looking to buy a 2008-2010 ford escape.What is the difference between AWD & 4WD? I need something dependable on snow and ice,also I have a long steep driveway I have trouble getting up in the winter. My current car has neither AWD or 4WD.

Asked by Oct 05, 2013 at 10:29 PM about the 2008 Ford Escape XLT V6 4WD

Question type: General

8 Answers

the difference is with AWD there is no choice to go to 2WD...most 4WD vehcles have the option to disconnect the half for efficiency~ subies are always AWD~

1 people found this helpful.
28,765

While the Full Time AWD in Subarus are great in the winter and during heavy rainstorms..during the summer and dry road conditions, it's not needed and hurts fuel economy, IMO. Like Operator 13 was eluding to, Unless you live in Siberia or Alaska, I would go with an 4WD SUV that gives you the option to switch from 2WD to 4WD. However, NOT all AWD vehicles are Full Time AWD...The AWD in the Escape powers the front wheels ONLY until slippage is detected and then reroutes torque to the rear wheels to regain traction. Electronic Stability Control is a must have in an SUV as well to help avoid tipover during cornering at speed among other scenarios. According to Consumer Reports reliability ratings, the 2008 Escape looks good...2009 is a really bad year in several areas of the car, 2010 has minor transmission issues and 2011 and 2012 are both good years (so I'd avoid 2009 and 2010 models). Good Luck!

1 people found this helpful.
1,535

Both above answers are correct, I have an '08 Mazda Tribute AWD, which is a twin to the Ford Escape. The biggest difference between the '08's and newer, is the '09's and newer have 40 more horsepower and a six speed transmission, so they're a little better on gas than on '08. I live in Canada and my mileage averages around 28 mpg highway(imperial gallons). Once you drive AWD in winter, you'll never go back to 2 wheel drive.

1 people found this helpful.

thanks for straightenin' that out Rex~ it's only nomenclature....question, do you want to be totin' all the weight needed perhaps 2 percent of the time? Some folks do not care about 7mpg~

1 people found this helpful.
28,765

Hey Operator 13...hope you're having a good Sunday! As you know I have a RWD Sportscar with Stability & Traction Control (MX-5) and a 4WD SUV with Stability Control (Mitsu Outlander)...and on top of that, I live on the East Coast. Do some people here drive an MX-5 year round...sure...does it make sense..nope, not IMO. I've had too many experiences with fishtailing, 45, 90 degree spin-outs and even a complete 180 degree spin-out (near death experience with a Fiero in a rainstorm) with RWD cars in the past, so yes, I'm paranoid! -----> To answer your question: The extra 200 lbs or so for the 4WD in my SUV does hurt fuel economy, but since we've been plagued by abnormally heavy rains and with winter coming up, I have much more peace of mind with 4WD and Stability Control, while other folks are driving in fear with blinkers on extra slow ....I can maintain a steady speed and keep control. However, with winters becoming milder (due to global warming, I suppose)...I may just reconsider getting another 4WD vehicle...we'll see...maybe opt for a FWD sedan or SUV with stability/traction control instead. Nissan Altima, maybe??

1 people found this helpful.
28,765

I found this article to be very enlightening (I have a subscription, but looks like you can view this without a CR subscription): http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/2012/12/2wd-awd-or-4wd-how- much-traction-do-you-need/index.htm

1 people found this helpful.

well yessir, when the computer starts applying brakes to keep 'er steady...begin to wonder about your intimacy with the vehicle...some people feel as though a "commanding view" of the road is more favorable and just let the traction control system take over all logic and knowledge of the car's behavior on the road...Racer_X, personally suffered at least 19 years of the icy tundra known as Milwaukee, Wisconsin....escape to where every day is a sunny beautiful day and we don't have to concern ourselves quite so much with weather telling you when and how to drive (and which vehicle is best) clearly you're gonna want to isolate yourselves from the elements....Honda Elephant...they discontinued that sucker despite it's rubber floor...dog washing permitted interior....a good idea...just didn't sell~

Lancelot Link is not linkin'~

Your Answer:

Escape

Looking for a Used Escape in your area?

CarGurus has 111,104 nationwide Escape listings starting at $1,300.

ZIP:

Ford Escape Experts

  • #1
    Tom Demyan
    Reputation
    6,880
  • #2
    Bratts
    Reputation
    3,190
  • #3
    kbro
    Reputation
    1,770
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Ford Edge
842 Great Deals out of 57,849 listings starting at $2,995
Used Ford Explorer
933 Great Deals out of 71,663 listings starting at $695
Used Honda CR-V
776 Great Deals out of 77,236 listings starting at $100
Used Toyota RAV4
653 Great Deals out of 76,409 listings starting at $1,995
Used Chevrolet Equinox
1,265 Great Deals out of 89,422 listings starting at $995
Used Nissan Rogue
578 Great Deals out of 77,311 listings starting at $2,400
Used Ford Fusion
797 Great Deals out of 62,983 listings starting at $1,400
Used Ford Focus
533 Great Deals out of 75,634 listings starting at $799
Used Ford F-150
2,355 Great Deals out of 199,739 listings starting at $1,300
Used Jeep Grand Cherokee
1,091 Great Deals out of 74,795 listings starting at $1,000
Used Hyundai Tucson
222 Great Deals out of 28,598 listings starting at $999
Used Jeep Compass
378 Great Deals out of 53,039 listings starting at $1,991
Used Hyundai Santa Fe
234 Great Deals out of 14,852 listings starting at $1,500
Used Kia Sorento
436 Great Deals out of 31,209 listings starting at $1,995

Used Cars For Sale

2018 Ford Escape For Sale
75 Great Deals out of 72,340 listings starting at $15,345
2017 Ford Escape For Sale
192 Great Deals out of 7,412 listings starting at $11,498
2016 Ford Escape For Sale
212 Great Deals out of 6,312 listings starting at $9,980
2015 Ford Escape For Sale
309 Great Deals out of 8,879 listings starting at $8,495
2014 Ford Escape For Sale
121 Great Deals out of 4,658 listings starting at $7,490

Content submitted by Users is not endorsed by CarGurus, does not express the opinions of CarGurus, and should not be considered reviewed, screened, or approved by CarGurus. Please refer to CarGurus Terms of Use.