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2008 Ford Escape vs. Its Competition

 
2008 Ford Escape FWD 4-door I4 Auto XLT Angular Front Exterior View
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The Mercury Mariner and Mazda Tribute are essentially identical to the 2008 Ford Escape, and you may prefer their styling over that of the more traditional Ford.

The Honda CR-V is four-cylinder only, but its good space efficiency and reputation for durability overcome the awkward style of its front end.

The Saturn Vue is new for 2008, and it has a Euro-smooth shape, a big V-6 option, and an available Hybrid version, though it’s also a five-seater only.

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7.2
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The 2008 Ford Escape looks better inside and out, but the curtain airbags, higher-output V-6 and Sync audio system in the upcoming 2009 model year version are worth the wait.
7.4
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The 2009 Mercury Mariner is an attractive and capable compact SUV, now with vastly improved performance.
8.0
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With its available V-6 engine, the 2009 Saturn Vue is a bit more fun to drive than other compact SUVs; otherwise it’s not a standout.
7.8
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The 2008 Honda CR-V doesn't have hip style or performance on tap, but it has the security, utility, and frugality that many sensible moms want.
7.4
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The 2008 Mazda Tribute wears a sharp new set of sheetmetal, but performance remains middling, and it still lacks a third-row option.
MSRP From    
$19,140$22,650$23,280$20,700$19,135
Gas Mileage    
17 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4
EPA Class    
2WD Sport Utility Vehicles2WD Sport Utility Vehicles2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport UtilitySUV
Style Name    
FWD 4-Door I4 Manual XLSFWD 4-Door I4FWD 4-Door I4 XE2WD 5-Door LXFWD I4 Manual Sport
Drivetrain    
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront wheel drive
Passenger Capacity    
55555
Passenger Doors    
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style    
4 Door4 Door4 Door SUV5 Door4 Door SUV
Transmission    
Manual w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomaticManual
 
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