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2007 Ford Escape

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2007 Ford Escape Review

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In the auto business, it doesn't take long to go from the top of your game to playing catch-up. So it seems is the case with the Ford Escape; a versatile and fuel-efficient compact SUV, but one starting to grow old, and fast. Though given a thorough freshening two years back, the Escape finds itself surrounded by newer and larger compacts, some capable of carrying up to seven passengers. It does not feature the latest advancements in stability control, nor does it offer the latest gadgets such as DVD navigation. Still, the Escape is a sturdy and proven vehicle, one well-suited to the needs of individuals and small families with active life styles and tight budgets.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you like the feeling of sitting up higher than in a sedan or wagon, and you also need an easily accessible and roomy cargo area, you'll like the Ford Escape. The Escape's manageable size makes it easy to maneuver in traffic and tight parking areas, and its big back seat offers lots of legroom for rear-seat passengers.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you're looking for an SUV with a high/low transfer case for serious off-roading or a third-row seat, the Escape is not your vehicle.

What's Significant About This Car?

A keypad entry feature is now standard on all XLT trims.

Driving the Escape

Driving Impressions While the base model's 2.3-liter engine can certainly move the Escape, it's no rocket. If fuel economy is not your top priority, the 3.0-liter V6, which produces a hardy 200...

horsepower, is the engine of choice. The base Escape is a front-wheel-drive vehicle, but it offers an on-demand four-wheel-drive system designed to engage only when it detects wheel slippage. The Escape's suspension is engineered to give it car-like ride and handling characteristics, but is still tough enough to go off-road. Part of the secret to getting a smooth, quiet ride is in the choice of tires. In the case of the Escape, the standard tires are wonderful for highway driving, but may be lacking when going off-road. The truth of the matter, however, is that very few people actually do go off-road, but many drivers must deal with slippery conditions, such as snow or ice. For those situations the original equipment tires should be just fine.

Expandable Roof Rack
The Escape's expandable roof rack allows for maximum cargo loading.

Big Rear Seat
The Escape's big rear seat offers 35.6 inches of legroom.

2007 Ford Escape Details
2007 Ford Escape photo Interior

The Escape's interior is practically luxurious, with high-quality materials used throughout the cabin. The instrument panel design is easy to live with, and the redesigned center console moves the shift lever from the steering column to the floor. A roomy rear seat with loads of legroom and a generous cargo hold are the other Escape strong points. Because the Escape does not sit high off the ground, the roof is relatively easy to reach, an important point when loading or removing equipment such as bikes or skis.

Exterior
2007 Ford Escape photo

The Escape looks like a miniature Explorer. It's a handsome little SUV that projects an image of toughness and fun. Bright exterior colors, big wheels and tires and a number of exterior packages can convert the Escape into a weekend beach cruiser or a super-plush family vehicle.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The Escape XLS features a 2.3-liter, four-cylinder engine, five-speed manual transmission, anti-lock brakes (ABS), air conditioning, rear defroster, engine immobilizer, illuminated keyless entry, dual power mirrors, AM/FM stereo with CD, folding rear seat, tilt wheel, power door locks, rear wiper/washer, power windows and 15-inch steel wheels. The V6 XLT Sport model adds a 200-horsepower 3.0-liter engine, automatic transmission, cruise control, six-disc CD changer, alarm system, six-way power driver's seat and alloy wheels.

Optional Equipment

Options include a four-speed automatic transmission, auto-off headlamps, four-wheel drive, 200-horsepower 3.0-liter V6, leather seats, roof rails, power moonroof, front side-impact airbags, side-curtain airbags, audiophile stereo system and side-step bars.

Under the Hood

The four-cylinder engine is recommended for those seeking maximum fuel economy. It's peppy, provides good low-end torque and can be mated to a five-speed manual transmission. The V6 is more than adequate to move the Escape quickly, but is available only with an automatic transmission and gets slightly worse fuel economy.

