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2010 Ford Escape

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2010 Ford Escape Review

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Ford spent the last two years overhauling the Escape in an attempt to make it more competitive with its much newer rivals. The transformation started in 2008 when Ford gave its popular compact SUV a cosmetic makeover, with a new interior and exterior design, and improved sound insulation and seat comfort. Then, in 2009, Ford completed the two-year renewal process with a major overhaul of the Escape's engine, transmission, suspension and brakes – changes that also applied to the Escape Hybrid (reviewed separately). With over a million units sold, the Escape has proven itself to be an appealing vehicle, yet with the current economic downturn and increasingly tough competition, maintaining its strong sales presence is now the 2010 Escape's number one job.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you're looking for traditional SUV features, such as high ground clearance and a high seating position, but you want it in a smaller, more fuel-efficient package, the 2010 Ford Escape makes a good choice.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you're looking for sleek aerodynamic styling, the Escape's boxy exterior stands in stark contrast to the more elegant design of the Honda CR-V and Nissan Rogue. Unlike the Toyota RAV4, the Escape does not offer a third-row seat option.

What's New for 2010

For 2010, Ford adds a bevy of new available features not found on any of the Escape's competition. Among the more notable is an integrated blind spot side view mirror, MyKey programmable system, Active Park Assist parallel parking aid, a rear view camera and the SYNC system with Traffic, Direction and Information.

Driving the Escape

Driving Impressions Last year's addition of an all-new 2.5-liter four-cylinder base engine was a big improvement over previous four-cylinder Escapes, gaining a big boost in both horsepower and torque. The available six-speed...

automatic operates effortlessly and helps the Escape see improvements in both performance and fuel economy. Handling is best described as respectable, but not as tight or confident as experienced in more car-like utility vehicles, such as the Honda CR-V or Nissan Rouge. The electric-assist power steering system delivers good steering response and eliminates the need for a belt-driven pump, which draws power from the engine.
Favorite Features

Navigation System
Easy to use and loaded with helpful features, the Escape's on-board navigation unit can hunt down hotels, coffee kiosks and out-of-the-way gas stations in seconds.

Active Park Assist
A feature usually found only on super luxury cars, the Escape's Active Park Assist uses sonar and the electric power steering unit to automatically guide the Escape into an open parallel parking spot. Voice prompts tell the driver when to shift gears and apply power.

2010 Ford Escape Details
2010 Ford Escape photo Interior

The Ford Escape's interior was recently overhauled, adding better quality plastics, "Ice Blue" dash lighting and a new "top-of-dash" information center. Ford moved the Escape's parking brake to the driver's-side footwell, permitting the creation of a wide center console storage space large enough to accept a laptop computer. A thicker headliner and carpeting, as well as laminated side glass, help quiet the interior, and the Escape's rear seat remains one of the roomiest in this class. Ford's standard Safety Canopy includes side-curtain airbags that deploy in the event of a side impact or impending rollover situation.

Exterior
2010 Ford Escape photo

The 2010 Escape shares a strong family resemblance with Ford's other truck and SUV models, giving it a rugged appearance worthy of a quasi-off-road warrior. The Escape's small dimensions make it easy to park and maneuver, while the large side-glass panels permit a nearly unobstructed view for both driver and passengers. Unlike more stylized crossovers, the Escape's squared-off roof line creates a tall hatch opening that permits maximum cargo cramming. Bling junkies can opt for the Limited trim, which adds reflective chrome trim to the grille, rear hatch and roof rails.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The most basic Escape is powered through its front wheels by an efficient 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and five-speed manual transmission. Creature comforts include rear defroster, power mirrors, power windows, power door locks, cruise control, air conditioning, remote keyless entry, 60/40 split-folding rear seats and a four-speaker CD player with auxiliary audio input jack. Standard safety features include traction control, stability control, front seat side-mounted airbags, side-curtain airbags and anti-lock brakes (ABS).

Optional Equipment

Options vary by trim and include a 3.0-liter V6 engine, four-wheel drive, a six-speed automatic transmission, the SYNC in-car communications and entertainment system (optional on XLT, standard on Limited), GPS navigation with 10GB hard drive storage and rear view camera, 17-inch chrome wheels, six-way power driver's seat, leather seats, ambient lighting, MyKey programmable key, Active Park Assist, heated front seats, power moonroof, fog lamps, keyless entry pad and the Reverse Sensing System. Also available are remote start and a rear seat entertainment system.

Under the Hood

The 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine employs variable valve timing for improved fuel economy, reduced emissions and maximum horsepower and torque. If you desire a manual transmission, this is your only engine choice. The larger 3.0-liter V6 was recently improved, gaining a higher compression ratio that added an additional 40 horsepower. The 3.0-liter provides better acceleration and the ability to tow up to 3,500 pounds, but its city fuel economy ratings only reach the high teens. It is also E85 Flex-Fuel compatible.

2.5-liter in-line 4
171 horsepower @ 6000 rpm
171 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 22/28 (FWD), 20/26 (4WD)

3.0-liter V6, Flex-Fuel
240 horsepower @ 6550 rpm
223 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4300 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 19/25 (FWD, gasoline), 14/19 (FWD, E85), 18/23 (4WD, gasoline), 13/17 (4WD, E85)

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2010 Ford Escape Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.2
Out of 10

Based on 456 Ratings for the 2008 - 2012 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.4/10
    Quality
    8.4/10
  • Reliability
    8.7/10
    Performance
    8.4/10
  • Comfort
    8.6/10
    Styling
    8.6/10

We LOVE our Escape! Lots of positive comments!

By on Wednesday, April 09, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 20,000

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: "Loaded with Premium Options"

Cons: "NOT EVEN !"

