Ford Escape News

  • 2013 Ford Escape, launched at the Los Angeles Auto Show, Nov 2011

    Regardless of the reason behind them, official safety recalls can be frustrating for both automakers and car owners. But according to Gregory Skwira, copy editor for Automotive News (subscription required), his own personal experience of Ford’s urgent recall of the 2013 Escape crossover SUV to fix a critical failed fuel-line component that could lead to fire, has been quick and professional. Ford announced the immediate and urgent recall of all 2013 Ford Escapes fitted with the 1.6-liter EcoBoost Engine last week after it discovered a faulty fuel line in the engine compartment could...

  • 2013 Ford Escape, launched at the Los Angeles Auto Show, Nov 2011
    2013 Ford Escape 1.6-liter EcoBoost Recalled For Potential Engine Fire Risk

    Just one month after deliveries of the 2013 Ford Escape started, Ford has made a formal recall of all Ford Escapes fitted with its 1.6-liter EcoBoost engine. The recall is to replace an engine compartment fuel line, which is at risk of splitting and leaking fuel in the engine bay, potentially...

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    2013 Ford Escape Vs. 2013 Mazda CX-5: Crossover Comparison

    It's no surprise that crossovers are having such a surge in popularity right now. By offering the sort of chunky styling and high driving position that draws people to SUVs, with gas mileage and driving characteristics more in common with regular compact cars, they offer the best of both worlds for...

  • 2013 Ford Escape, launched at the Los Angeles Auto Show, Nov 2011
    2013 Ford Escape: New High-MPG Crossover Selling Strong Even Before Ads

    You might not have seen any adverts for it yet, but the 2013 Ford Escape is already flying out of dealer lots. That's not bad when the auto market is currently undergoing a summer slump, but the first all-new Escape in over a decade really seems to be grabbing the attention of buyers. The Escape's...

  • 2013 Ford Escape, launched at the Los Angeles Auto Show, Nov 2011
    2013 Ford Escape With EcoBoost: On Its Way To Dealers Now

    Fitted with Ford’s latest green engine technology, the 2013 Ford Escape has started to roll off the production line at Ford’s Louisville Assembly Plant in Kentucky. Starting at $22,470, the compact crossover SUV has undergone a complete redesign for this year, giving it a strong family...

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    Green-Car Death List: 2012 Models To Which We Bid Adieu

    Every year, some car models pass from our midst, often dying quietly and unnoticed. Here's our list of the green cars that are no longer with us. There were, of course, more cars than just this handful of the greenest models that died in 2012; here's a more complete list. Chevrolet Aveo While the...

  • 2005 Ford Escape Hybrid

    The Ford Escape Hybrid occupies a special place in green-car history. It was the first hybrid built in the U.S., the first one from a U.S. carmaker, and the first hybrid crossover utility. That makes it one of our five best used green cars. A pet project of then-CEO Bill Ford, the Escape Hybrid was an immediate hit and remained popular through its eight-year model run. While Ford likely never made money selling it, the hybrid Escape won the company green credit as it phased out the Excursion, the largest sport-utility vehicle ever sold for passenger use. Our Used Escape Hybrid comments also...

  • 2013 Ford Escape, launched at the Los Angeles Auto Show, Nov 2011
    2013 Ford Escape Gets Official EPA Gas Mileage Ratings

    When Ford decided to kill its hybrid variant of the 2012 Ford Escape, there was much gnashing of teeth and wailing here at GreenCarReports. Giving an impressive 34 mpg city and 31 mpg highway, the first -- and maybe best -- hybrid crossover from Ford set a tough act to follow. But now we know...

  • 2013 Ford Escape, launched at the Los Angeles Auto Show, Nov 2011
    Green Sound Insulation Inside Doors Quiets 2013 Ford Escape

    Ask about green cars and most buyers think only of gas mileage. But there are other ways to make vehicles greener, including the use of renewable materials to replace petroleum-derived synthetic components. For its all-new 2013 Escape crossover, Ford has created door bolsters from a plant called...

  • 2013 Ford Escape, launched at the Los Angeles Auto Show, Nov 2011
    2013 Ford Escape Pricing Released, Sort Of

    Ford has released 2013 Escape pricing, "for survey purposes only," on its dedicated Escape microsite.

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    All-New 2013 Ford Escape: Full Details From LA Auto Show

    For the new 2013 Ford Escape, introduced today at the Los Angeles Auto Show, it's all about efficiency--and family-friend features designed to lure buyers who can choose from a growing array of very competent compact crossovers. Ford has already revealed the three engines available for its new...

