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2004 Ford Escape

2004 Ford Escape

2004 Ford Escape XLT and Limited Model - Review
2004 Ford Escape - Specs
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The 2004 Ford Escape is all about driving fun. The expression can mean a lot of things (if you let your imagination go a little), but to Ford it means providing a sporty, responsive ride and a fresh, stylish package.

The 2004 Ford Escape is a compact sport utility vehicle that offers two engines and a number of options deals that let you spice up the content. Though in the compact class, the Escape has a functional design that maximizes every inch of its cabin.

Available Models
The XLS half of the 2004 Ford Escape lineup is broken down into two sub-trims: XLS Value and XLS. Escape XLT and Limited are covered in a separate review.

Interior Features
Though not a luxury vehicle, the 2004 Ford Escape is designed for comfort and, perhaps above all else, convenience. Passenger roominess and cargo flexibility are the two key areas focused on. Escape has four doors and a rear lift-gate with flip-up glass for access to the cargo area. The cargo area, with the seats up, offers 33 cubic feet of storage space.

The interior design for 2004 is clean and uncluttered. Audio and climate controls are located in the center of the instrument panel, with the controls logically arranged.

For listening pleasure, an in-dash AM/FM stereo with single CD player is standard on the XLS. Additional items can be had as stand-alone options, or as part of larger group packages.

Exterior Features
The 2004 Ford Escape just looks sporty, like it wants to take off at any moment. Its low step-in height and wide door openings allow easy access for all manner of passenger.

The engine under the hood of the XLS Value model isn't supercharged for excessive power, but it does get you up to speed. It is a 2.0-liter inline 4-cylinder model with 127 horsepower at 5400 rpm and 135 lb-ft of torque at 4500 rpm. The XLS Value uses 5-speed manual transmission and is a front-wheel drive vehicle.

Midlevel XLS models have a 3.0-liter V6 with 201 horsepower at 5900 rpm and 196 lb-ft of torque at 4700 rpm. They use 4-speed automatic transmission. XLS Escapes also offer a full-time four-wheel drive system that lets the driver choose two different settings: 4x4 Auto or 4x4 ON.

The Escape's unibody design lets it handle like a sedan would. MacPherson strut front suspension helps isolate road forces, while the independent rear suspension provides a smooth ride.

Safety and Security
Dual front airbags and automatic-off headlights are standard. Front side airbags and antilock brakes are optional.

2004 Ford Escape - Vehicle Highlights

New Escape Limited Series offers added levels of comfort for value-conscious customers
New Escape Limited Luxury Comfort Package adds comfort and luxury to the Escape Limited
XLT No Boundaries Package, including the No Boundaries Rack System, provides great versatility for cargo needs
XLT Appearance Package, features Dark Shadow Grey painted fascia/cladding, step bars, machined aluminum wheels and offered with premium cloth seats

Fast Stats
MSRP from
2.0L Zetec I4
3.0L Duratec V6
127 @ 5,400
201 @ 5,900
4-speed auto
5-speed manual
MPG: City/Hwy
I4: 23 / 28
V6: 19 / 25

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