The 2005 Ford Escape is the smallest SUV of the comprehensive
Ford sport utility line-up. Highlights of changes for 2005
include a new and improved Duratec engines, 4 and 6-cylinders,
and a thorough redesign. The Escape is geared active "young
at heart" drivers and first-time SUV buyers who are
looking for all the SUV capability with improved fuel economy
The compact Ford Escape uses a unibody construction that
allows it to handle more like a coupe than a sport utility
vehicle. However, when you take to the trails, you'll be
glad it isn't a coupe.
The entry-level members of this entry-level compact Ford
SUV include an economy-oriented Escape XLS Value and automatic
transmission-equipped XLT 4-cylinder. The Series also includes,
described in separate reviews, the XLT V6, the XLT Sport
and the luxurious XLT Limited edition. Ford has also introduced
a gas/electric Hybrid vehicle in the Escape configuration.
The 2005 Ford Escape has four doors and a rear lift-gate
with flip-up glass for access to the cargo area. The cargo
area, with the seats up, offers 33 cubic feet of storage
space. The redesigned interior features a flow-through console,
floor-mounted shifter, new gauges, more storage spaces and
upgraded seat cushions and fabrics.
Though an entry-level model, the XLS offers power windows,
power door locks, remote keyless entry, roof side rails
and an AM/FM stereo with single CD, low-back cloth front
bucket seats, 60/40 split rear seat, and air conditioning.
This is a generous level of standards for a base trim. The
XLT I-4 adds an upgraded audio system (AM/FM stereo with
six-disc in-dash CD changer), premium cloth seats, a power-adjustable
driver's seat and floor mats.
The 2005 Ford Escape has had a face-lift. Its fresh, aggressive
look features new headlamps, fog lamps, front and rear fascias.
The lower bumpers in the front and rear have stylized ribs.
15-inch and 16-inch aluminum wheels and a honeycomb grille
provide styling that will appeal to the Escape's target
Naturally, with Ford, one can expect good quality workmanship
and a reasonable power profile. The Escape 4-cylinders both
excel with an improved Duratec engine for 2005.
The 2.3-liter Duratec 23 4-cylinder engine develops 153
horsepower and 152 pound-feet of torque with enhancements
that include a smoother idle and more responsive part-throttle
response, compliments of new engine mounts and the sophisticated
Black Oak powertrain management computer.
The XLS differs from the XLS Value with a newly-available
automatic transmission replacing the standard manual transmission
which returns this year with a new gearbox that features
lighter shifting efforts and shorter throws.
Safety and Security
As a vehicle family designed to work for families, the Escape
has a great focus on safety. The standard safety equipment
list, even at the entry-level, includes dual-front airbags,
automatic-off headlights, and antilock brakes with Quick
Brake Assist, a system which recognizes hard braking and
assists the driver in applying maximum braking force. Additionally,
revisions to the body structure have improved performance
in offset frontal crashes. Ford predicts the Escape to be
the first vehicle in its class to meet the newly amended
Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 208 for occupant crash
As for occupant safety, the Escape is leading the field
with the addition of standard passenger-seat weight-sensing
technology and the Personal Safety System with an
occupant classification sensor. LATCH child seat attachments
in rear outboard seating positions, head restraints and
three-point safety belts and the SecuriLock passive anti-theft
system round out the list of requirements.
Finally, the Ford Escape offers the optional Safety Package
that combines Ford's exclusive Safety Canopy rollover
protection system with front side air bags.
153 @ 5800
200 @ 6000
L4 auto. 22/25
L4 Man. 24/29
V6 auto. 20/25