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    Beat Winter With The Top Five 2011 High-MPG All-Wheel-Drives

    Toyota's Prius is something of a figurehead for the green car movement, but despite its many talents, we'll admit it may not be suitable for all drivers. What if you want economy but don't want to sacrifice the utility and security of something a little bigger? Maybe you're still concerned about...

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    Lincoln plans to roll out an onslaught of seven new products over the next three years, each designed to underscore the luxury brand's separation from the mass-market Fords on which they're based. The smallest Lincoln yet will be a compact crossover, using the same underpinnings--but none of the sheetmetal--of the 2013 Ford Escape that will be formally unveiled two weeks from now at the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show. The unnamed crossover will be Lincoln's first-ever compact vehicle, though the brand showed a design study for a futuristic compact hatchback design, the C Concept, at the 2009...

  • 2011 Ford Escape Hybrid
    2012 Ford Escape Hybrid: Sentenced To Death, So Buy One Now If You Want One

    The Ford Escape Hybrid was not only the first U.S.-built hybrid electric vehicle, it was also the first hybrid sport-utility vehicle--or crossover, if you prefer. It's had a good run, starting in the fall of 2004 and continuing through the 2012 model year. As of the end of September, Ford has sold...

  • 2011 Ford Vertrek Concept
    2013 Ford Escape Crossover Will Boost Gas Mileage, Drop V-6

    The 2013 Ford Escape, the first entirely new design in more than a decade for its popular compact crossover, will be officially unveiled next month at the Los Angeles Auto Show. But before that, Ford is starting to trickle out bits and pieces of information to build buzz. The 2013 Escape will be...

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    Five High-Mileage SUVs You’ll Want To Check Out For 2012

    You’re an SUV owner looking to upgrade your current car, but you’re also getting tired of increasing gas prices and the way those hybrid and electric car owners look at you on the freeway. At the same time, you’re not about to downsize to a sub-compact in order to get good gas...

  • 2011 Ford Transit Connect Taxi, introduced at 2010 Chicago Auto Show
    Ford Transit Connect Hits NYC And LA Taxi Fleets

    The Ford Transit Connect, in both gasoline and CNG versions, has begun deployment for taxi duty from coast to coast.

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    Ford Uses Zipcar To Get College Kids To Test-Drive Its Cars

    If you're an automaker, how do you get the next generation of car buyers to pay attention to your new models? One way has traditionally been by putting your cars into rental fleets. But some companies only rent to drivers 25 and up, so what to do about college students? For Ford, there's now a...

  • 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid

    We get some of our most interesting topics from reader questions. Past questions include how emergency responders should react to hybrid and electric cars, and whether towing a Prius behind a motorhome is a good idea. Today, we have a query about green cars (not trucks) that offer all-wheel drive. Our reader Stephen Fryer writes: Will there be any non-SUV hybrids or diesels with all-wheel drive (e.g. Audi TDI with Quattro, BMW D with Xdrive) available in the U.S. in the next two years? That's a great question, Stephen (we're big fans of all-wheel drive too). So, here's what we know. AWD green...

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    Why Ford Would Be Crazy To Kill The Escape Hybrid: Real AWD

    Ford has made lots of changes to its model lineup of late, some of them remarkably quickly. Now comes word that the new Ford Escape compact crossover for 2013 may not include the Escape Hybrid model it has sold since 2004. We think that would be a terrible shame, because it takes off the market a...

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    Ford's Gas Mileage Goals Spawn 3-Cylinder Engine, New Hybrids

    Smaller, more efficient engines that equal the power of larger, lazier ones are how automakers all over the world plan to raise fuel economy. Today Ford [NYSE:F] doubled down on engineering as the best way to boost gas mileage, with announcements about three separate technologies it plans to use in...

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    Move Over Ford: Nissan Plans All-Electric Future For NY Taxis

    From the iconic Ford Crown Victoria through to the Ford Escape Hybrids replacing many of them as part of air quality legislature coming into force in 2012, Ford’s relationship with the New York taxi is a long one. But Ford’s chance to electrify the humble New York City taxi with its...

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    Attention, Shoppers: Infiniti QX56s, Diesels Are NOT Hybrids

    It will come as a horrible shock to the driver of the pale green Infiniti QX56, but the 2-ton-plus full-size sport utility vehicle is not actually a hybrid. Nor, for that matter, is a Volkswagen Passat TDI--though it at least has a diesel engine, which gives higher gas mileage than the QX56's...

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    Today's Shag Carpeting, Tomorrow's Mustang?

    While you're ripping up old celery shag to lay down fresh berber, you may wonder where the carpet ends up. Probably, regrettably, a landfill somewhere--which is not the case with some automotive carpeting that a Ford supplier is turning into new parts. For years, automakers have used plastics to...

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