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2010 Ford Escape Trims

Limited

Avg. Price: $16,497

For 2010, the Ford Escape offers families a small, five-passenger, five-door SUV that, in the case of the Escape Limited trim, features a carload of standard amenities and safety items. As well as all the standard offerings of the XLS and XLT trims, including 66 cubic feet of cargo area (with the rear seats folded), the Limited adds leather upholstery, heated front seats, heated mirrors, and an MP3-compatible single-CD player with six speakers. Also, the Escape Limited tosses front fog/driving lights into the standard safety mix, as well as four-wheel ABS, traction and stability control, dual front side-mounted airbags, and front and rear head airbags.

A choice of engines is available for the 2010 Escape Limited, with the 171-hp, 171-lb-ft/torque 2.5-liter inline four-cylinder (I4) being the standard powerplant, along with a standard six-speed automatic transmission that’s earned kudos from automotive media coast to coast. This combo gets 21/28 mpg. Additionally, a 3.0-liter Flex Fuel V6 engine, mated with the standard six-speed automatic, is offered as an option. The Flex Fuel V6 pounds out 240 hp and 223 lb-ft of torque, while getting an EPA-estimated 19/25, and will also cook on both E85 ethanol fuel and regular unleaded gasoline.

Limited 4WD

Avg. Price: $17,757

Equipped identically to its front-wheel-drive (FWD) sibling, the 2010 Ford Escape Limited 4WD also features Ford’s Intelligent 4WD, a full-time four-wheel-drive system that monitors traction input 200 times per second and adjusts torque to provide optimum tire grip. A center limited-slip mechanical differential focuses all this intellect, while all-season tires pull the Escape Limited through snow, mud, and ice with equal aplomb. Do not, however, take the Limited 4WD far from civilization.

Like its front-wheel-drive brethren, the 2010 Escape Limited 4WD is equipped with a standard 2.5-liter inline four-cylinder engine and its accompanying six-speed automatic transmission, which deliver 171 hp and 171 lb-ft of torque to the tune of 20/26 mpg. A 240-hp, 223-lb-ft/torque 3.0-liter Flex Fuel V6 is also available with the Escape Limited 4WD. The 3.0-liter V6 is rated at 18/23 burning either E85 ethanol fuel or regular unleaded.

XLS

Avg. Price: $12,907

Although it’s the base trim of the Escape lineup, the 2010 Ford Escape XLS nevertheless offers an impressive list of standard appearance, comfort, and convenience features. Beginning with front bucket seats, the XLS features split-folding rear seats, power windows, door locks, and mirrors, cruise control, tilt-wheel steering, a front storage console, air conditioning, and an MP3-compatible single-CD player with four speakers. Options for the XLS include front and rear floor mats, Ford’s SYNC infotainment system, and daytime running lights. Safety-wise, the 2010 XLS features standard four-wheel ABS, traction and stability control, dual front side-mounted airbags, and front and rear head airbags. Daytime driving lights are an available option.

The 2010 Escape XLS is equipped with a 2.5-liter inline four-cylinder (I4) engine and standard five-speed manual transmission. Together, this pairing is capable of 171 hp and 171 lb-ft of torque, and rated to get 22/28 mpg. With the available six-speed automatic transmission, the Escape XLS is good for 21/28.

XLS 4WD

Avg. Price: $13,312

Equipped identically to its front-wheel-drive sibling as far as standard and optional appearance, comfort, and convenience features are concerned, the 2010 Ford Escape XLS 4WD additionally features Ford's Intelligent four-wheel-drive (4WD) system, which monitors traction and torque some 200 times per second. A mechanical center-mounted limited-slip differential distributes full-time power to all four of the Escape XLS 4WD's wheels.

For 2010, the Escape XLS 4WD is powered by the same 2.5-liter inline four-cylinder (I4) engine that drives its front-wheel-drive kin. The XLS 4WD, however, is managed by a standard six-speed automatic to put out 171 hp and 171 lb-ft of torque at 20/26 mpg.

XLT

Avg. Price: $14,381

Situated in the middle of the Escape trim lineup, the 2010 Ford Escape XLT adds such standard goodies as premium cloth upholstery, a six-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, digital keypad door locks, steering-wheel-mounted audio and cruise controls, front and rear floor mats, and satellite radio. As for options, the XLT offers leather seating, Ford’s highly regarded SYNC infotainment system with Bluetooth technology, GPS-based DVD navigation, a power moonroof, and a USB connection.

Equipped with a standard 2.5-liter inline four-cylinder engine and its accompanying six-speed automatic transmission, the 2010 Escape XLT puts out 171 hp and 171 lb-ft of torque while getting 21/28 mpg. A 3.0-liter V6 is also available for the Escape XLT that, when managed by its standard six-speed automatic, throws down 240 hp and 223 lb-ft of torque at 19/25.

XLT 4WD

Avg. Price: $15,607

It’s almost a sure thing that the 2010 Ford Escape XLT 4WD will keep going just fine through snow and mud with its intelligent four-wheel-drive (4WD) system. Carrying all the bells and whistles that endow its front-wheel-drive sibling, the Escape XLT 4WD features a mechanical center limited-slip differential that ensures full-time 4WD traction.

As with the front-wheel-drive trim, the 2010 Escape XLT 4WD is delivered with the standard 171-hp, 171-lb-ft/torque 2.5-liter inline four-cylinder (I4) engine and six-speed automatic transmission. The I4 and six-speed powertrain is rated by the EPA at 21/28 mpg. Also available for the Escape XLT 4WD is a 3.0-liter V6 engine that mates with the standard six-speed automatic transmission to put out 240 hp and 223 lb-ft of torque at 18/23.