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

"Never thought I would ever buy an SUV. We have gotten 23 MPG + on our trips to PA and Wildwood NY. Premium Sound with a Sub in the back trim panel, POUNDS the tunes. Gutsy 3.0 L DOHC engine makes passing a breeze. Two times the 3.0 L in our 2008 Escape. The MP3 and Thumb Drive, voice-addressible function thru the Sync System is fantastic. On Board Navigation is outstanding. Ours is Sangria Red, has the 17" Shiny Custom Rims and is a SHOWPIECE!! I keep it spotless, except for the MESSY Central NY Winters. Tons of comments from lots of folks. Great traveling vehicle. Very comfortable, excellent handling and enjoyable all around. The 2011 is a Work of Art! The stock Back-up Camera, Back-up Proximity Warning and uniquely arranged side mirror glass, are great safety features. Multiple air bags and side safety curtains, enhance the overall feeling of driving Safety."

We LOVE our Escape! Lots of positive comments!

By on Wednesday, April 09, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 20,000

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: "Loaded with Premium Options"

Cons: "NOT EVEN !"

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

"Never thought I would ever buy an SUV. We have gotten 23 MPG + on our trips to PA and Wildwood NY. Premium Sound with a Sub in the back trim panel, POUNDS the tunes. Gutsy 3.0 L DOHC engine makes passing a breeze. Two times the 3.0 L in our 2008 Escape. The MP3 and Thumb Drive, voice-addressible function thru the Sync System is fantastic. On Board Navigation is outstanding. Ours is Sangria Red, has the 17" Shiny Custom Rims and is a SHOWPIECE!! I keep it spotless, except for the MESSY Central NY Winters. Tons of comments from lots of folks. Great traveling vehicle. Very comfortable, excellent handling and enjoyable all around. The 2011 is a Work of Art! The stock Back-up Camera, Back-up Proximity Warning and uniquely arranged side mirror glass, are great safety features. Multiple air bags and side safety curtains, enhance the overall feeling of driving Safety."

We LOVE our Escape! Lots of positive comments!

By on Wednesday, April 09, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 20,000

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: "Loaded with Premium Options"

Cons: "NOT EVEN !"

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

"Never thought I would ever buy an SUV. We have gotten 23 MPG + on our trips to PA and Wildwood NY. Premium Sound with a Sub in the back trim panel, POUNDS the tunes. Gutsy 3.0 L DOHC engine makes passing a breeze. Two times the 3.0 L in our 2008 Escape. The MP3 and Thumb Drive, voice-addressible function thru the Sync System is fantastic. On Board Navigation is outstanding. Ours is Sangria Red, has the 17" Shiny Custom Rims and is a SHOWPIECE!! I keep it spotless, except for the MESSY Central NY Winters. Tons of comments from lots of folks. Great traveling vehicle. Very comfortable, excellent handling and enjoyable all around. The 2011 is a Work of Art! The stock Back-up Camera, Back-up Proximity Warning and uniquely arranged side mirror glass, are great safety features. Multiple air bags and side safety curtains, enhance the overall feeling of driving Safety."

We LOVE our Escape! Lots of positive comments!

By on Wednesday, April 09, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 20,000

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: "Loaded with Premium Options"

Cons: "NOT EVEN !"

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

"Never thought I would ever buy an SUV. We have gotten 23 MPG + on our trips to PA and Wildwood NY. Premium Sound with a Sub in the back trim panel, POUNDS the tunes. Gutsy 3.0 L DOHC engine makes passing a breeze. Two times the 3.0 L in our 2008 Escape. The MP3 and Thumb Drive, voice-addressible function thru the Sync System is fantastic. On Board Navigation is outstanding. Ours is Sangria Red, has the 17" Shiny Custom Rims and is a SHOWPIECE!! I keep it spotless, except for the MESSY Central NY Winters. Tons of comments from lots of folks. Great traveling vehicle. Very comfortable, excellent handling and enjoyable all around. The 2011 is a Work of Art! The stock Back-up Camera, Back-up Proximity Warning and uniquely arranged side mirror glass, are great safety features. Multiple air bags and side safety curtains, enhance the overall feeling of driving Safety."

We LOVE our Escape! Lots of positive comments!

By on Wednesday, April 09, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 20,000

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: "Loaded with Premium Options"

Cons: "NOT EVEN !"

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

"Never thought I would ever buy an SUV. We have gotten 23 MPG + on our trips to PA and Wildwood NY. Premium Sound with a Sub in the back trim panel, POUNDS the tunes. Gutsy 3.0 L DOHC engine makes passing a breeze. Two times the 3.0 L in our 2008 Escape. The MP3 and Thumb Drive, voice-addressible function thru the Sync System is fantastic. On Board Navigation is outstanding. Ours is Sangria Red, has the 17" Shiny Custom Rims and is a SHOWPIECE!! I keep it spotless, except for the MESSY Central NY Winters. Tons of comments from lots of folks. Great traveling vehicle. Very comfortable, excellent handling and enjoyable all around. The 2011 is a Work of Art! The stock Back-up Camera, Back-up Proximity Warning and uniquely arranged side mirror glass, are great safety features. Multiple air bags and side safety curtains, enhance the overall feeling of driving Safety."

After 2 Years rattles and is a very rough

By on Monday, April 07, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 53,000

10 4.0
overall rating 4 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
4/10
Value
3/10
Reliability
6/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
1/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Nice size"

Cons: "falls apart and noisy"

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

"It feels like it is falling apart. Rattles, wind noise, road noise, feels cheep and is not typical ford quality. I am disappointed because it is the perfect size and interior is a good design. Would have kept it forever, but forever is 2 years, am getting ready to trade it in."

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