A used Ford Escape is a great alternative to the more expensive used Ford Explorer model. Like the Explorer, the Escape is an SUV, but unlike other SUVs, the hybrid models of the Ford Escape date back to 2004. This was the first hybrid SUV on the market, and you should keep that in mind before you buy used Ford Escape vehicles or replacement parts.
The Ford Escape was first introduced by the manufacturer in 2000 as part of the 2001 model year development. The Escape was intended to be offered as an economy version of the Ford Explorer, which had already been on the market for several years at that point.
The Ford Escape is medium sized and falls in between the smaller compact SUVs by other manufacturers like Honda and the larger Ford Explorer and other full size SUVs. Unlike most other SUVS that feature fixed suspension and rear-wheel drive, the Escape has rack and pinion steering and an independent suspension system. This makes the car less suitable for off-road driving but more flexible and responsive than other SUVs on the road. If you plan on driving your used SUV on the road primarily and have little occasion to go off road, you'll like the steering and handling of the Ford Escape.
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