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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 1236 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

Great car

By on Monday, December 28, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 190,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "great in snow, echonomical, diveritility"

Cons: "had one recall, cd radio not great"

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

"I bought this car used with low mileage. It's great in the snow and we have taught two kids how to drive in it. It has been dependable, economical, and great to drive. Even now with almost 200k miles on it, it is in good to fair condition. Its great for new drivers for safety, ease of use, and handling."

8 people out of 8 found this review helpful

It's been great for 3 years

By on Sunday, December 27, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 135,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

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

"I've owned it for half of it's life. Had one repair that was like a $24 part but $90 installation charge."

3 people out of 3 found this review helpful

bought used, put 50k miles on it in a years time.

By on Tuesday, December 01, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 270,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "great value, mpg avg 22, comfortable, pretty sturd"

Cons: "no light around ignition, not the most road quiet"

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

"I got mine last year (2014) I love it. Didn't realize the four wheel drive didn't work until winter. But even with just FWD I never got stuck. No major concerns as far as mine and I fixed the 4 wheel drive for less than 75 bucks. (my own labor) This my my second 01, and both were impressive to me. Am going to trade up to a second gen soon."

8 people out of 15 found this review helpful

Most awesome vehicle I ever owned!!!

By on Thursday, October 29, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 220,000

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: "fun, corners great, awesome winter handling"

Cons: "For me there were no cons"

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

"Purchased brand new in 2003. Minor wear replacements. Simply love this suv. I would be still driving but my children have upgraded me to a 2011 Explorer."

1 person out of 5 found this review helpful

good car bad clutch

By on Wednesday, October 14, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 241,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "great on gas. good running"

Cons: "my had clutch problems"

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

"I loved this car but was constantly having clutch problems with it.. I decided to get a different car because of the clutch,"

3 people out of 4 found this review helpful

My Bro is a Fordman...He tells me is great choice!

By on Tuesday, August 11, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 162,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
Not Rated
Reliability
9/10
Quality
Not Rated
Performance
6/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
5/10

Pros: "Got lots of oohs and aahs from my passengers -male"

Cons: "2WD GREAT for beginner driver and H.S. /college"

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

"I find it has bee very reliable... I do not feel comfortable in the driver's seat...I am average weight for 5'6"...and active. I found the 2Spd. too slow for my experienced driving....BUT Ive BLEST the salesperson for getting me such an admired vehicle -- even though I prefered driving my 27 yr. old IMPALA for it s roominess and speed."

6 people out of 10 found this review helpful

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