2012 Ford Escape Des Moines
For 2012, the Ford Escape sees no changes of note. An all-new model is set to debut next year. Even though there are no new changes for the 2012 Escape, it's consistently been among the top-selling vehicles thanks to its handsome styling, spirited performance and numerous high-tech features. Among the latter innovations is Sync, the affordable voice-activated interface for audio features. In addition the Escape now offers Auto Park, a Ford system that enables the Escape to identify a likely parallel parking spot and then steer into the slot while you just tend to the gas and brake. One more reason that the Ford has consistenly been among the top-selling vehicle is because only model in its class that's offered as a hybrid. The 2012 Ford Escape has two engines available to choose from: a 2.5 Liter engine that delivers 171 horsepower and 171 pound lbs. ft of torque and a 3.0 Liter V6 engine that delivers 240 horsepower and 223 lbs. ft or torque. These engines comies with a five speec manual trnamsissionn, but they are also available in a six speed automatic transmission.
Interior of the 2012 Ford Escape
The Escape seats five in two rows of seats. The rear seat is split 60/40 and folds to increase cargo space. Ford's optional voice-activated Sync multimedia system includes traffic and weather information. Interior features include a standard cruise control, available ambient lighting, available Sync multimedia interface, standard MP3 jack, available backup camera and displayed in navigation system or rearview mirror. The Escape's interior is generally attractive, and the center stack consists of neatly grouped buttons.
Safety features on the 2012 Ford Escape
The Escape features as standard MyKey, which allows owners to create settings for teen drivers such as a top speed limit, maximum stereo volume and alerts if the driver goes faster than 45 mph. Standard safety equipment includes: electronic stability system with roll stability control, antilock brakes, dual-stage front airbags and front-seat-mounted side-impact airbags and side curtain airbags. An anti-lock braking system is a safety system that allows the wheels on a motor vehicle to continue interacting with the road surface as directed by driver steering inputs while preventing the wheels from locking up. Electronic stability control (ESC) is a computerized technology that may potentially improve the safety of a vehicle's stability by detecting and minimizing skids.
When ESC detects loss of steering control, it automatically applies the brakes to help steer the vehicle where the driver intends to go. Braking is automatically applied to wheels individually. Roll Stability Control (RSC) is an active vehicle safety system that automatically intervenes if a high rollover risk is detected while driving. If a rollover threat is occurring, the system intervenes and assists the driver in minimizing the rollover risk by automatically reducing vehicle speed.
The standard Escape is available in XLS, XLT and Limited trim levels. The Ford Escape Hybrid comes in base and Limited trims.
Standard equipment on the XLS includes 16-inch alloy wheels, an integrated blind-spot mirror, MyKey parental controls, full power accessories, cruise control, air-conditioning and a four-speaker sound system with a CD player and auxiliary audio jack.
The XLT has everyhting that the XLS has plus automatic headlights, foglamps, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a six-way power driver seat, steering-wheel audio controls and satellite radio. A leahter package, a Sun & Sync package and a Sport Appearance package can be purchased. The Leather package adds leather upholstery, heated front seats and ambient lighting. The Sun & Sync package adds Sync and a sunroof. And finally the Sport Appearance package adds 17-inch wheels and a variety of upgraded interior and exterior trim pieces. A seven-speaker sound system upgrade is also available.
The Ford Escape Limited adds different 16-inch wheels, chrome exterior highlights, leather upholstery, heated front seats, Sync and a six-speaker sound system. Upgrading to the Limited Luxury package adds dual-zone automatic climate control, rear parking sensors and a rearview camera. The Moon and Tune package adds a sunroof and the seven-speaker sound system upgrade. Stand-alone options on the Limited include automated parallel-parking assist, a rear-seat entertainment system and a navigation system (which includes the upgraded sound system with HD radio, digital music storage and Sirius Travel Link with real-time traffic, weather and other information).
The base Escape Hybrid and the Regular XLT have comparable features except a few are different. The base Escape hybrid includes a few extras such as dual-zone automatic climate control and the Sync system. The Escape Hybrid Limited has everyting the base hybrid has plus chrome exterior accents, a sunroof, rear parking assist, a rearview camera (with rearview mirror-mounted display), leather upholstery, heated front seats and mirrors and multicolor ambient lighting.
As with the regular Escape, the Hybrid offers a navigation system, a premium audio system and, on the Limited, automatic parallel-parking assist as options.
The Ford Escape is one of the best vehicles in Ford's lineup. The Escape offers front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive, competitive four-cylinder or six-cylinder engines and the Hybrid package, which works essentially as the conventional models do. Fuel mileage for all models, and towing capacity, rank with the best. For all-purpose, reasonably efficient daily transport on the road, the Escape rates among the best smaller SUVs. For more on the 2012 Escape, go to the Ford official website.
Some of the information for this review was obtained on newcartestdrive.com