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2012 Ford Escape Trims

Limited

Avg. Price: $20,400

The 2012 Ford Escape Limited occupies the top-level position in the Escape lineup and comes well-equipped with such upscale features as leather upholstery, heated front seats and Ford's voice-activated SYNC communication system, all of which come standard on the Limited. A 6-way power-adjustable driver's seat, a leather-wrapped tilt steering wheel with audio and cruise controls, a chrome-trimmed shifter knob, and an auto-dimming rear-view mirror are also included in the standard package. In addition, SiriusXM satellite radio and an audio input jack are part of the 4-speaker AM/FM/CD audio system, and Ford includes its MyKey system, which enables parents to manage younger drivers' habits by setting limits on speed and audio volume. Ice Blue interior lighting, air conditioning, remote keyless entry and power windows and door locks are among the other standard features on the Limited, while options include a power moonroof, dual-zone climate control, a Reverse Sensing System and a 320-watt premium audio system.

Power for the Escape Limited comes from either a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine, which comes standard, or a 3.0-liter Duratec V6, which owners can add as an option. The 4-cylinder engine, which runs on regular fuel, generates 171 hp and 171 lb-ft of torque, while the Flex-Fuel-capable V6 produces a more potent 240 hp and 233 lb-ft of torque. Both engines connect to a 6-speed automatic transmission, which comes standard. When equipped with the 4-cylinder powerplant, the Limited posts fuel economy numbers of 21/28 mpg. Those numbers drop to 19/25 with the V6. Safety features include 6 airbags and Ford's AdvanceTrac electronic stability control system. Outside, foglights, heated power mirrors, solar tinted glass and a roof rack are among the standard features. The Escape Limited rides on 16-inch aluminum wheels.

Limited 4WD

Avg. Price: $22,657

As the best-equipped Escape available for 2012, the Ford Escape Limited 4WD delivers an upscale package of standard amenities as well as optimal handling and road grip, thanks to its 4-wheel-drive system, which automatically adjusts torque distribution when it detects wheel slippage. Power for the Limited 4WD comes from either a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine, which comes standard, or a 3.0-liter Duratec V6, which owners can add as an option. The 4-cylinder engine runs on regular fuel and generates 171 hp and 171 lb-ft of torque, while the V6 runs on regular gas or Flex Fuel, and produces 240 hp and 233 lb-ft of torque. Both engines link to a 6-speed automatic transmission, which comes standard. Fuel economy numbers for the Limited 4WD with the 4-cylinder engine check in at 20/27 mpg, which drop to 18/23 when equipped with the V6. Ford's AdvanceTrac electronic stability control system and 6 airbags, including side-curtain airbags, are among the standard safety features.

Inside, the Escape Limited 4WD delivers a roomy, upscale cabin equipped with such standard features as leather upholstery, heated front seats and Ford's voice-activated SYNC communication system. That's just the beginning, however, since the long list of standard features on the Limited 4WD also includes a 6-way power-adjustable driver's seat, a leather-wrapped tilt steering wheel with audio and cruise controls, a chrome-trimmed shifter knob and an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, as well as keyless remote, power windows and door locks, air conditioning and a 4-speaker AM/FM audio system with SiriusXM satellite radio and an input jack. Ford also includes its MyKey system, which enables parents to manage younger drivers' habits by setting limits on speed and audio volume. Options include a power moonroof, dual-zone climate control, Reverse Sensing System and a 320-watt premium audio system. Outside, the Limited 4WD displays such standard features as foglights, heated power mirrors, solar tinted glass and a roof rack. The Escape Limited 4WD Limited rides on 16-inch aluminum wheels.

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XLS

Avg. Price: $16,491

The 2012 Ford Escape XLS compact SUV, which holds the entry-level position in the Escape lineup, comes equipped with such standard interior features as air conditioning, power windows and door locks, remote keyless entry and cloth-trimmed seats with a 60/40-split rear seat. In addition, Ford's MyKey system, which also comes standard, gives parents the ability to moderate younger drivers' habits by setting limits on speed and audio volume. Power windows and door locks, cloth-trimmed seats, Ice Blue interior lighting, a two-way adjustable driver's seat, and a four-speaker AM/FM audio system with a CD player are among the other standard features on the five-passenger Escape, while options include a cargo package with a roof rack and a wet trunk bin. Outside, power side mirrors and complex reflector headlights are among the standard features.

A 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine, which develops 171 hp and 171 lb-ft of torque, powers the front-wheel-drive Escape XLE. The engine mates to a 5-speed manual transmission, which comes standard, or an optional 6-speed automatic transmission. The engine posts fuel economy numbers of 23/28 mpg when linked to the manual transmission and 21/28 with the automatic. Six airbags, including dual-stage front, front-side and side-curtain airbags, are included in the standard equipment package. Other safety features include Ford's AdvanceTrac electronic stability control system. The Ford Escape XLS rides on 16-inch aluminum wheels.

