A 2008 Ford Escape Clause

The small SUV has a lot going for itincluding a great sticker pricebut it might make sense to wait for the 2009 before making a commitment

Editor's Rating:

The Good: Better looks, nicer interior, lower price

The Bad: Weak brakes, clunky fold-down rear seat, outdated transmission and engines

The Bottom Line: Nice little SUV, but should you wait for the '09?

Up Front

The redesigned Escape compact SUV is one of the few bright spots in financially troubled Ford's (F) lineup. While most other Ford models got clobbered last year, the Escape's sales rose 5.2%, to 165,596. The Escape is selling well, I suspect, because it was redesigned for 2008 and many buyers like its buff new appearance, improved interior, and lower price. I like the Escape, too, and would consider buying one—though probably not the '08.

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