2.3-liter in-line 4
153 horsepower @ 5800 rpm
152 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4250 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 24/29 (FWD manual), 23/26 (FWD automatic),
22/27 (4WD manual), 21/24 (4WD automatic)

3.0-liter V6
200 horsepower @ 6000 rpm
193 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4850 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 20/24 (FWD), 19/23 (4WD)

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2007 Ford Escape Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.4
Out of 10

Based on 1226 Ratings for the 2001 - 2007 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.6/10
    Quality
    8.6/10
  • Reliability
    8.8/10
    Performance
    8.6/10
  • Comfort
    8.6/10
    Styling
    8.6/10

Worst car ever.

By on Saturday, July 25, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 172,000

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
1/10
Value
1/10
Reliability
2/10
Quality
2/10
Performance
2/10
Styling
1/10
Comfort
1/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"I wouldn't recommend this vehicle I've had nothing but problems. Brake lines failed, catalytic converter failed, interior is peeling, failed wheel bearing, bad control arms, electronics don't work. I will never ever buy another Ford."

3 people out of 6 found this review helpful

Great except for the BAD spark plug repair $2600.

By on Sunday, July 05, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 124,000

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
6/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
6/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "fun to drive, great stereo, auto 4wd is a blessing"

Cons: "No mp3 player, bad spark plug defect."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 6

"I've had this car brand new, and it has been very reliable except for the bad spark plugs that came with the SUV. Buyer beware on this, make sure that the original spark plugs have already been replaced BEFORE buying it used. Repair for the bad spark plugs will cost you the plugs, the coil and the PCM, plus labor. Search the internet for 2005 Ford Escape bad spark plugs, and you will find the truth. Be careful of the blind spots even with the big side mirrors. The automatic 4 wheel drive really has come in handy on slick roads. It's funny that the only marking is a 4WD symbol in the car to let you know it's a 4WD, unless you're looking under the car. My gas mileage at 124000 miles is about 14 mpg. Good thing gas prices have come down a bit."

8 people out of 11 found this review helpful

Great Ford SUV. Not bad on MPG and quite reliable.

By on Sunday, June 07, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 75,052

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Fun to drive. Decent mileage for a hybrid SUV."

Cons: "Turning radius not as good as my old Explorer."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"This SUV was quite reliable in getting through some very bad snow storms, especially during my 20 mile commute in evening rush hour from Maryland to Northern Virginia. It performed exceptionally well on snow-covered back roads and hills - left other vehicles behind!(They were stuck in snow or sliding all over the road.) One issue: when overnight temps dropped to teens or below and early mornings remained cold, the radio didn't work until the engine had warmed up a bit. This could take from about 5 to 15 minutes."

10 people out of 21 found this review helpful

Love this truck!

By on Saturday, June 06, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 90,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "great on gas. Very comfortable. Reliable vehicle."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This is one of the most reliable vehicles I have ever owned. I love it! No problems with it except I believe it was airbag harness had to be replaced. I'm not really mechanically inclined but this is the only repair in 11 years. Good investment."

5 people out of 7 found this review helpful

Very reliable

By on Friday, June 05, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 55,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Economical, 26 city, 37 highway."

Cons: "Road noise"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"This has been a very trouble free car. I bought this car new and the only repair in nine years of ownership was the replacement of a battery vent accuator arm. The only complaint I have is a high level of road noise."

7 people out of 12 found this review helpful

good handling needs nore umph

By on Wednesday, June 03, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 105,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
5/10

Pros: "Good mileage for a 4X suv. good visibility"

Cons: "No guts. Less than expected fuel mileage"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7

"All in all a pleasant small suv to drive, but really suffers in the pep department. I would gladly sacrifice a couple of mpg for more go. Maybe if they had used a real transmission instead of the cvt it would have helped. Real world mileage runs about 30mpg more or less."

10 people out of 17 found this review helpful

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