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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 New for 2007

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 1248 Ratings for the 2001 - 2007 models.

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  • Value
    8.6/10
    Quality
    8.6/10
  • Reliability
    8.8/10
    Performance
    8.6/10
  • Comfort
    8.6/10
    Styling
    8.6/10

Very reliable, good quality, economical Hybrid SUV

By on Sunday, July 10, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 82,000

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
7/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
6/10

Pros: "Reliable, no gas guzzler"

Cons: "Getting older, that is my only con"

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

"Love it. This is the Hybrid version and I am the second owner. Had no problems with it except for a recall issue that was fixed/paid for by Ford. Never let me down otherwise. Not to expensive parts. Only had usual maintenance and one tire change, so far. It has a rather "sporty" feel, so not really comfy, but I like that fine. Mine came with navigator (from 2005, so no traffic alerts, and missing new roads) and other extras, which make up for its age. It does not have much HP, so not a swift car, but for its size, weight, age good and reliable, which counts for much. Good exterior, too, holds up nicely.If they made these in 2016 I would buy it again."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Great reliable car

By on Saturday, May 28, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 205,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "affordable, reliable, easy to drive."

Cons: "front end problems"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"I bought this car used and have loved it ever since. It is not a luxury model but it is easy to drive, reliable, affordable all the way around. Its great in the snow and not bad on gas. One thing I have had issues with now that it is older is the front end wheels. I always seem to be replacing tire rod ends, wheel barings, etc."

9 people out of 9 found this review helpful

Very good vehicle!

By on Wednesday, May 25, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 81,495

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "great in snow, pretty safe"

Cons: "no traction control"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 5

"I bought my Escape brand new in 2003. I've had it for 13 yrs now and have been pretty happy with it. I love the "on- demand" 4x4... It's been excellent in the snow. We've had a few things go wrong with it in the last 3-4 yrs. It eats alternators every 2 yrs it seems. I've had to put 2 new sets of brakes on it, new tires, and the regular maintenance. I plan to keep it for a bit longer as long as it stays running."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Worst Car

By on Wednesday, May 25, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 136,000

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
1/10
Value
Not Rated
Reliability
Not Rated
Quality
Not Rated
Performance
Not Rated
Styling
2/10
Comfort
Not Rated

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

"My opinion of this vehicle is just terrible. I bought mine at 113,000 miles. 4 weeks after purchasing it the transmission went out, 2 weeks after I got it back, the water pump and fuel pump went out also. This car rides rough like an off road jeep or something. Not Dependable at all!!!! And would not recommend to my enemies."

7 people out of 12 found this review helpful

I love my 4x4 Escape!

By on Wednesday, May 18, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 214,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Lots of room for my family."

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

"I bought it 2 years ago with 179000 miles and use it to go everywhere as my main transportation. Have only had to replace ball joints and CV axles that were original parts just a couple of months ago and #5 spark plug coil pack which I replaced myself. No major repairs and has never broken down on me. It is well worth the 3K I paid for it!"

9 people out of 10 found this review helpful

It Just Keeps Going

By on Tuesday, May 10, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 260,000

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
9/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Cons: "The back latch for the trunk door and window"

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

"This vehicle is amazing! It was handed down to me from my dad and I have never hand any issues with it. Currently it has over 260,000 miles on it and it still runs great!"

9 people out of 10 found this review helpful

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