2009 Ford Escape

Finding the right kind of escape from the daily hectic routine, wanting to go off-roading or for an adventure with all of your family members, with enough cargo space and power? Ford, has the right solution for you. Introduced in 2001, Ford brought in another milestone in its range of SUVs which is the Ford Escape.

The Ford Escape, part of the Ford SUV family has been top of the line. It offers more than what one might expect from an SUV. It’s powerful, it’s spacious but compact, it’s stylish, has an elite interior & whatnot?

The 2009 Ford Escape was truly fastidious. With so much new being developed, anyone going for SUVs might not look for anything else other than this.


Power171-240 HORSEPOWER
Engine Type171.0-hp, 2.5-liter, 4 Cylinder Engine (Gasoline Fuel) 240.0-hp, 3.0-liter, V6 Cylinder Engine (Gasoline Fuel)
Seating Capacity5/6
Mileage23 mpg combined
Transmission6-Speed A/T
DrivetrainFront Wheel Drive, 4WD
Body StyleCompact SUV
2009 Ford Escape

Owner’s Manual

The 2009 Ford Escape Owners Manual covers the specs and routine maintenance of the vehicle. When you purchase a vehicle new, the owner’s manual comes with the car. Most other years of the Ford Escape Owners Manual, the repair manuals, and parts catalogs are also available through secondary market sources.


Ford was one of the few carmakers to initially introduce the SUV concept. And they have made sure not to let anyone compete well against them in it. The Ford Escape 2009 has been rated as #9 in affordable compact SUVs. Not every carmaker makes compact SUVs at such low prices. Thus, for anyone looking to buy an SUV but also a compact car just according to their needs, this compact SUV is the choice. The best part of this SUV is its value for money, and this for sure is guaranteed.


SUVs generally tend to be pretty expensive, because of their heavy engine, more seating, big interiors, and other features. They are often seen to start at $35,000 and go up to $50,000. This is a lot these days, especially for families who look for SUVs but at an affordable price. This is where Ford Escape takes the lead, the 2009 Ford Escape is priced at a very low MRSP that is $20,435 and goes maximum to almost $24,920. These prices are very low for an SUV. You can easily get a sedan at these prices, but when the customer is getting a highly powerful SUV at the same price as a sedan, Ford Escape would surely be preferred.

Trim Levels

Ford, always giving their customers a variety of cars and then varieties in that car line, for them to easily choose the right type of car, has always given it a bigger competitive advantage over the rest of locomotive makers. In the 2009 Ford Escape, Ford offered 3 trim levels, the XLS, XLT, and the Limited edition and within them, they offered a total of 11 further trims, just slight price variations. The price breakdown is as follows;

Trim LevelsStarting MSRP
Limited  $24,920


Within the XLS comes further 3 trim levels, FWD 4dr I4 Man XLS, FWD 4dr I4 Auto XLS, and 4WD 4dr I4 Auto XLS. The engine of all these 3 are the same that is 171.0-hp, 2.5-liter, 4 Cylinder Engine (Gasoline Fuel), the distinct features they have from each other is mileage and transmission, and drive trains. The FWD 4dr I4 Man XLS has manual transmission thus giving a mileage of 24, whereas the other 2 are 4dr I4 Auto XLS and 4WD 4dr I4 Auto XLS are 6-Speed A/T, giving a lower mileage of 21/22. The 4WD 4dr I4 Auto XLS comes in four-wheel drive and thus has the least mileage of all 3 but is surely best for off-roading.


The XLT trim levels have further FWD 4dr I4 Auto XLT, 4WD 4dr V6 Auto XLT, FWD 4dr V6 Auto XLT & 4WD 4dr I4 Auto XLT. Unlike the XLS trim levels, the XLT has major changes such as the engine type and again the drivetrains. The FWD 4dr I4 Auto XLT is pretty much the same as FWD 4dr I4 Auto XLS, with slight changes in entertainment and comfort features. But the 4WD 4dr V6 Auto XLT has power from the rest engine is 240.0-hp, 3.0-liter, V6 Cylinder Engine (Gasoline Fuel). A heavy engine that can tow many pounds easily, thus these V6 variants are comparatively more expensive and also give less mileage than the rest as well. Rest are the obvious changes in drivetrains.


Lastly, the limited one differs exactly from that of the XLT trims, thus similarly has 4 trim levels that are FWD 4dr I4 Auto Limited, FWD 4dr V6 Auto Limited, 4WD 4dr I4 Auto Limited, and 4WD 4dr V6 Auto Limited. As suggested by the name as well, the difference again is in engine types, drivetrains, and thus the mileages of it. The main difference between limited and XLT is the exterior changes. Those are slight modifications whereas the exterior colors available in both options differ as well.  

What’s new?

For the 2009 edition, safety was kept a top-notch priority. Under that, the car was tested often to find the exact body shape, engine type, and other features to provide maximum safety and car at times of impact. In the 2009 Ford Escape, the first thing improved were frontal airbags and seat belts. These truly help the most in case of frontal crashes especially. Further, structural changes were also made to decrease the impact as much as they could. Rest few interior changes, entertainment changes and slight engine changes are present. These include the Sync MP3 player and a cell phone interface is added. Rest assured, this SUV is surely divergent from its rest.

To buy or not?

After knowing so much about this compact SUV, the question is whether to buy this or not? Looking at the notable features such as its Four-cylinder or V-6 engine, a highly powerful one that too in such a low price. Five-speed manual or six-speed automatic, excellent for long routes. Many options in Front- or all-wheel drives.  The best part of an SUV, Improved gas mileage since SUVs consume high fuel, and of course the Hybrid version. Considering all of these, this compact SUV is the best for any family, in every way.