The 2010 Ford Escape competes in a crowded compact SUV segment that includes models like the Toyota RAV4, Honda CR-V and Jeep Patriot.

On the inside, the Escape has room for five occupants. Most other SUVs this size also have room for five, though the RAV4 can accommodate seven with an optional third row, which is best suited for kids.

Under the Escape’s hood is a standard four-cylinder engine making 171 horsepower; a V-6 is optional. The V-6 makes 240 horsepower and increases towing capacity to 3,500 pounds when equipped with the optional tow package. As expected, the V-6 is rated with worse gas mileage, but not all of the Escape’s competitors are available with a V-6, as the CR-V and Jeep Compass use only four-cylinders.

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As for gas mileage, four-cylinder models have competitive mileage and are rated at 22/28 mpg city/highway with manual transmission and front-wheel drive, 21/28 mpg with automatic transmission and front-wheel drive, and 20/26 mpg with automatic transmission and all-wheel drive.

For more information on the 2010 Escape, including more comparisons to the competition, see our expert review here.

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Answered by Joe Bruzek on January 29, 2010 in Ford , Ford Escape | Permalink

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