2008 Ford Escape

At a Glance

Pricing $19,005 - $28,255
Drive Types FWD, AWD
Engines 2.3l I4, 2.3l I4 HEV, 3.0l V6
Transmissions A4, CVT, M5
Fuel Economy 17-34 (city), 22-30 (highway)

The Ford Escape continues to be a success in the compact SUV segment. This SUV offers a combination of nimble handling, comfortable ride, and an optional 3.0L V-6 for decent performance. The standard 2.3L I-4 is available with a 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic. Only the 4-speed automatic is available with the V-6. In 2005, Ford added a hybrid powertrain version. By alternately running off batteries and the gasoline engine, the Escape Hybrid boasts a 36 mpg rating in city driving. Although the Escape's AWD system is optimized for on-road traction, it is capable of light duty off-road excursions. Customers looking to optimize fuel economy can choose a FWD only version of any model.

What Changed:

The 2008 Escape features updated styling inside and out. The most notable changes are to the front and rear fascias, but most of the sheet metal is new. Outside of a new electric power steering system, the chassis and powertrains are largely the same.

Model/Trim/Package Engine MPG VjI Base Price
Escape XLS 2.3l I4 (153-bhp) M5 FWD 22/28/25 $19,005
Escape XLS 2.3l I4 (153-bhp) A4 FWD 20/26/23 $20,005
Escape XLS 2.3l I4 (153-bhp) A4 AWD 19/24/21 $21,745
Escape XLT 2.3l I4 (153-bhp) A4 FWD 20/26/23 $21,305
Escape XLT 3.0l V6 (200-bhp) A4 FWD 18/24/21 $22,305
Escape XLT 2.3l I4 (153-bhp) A4 AWD 19/24/21 $23,055
Escape XLT 3.0l V6 (200-bhp) A4 AWD 17/22/19 $24,055
Escape Limited 3.0l V6 (200-bhp) A4 FWD 18/24/21 $24,005
Escape Limited 3.0l V6 (200-bhp) A4 AWD 17/22/19 $25,755
Escape Hybrid 2.3l I4 HEV (133-bhp) CVT FWD 34/30/32 $26,505
Escape Hybrid 2.3l I4 HEV (133-bhp) CVT AWD 29/27/28 $28,255