The popular Ford Escape SUV was initially seen in the North American market in 2000 and has gone on to cement itself as one of the United States’ highest-selling smaller SUV automobiles. It truly is a very impressive statistic especially when you think of the huge amount of competing SUVs that longer established in the market. It does seem like the Ford brand appears to have a very good habit of releasing SUVs that are going to have a wide appeal for all sorts of drivers.
An SUV to Suit All Kinds of Drivers
The Ford Escape manages to combine not only style, but also the 4-wheel-drive ability of a larger standard SUV – and it does this all in a smaller package with that also has the sensibility and features of which you might typically find in a mid-sized family car. The effect of this is an SUV that has a truly universal appeal it can suit a city driver looking for a comfy, versatile and fun drive but will also be effective for someone working with heavy loads and the occasional piece of off-roading. This appeal is made even more desirable due to the lower than average price point which consumers love.
Lack of Real Progress Since 2008
Having said that, recent editions of the Escape have not really made any progress on the last most impressive model that came out in 2008. So for example, the 2012 version of the Escape is in effect the 2008 model, but with some slight design tweaks. If there’s one major plus-point though, that’s the fact that Ford Escape Navigation System updates will be free so you won’t need to pay for them anymore.
Not only that, but the 2012 Escape also has a completely independent and new suspension unit, plus uni-body construction that’s unique to this vehicle. But despite that it is still really better suited for people who drive on, rather than off the road.
Choose from Three Different 2012 Models
Depending on your budget, you can choose from three trim levels, all of which are quite different from each other. You can opt in 2012 to get the XLS Escape, Limited Escape, or the best one according to reviewers which is the luxury model – the XLT Escape.
Despite these three different trim versions, there are some features that will be standard across the whole range. These are as follows:
- 16 Inch Alloy Wheels
- Cruise Control
- Improved Air Conditioning in Front and Rear
- Power Accessories
- Rear-View Camera
- USB and Bluetooth Compatibility
- Ford Navigation System
If you would like more information on the GPS included with this SUV then make sure you check out the Ford Navigation DVD website which contains all of the latest information including details on how you can update and get the best from your device. It comes with millions of POI files and is one of the more compelling reasons as to why you should consider buying this car in 2012 – despite what is perceived to be a real lack of design progress since the second generation model.