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: Ford's Escape battles the SuperDuty F-450


1931Chevy
03-06-2007, 08:44 PM
http://money.cnn.com/2007/03/05/autos/ford_trucks.fsb/index.htm?source=yahoo_quote
(FSB Magazine) -- Matching the right vehicle to the job is important - especially in small business, where efficiency and image count. You wouldn't drive a Jaguar to the dump, just as you wouldn't cram the soccer team into a Volkswagen Beetle.

For the question, What do I drive when I have hauling and towing work to do?, Ford (Charts) has two answers, both of them redesigned for the 2008 model year and in dealerships now.


SuperDuty F-450 V-8 4x4 Lariat: $51,280 (base price); 300 horsepower; Towing capacity: 21,600 pounds

Escape XLT V-6 4WD: $23,630 (base price) 200 horsepower; Towing capacity: 3,500 pounds


The 2008 Escape is Ford's solution for light jobs around town. This popular sport-utility vehicle - more than a million have been sold to date - has been given a fresh new look for the first time in its seven-year run. Although the Escape is built on a passenger-car chassis Ford designers have given it a more macho look, with a bold front end and prominently flared fenders. That will make it easier to capture former Explorer owners who are fleeing truck-based SUVs.

Inside, the new Escape feels more upscale than its predecessor. It is the first model to get Ford's new interior lighting design, which replaces the traditional green numbers and letters on gauges with an elegant blue. Unfortunately, the same improvements haven't been made to the powertrain.

The loaded version I drove was powered by Ford's workhorse V-6 and coupled to a veteran four-speed transmission. On a run past Henry Ford's old house in Dearborn, Mich., performance was adequate, though the brakes didn't respond proportionately to firm pedal pressure, creating a certain uneasiness. On the plus side, safety equipment such as side-curtain airbags has been made standard despite a several-hundred-dollar price cut.

TiburonJT
03-07-2007, 08:20 AM
It's a shame Ford didn't more extensively redesign the Escape. I've heard that the person in charge of the redesign was fired, which is good, although apparently someone above that person had no problem with the crazy idea that the powertrain should remain the same.

SobeSVT
03-07-2007, 10:35 AM
It's a shame Ford didn't more extensively redesign the Escape. I've heard that the person in charge of the redesign was fired, which is good, although apparently someone above that person had no problem with the crazy idea that the powertrain should remain the same.
Yeah, igor in GMI keeps on repeating that over and over again but does offer little or none insights to the matter. Shame . . . I have no problems with the engine (maligned by the media for no good reason) which works just fine and that as we all know can be juiced up a for about 22 more HP, is the 4-speeds transmission which is unforgivable. As for the body and interior chages I think they work just fine.

TiburonJT
03-07-2007, 11:37 AM
Yeah, igor in GMI keeps on repeating that over and over again but does offer little or none insights to the matter. Shame . . . I have no problems with the engine (maligned by the media for no good reason) which works just fine and that as we all know can be juiced up a for about 22 more HP, is the 4-speeds transmission which is unforgivable. As for the body and interior chages I think they work just fine.

I like the interior, although the door panels in the Mariner I sat in at NAIAS were incredibly flimsy. I also really like the new blue lighting. Personally I have no problem with the engine, which I think has sufficient power, but a power boost would be nice. I still think Ford made a mistake by keeping the same powertrain in a redesigned vehicle as in the original vehicle that debuted 7 years earlier.

ndwariga
03-07-2007, 12:21 PM
most people in the media act like your avarage joe is looking for a tire burner everytime they walk into a store.. Ie.. a Vette..