2001 Ford Escape Owners Manual – Undoubtedly, Ford necessary a vehicle to fill up the gap below the Explorer, and we suspected it would be amusingly capable like the Suzuki Huge Vitara or perhaps interesting like the solitary-mindedly market-focused Nissan Xterra.
We learned that Mazda could be intensely involved with the design–the company does, all things considered, get a model called the Tribute, which we previewed in the May problem–which Ford would supply the Escape with the more robust of the two 3.0-liter V-6s located in the Taurus: the 200-hp, 24-device Duratec. We discontinued yawning.
But we had been not wanting a vehicle as great as the Escape, which is shaping around be the big vehicle surprise of 2000. Although the base front-drive Escape is saddled with the Focus’s 130-hewlett Packard, 2.0-liter Zetec four-cylinder, it is, at the very least, economical. But include that recommended V-6 and its many 200 horsepower and 200 lb-ft of torque, and you have our attention. With distinct dealing with, a secure, roomy, and thoughtfully created an interior, and a fast quarter-mile time of 16.8 seconds at 83 mph, the Escape XLT could be the best SUV on the market.
Its proportions feel perfect, although it is shorter than the Honda CR-V in two major regions. The Escape’s 103.1-inch wheelbase is a 10th of inches quicker, and the 173-” all round span is 4.6 mins shorter. Nevertheless, the Escape seems bigger than a CR-V. Rear-seat space is large, but the CR-V has one a lot more cubic feet of rear-seat area. With the rear seating up, there are 33 cubic feet of space for storage; with the chairs flattened straight down, a whopping 63 cubic ft is accessible (vs. the CR-V’s 30 and 67). The rear windowpane raises, or the whole rear hatch boosts. This is a major little SUV.
Without a doubt, our examination Escape XLT didn’t give us significantly to criticize about. There are more wind flow noises–seeming to emanate from the rearview wall mirrors, sunroof, roof holder, and maybe the outdoors stage pubs–than there must be, and the P235/70TR-16 Firestone Wilderness HT radials, even though qualified in the grip section, create rather a tad of street noise.
Even though the model with the guidebook transmission has a surface shifter, the automatic transmission (Ford’s slick CD4E several-velocity, obligatory with the V-6) makes use of a long-touring column change that is awkward to take advantage of. And under that shifter, the ignition important port is invisible and hard to find by touch, but proprietors should certainly accommodate it.
And although we identify the mere fact that the Escape is provided with 15- or 16-inch tires, it’s a little frustrating that the spare tire positioned beneath the surface in the rear is a 17-” temporary wheel and wheel that can take up practically as a lot of space as a legitimate nontemporary extra would. We give additional points–mentally, anyway0–to automakers who find a way to incorporate a matching wheel and wheel as an extra. Of course, with the Escape’s three offered tire-and-tire combos, that might be a tad of a struggle in this article, however, it is not going to seem to be impossible.
There’s lots of good stuff. The style is unique, handsome, and unmistakably Ford truck, even though it lacks in the tough seem off, say, the Nissan Xterra. Plus it must: The truck-based body-on-structure Xterra is a lot more logical choice for the Rubicon Path, but its spindly dealing with and stiff journey make it significantly less comfy than the unibody Escape to drive on the route to the Rubicon.
The Escape’s relatively standard unbiased suspension has an outstanding give up in between a clean trip and sharp handling. The Escape is lacking in the tipsy feel and twitchy directing which may have extended impacted the Explorer; that steering, even though fast, in no way looks sudden. The braking system, in the one-phrase explanation of tester Frank Markus, are “phenomenal.” The Stomach muscles-prepared entrance-disc, rear-drum binders halted the 3550-lb Escape from 70 miles per hour within just 171 commendably undramatic feet–besting all the other creation Sports utility vehicles we’ve examined. The last Nissan Xterra we tested had taken 199 ft, and we believed was an acceptable short distance.