The 2003 Ford Escape is a small, sporty SUV that buzzes
around paved streets and tears over off-road paths. Combining
the ruggedness of a sport-utility vehicle with an unmatched
level of interior comfort, the 2003 Ford Escape is a healthy
improvement upon last year's model. Even though it was introduced
in 2001, manufacturers have already begun to fine-tune the
unique features of the Escape in an effort to further its
appeal among SUV shoppers.
Part of this appeal lies in the wide selection of Escapes
available. There are three editions, XLS, XLT and Limited,
and a number of different models within each. The XLS alone
occupies the entry-level position in the Escape lineup and
offers three models: Value, Sport and Popular.
The four-door, five-passenger 2003 Ford Escape is stylishly
laid out on the interior. All Escapes for 2003 have upgraded
interior materials for better appearance and feel. The seat
fabrics, floor mats and door trim are of higher quality
and are available in new patterns and hues. The center stack,
door bezels and window switches are painted for a two-tone
interior effect, and the window switches are illuminated
for nighttime convenience
Though the XLS is inexpensive, it doesn't skimp on the
goods. The Value model provides such features as air conditioning,
power steering, power mirrors, windows and door locks, remote
keyless entry and an AM/FM/cassette/CD player - and that
is the base model. Naturally, uplevel models offer even
The Escape's exterior styling has adventure written all
over it. With a confidently poised stance with wide body
cladding and integrated bumper guards, it almost invites
off-roading. In addition, three new colors are available
on 2003 Escapes: Aspen Green, Red Fire and Gold Ash.
The Value and Sport models of the XLS edition come with
a 2.0-liter I4 engine with 127 horsepower at 5400 rpm and
135 lb-ft of torque at 4500 rpm. The Popular models offers
a 3.0-liter V6 engine with 201 horsepower at 5900 rpm and
196 lb-ft of torque at 4700 rpm, plus an optional all-wheel
drive configuration. Two-wheel drive Escapes are front-wheel
drive, providing good handling and traction control.
The MacPherson strut front suspension helps isolate road
forces, while the independent rear suspension allows lower
spring rates for a smooth ride.
Safety and Security
Front fender reinforcement on the Escape helps direct the
energy load of a frontal crash between the lower frame rail
and an upper path that goes through the roof, away from
occupants. Escape XLS also provides front disc and rear
drum brakes and dual front airbags.
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