Compare 2009 Ford Escape vs 2009 Toyota Highlander

2009 Ford Escape
2009 Toyota Highlander
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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 Base
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Highlander 4WD 4-Door V6 Base 17 23 $26,145 $29,050
Highlander 4WD 4-Door V6 Limited 17 23 $31,067 $34,520
Highlander 4WD 4-Door V6 Sport 17 23 $28,305 $31,450
Highlander FWD 4-Door L4 Base 18 24 $23,134 $25,705
Highlander FWD 4-Door L4 Base 18 24 $23,134 $25,705
Highlander FWD 4-Door V6 Limited 18 24 $29,762 $33,070
Highlander FWD 4-Door V6 Sport 18 24 $27,000 $30,000
Highlander FWD 4-Door V6 Base 18 24 $24,840 $27,600
Highlander FWD 4-Door V6 Sport 18 24 $27,000 $30,000
Highlander Hybrid 4WD 4-Door 27 25 $31,577 $34,700
Highlander Hybrid 4WD 4-Door Limited w/3rd Row 27 25 $37,122 $41,020
Pricing
Invoice Price
$24,715
$26,145
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$26,670
$29,050
Monthly Payment Estimate
$445 / month
$484 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.4
7.8
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 2009 Toyota Highlander Hybrid sticks with the same formula that has worked so well for the 2008 Highlander hybrid—a spacious, feature-laden cabin and very efficient full-hybrid powertrain that lends serious environmental credentials to anyone behind the wheel.
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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 Vehicle
Interior Dimensions
Front Hip Room (in)
53.3 56.7
Second Leg Room (in)
35.6 38.3
Front Head Room (in)
40.4 39.7
Passenger Capacity
5 7
Second Hip Room (in)
49.1 56.5
Front Shoulder Room (in)
56.6 59.7
Second Head Room (in)
39.2 40.1
Second Shoulder Room (in)
55.9 59.5
Front Leg Room (in)
41.6 43.2
Passenger Volume (ft³)
99.5 145.7
Third Shoulder Room (in)
- 55.0
Third Leg Room (in)
- 29.9
Third Hip Room (in)
- 42.3
Third Head Room (in)
- 36.3
Exterior Dimensions
Rear Door Opening Height (in)
33.3 - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
71.1 75.2
Track Width, Front (in)
60.7 64.0
Min Ground Clearance (in)
8.4 8.1
Length, Overall (in)
174.7 188.4
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 64.2
Wheelbase (in)
103.1 109.8
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
29.2 42.3
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 95.4
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)
NA - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
NA 10.3
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
40.7 - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
34.7 - TBD -
Brakes
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 12.9 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
Yes NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
NA Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
NA 12.2 x - TBD -
Brake Type
Power Pwr
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
16.5 19.2
Steering
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- TBD - 3.1
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
40.1 - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
17.5 17.1
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
36.7 38.7
Steering Type
Pwr Pwr Rack & Pinion
Tires
Rear Tire Size
P235/70R16 P245/65R17
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P235/70R16 P245/65R17
Spare Tire Size
Compact P245/65R17
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
150 200
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA 200
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1500 2000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA 2000
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
4600 4178
Wheels
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
- TBD - Aluminum
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 x 7 17 x 7.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact 17 x 7.5
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 x 7 17 x 7.5
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - 9.9
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
590 - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
110 - TBD -
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
171 @ 6000 270 @ 6200
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas V6
Fuel System
SMPI EFI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
171 @ 4500 248 @ 4700
Engine Order Code
997 NA
Displacement
2.5L/152 3.5L/- TBD -
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
19 17
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
21 19
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
25 23
Transmission
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
1.0 - TBD -
Drivetrain
4-Wheel Drive 4-Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 0.76
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.31 3.38
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.96 2.36
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.51 3.48
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.45 1.05
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Automatic
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low
- TBD - - TBD -
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.75 NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.58 4.24
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.91 1.52
Trans Type
6 5
Summary
Body Style
4 Door 4 Door
Vehicle Name
Ford Escape Toyota Highlander
Suspension
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 NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - 1.02
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-link Independent
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA NA
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
5 5

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