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2012 Ford Escape XLS SUV

2012 Ford Escape Review

(0 Stars)  Sensible, capable, fuel efficient: no wonder it's a big seller.

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Overview
You might be surprised to learn that the Escape is Ford's second-highest-selling vehicle in the United States, bettered only by the F-series pickup and in a virtual tie with the Fusion sedan. Much of that sales success is likely due to the fact that the Escape and the Escape Hybrid are reasonably priced, are available in both front- and four-wheel drive, are relatively versatile, and are among the most-fuel-efficient vehicles in their class -- the front-wheel-drive Escape Hybrid makes an impressive 34 mpg in city driving and 31 mpg on the highway. Both available gasoline engines -- the standard 2.5-liter four-cylinder produces 171 hp, and the optional 3.0-liter V-6 makes 240 hp -- can be had with either a five-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission, and the Escape Hybrid comes with a continuously variable transmission. The Hybrid's four-cylinder engine features a processor that enables the SUV to switch from electric to gasoline mode almost imperceptibly. Options include Sync and MyKey, which allows anxious parents to program the key so that their teenagers can't drive faster than 80 mph, limits the volume of the stereo system to 44 percent of the normal maximum, and makes it impossible to deactivate the traction control system. There are no notable changes for 2012, which is understandable in light of the fact that a redesigned Escape is scheduled for the 2013 model year.

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2012 Escape XLS Sport Utility Vehicle Overview

  Performance Review  
Engine: 2.5L Duratec in-line 4 DOHC and variable valve timing
Unleaded fuel
Fuel economy: Gasoline 23 MPG city, 28 MPG highway, 25 MPG combined and 413 mi. range
Multi-point fuel injection
16.5gallon fuel tank
Power (SAE): 171 hp @ 6,000 rpm; 171 ft lb of torque @ 4,500 rpm

'12 Ford XLS SUV Standard Equipment

  Climate Control  
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Front Air Conditioning
  Convenience  
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Cruise Control
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Keyless Entry
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Power Locks
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Power Outlet(s)
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Power Windows
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Steering Wheel Tilt
  Interior  
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Cup Holders
  Safety  
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Brake Assist
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Driver Air Bag
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Front Wipers, Variable Intermittent
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Head/Curtain Airbag
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Passenger Air Bag
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Rear Airbag
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Rear Curtain Airbag
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Side Air Bag(s)
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Stability Control
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Traction Control
  Seats  
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Folding Rear Seat
  Sound and Entertainment  
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Compact Disc MP3 Capable
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Compact Disc Player
  Tires and Wheels  
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Alloy Wheels
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