If you’ve noticed tons of Ford Escapes on the road, you aren’t imagining things. The Ford Escape, now in its third generation, has become a staple in the SUV crossover marketplace. Leave it to Ford to carve out a niche for itself and then fill the niche so well! Ironically, it did so by working with Japan’s Mazda, which supplied the powertrains; Ford supplied the V-6 engines when needed.
Though the Escape made its introduction to the public in 2000, the first model wasn’t available for mass sale until 2001. From that point, it became a household name among many families craving good looks and great performance from a sport utility vehicle.
Assembled in the United States, the 2001 Ford Escape managed to instantly catch attention when it was introduced as a crossover SUV. Available with V5 or 3.0-liter engines and an automatic transmission, the first generation Escapes offered seating for five. Fuel economy was a respectable combined 18 miles-per-gallon.
What makes the Escape so attractive to buyers? First, it’s a Ford, which speaks for itself. Secondly, it’s not too enormous, which is important for those dipping their toes into the SUV water, or consumers who just aren’t ready for a big ride but desire space.
Finally, the Ford Escape can’t be mistaken for a sedan thanks to its storage and superior towing capacities. Why get a truck when you can haul thousands of pounds using the Ford Escape hitch? It’s the best of all worlds, and buyers know it.
Now in its third generation, the Ford Escape remains a sleek, powerful leader in SUV crossovers. In fact, Ford has managed to attract multitudes of car buyers, turning them into Ford enthusiasts.