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2005 Ford Escape

Ford Escape Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 3.0 L V 6-cylinder
  • Drivetrain All Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 4-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 200 hp @ 6000 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 16/20 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 2005 Ford Escape

  • Still one of our favorites in the category, the 2005 Ford Escape is a very capable small SUV thanks to its powerful V6 and hybrid electric engines, spacious cabin and carlike handling.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Powerful V6, quick and efficient hybrid model, large cargo capacity, comfortable interior, carlike handling, optional side curtain airbags.

  • Cons

    Four-cylinder models feel unrefined at high rpm, so-so interior materials quality.

  • What's New for 2005

    The 2005 Ford Escape gets a freshened look and some new mechanicals. Last year's base 2.0-liter engine is replaced by a new 153-horsepower, 2.3-liter, four-cylinder engine that's available with either a four-speed automatic or five-speed manual transmission. This new engine is a more viable choice for budget-conscious buyers, and like the V6, it can be matched with a new electronically controlled all-wheel-drive system. Meanwhile, the V6 engine has been tweaked to provide improved throttle response. Antilock brakes are now standard across the line. Interior updates include a floor-mounted shifter, new gauges, upgraded seats and additional storage. The most significant improvement inside is the addition of the optional Safety Canopy rollover protection system. Further, the vehicle's structure has been modified to better absorb offset frontal impacts, and the backseat gets a full set of three-point belts. On the outside, all Escapes have reworked front and rear fascias with a new grille design and headlights. Finally, an XLT Sport model joins the lineup.

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Customer Reviews

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1 of 2 people found this review helpful

My first ford and suv

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Vehicle: 2005 Ford Escape XLT Sport AWD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)

I bought my 2005 Ford Escape XLT 4x4 Sportx in 2013 at Oak Motors. I had a 94' Pontiac Grand Prix prior to that, but had to trade it in due a oil leak. I was going outta state to Wisconsin and needed the extra space. It's been a great vehicle. I've had it for a year now and all I've done is changed the oil in it. It's roomy. Drives smooth. It's comfortable. I've even slept in it on a occasion. It does well on gas too. It has more features than my old car does which I love. It's the first SUV I've ever had. And its my first Ford. If I were to ever trade it in for something else, I'd probably another one.



10 of 53 people found this review helpful

2005 ford escape is a

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Vehicle: 2005 Ford Escape XLT Sport AWD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)

I had to junk my 2005 Dodge Neon after many, many problems and decided to buy this 2005 Ford Escape to replace it. I am very happy that I did. It runs great, even with 90,000 miles on it. I haven't had the opportunity to try out the all wheel drive in the snow yet. The only issue I have with the vehicle is that it is a gas guzzler. I only get about 20 miles to the gallon, as I do mostly city driving. It seems like I just fill it up and the next thing I know my tank is down 25 to 50 percent. I got nitro put into my tires to increase the gas milage a little bit.




Crash record

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Vehicle: 2005 Ford Escape XLT Sport AWD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)

I was in a head on crash with this vehicle and it performed beautifully. It was raining and I was going 40 miles an hour when someone went in front of me. I have been in sales for 35 years and I bought this vehicle because of the crash record. My air bags came out and disk brakes did their job and seat belts worked well too. I am alive because of this vehicle and I am getting a 2006 XLT Sport just like I had. I love the engine and we are a Ford family of 3 new vehicles. Thanks Ford for my life.




Escape is the suv to

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Vehicle: 2005 Ford Escape XLT Sport AWD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)

Traded a 2004 Chevy Blazer in on the XLT Sport Escape. BEST TRADE in the world. Love how it handles! Decent on gas. Love the leather seats, 6-cd changes, the heater heats up fast in the cold months. Like the AWD options, saves from pushing buttons. All around a super car/suv. Highly recommended! Will buy another Escape in the future!




2005 ford escape

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Vehicle: 2005 Ford Escape XLT Sport AWD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)

This truck was nicely updated from previous models. It handles beautifully and "feels" safe to drive.




Awesome escape

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Vehicle: 2005 Ford Escape XLT Sport AWD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)

I previously owned a 2002 Ford Escape XLT and have never been happier with a vehicle. It's the perfect size for a non-truck person. There is plenty of space and the seating is great. I am now the owner of a 2006 Escape XLT Sport; needless to say I'd rather be driving my Escape instead of sleeping. The ride is perfect and the new interior design is much more to my liking than the '02. Ford has come up with a winner for years to come!



Full 2005 Ford Escape Review

What's New for 2005

The 2005 Ford Escape gets a freshened look and some new mechanicals. Last year's base 2.0-liter engine is replaced by a new 153-horsepower, 2.3-liter, four-cylinder engine that's available with either a four-speed automatic or five-speed manual transmission. This new engine is a more viable choice for budget-conscious buyers, and like the V6, it can be matched with a new electronically controlled all-wheel-drive system. Meanwhile, the V6 engine has been tweaked to provide improved throttle response. Antilock brakes are now standard across the line. Interior updates include a floor-mounted shifter, new gauges, upgraded seats and additional storage. The most significant improvement inside is the addition of the optional Safety Canopy rollover protection system. Further, the vehicle's structure has been modified to better absorb offset frontal impacts, and the backseat gets a full set of three-point belts. On the outside, all Escapes have reworked front and rear fascias with a new grille design and headlights. Finally, an XLT Sport model joins the lineup.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 16
  • cty
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  • 20
  • highway
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