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FEATURES | 8 out of 10
“more option choices than many small sport-utilities”
“impressive list of standard safety features”
“Bling junkies can opt for the Limited’s Chrome Package, which adds reflective trim to the grille, rear hatch and roof rails”
Kelley Blue Book
Reviews read by TheCarConnection.com were impressed with the level of standard and optional features available on the 2008 Ford Escape. According to Edmunds.com, the three trim levels--XLS, XLT, and Limited--all feature “air-conditioning, keyless entry, full power accessories, a CD player and an auxiliary input jack.” The XLT provides additional features such as 16-inch alloy wheels, fog lights, auto headlights, power drive seat, cruise control, and upgraded cloth upholstery. The Escape Limited delivers a color-keyed grille, posh leather seating, and auto-dimming rearview mirror.
Kelley Blue Book lists the most desirable optional equipment as the “3.0-liter V6 engine, four-wheel drive, 320-watt Audiophile sound system, GPS navigation, 17-inch chrome wheels, six-way power driver’s seat, leather seats, heated front seats, 110-volt power outlet, power moonroof, fog lamps, keyless entry pad and the Reverse Sensing System.”
Automobile.com lists the prices of various popular optional packages for the 2008 Ford Escape. The lowest-priced package is the Cargo Convenience Group, which costs $395 and “includes a retractable cargo area cover and a compartmentalized rear storage bin.”
TheCarConnection.com has experience with Ford’s navigation systems. While they direct you to destinations effectively, the older systems lack some of the keen map displays of the latest navigation systems from Honda and Nissan. For 2009, the Escape gets a new navigation system—as well as the SYNC entertainment controller you’ve seen in commercials.
A plethora of standard and optional features lets drivers customize the 2008 Ford Escape to their liking, but SYNC is not available.