2003 Ford Escape Consumer Review: A very nimble SUV

2003 Ford Escape - Consumer Review

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XLS Value 4dr SUV (2.0L 4-cyl. 5-speed Manual)

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A very nimble SUV
By Pat O'Riley on


2003 Ford Escape XLS Value Fwd 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


I put the seats down and was able to
fit 20 - 3cubic ft. bags of mulch in
it. It has a perfect blend of power,
from acceleration to passing. The
steering is very nimble. Highway
mileage is around 26mpg while the city
rating is not what I expected at 17mpg.
I am a 6ft. male at 170lbs. The drivers
seat makes me feel like I am on top of
the vehicle instead of inside it.
The ride is smooth but leans while
cornering. It seems to hold the road
very well and is not affected much by
wind. The engine hesitates during the
first few minutes of operation and the
transmission shifts up an down between
30 - 40 mph. The dealer changed the
throttle body due to sticking.

Best Features

Ride - smooth yet stable. Power/Engine - plenty. Versatility - A plus. Driveability - this is a very nimble vehicle. The wide stance with the 16 in. wheels.

Worst Features

Please do something about the shifting between 30 - 40 mph. Steering wheel - it needs to angle out more, not up. Keep the engine but city mileage needs to improve to 20 mpg. Eliminate the plastic side panels. Offer a model fit and geared for men. Thank you.
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