2009 Ford Escape / Ford Escape Hybrid / Mercury Mariner – Short Take Road Test – Car Reviews – Car and Driver

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2009 Ford Escape / Escape Hybrid / Mercury

More power, more and a redesigned rear suspension the Escape some much-needed Is it enough?

When the Escape for the 2001 model year, we enamored enough to award it a tie for place in a comparison test. But it quickly, and not even a thorough and exterior refresh could the 2008 iteration from a finish out of nine in our latest roundup .

Much of that recent had to do with the fact that, it looked modern, the latest lacked refinement, still on dated underpinnings, and used powertrains#x2014;all serious handicaps in a chock-full of new or recently redesigned For the 2009 model year, Ford has seen fit to make a of chassis and powertrain changes, the architecture is still essentially the (All the tweaks also to the Mercury Mariner lineup.)

So New?

The most notable upgrades are a new anti-roll bar; more for four-cylinder, V-6, and hybrid and the fitting of a six-speed automatic in models that previously a four-speed autobox. The steering, the and the aerodynamics have been too.

The #x2019;09 Escape is with Ford#x2019;s next-generation setup that includes and available Sirius Travel the latter of which offers weather radar maps, scores, and movie listings. Link also does a bunch of other cool such as locating the cheapest and gas stations and linking with the nav to get you there, or hooking up with cell phone to make reservations.

The system will let you watch a DVD parked, of course), rip MP3s to the hard drive, and upload photos to use as wallpaper. The new infotainment will also be found in the Ford Flex crossover and MKS sedan.

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More Power Is More Better

On the mechanical Ford has enlarged the Escape#x2019;s engine, an inline-four, from 2.3 to 2.5 and added variable timing for the valves. Power increases 153 horsepower to 171, and the company a front-drive four-banger Escape 1.7 seconds from its 0-to-60 bringing it down to 10.4 We handily beat that in our testing, making it to 60 mph in a much-improved 8.9

Hybrid Escapes also to the 2.5-liter, which boosts net from 155 to 177.

The four sounds fairly agricultural, the additional gears for the automatic (a stick is still standard for help keep revs to a and, therefore, your relatively unassailed. The new six-speed better paired with the V-6 with the I-4, where it has to harder to find usable Shifts are smooth with engine, though, and overall refinement is markedly up.

A power upgrade#x2014;to the tune of 40 for a total of 240#x2014;also has been on the 3.0-liter V-6 through the application of intake-valve timing, new camshafts, new and exhaust manifolds, and new pistons. quicker now, as well, Ford saying that an AWD V-6 now to 60 in 9.1 seconds, an improvement of 2.0 seconds.

A 2008 AWD V-6 Escape#x2014;with the 200-horse we tested for a comparo did the deed in 9.0 however, and given the time we got the 2009 four-banger, we#x2019;re Ford#x2019;s estimate for the V-6 may prove a bit It certainly feels quicker.

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