Thursday, April 2, 2009

2009 Ford Escape Review - Features, Specs and Price

There are many reasons people love 2009 Ford Escape, but quality and price are the two main reasons. Since it has become a very popular in 2009, we have to give it a review. Here we go.

2009 Ford Escape has changed a lot compare to 2008. The major changes for ‘09 include more powerful engines, both in the base four-cylinder model and the optional 3.0-liter V6. A 171-horsepower 2.5-liter inline-4 replaces the weak and wheezy 153-hp 2.3-liter. Bolted to the newly available six-speed automatic transmission, the four-cylinder model is now as quick to 60 mph as last year’s V6/four-speed automatic model. That means right around 10 seconds, based on our test of a V6-powered all-wheel-drive 2008 version. This is very cool for Ford auto.

The new engine is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder that should boost fuel economy by one mile per gallon in the EPA cycle. At the same time, Ford says the new four-cylinder will make 170 horsepower, an 11-percent boost over the existing base engine. The 17 additional horsepower come in part from a new variable cam timing system and from the increase in displacement over the former 2.3-liter four.

Speaking of fuel economy, hybrid Escape models will also see some changes for 2009. The gasoline portion of the hybrid powertrain gets the new 2.5-liter engine using the Atkinson combustion cycle. Revised programming helps make the transition from engine to electric motor less perceptible to drivers. A new brake pedal sensor improves feel and minimizes the sensation when going from regenerative to conventional brakes. Ford has also added a Limited trim level to hybrid Escapes.

Ford says the new Escape is more connected too. That’s because the Sync infotainment system is offered in the 2009 model, along with the Sirius Travel Link system with 911 Assist, which helps passengers get in touch with emergency workers when the need arises. We can say 2009 Ford Escape is totally an advanced Ford car.

Now let’s talk the price of 2009 Ford Escape. The base 2009 Escape starts at $20,410 (including destination), a $575 increase over the ‘08 model. But it is absolutely worth that much money since it increases a lot of cool features.

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