Chrome Yellow is no longer a color choice. To eliminate confusion, trim levels and option packages have been consolidated.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 17
  • cty
/
  • 23
  • highway
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