2009 Ford EscapeEnlarge Photo
The new engine is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder that should boost fuel economy by one mile per gallon in the EPA cycle. At the same time, Ford says the new four-cylinder will make 170 horsepower, an 11-percent boost over the existing base engine. The 17 additional horsepower come in part from a new variable cam timing system and from the increase in displacement over the former 2.3-liter four.
The V-6 option gains power for 2009, too. The 3.0-liter V-6 now makes 230 horsepower, up 30 hp and also up one mpg in fuel economy thanks in part to its six-speed automatic transmission, which replaces a four-speed unit used on the Escape and Mariner last year.
2009 Mercury MarinerEnlarge Photo
Ford says the new Escape is more connected too. That’s because the Sync infotainment system is offered in the 2009 model, along with the Sirius Travel Link system with 911 Assist, which helps passengers get in touch with emergency workers when the need arises.
Other revamps for 2009 include new suspension tuning and standard stability control with roll stability control on Hybrid models.
Preview: 2008 Ford Escape/Hybrid by Marty Padgett (11/29/2006)
Ford hones the styling of its compact crossover.
Preview: 2008 Mercury Mariner by TCC Team (10/30/2006)
Ahoy mateys: a new Mariner is ready to cast off.