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 Head Room (in)
39.2 38.8
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
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in)
8.4 7.7
Length, Overall (in)
174.7 170.3
Rear Door Opening Width (in)
43.2 - TBD -
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
Cargo Area Dimensions
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 -
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
Brakes
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
NA Yes
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
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
16.5 17.2
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
17.5 16.2
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
36.7 35.4
Steering Type
Pwr Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- TBD - 3.1
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
40.1 - TBD -
Tires
Front Tire Size
P235/70R16 P235/60R16
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
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
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
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
4600 3548
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact 16 x - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
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 -
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
Fuel System
SMPI MPI
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
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
21 -
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
25 23
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
19 17
Transmission
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
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.91 1.00
Trans Type
6 4
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
1.0 -
Drivetrain
4-Wheel Drive 4-Wheel Drive
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
Summary
Vehicle Name
Ford Escape Hyundai Tucson
Body Style
4 Door 4 Door Sport Utility
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - 0.83
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-link Independent
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 -
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
5 -

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