in 2011 Affordable Compact SUVs

Avg. Price Paid: $12,453 - $19,371
Original MSRP: $21,240 - $33,080
MPG: 23 City / 28 Hwy
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Used Car: 2011 Ford Escape Review

Review Last Updated: 3/24/14

The 2011 Ford Escape is a competent 2011 compact SUV with a roomy interior, innovative tech features and classic SUV styling that distinguishes it from the large sea of rounded-over crossovers, but a dated design and unrefined performance keep it from the top of the class.

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When it was new, critics liked the 2011 Ford Escape’s respectably-sized cargo space and innovative technology offerings, such as the optional Active Park Assist, a system that parallel parks the Escape with little driver input. Still, some found its seating positions somewhat awkward, and several noted that it rides rougher than competitors. Its safety scores are also low for the class.

The Escape is powered by either a 171-horsepower four-cylinder engine or a 240-horsepower V6. While reviewers acknowledged the V6’s power advantage, most weren’t overly impressed, and some said the four-cylinder makes adequate power for daily driving. It also gets better fuel economy. A front-wheel drive Escape averages 21/28 mpg city/highway with the four-cylinder engine, which is good for the class, but the V6 manages a lower 19/25 mpg. All-wheel drive versions net slightly less. Four-cylinder models are available with either an automatic or manual transmission, while V6 models are automatic only.

Inside, critics said the Escape has a modern interior that looks good. They also said its seating accommodations were spacious and generally comfortable, though one did note difficulty in obtaining a comfortable driving position. The Escape can carry 67.2 cubic feet of cargo with its back row folded, which is fairly good for the class. Standard equipment includes cloth upholstery and a four-speaker stereo with an auxiliary input jack. Available features include Ford’s SYNC infotainment system, leather upholstery, a power sunroof, dual-zone climate control, a backup camera, backup sensors, satellite radio and the aforementioned Active Park Assist.

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Other Cars to Consider

One alternative to the Escape worth considering is the 2011 Subaru Forester. The Forester is praised for its spacious, comfortable seats, as well as its standard all-wheel drive. Keep in mind that some critics said the Forester’s interior quality wasn’t as nice as some other rivals’, so it isn’t the most luxurious choice of the lot.

Another 2011 compact SUV to consider is the highly-ranked 2011 Chevrolet Equinox. Reviewers praised the Equinox for its upscale interior, as well as practical features like a back seat that slides forward and backward to make room for either more cargo or taller passengers. Those looking for great fuel economy will want to stick with four-cylinder versions, which get among the best gas mileage in the class.

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