2008 Ford Escape Limited AWD Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2008 Ford Escape - Road Test Specs

2008 Ford Escape SUV

(3.0L V6 AWD 4-speed Automatic)


Model year2008
StyleLimited 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl 4A)
Base MSRP$25,995
As-tested MSRP$30,610


Drive typeall-wheel drive
Engine typeV6
Displacement (cc/cu-in)2976cc (182 cu-in)
Valvetraindouble overhead camshaft
Compression ratio (x:1)10.0
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)200 @ 6000
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)193 @ 4850
Transmission type4-speed Automatic


Suspension, frontIndependent, MacPherson Struts, Coil Springs, and Stabilizer Bar
Suspension, rearIndependent, Multi-Link, Coil Springs, and Stabilizer Bar
Steering typeelectric-assist power steering
Tire brandMichelin
Tire modelCross Terrain (all season)
Tire typeall season
Tire size, frontP225/65R17 100T
Tire size, rearP225/65R17 100T
Wheel size16 X 7.0
Wheel materialpolished alloy
Brakes, frontfront disc - rear drum
Brakes, reardrum

Track Test Results

0-45 mph (sec.)5.8
0-60 mph (sec.)10.1
0-75 mph (sec.)14.9
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)17.3 @ 81.0
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)40
60-0 mph (ft.)154
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)56.7
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.64
Sound level @ idle (dB)44.8
@ Full throttle (dB)74.7
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)68.7

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsThere's not much urgency here at 3.5 seconds to 30 mph and over 10 seconds to 60 mph. While there's no actual redline painted on the tachometer, full-throttle upshifts occur at 6250 rpm. Shifts are reasonably smooth and rapid.
Braking ratingPoor
Braking commentsYikes. These brakes are by no means confidence-inspiring in panic stops. The move back to rear drum brakes (from discs in 2007) seems like a cost-reduction move rather than a performance enhancement. Otherwise, the pedal feels firm and trustworthy in normal use.
Handling ratingAverage
Handling commentsIn the skid pad and slalom tests, Ford's omnipresent RSC (Roll Stability Control) system doesn't allow anything close to what either the tires or chassis are capable of producing in terms of limit handling. Rather, the prime directive is to keep the vehicle going where it's pointed. If that's a measure of handling prowess, then the Escape is unflappable.

Testing Conditions

Elevation (ft.)1121
Temperature (°F)66.2
Wind (mph, direction)1

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)19 City 23 Highway (2007 data; subject to 2008-method changes)
Edmunds observed (mpg)16.2 combined
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)16.5

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)3,547 mfr (3,617 as tested)
Length (in.)174.7
Width (in.)71.1 (excluding mirrors)
Height (in.)68.0 (excluding roof rails)
Wheelbase (in.)103.1
Track, front (in.)61.1
Track, rear (in.)60.4
Turning circle (ft.)36.7
Legroom, front (in.)41.6
Legroom, rear (in.)35.6
Headroom, front (in.)40.4
Headroom, rear (in.)39.2
Shoulder room, front (in.)56.6
Shoulder room, rear (in.)55.9
Seating capacity5
Cargo volume (cu-ft)29.2
Max. cargo volume, seats folded (cu-ft)66.3


Bumper-to-bumper3 years/36,000 miles
Powertrain5 years/60,000 miles
Corrosion5 years/Unlimited miles
Roadside assistance5 years/60,000 miles
Free scheduled maintenanceNot Available


Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsStandard dual front
Head airbagsStandard front and rear
Antilock brakes4-wheel ABS
Electronic brake enhancementselectronic brakeforce distribution
Traction controlStandard
Stability controlStandard
Rollover protectionStandard
Tire-pressure monitoring systemtire pressure monitoring
Emergency assistance systemNot Available
NHTSA crash test, driverNot Tested
NHTSA crash test, passengerNot Tested
NHTSA crash test, side frontNot Tested
NHTSA crash test, side rearNot Tested
NHTSA rollover resistanceNot Tested

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