XLS 4WD

Avg. Price: $16,120

The 2012 Ford Escape XLE 4WD compact SUV delivers optimal handling and stability on all types of paved surfaces, thanks to its 4-wheel-drive system, which automatically adjusts torque distribution when it detects wheel slippage. However, the system is not designed for heavy-duty off-roading. It channels power from a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine, which generates 171 hp and 171 lb-ft of torque and links to a 6-speed automatic transmission. The powerplant posts fuel economy numbers of 20/27 mpg.

Inside, the 5-passenger Escape XLS 4WD remains unchanged from the previous year. Standard features include air conditioning, power windows and door locks, remote keyless entry and cloth-trimmed seats with a 60/40 split rear seat. In addition, Ford includes its MyKey system, which gives parents the ability to moderate younger drivers' habits by setting limits on speed and audio volume. Among the other standard features for the XLS 4WD are power windows and door locks, cloth-trimmed seats, Ice Blue interior lighting, a two-way adjustable driver's seat and a 4-speaker AM/FM audio system with a CD player. Exterior features include power side mirrors and complex reflector headlights, while standard safety features include dual-stage front, front-side and side-curtain airbags, as well as Ford's AdvanceTrac electronic stability control system. The Ford Escape XLS 4WD rides on 16-inch aluminum wheels.

XLT

Avg. Price: $18,055

The mid-level 2012 Ford Escape XLT compact SUV comes equipped with a number of standard features not found on the entry-level Escape XLS trim, including a 6-way power-adjustable driver's seat, a leather-wrapped tilt steering wheel with audio and cruise controls, and an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, as well as SiriusXM satellite radio and an audio input jack, both packaged with the 4-speaker AM/FM/CD audio system. Standard features for the Escape XLS also include eco-friendly seats, air conditioning, remote keyless entry, power windows and door locks, Ice Blue interior lighting and Ford's MyKey system, which enables parents to moderate younger drivers' habits by setting limits on speed and audio volume. Options for the XLT include leather upholstery, Ford's SYNC voice-activated communication system and a power moonroof.

A 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine, producing 171 hp and 171 lb-ft of torque, remains the standard powerplant for the XLT, although Ford also offers an optional, Flex-Fuel-capable 3.0-liter Duratec V6, which generates a more potent 240 hp and 233 lb-ft of torque. Both engines link to a 6-speed automatic transmission. When equipped with the 4-cylinder powerplant, the XLT posts fuel economy numbers of 21/28 mpg. Those numbers drop to 19/25 with the V6. Safety features include 6 airbags and Ford's AdvanceTrac electronic stability control system. Standard exterior features include foglights, power mirrors, rear privacy windows and a roof rack. The Escape XLT rides on 16-inch wheels, although an optional XLT Sport Appearance Package adds 17-inch machine-finished black wheels, a black grille and a liftgate spoiler, among other features.

XLT 4WD

Avg. Price: $19,802

The 2012 Ford Escape XLT 4WD delivers optimal handling and stability on all types of paved road surfaces, thanks to its 4-wheel-drive system, which automatically adjusts torque distribution when it detects wheel slippage. The 4WD system, which isn't designed for serious off-roading, channels power from a choice of engines. A 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine, producing 171 hp and 171 lb-ft of torque, comes standard, although owners can upgrade to a 3.0-liter, Flex-Fuel-friendly Duratec V6 engine, which develops 240 hp and 233 lb-ft of torque. Both engines mate to a 6-speed automatic transmission. Fuel economy numbers check in at 20/27 mpg for the 4-cylinder engine and 18/23 when equipped with the V6. Safety features include Ford's AdvanceTrac electronic stability control system, as well as 6 airbags.

Inside, the XLT 4WD comes well-equipped with such features as a 6-way power-adjustable driver's seat, a leather-wrapped tilt steering wheel with audio and cruise controls, eco-friendly seats, Ice Blue interior lighting, and an auto-dimming rear-view mirror. In addition, the AM/FM audio system includes SiriusXM satellite radio and an audio input jack, as well as a CD player. Ford's MyKey system, which also comes standard, gives parents the option of moderating younger drivers' habits by setting limits on speed and audio volume. Other standard interior features for the XLT 4WD include air conditioning, remote keyless entry and power windows and door locks, while outside the XLT 4WD displays such features as foglights, power mirrors, a roof rack and 16-inch wheels. An optional XLT Sport Appearance Package adds 17-inch machine-finished black wheels, a black grille and a liftgate spoiler, among other features.