in 2010 Affordable Compact SUVs

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Original MSRP: $21,020 - $27,375
MPG: 22 City / 28 Hwy
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Used Car: 2010 Ford Escape Review

Review Last Updated: 7/26/12

The 2010 Ford Escape has plenty of interior and cargo space as well as some innovative tech options, but more recently redesigned competitors offer a higher level of sophistication in terms of driving refinement and interior versatility.

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When it was new, the 2010 Ford Escape drew praise for its spacious, comfortable seats and respectable cargo space. Reviewers also liked its innovative technology offerings, such as the optional Active Park Assist system, which parallel parks the Escape with limited driver involvement, and Ford’s SYNC infotainment system. Some reviewers noted that the Escape doesn’t ride as comfortably as several of its more recently redesigned competitors.

Powering the Escape is either a 171-horsepower four-cylinder engine or a V6 that puts out 240 horsepower. Most critics said that either engine is adequate for most drivers. Though the four-cylinder isn’t as peppy, it does get better fuel economy. A front-wheel drive Escape with the four-cylinder engine and an automatic transmission achieves 21/28 mpg city/highway, which is fairly good for the class. Adding the V6 or all-wheel drive does lower fuel economy somewhat. A manual transmission is available only with front-wheel drive four-cylinder models.

Inside, the Escape was generally praised for its modern, well-designed interior. Opinions on the seats were mixed, as some testers had difficulty obtaining a comfortable driving position, while others said it was fine and praised the Escape for offering ample legroom in both the front and back row. Maximum cargo capacity with the rear seats folded is 67.2 cubic feet, which is fairly good for the class. Base Escape models come standard with cloth seats and a CD stereo with an auxiliary input jack. Option packages and upper trims make available features like leather seats, a power sunroof, SYNC and an upgraded stereo with satellite radio and Bluetooth. Also available are a backup camera and Active Park Assist.

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Other Cars to Consider

If you’re considering the Escape, you should also consider the 2010 Subaru Forester. Redesigned in 2009, reviewers said the Forester has a comfortable, spacious interior and ample cargo space. It also comes standard with all-wheel drive, which is a plus for anyone looking for extra security during inclement weather.

Another 2010 compact SUV worth considering is the highly-ranked 2010 Chevrolet Equinox. The Equinox was newly redesigned in 2010 and well-liked for its comfortable, versatile interior, as well as its good driving dynamics. Another plus is that four-cylinder models get some of the best fuel economy in the class.

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