2008 Ford Escape Consumer Review: Solid and truck-like

2008 Ford Escape - Consumer Review

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XLS 4dr SUV (2.3L 4-cyl. 5-speed Manual)

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Solid and truck-like
By hoagsmokler on


2008 Ford Escape XLS 4dr SUV (2.3L 4cyl 5M)


I've never driven an older Escape, but I have heard wonderful things about them. I loved this the moment I sat in the driver's seat. I was concerned about the gas mileage on the V6 AWD, but it's not too horrible. I wonder why they still have this old 4 speed transmission? That is one of the few downfalls. I have all the goodies, including XM and sunroof, but the standard stereo is absolutely awful! I knew Ford's stereos were always poor, but they should realize that many people make a huge buying decision in the stereo. I went from a newer VDub, so maybe I am just being a snob on the stereo aspect.

Best Features

Interior is great, except for the center console display thing. It looks kind of cheesy. I love the new exterior look, very tough looking. Makes it more of a truck, which I like. Generous room for 4 or 5 adults. Good cargo space. Very quiet inside!

Worst Features

Better tranny, maybe a more modern, fuel-saving 6 speed? Better braking capabilities, seems very hesitant to stop at times.
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