What's New for 2005 The 2005 Ford Escape gets a freshened look and some new mechanicals. Meanwhile, the V6 engine has been tweaked to provide improved throttle response. The backseat folds down to expand cargo capacity. On the outside, all Escapes have reworked front and rear fascias with a new grille design and headlights. Our Take on the 2005 Ford Escape After my story about the Honda Accord V6 Hybrid a couple of weeks ago, I received plenty of thoughtful e-mail from the Times' astute readership, who had apparently found the column by accident while looking for the Food section. I bought her in October of 2004 with 13k miles.
Antilock brakes are now standard across the line. Couldn't ask for a better match. Reworked as an early 2005 model, the front-wheel-drive compact has a simplified group of model designations in four body styles. And a revised suspension improves the ride. Skip to details on the: Exterior At 168. Large doorways make entry and exit easier. The most significant improvement inside is the addition of the optional Safety Canopy rollover protection system.
Very good atomization from the custom spray nozzle. I feel very lucky with my 05 Escape Hybrid. This new engine is a more viable choice for budget-conscious buyers, and like the V6, it can be matched with a new electronically controlled all-wheel-drive system. The standard manual transmission is new, with lighter shifting efforts and shorter throws. It teams with a four-speed-automatic or five-speed-manual transmission. Overall, with the gas savings and minor repairs, it's been a great vehicle for me.
Not meant for that either. . Fortunately a friend replaced them for me for no labor charges, I only paid for the parts. The paint sent in all three instances was an outstanding match to the cars refinished. The 136-hp four-cylinder is standard. It appears I need a new transmission.
It was money well spent. Hatchback models look sharper than the sedans and are practical for carrying cargo. The V6 gives it peppy handling, good passing ability, though this noticeably declines when you add passengers and cargo. The vehicle's battery pack is automatically recharged by the gasoline engine and by regenerative braking, technology that takes the otherwise wasted energy generated by braking and sends it to the battery pack. It accelerates eagerly from a standstill and is quite spirited for passing and merging. Further, the vehicle's structure has been modified to better absorb offset frontal impacts, and the backseat gets a full set of three-point belts.
Despite thick pillars, the long side glass helps visibility in the hatchback. The Escape offers agile handling, a smooth ride, and comfortable seating for four average Americans. Interior updates include a floor-mounted shifter, new gauges, upgraded seats and additional storage. Best of all, its prices are relatively low, up only an average of 1 percent over 2004 prices. The hatchbacks are highly maneuverable and fun to drive.
Ride comfort is firm but above par, and the suspension deals competently with urban bumps. The only problems I have had so far I bought this used was the battery drains fast if you are not driving. Hang on, wrote one reader: That would add up to almost 240,000 miles. Meanwhile, the V6 engine has been tweaked to provide improved throttle response. On the outside, all Escapes have reworked front and rear fascias with a new grille design and headlights. Since I bought this used they were hard to replace due to rust issues.
New headlamps have reshaped clear lenses, and the larger grille has a new diamond pattern. Focus sedans have a 14-cubic-foot trunk, and the hatchback models promise 18 cubic feet of space when the seats are up and 40 cubic feet with the seats folded. I monitored just city driving and averaged 35mpg. Folding down the rear seats reveals a flat, moderately sized cargo area. Directions were easy to follow, packaging was great, and the color match was spot on.
Its very roomy and comfortable. Used it to touch-up some rust spots on a well-used Ford Escape. It has never been in the shop for anything besides oil change etc. It looked and drove like a new car. It is darned close to the original color, despite the fact that the car is 10 years old.
The All Wheel Drive got me through several snow storms with no problem. Don't use this vehicle like you can drive off road. Coverage is good, hard to say weather using something like ppg would have had better coverage but but since, when making a repair you spray the repair, then mist over the entire panel to blend in the repair, this worked to perfection. Saves a lot in gas each month. Antilock brakes are now standard across the line. He's still in high school so this little truck gets beat up. Purchased the spray can which worked very well.