2011 Ford Escape Overview
The 2011 Ford Escape might be the smallest SUV in Ford’s lineup, but overlooking it would be a large mistake. With a long list of standard and available options, the 2011 Escape combines SUV practicality and carrying capacity with fuel economy and a low sticker price.
The 2011 Ford Escape is well equipped to compete with the Toyota RAV-4, Honda CR-V, and Chevrolet Equinox. Available in both two-wheel and all-wheel drive, the Escape comes standard with a 171-horsepower, 2.5-liter inline-four cylinder engine with 171 pounds-feet of torque that can be mated to either a five-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission. There is also a more powerful 240-horsepower, 3.0-liter V-6 with 223 pounds-feet of torque available only with the six-speed automatic transmission. The Escape’s six-speed automatic transmission gives it a leg up on the competition, as its main competitors only carry up to five-speed automatic transmissions. The additional gearing allows the Escape to achieve impressive fuel economy numbers of 19-22 city MPG and 23-28 highway MPG.
Despite its smaller frame, you will find that the 2011 Escape does not skimp on standard and available options, and is available in three trims – XLS, XLT, and Limited. Starting with the XLS, you will find standard options such as power windows/locks, MP3/CD player, A/C, and eco-friendly seats bolstered with foam made from soy beans. The XLT adds premium seat covers made from recycled materials, privacy glass, satellite radio, and keyless entry. The Limited model tops off the Escape line-up, with leather seats, heated front seats, and an optional rear view camera and navigation system.
The 2011 Escape is available with cutting edge technology, including Ford’s acclaimed SYNC® connectivity suite and an electronic parking assist system. SYNC® can be used to connect phones/MP3 players, get real-time traffic updates, directions, searches for businesses, and even dial 911 in emergencies. Ford’s Active Park Assist uses ultrasonic sensors and the power steering system to parallel park, leaving the driver only having to operate the gas and brake.
With a 5-star front and side impact crash test rating, ABS, roll stability control, and dual-stage front and side curtain airbags, the 2011 Ford Escape also hits the mark for safety.
The 2011 Ford Escape manages to balance fuel economy, premium features, and great value and does it quite well. If you are in the market for a compact SUV with room for kids and cargo, that won’t cost you an arm and a leg at the pump or the showroom, the 2011 Escape is a great choice.