...The new Ford Escape will be shorter in height but otherwise larger than the outgoing version. The wheelbase will be stretched by almost 7 inches, while overall length will increase by about 4 inches and width will increase by about 3 inches, so expect a far more spacious environment for second-row passengers. Although the Kuga offers a turbodiesel engine as an option, we imagine it won't make it to the States. And unlike the current Escape, there will be no optional V6. Instead we expect a choice of four-cylinder engines that will include turbocharged ("EcoBoost" in Ford parlance)...
...(For reference, the 2012 Escape 2.5-liter gets 21 mpg city/28 hwy.) All trims have a 6-speed automatic transmission with SelectShift, allowing you, with the flick of a switch on the transmission lever, to change gears as if it were a manual. With the exception of the S, 4WD is available for all trim levels.Inside will be nice and roomy, with 34.3 cubic feet in the rear and 69.1 when the second row is folded back—now much easier with the new design. Also on deck is a handy hands-free liftgate, which opens automatically when you move your foot under the rear bumper. Ford also goes green—or...
...They just feel cramped. Not so in the Escape. I adjusted my seat and the standard tilt/telescoping steering wheel quickly and felt comfortable with plenty of headroom, dispelling my fears of claustrophobia. Shoulder room is 56 inches and hip room is 54.8 inches. Both compare favorably to what I find to be spacious: the CR-V's 58.6 and 54.5 inches, and the Equinox's 55.8 and 54.6 inches, respectively. Even better, when I hopped in the backseat directly behind my adjusted driver's seat position, my knees had inches of space in front of them. At 36.8 inches of legroom, the Escape trails the...
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