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  • NEW 2012 Ford Escape REVIEW

    NEW 2012 Ford Escape

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    Overview

    The 2012 Ford Escape is a 4-door, 5 passenger compact SUV that serves as the successor of the previous year’s version. This simply means that the 2012 Ford Escape is the very same Escape that bears the 2011 model year name. The absence of any upgrade or improvement on the 2012 version was intentional since Ford is planning to release the overhauled version of this SUV next year. Due to this, car buyers who would be buying the 2012 Ford Explorer will still be getting all of the features of the 2011 vehicle.

    Exterior

    The exterior design of 2012 Ford Escape looks handsome. Its curves and lines have made this SUV look muscular and dominating. Its external aura could actually intimidate any buyer that is not familiar with the Escape’s predecessors. But, for those who are familiar with the previous models of the Escape, the 2012 version would only look like an aging vehicle that is in need of total upgrade.

    Interior

    In terms of the interior design, the 2012 Ford Explorer has a lot of things to boast for. One, for example, is its attractive layout and ample interior space in its second row of seats. This could accommodate 2-3 adult passengers without having to worry about comfort. In addition to this, the latest version of the Escape is fully loaded with electronic devices, such as the optional park assist and the SYNC infotainment system. However, these electronic devices are considered by most of car experts as inferior compared to those that are found on some of the Escape’s closest rivals.

    Performance   Handling

    The 2012 Ford Escape is offered as a front-wheel drive or an all-wheel drive SUV. This vehicle is also powered by two types of engine. The first one is the standard 2.5L, 4-cylinder engine that produces a maximum power output of up to 171 horsepower. This engine is mated to either a 5-speed transmission (limited only for the XLS trim) or a 6-speed automatic transmission.

    The second engine used on the Escape is the 3.0L, V6 engine that is capable of producing a maximum power output of up to 240 horsepower. This mated is exclusively mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission. This engine is also optional on all trims except the XLS.

    When driven, the 2012 Ford Escape offers poor handling performance. Its base trim also lacks the needed power to propel the vehicle in speeds that most of its competitors could provide. However, the Escape’s power steering with an electric assist makes low speed manoeuvring and parking more manageable.

    Fuel Economy

    The recorded fuel economy ratings of the 2012 Ford Escape’s trims are as follows:

    1. XLS trim with 4-cylinder engine, FWD, and 6-speed AT: (City) 21 mpg (Highway) 28 mpg (Combined) 23 mpg

    2. XLS trim with 4-cylinder engine, AWD, and 6-speed AT: (City) 20 mpg (Highway) 26 mpg (Combined) 22 mpg


    3. XLT trim with 4-cylinder engine, FWD, and 6-speed AT: (City) 21 mpg (Highway) 28 mpg (Combined) 23 mpg

    4. XLT trim with 4-cylinder engine, AWD, and 6-speed AT: (City) 20 mpg (Highway) 26 mpg (Combined) 22 mpg


    5. XLT trim with V-6 FFV engine, FWD, and 6-speed AT: (City) 19 mpg (Highway) 25 mpg (Combined) 21 mpg

    6. XLT trim with V-6 engine, AWD, and 6-speed AT: (City) 18 mpg (Highway) 23 mpg (Combined) 20 mpg


    7. Hybrid trim with 4-cylinder Hybrid engine, FWD, and CVT automatic: (City) 34 mpg (Highway) 31 mpg (Combined) 32 mpg

    8. Hybrid trim with 4-cylinder Hybrid engine, AWD, and CVT automatic: (City) 30 mpg (Highway) 27 mpg (Combined) 29 mpg


    9. Hybrid Limited trim with 4-cylinder Hybrid engine, FWD, and CVT automatic: (City) 34 mpg (Highway) 31 mpg (Combined) 32 mpg

    10. Hybrid Limited trim with 4-cylinder Hybrid engine, AWD, and CVT automatic: (City) 30 mpg (Highway) 27 mpg (Combined) 29 mpg

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