Should You Buy a Used Ford Escape?

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2008 and 2009 Model Years

The Ford Escape model years between 2008 and 2011 are ranked among U.S. News and World Report's top affordable compact SUVs.

Reviewers found plenty to love about the Escape’s interior designs, comfort, and technology. They did subtract points for a harsh ride and dated look, however, especially when compared to the Honda-CRV and Toyota RAV4.

Still, the Escapes from those model years offer plenty of value and style.

That was especially true starting in 2008. The 2008 Escape was available with front- or four-wheel drive, a choice of three different engines, and three trim levels. The Escape had impressive fuel economy due to a hybrid model and a continuously variable transmission, earning 34 mpg in the city and 30 on the highway.

The 2009 Escape is another much-loved model. It’s a great example of Ford responding to market preferences by introducing a powerful V6 and an improved hybrid. That year’s model came with the same drivetrain as the year before, but received upgrades to its engine lineup. A 2.5-liter four-cylinder producing 171 horsepower was standard, although a 3.0-liter V6 engine, which produced 140 horses, was available. The four-cylinder came standard with a five-speed manual transmission and was available with a six-speed automatic, the V6 was only available with the automatic.

That helped the 2009 Escape earn a top ten spot in our affordable compact SUVs of 2009 rankings.

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