Compare 2009 Ford Escape vs 2008 Hyundai Tucson

2009 Ford Escape
2008 Hyundai Tucson
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4WD 4-Door I4 Automatic Limited
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Escape 4WD 4-Door I4 Automatic Limited 19 25 $24,715 $26,670
Escape 4WD 4-Door I4 Automatic XLS 19 25 $21,969 $23,395
Escape 4WD 4-Door I4 Automatic XLT 19 25 $23,381 $25,205
Escape 4WD 4-Door I4 CVT Hybrid 29 27 $29,015 $31,395
Escape 4WD 4-Door I4 CVT Hybrid Limited 29 27 $31,135 $33,725
Escape 4WD 4-Door V6 Automatic Limited 17 24 $25,625 $27,670
Escape 4WD 4-Door V6 Automatic XLT 17 24 $24,300 $26,215
Escape FWD 4-Door I4 Automatic Limited 20 28 $23,123 $24,920
Escape FWD 4-Door I4 Automatic XLS 20 28 $20,358 $21,645
Escape FWD 4-Door I4 Automatic XLT 20 28 $21,789 $23,455
Escape FWD 4-Door I4 CVT Hybrid 34 31 $27,422 $29,645
Escape FWD 4-Door I4 CVT Hybrid Limited 34 31 $29,542 $31,975
Escape FWD 4-Door I4 Manual XLS 20 28 $19,245 $20,435
Escape FWD 4-Door V6 Automatic Limited 18 26 $24,033 $25,920
Escape FWD 4-Door V6 Automatic XLT 18 26 $22,708 $24,465
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4WD 4-Door V6 Automatic Limited
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Tucson 4WD 4-Door V6 Automatic Limited 17 23 $23,237 $24,585
Tucson 4WD 4-Door V6 Automatic SE 17 23 $21,734 $22,735
Tucson FWD 4-Door I4 Automatic GLS 19 25 $18,714 $19,335
Tucson FWD 4-Door I4 Automatic Limited 19 25 $21,026 $22,220
Tucson FWD 4-Door I4 Manual GLS 20 25 $16,709 $17,235
Tucson FWD 4-Door V6 Automatic Limited 18 24 $21,647 $22,885
Tucson FWD 4-Door V6 Automatic SE 18 24 $20,127 $21,035

Pricing

Invoice Price

$24,715
$23,237

Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price

$26,670
$24,585

Monthly Payment Estimate

$445 / month
$410 / month

The Car Connection's Take

TCC Rating

7.4
7.0

TCC’s Bottom Line

The 2009 Ford Escape Hybrid is a viable and sturdy contender in the family crossover arena. Gas mileage is excellent for a compact SUV, and optional mechanical all-wheel drive sets it apart from softer competitors. The 2008 Hyundai Tucson no longer stands out in its class for performance or safety, but it’s still a great value.

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Fuel Economy

City

19 mpg 17 mpg

Highway

25 mpg 23 mpg

Vehicle

EPA Classification

4WD Sport Utility Vehicles 4WD Sport Utility

Interior Dimensions

Second Shoulder Room (in)

55.9 56.3

Front Leg Room (in)

41.6 42.1

Passenger Volume (ft³)

99.5 102.6

Front Hip Room (in)

53.3 52.4

Second Leg Room (in)

35.6 37.2

Front Head Room (in)

40.4 40.3

Passenger Capacity

5 5

Second Hip Room (in)

49.1 51.2

Front Shoulder Room (in)

56.6 56.6

Second Head Room (in)

39.2 38.8

Exterior Dimensions

Height, Overall (in)

67.8 68.1

Liftover Height (in)

29.4 - TBD -

Track Width, Rear (in)

60.2 61.0

Wheelbase (in)

103.1 103.5

Rear Door Opening Height (in)

33.3 - TBD -

Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)

71.1 72.1

Track Width, Front (in)

60.7 61.0

Min Ground Clearance (in)

8.4 7.7

Length, Overall (in)

174.7 170.3

Rear Door Opening Width (in)

43.2 - TBD -

Cargo Area Dimensions

Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)

34.7 - TBD -

Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)

29.2 22.7

Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)

- TBD - - TBD -

Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)

37.3 - TBD -

Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)

66.7 - TBD -

Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)

66.3 65.5

Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)

NA - TBD -

Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)

NA NA

Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)

40.7 - TBD -

Brakes

Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)

NA 11.2 x - TBD -

Brake Type

Power Pwr

Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)

10.0 x 1.65 NA

Disc - Front (Yes or )

Yes Yes

Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)

11.9 x 0.4 11.0 x - TBD -

Drum - Rear (Yes or )

Yes NA

Brake ABS System

4-Wheel 4-wheel

Disc - Rear (Yes or )

NA Yes

Fuel Tank

Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)

16.5 17.2

Steering

Steering Type

Pwr Pwr Rack & Pinion

Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)

- TBD - 3.1

Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)

40.1 - TBD -

Steering Ratio (:1), Overall

17.5 16.2

Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)

36.7 35.4

Tires

Spare Tire Size

Compact T155/90R16

Front Tire Order Code

NA NA

Spare Tire Order Code

NA NA

Rear Tire Size

P235/70R16 P235/60R16

Rear Tire Order Code

NA NA

Front Tire Size

P235/70R16 P235/60R16

Trailering

Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)

150 200

Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)

NA NA

Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)

1500 2000

Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)

NA NA

Weight Information

Base Curb Weight (lbs)

4600 3548

Wheels

Rear Wheel Size (in)

16 x 7 16 x - TBD -

Front Wheel Material

Aluminum Aluminum

Spare Wheel Material

- TBD - - TBD -

Front Wheel Size (in)

16 x 7 16 x - TBD -

Spare Wheel Size (in)

Compact 16 x - TBD -

Rear Wheel Material

Aluminum Aluminum

Cooling System

Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)

- TBD - 8.2

Electrical

Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)

110 - TBD -

Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)

590 - TBD -

Engine

SAE Net Torque @ RPM

171 @ 4500 178 @ 4000

Engine Order Code

997 NA

Displacement

2.5L/152 2.7L/164

SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM

171 @ 6000 173 @ 6000

Engine Type

Gas I4 Gas V6

Fuel System

SMPI MPI

Mileage

EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)

25 23

EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)

19 17

Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)

21 -

Transmission

Clutch Size (in)

NA NA

Third Gear Ratio (:1)

1.91 1.00

Trans Type

6 4

Drivetrain

4-Wheel Drive 4-Wheel Drive

Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High

1.0 -

Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)

1.00 NA

Trans Description Cont. Again

NA Shiftronic

Reverse Ratio (:1)

2.31 2.48

Second Gear Ratio (:1)

2.96 1.53

Trans Order Code

NA NA

Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)

3.51 4.41

Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)

1.45 0.71

Trans Description Cont.

Automatic w/OD Automatic w/OD

Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low

- TBD - -

Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)

0.75 NA

First Gear Ratio (:1)

4.58 2.84

Summary

Vehicle Name

Ford Escape Hyundai Tucson

Body Style

4 Door 4 Door Sport Utility

Suspension

Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)

NA Multi-Link

Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)

- TBD - - TBD -

Suspension Type - Front

MacPherson Strut Independent

Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)

- TBD - 0.55

Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)

NA MacPherson Strut

Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)

- TBD - - TBD -

Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)

- TBD - 0.83

Suspension Type - Rear

Multi-link Independent

Emissions

EPA Greenhouse Gas Score

5 -

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