Description: Compact Crossover Wagon/Sport Utility Vehicle
Base MSRP Range: $19,380 - $28,525
Invoice Price Range: $18,120 - $26,528
Where built: USA
Ford's front-wheel-drive (FWD) crossover wagon foregoes the body-on-frame structure of a truck-based SUV in favor of a monocoque platform that unites chassis and body in a cohesive unit that's rigid in motion. Easy-to-handle driving traits mimic a sedan, but boxy exterior styling works as a wagon, while optional all-wheel-drive (AWD) traction brings tire grip on paved roads as well as dirt trails. Many different equipment configurations are sprinkled in three trims segmented as XLS, XLT and Limited.
A 2.3-liter four-cylinder base engine pushes 153 hp. For Escape XLT and Limited, the power increases with a 200-horse 3.0-liter V6 connecting to a four-speed automatic transmission. Anti-lock brakes (ABS) appear on all trims and Escape shows an optional safety package with front-seat side air bags plus curtain-style air bags above side windows.
For 2006 Escape offers more paint choices, such as Titanium Green Clearcoat Metallic and Blazing Copper Clearcoat Metallic.