Used Ford Escape for Sale - Seneca, SC

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As one of the early crossover SUVs, the story of the Ford Escape is intertwined with that rising segment as well as that of the Ford Company itself. First released in 2000, the Escape was the result of a collaboration between Ford and Mazda and built upon the latter’s sedan platform to create a car-based SUV crossover. The same model was also sold under the Mazda nameplate as the Tribute and, starting in 2004, under the luxury Mercury brand as the Mercury Mariner as well. In addition to being one of the first modern crossover SUVs, the Escape was also the first SUV with a hybrid engine option, also introduced in 2004.

In 2007, all three Escape models received a styling update that signified the transition to the second generation, but a sea change was on the horizon. Ford was already working on a successor vehicle independent of Mazda that was released in Europe in 2008 as the Ford Kuga, while in 2010 the Mercury brand, together with the Mariner, was discontinued and in 2011 Mazda ceased working on the Tribute in favor of its own homegrown successor - the CX-5. That paved the way for the Escape and the Kuga models to combine, with the current generation of the Escape being the result. Released in 2012, it was refreshed in 2016 to give us the Escape we’re excited to drive today.

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The first generation of the Ford Escape, running from 2000 to 2006, kept much of the 90s traditional SUV aesthetic, with large wheel wells, big bumpers and a tall boxy cabin. The 2007 refresh that ushered in the Escape’s second generation doubled down on the truck styling, beefing up the rear bumper area and giving the front a larger, more prominent grille, resulting in a very flat-nosed, pickup-like profile. However, the Ford Kuga, developed in parallel and ultimately fated to succeed the second-generation Escape, was already looking like the image of the modern crossover in 2008 with a rakish roofline, narrow headlight assemblies and a narrow front grille. The 2012 update that merged the two lines added some accents, larger fog light bays and some additional decoration, while the most recent 2016 styling revamp brought the Escape more in line with the rest of the Ford line, including the popular two-line hexagonal grille that has become Ford’s trademark. Just as with the rest of the Escape characteristics, the car’s styling reflects and portents the changes that affected the rest of the crossover SUV class, so look to the new 2017 Ford Escape to see what the future of crossovers will look line.

As fitting a car co-designed between Ford and Mazda, the original Escape offered two engine options: a four-cylinder from the latter and a V-6 from the former. In 2005, the four cylinder was upped from a 2.0-liter model to a 2.3-liter, with the latter also available linked to a hybrid drivetrain system, making it one of the most fuel-efficient SUVs of the time. The second generation brought another increase in power and volume for the four-cylinder, up to 2.5 liters and 171 horsepower, with the 3.0-liter V-6 receiving a boost to 240 horsepower. The current generation of the Escape keeps a newer version of the 2.5-liter four cylinder, but replaces the V-6 with two turbocharged EcoBoost four-cylinders: a 1.5-liter one with 179 horsepower and a 2.0-liter one with 245 horsepower. The three engines give the new Escape some of the best combination of power, efficiency and versatility in the class, making it a great choice for commuters and enthusiasts alike.

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The new Ford Escape is a culmination of almost two decades of development on the cutting edge of automotive evolution. From one of the first forays into compact crossover SUVs to the first hybrid SUV to the innovative turbocharged EcoBoost engines, the Escape has always been a market leader pushing boldly ahead. So find out what the future has in store: call our dealership today for more information on the Escape and to schedule your test drive!