The 2012 Ford Escape represents the American automaker’s compact crossover, providing a small and maneuverable vehicle that also packs the utility of much larger SUVs. With the proper equipment, the Escape can tow up to 3,500 pounds. The Escape comes with both front-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive to handle inclement weather or curvy roads.
Ford offers a multitude of technological advancements with the 2012 Escape. It is the only vehicle in its class to come with an Auto Park feature that not only finds viable parallel parking spots, but also steers the vehicle into those spots. Unlike any of its competitors, the Ford offers a hybrid version of the Escape. Ford’s Sync system, which allows the driver to control the stereo through voice commands, is also an option in the Escape.
Powering the Ford Escape are three different engine options. A 2.5 liter four cylinder engine is standard, providing 171 horsepower, while an optional 3.0 liter V6 produces 240 horsepower. Ford offers both a five speed manual and a six speed automatic transmission. Hybrid models come with a 2.5 liter four cylinder engine block that is mated to an electric motor to produce a total of 177 horsepower. The hybrid only comes with a continuously variable transmission so transitions between the electric and gas motors are not noticeable while driving. Escape hybrids that are outfitted with all-wheel-drive make use of a second electric motor that delivers power to the rear wheels as needed.
Parents will enjoy the 2012 Ford Escape’s MyKey system, which allows the vehicle’s owner to program specific keys so the vehicle operates under certain restrictions. Parents can restrict teenagers’ keys so the Escape will not travel faster than 80 mph, as well as restrict the stereo’s volume to only 45 percent of the original volume limit. Another option mutes the stereo until the driver’s seat belt is fastened. Parents can also program the key so the Escape makes audible alarms when it reaches 45, 55 or 65 mph so teenagers are aware of their speed.