Used 2006 Ford Escape

2006 Ford Escape
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2006 Ford Escape

Pros

  • Powerful V6, 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.

Used 2006 Ford Escape for Sale

Ford Escape 2006 Limited 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl 4A)
176,863 miles
Used 2006
Ford Escape
Limited
List$3,921
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Ford Escape 2006 Limited 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl 4A)
120,774 miles
Used 2006
Ford Escape
Limited
Lancaster Hyundai
94.9 mi away
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Ford Escape 2006 XLT 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl 4A)
218,000 miles
Used 2006
Ford Escape
XLT
Opequon Motors
38.7 mi away
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Ford Escape 2006 XLT 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl 4A)
95,470 miles
Used 2006
Ford Escape
XLT
Hagerstown Honda
40.1 mi away
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Ford Escape 2006 XLT 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)
160,477 miles
Used 2006
Ford Escape
XLT
(1)
Len Stoler Ford
46.1 mi away
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Ford Escape 2006 XLS 4dr SUV AWD (2.3L 4cyl 5M)
106,616 miles
Used 2006
Ford Escape
XLS
Douglas Chevrolet
59.8 mi away
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Ford Escape 2006 XLT 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl 4A)
166,847 miles
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Ford Escape
XLT
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Ford Escape 2006 XLT 4dr SUV (2.3L 4cyl 4A)
146,171 miles
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Ford Escape
XLT
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Ford Escape 2006 XLS 4dr SUV AWD (2.3L 4cyl 5M)
84,818 miles
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Ford Escape
XLS
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Ford Escape 2006 XLT 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl 4A)
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XLT
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Pearson Mazda
96.3 mi away
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Edmunds' Expert Review

Still one of our favorites in the category, the 2006 Ford Escape is a very capable small SUV thanks to its powerful V6, spacious cabin and carlike handling.

vehicle overview

Ford introduced the Escape in 2001 to capture buyers in the rapidly growing small SUV segment. It quickly became a best-seller thanks to a desirable combination of size, power and ruggedly handsome styling. First-year Escapes suffered numerous recalls, but recent models seem to have the bugs worked out. Mazda also sells a version of this vehicle. Called the Tribute, it shares the Escape's basic structure, platform and powertrains. A more luxurious version is also available from Mercury, dubbed the Mariner.

Appealing to a wide range of buyers, the 2006 Ford Escape (and Tribute/Mariner) is intended for those who want the styling and all-wheel-drive capability of a traditional SUV combined with the size, price, practicality and driving characteristics of a midsize car. The Escape is more suited to on-road driving than off-roading, due to its light-duty AWD system and unibody construction, and isn't as rugged as some other compact SUVs like the Nissan Xterra and Jeep Liberty. Its main competitors include vehicles like the Chevrolet Equinox, Honda CR-V, Hyundai Santa Fe, Saturn Vue, Subaru Forester and Toyota RAV4.

For 2005, Ford made the Escape a more attainable proposition for budget-conscious buyers by slotting in a 153-hp, 2.3-liter four-cylinder as the base engine choice. The Escape also received a new electronically controlled all-wheel-drive system last year that Ford says provides smoother and more efficient operation. To allay concerns about side-impact safety in small SUVs, full-length side curtain airbags (Ford's Safety Canopy system) are optional. A bland interior has always been one of the Escape's shortcomings, but the 2005 model brightened things up a bit with a fresh set of white-faced gauges and a console-mounted gear selector. Although long-term reliability is not likely to be as good as that of its Japanese competitors, the 2006 Ford Escape is still one of the best compact SUVs available. Consumers shopping in this segment would be wise to take one for a test-drive.

Trim levels & features

The 2006 Ford Escape is available in one four-door body style with either front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. Four trim levels are offered: XLS, XLT, XLT Sport and Limited. XLS versions start you out with basic amenities like air conditioning, a CD player and power windows, mirrors and locks. XLT models add 16-inch alloy wheels, a power driver seat, upgraded cloth upholstery, cruise control and an in-dash CD changer. The XLT Sport versions have two-tone exterior paint, black step bars and machined aluminum wheels. The high-line Limited comes with body-color exterior trim, leather upholstery, automatic headlamps and an auto-dimming rearview mirror.

2006 Highlights

The Ford Escape continues into 2006 with only minor trim and color changes.

Performance & mpg

Standard on the Escape XLS is a 2.3-liter inline four-cylinder engine that makes 153 horsepower and 152 pound-feet of torque. It is matched to either a five-speed manual transmission or a four-speed automatic. There's also the more potent 3.0-liter V6, which makes 200 hp and 193 lb-ft of torque. It is standard on XLT, XLT Sport and Limited models, and comes with an automatic transmission only. With this setup, the Escape can tow up to 3,500 pounds.

Safety

ABS is standard on all Escapes, and V6 models have four-wheel disc brakes. The optional Safety Package includes front side-impact airbags and full-length head curtain airbags with a rollover sensor. A reverse-sensing system is optional on the Limited. The 2006 Ford Escape has done well in government crash testing, earning a perfect five stars for the driver in frontal impacts and four stars for the front passenger. In side-impact crash tests, it received five stars for both front- and rear-seat occupants. Less impressive is the Escape's "Acceptable" rating (the second highest) in frontal offset crash test conducted by the IIHS. When equipped with side airbags, the Escape merits a "Good" rating (the highest) from the IIHS for side-impact protection.

