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2009 Ford Escape Limited ((currently unnamed))

Last updated Feb 15, 2010  

Photo of a 2009 Ford Escape Limited ((currently unnamed))

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I picked this up on 8 June 09 from McLaughlin Ford in Sumter, SC. I had been looking for an ’06-08 GM 6cyl sedan to replace my daily driver Subaru so that I’d maintain a decent level of efficiency, be able to run my A/C at lower speeds, and increase the comfort (including lowering cabin noise) of my commute of 1 hour each way. I’d actually wanted to get back in a truck for several years, but I know that logging 500 miles a week would kill me at the pump. I also tried to compromise between the two and find another Subaru wagon (I liked the utility and low roofline), but they’re a rare find down in these parts. When I’d become discouraged that a majority of the sedans in the range I was looking at were already run down (08s with 35k miles, 07s with 60-70k, 06s with 90k), my wife convinced me to buy new.

The Escape seemed to meet most of my wants/needs, which include but are not limited to: plenty of room in the front seat for me, plenty of leg room in the back seat for my daughter, moderate efficiency (I’m expecting 22-24MPG in my mixed driving, which is a huge jump from the 15 my wife gets in her Tahoe; I got 24-27 in the Sube), quiet cabin, comfortable ride, decent response (and I hope a platform for moderate performance potential to come) and hauling capabilities. Plus a few goodies I wasn’t looking for, like Sync.

When I got to the local Ford lot, this was the only V6 they had in stock. I wanted the darker gray and hoped for a moon roof but I was burned out on the search and didn’t want to drive back to Columbia or Florence to find one that fit these desires, so I took it for a test drive to make sure it was a good fit for me and bought it.

Actually, there’s a step I’m missing here… While walking to the Escape, I was sidetracked by a 2010 Ford Fusion Sport 3.5. Black on black, kickass leather seating and trim, dual exhaust, 263HP and very, very sharp. I wanted to buy it on sight (that car should sell itself) but it was a tight fit when I sat down in it, so I (almost begrudgingly) climbed back out and continued on to the Escape. Even when I was in the Sales Manager’s office and going through all my paperwork I couldn’t take my eyes off her. Man, she was a beaut! By time we left, she was also sold. I knew it wouldn’t take long.

My wife says that once you go new you never go back and that I won’t regret my purchase. We’ll see…


- 3.0L IVCT Duratec V6; 240HP
- 6-speed auto
- Brilliant Silver
- 3421lbs

Factory Options

- Leather seating, Camel; 6-way power driver's seat
- Chrome package; convenience package; Ambient lighting
- Synch voice activated system; Sirius radio; 6 CD/MP3; USB & aux ports
- Running boards; Roof rails
- Securicode keyless entry
- 16" aluminum wheels; P235/70R16s
- Front fog lamps
- Capless fuel filler
- Privacy glass


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