Ford Escape compact SUV debuted almost a decade ago. Over the years of glory, competition for bigger and stronger SUV, it remained without a major redesign. However, a major reconfiguration happened to Ford Escape last year. But the chassis remained unchanged, apart from the poor decision to change the rear brakes from a disc setup to drum brakes, which greatly affects its maximum braking performance.
For 2009, the Ford gets its back with more powerful engines, a new six-speed automatic transmission and a more athletic suspension tuning. Another new feature added is the Ford’s Sync system–which allows voice activation of audio, navigation and phone functions. Those offered as optional on lower trims become standard across the line such as cruise control and antilock brakes.
Regards to safety, it set an acceptable rating in Insurance Institute for Highway Safety frontal-offset testing. In government frontal-impact crash tests, the Escape earned four stars (out of five) for the driver and five for the passenger. Side-impact testing resulted in five stars for both front and rear occupants.
Be impressed with its cabin. The seats are well bolstered and comfortable, and material quality which fits and has good finishing. There’s a plenty of room for storage, including a center console box and reconfigurable bins. It allows voice control for your mobile phone, the navigation system and the audio system for MP3 player users.
The new 2.5-liter four-cylinder, which produces 171 horsepower, 12 percent improvement over the 2.3-liter’s 153 hp. A good choice for anyone who wanted to drive in hilly country and/or with a full load. It can tow up to 3,500 pounds, which is substantially more than most other vehicles in the class.
Those looking for a SUV must consider comfortable interior, peppy performance and standard safety features. All this and more you can find in a 2009 Ford Escape.