Driving

Fun to drive, the 2006 Ford Escape offers impressive road manners for a compact SUV. It drives much like a tautly suspended sedan, with little body roll and responsive steering. The V6 is quite powerful, providing swift acceleration, but fuel economy is mediocre. The four-cylinder is not as smooth or potent, but its decent acceleration and better mileage make it a good option for budget-minded buyers.

Interior

The Escape has never been known for its exciting interior, but most buyers will find the layout functional and user-friendly. The front seats can accommodate adults of all sizes, while the backseat is comfortable for kids and passable for adults. There is 33 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats, and you can fold them down to open up 65 cubic feet of capacity, a good figure for this class.


Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2006 Ford Escape.

Overall Consumer Rating

Most helpful consumer reviews

2006 Escape 3.0L FWD
osu2,10/20/2014
I absolutely love my Escape! I Bought it a year ago with 140k and it has honestly been the most reliable car I've ever had! It now has 175k and is a champ, the 3.0L engine really sips gas for a V6! It runs like it's brand new still. The V6 engine is very peppy! It gets up and goes when you need it to! Don't let the FWD fool ya either, It's pulled out of mud ruts with no issues! Right now I use it for commuting back and fourth to college and I honestly could not of made a better choice. I know the Escape has a lot of bad reviews...it's basic maintenance and you will be fine. I use synthetic oil every 3k, I get my transmission fluid changed every 20k because of its age. Love my Escape!!!
8 yrs, 140k mi, no problems, love it EXCEPT uncomfortable seat
sara43,08/12/2013
The Escape was not exactly what I thought I wanted in 2006 but it's what I could afford, and as it turned out it was and still exactly what I needed. 8 years and 142,000 miles later the only repair I have had to make outside of regular maintanance was replace a sticky brake caliper, most likely a manufacturing defect. Furthermore, I bought a front wheel drive as we lived in VA, not knowing we would be moving to the heart of the Rockies in CO. With good tires and smart driving, this car has handled incredibly adverse snow conditions. My only complaint is that the seat is sooo uncomfortable. I am not big, 5'6", 130 lbs, but just NO leg support in this short seat.
Not a Ford Escape, it is a Mad Max Desert Ship
Aaron Harford,08/22/2015
My goodness people, I won't ever get rid of this SUV. Cali and the Mojave desert several times, 206,000 miles and still strong. I feel like its a member of my family. You cannot go wrong. Meat and potatoes, but so reliable you just cannot go wrong. I do not want a new one. Ill just get a factory engine and transmission replacement.....if it ever so happens I need it. It will probably outlast my body. lol.
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djte,01/25/2014
This car is amazing. I've driven a few SUVs, but this one takes the cake. I love it. It has been a very reliable car for me and my family for the last 5 years, and it's still going. Gas is OK for an SUV, but it's an SUV...I wouldnt expect amazing mileage. I've had no problems with it, no repairs needed other than a turn signal bulb. It has 123K miles on it. Spark plugs are due but that's it. It is very solid, very nicely designed, no complaints at all. As far as the negative reviews go, there can be a lot of situations leading to the problems (Previous rental, poor care, etc.) I have had none of these problems, inspect your car before you buy. Thank you Ford!
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Features & Specs

MPG
17 city / 21 hwy
Seats 5
4-speed automatic
Gas
200 hp @ 6000 rpm
MPG
17 city / 21 hwy
Seats 5
4-speed automatic
Gas
200 hp @ 6000 rpm
MPG
20 city / 23 hwy
Seats 5
4-speed automatic
Gas
153 hp @ 5800 rpm
MPG
18 city / 23 hwy
Seats 5
4-speed automatic
Gas
200 hp @ 6000 rpm
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Safety

NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
    OverallNot Rated
    Driver4 / 5
    Passenger4 / 5
  • Side Crash Rating
    OverallNot Rated
  • Side Barrier Rating
    OverallNot Rated
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger5 / 5
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings
    Front SeatNot Rated
    Back SeatNot Rated
  • Rollover
    Rollover3 / 5
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of RolloverNot Rated
IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
    Poor
  • Roof Strength Test
    Not Tested
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    Acceptable
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Not Tested
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test
    Acceptable

More about the 2006 Ford Escape
Used 2006 Ford Escape Overview

The Used 2006 Ford Escape is offered in the following submodels: Escape SUV. Available styles include XLT 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl 4A), XLT Sport 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl 4A), XLS 4dr SUV (2.3L 4cyl 4A), XLT 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A), XLS 4dr SUV AWD (2.3L 4cyl 4A), Limited 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl 4A), XLT Sport 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A), XLT 4dr SUV AWD (2.3L 4cyl 4A), Limited 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A), XLT 4dr SUV (2.3L 4cyl 4A), XLS 4dr SUV (2.3L 4cyl 5M), and XLS 4dr SUV AWD (2.3L 4cyl 5M).

What's a good price on a Used 2006 Ford Escape?

Price comparisons for Used 2006 Ford Escape trim styles:

  • The Used 2006 Ford Escape Limited is priced between $3,921 and$5,817 with odometer readings between 120774 and176863 miles.

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Should I lease or buy a 2006 Ford Escape?

Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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